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Instructions for Sharing Time and the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation
How to Use Music in Primary
"If I Listen with My Heart" by Sally DeFord [pdf] [link to Sally's website]
Teaching Children with Disabilities


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BINDER COVERS:

2011 Binder Cover by Melinda Richardson
2011 Primary Binder Covers by Angie Campbell
2011 Primary Binder Cover by Linda D.
2011 Primary Themes and Songs by Loralee Kurzius
Binder Cover from Scriptures4Kids
Class Binder Covers by Becky Shaw
I know the scriptures are true binder cover by Kami Su Bird
I know the scriptures are true binder cover by Stefanie Ardry
Latter-Day Chatter (off-site)
Primary Binder Cover for 2011 by April Bethea

BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS:

Primary Birthday Gift Ideas for 2011

BOOKMARKS:

2011 Magnetic Bookmarks by Lucinda Wade
2011 Magnetic Bookmarks by Michelle Logan
2011 Primary Bookmark by AnJanette Broderick
2011 Primary Bookmarks by Melissa Marx
2011 Primary Theme Bookmarks (off-site)
2011 Scripture Bookmarks by Heidi Stock
Black and white binder cover for 2011 by Miriam Deru
Bookmark in Spanish
Bookmark with 2011 scriptures
Bookmarks by Christy
I know the scriptures are true (boy and girl bookmarks) by Sarah Galvin
Magnetic Bookmarks
Marcador Primaria 2011 (SPANISH) by Yazmin Ojeda 
New Testament Bookmark by Cherie Clawson
Read Every Day Bookmark by Mary Hellstrom
Primary Bookmarks by Candice

BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS:

2011 Primary Bulletin Board Ideas - Add your ideas, suggestions or photos
Bulletin Board Borders (off-site)

CALENDARS:

2011 Blank Calendars (in English and Spanish)
2011 Primary Calendar
Editable Monthly Primary Planner
Free 2011 Yearly Planner from The Household Planner
January & February Calendar

CARDS:

LDS Primary Theme 2011 Cards

CD LABELS, COVER AND/OR SLEEVES:

2011 Music CD Case by April Bethea
2011 Primary Music CD Envelope
Black and White CD Cover by Erin Slack
CD Labels by Didi (off-site)
CD Labels, Sleeves and Covers (off-site)
I know the scriptures are true - CD Covers
Latter-Day Chatter
Scriptures 4 Kids - CD Case Cover and Sticker

CHAPSTICK LABELS:

2011 Primary Chapstick Covers

DOOR SIGNS:

2011 Classroom Door Signs
Beehive Messages
Classroom Door Hangers by Mary Hellstrom
Classroom Door Signs for 2011 by Becky Shaw
The Idea Door

FAMILY HOME EVENING LESSONS:

2011 Family Home Evening Lessons by Jessica Feth
2011 FHE Lessons - corresponds to weekly Primary theme
2011 FHE Lessons - corresponds to monthly Primary theme
2011 FHE Lessons (off-site)

LEADERSHIP HELPS:

2011 Leadership Helps by Penney Weyrauch
2011 Primary Organizer by Aneesa Beutler
Bishopric Sharing Time Reminders by Lindsey Bunting
Conducting Forms by Allison Jessop
Editable Monthly Primary Planner
Primary Outline 2011 by Melissa Dibbell

LESSON SCHEDULES:

2011 Primary Lesson Schedule by Brenda Luther
Lesson Schedules for all four manuals being used (BYLO, Primary 1, 2 and 7)

MONTHLY SCRIPTURES AND THEMES:

2011 Monthly Primary Posters by Kelly Cuellar
2011 Scripture and Theme Posters (off-site)
Monthly Theme Posters (off-site)
Sidwell Design & Photography
SWIM - Seek Wisdom In Me by Staci Basden

MUSIC SCHEDULES AND HELPS FOR PRIMARY MUSIC LEADERS:

2011 monthly theme songs by Shara Pack
2011 Primary Music Calendars by Merrilyn Harris
2011 Primary Music Master Plan by Heather Kovacs
2011 Primary Music Schedule by Ashley Bluth
2011 Primary Music Schedule by Laurie Stewart
2011 Primary Music Helps and downloads (mp3's)
2011 Yearly Music Schedule by Katrina Schmidt
Primary Chorister Singing Schedule

MUSIC THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS YEAR'S THEME:

Additional parts for 2011 Program Songs by Loretta Harbertson
Heroes of the Scriptures (Click here to listen to this song)
Scripture Power
The scriptures can lead me to Jesus
When I hear the scriptures

NEWSLETTER IDEAS:

2011 Primary Newsletter Header by Codi Long

OTHER:

2011 Friend Summer Reading Program
2011 Primary Song Subway Art by Kirsten Mullins
2011 Teacher Letter by Brenda Luther
2011 Theme Boy/Girl Card by Brittany Bond
Children's Booklet/Journal (off-site)
Choosing Helpers by Allison Jessop
Door Hanger
Introducing Tommy
Lightswitch Cover
Popcorn Wrapper
Primary 2005 March Board Workshop References
Primary Scripture Marking
Scripture Folder by Leah Olsen
Scripture Power HERO by Sarah DeLlamas
Scripture Sticker Sets by Tawnya Hansen

POEMS:

Let the words from the scriptures by Kelly Miller
The Scriptures are the Word of God by Kelly Miller

PORTUGUESE:

2011 Magnetic Bookmarks translated by Patrícia Orte Abade

POSTERS:

2011 Monthly Theme Posters by Kami Su Bird
Carteles tema 2011 (SPANISH) by Veronica Cortez
Posters from Latter-Day Chatter
Scripture Poster and Stickers by Claudean Burke
Sidwell Design & Photography

PRIMARY TALKS:

FREE LDS Primary Talks
2011 Primary Talks - Small talks  for each week of 2011

PRIMARY TEACHER HELPS (specific to this year's theme):

Scripture Assignment Bookmarks by Rusty Willson

PRINTABLES:

Primary Printable from "It works for me!"
A 4x4 collage of 2011 Primary Theme by Mandy Williams

PROGRAM COVERS:

2011 Primary Program Cover by Vicki Snow
2011 Program Covers (off-site)

PRIMARY PROGRAM INVITATIONS:

Generic Primary Program Invitation by Tiana Phillips

PRIMARY PROGRAM OUTLINES:

Primary Program Scripts

PRODUCTS FOR PURCHASE:

2011 Primary Theme Poster by Greg Olsen
A+ Engraving Gift Items
Bottlecap Zipper Pulls
Charm necklace
Charmed Pennies (necklaces)
LDS Primary Props
Primary Posters - Song Charts for Primary Music Leaders

Q & A:

How are you going to introduce the 2011 Primary Theme?

QUARTERLY ACTIVITY IDEAS (specific to this year's theme):

"Feasting" upon the words of Christ by Mindy Reidhead

SACRAMENT MEETING PROGRAM SCRIPTS:

Click here for all submitted scripts

SCRIPTURE, TALK & PRAYER ASSIGNMENTS:

2011 Assignment Cards by Mary Hellstrom
2011 Primary Assignment Wristbands (off-site)
2011 Primary Scripture, Talk, Prayer and AOF wristbands by Jenny Bebel
2011 Primary Talks
Beehive Messages
Keepin the Castle
Primary Assignment Cards
Scripture, Prayer and Talk Cards for 2011

SCRIPTURE CARDS:

2011 Scripture Cards by Melanie Day
Scripture Cards (off-site)

SCRIPTURE PROGRAMS:

B.E.A.R.S. summer reading program by Amy Rhoades
Book of Mormon Challenge by Trina Brough
Primary Scripture Reading Program by Gina Underwood

SCRIPTURE READING CHARTS:

2011 Scripture Reading Charts for Primary by Melanie Day
New Testament Scripture Reading Chart from LDSSeminary.org
Scripture Reading Chart without dates by Michelle Garcia
Scriptures4Kids has reading chart for the Book of Mormon and the New Testament
Scripture Reading Chart for 2011 (off-site)

SHARING TIME:

2011 Faith in God Sharing Time Ideas by Melissa Giles
2011 Sharing Time and Conducting Schedules by Shara Pack
2011 Sharing Time Rotation by Brenda Luther
Scripture Visitors by Rachel Johnson

SHARING TIME SCHEDULES:

2011 Primary Planner (with weekly scripture story related to weekly theme) by Bethany Solis

SINGING TIME IDEAS:

2011 Mad Gab Singing Time by Jocelyn Blakey

SPANISH:

2011 Scripture Reading Charts
Agenda de Clases con Artuculos de Fe by Karla Barron
Bosquejo de la primaria 2011 en espanol SUD/LDS
Carteles tema 2011 by Veronica Cortez
Class Binder Covers by Becky Shaw
Marcador Primaria 2011 by Yazmin Ojeda

SPOTLIGHT IDEAS:

2011 Primary Spotlight by Michelle Guy
Beehive Messages
Primary Spotlight Idea
Scriptures4Kids Spotlight Form



 
Comments (78)
  • Melissa Daniels

    Has anyone already written out all the lessons for each of the manuals in excel? I really don't want to retype them! But if I do I guess I'll email the file.

  • Kathy Kimball

    Is anyone working on Family Home Evenings that go along with the 2011 theme, as has been done for this year? We are wanting to give it to our kids for a Christmas gift, and if no one is putting one out, I need to work on one... TIA ;-)

  • Amy Barlow

    I am in need of some great ideas for a Teacher In-Service Meeting.
    Thanks!

  • Shalece Beyler

    Kathy, if you come up with one will you share?! I am thinking of working on this as well..!

  • Shaliece Moser

    Do you know what manuals will be used next year in Primary?

  • Kathy Kimball

    Nursery:Behold Your Little Ones
    Sunbeams: Primary 1
    CTR 4-7: Primary 3
    Valiant 8-11: Primary 7

  • Chris Booth

    Thank-you Bethany...........we don't have enought kids for talks so your schedule will help fill in those Sundays that talks aren't planned.
    cbooth

  • Heather

    Does anyone now if we are going to be having Primary Quarterly Activities in 2011? It doesn't say it in the new Handbook that was distributed today??

  • Merrilee

    I understood that if it is not listed in the new handbook it should not be done. So, I believe we will not be having 1/4ly activities. I also could find no reference to "It's great to be Eight" so I do not think we should do that either. We will be busy working with the Ward Council on the Ward Activities now.

  • Kristin

    I was wondering the same thing as Heather. Will there be Quarterly Activities? Based upon the new handbook, I'm guessing not because if I were a brand new president, and knew nothing about primary, and the bishop handed me the new instruction handbook, I would not know anything about quarterly activities. The older version of the handbook explained quarterly activities. This new one didn't even mention it! I'm confused...

  • Kristen

    The new handbook didn't specify quarterly activities but it did say we would be following the FIG program and to follow the guidelines in that booklet. In the FIG booklet it does discuss the quarterly activities and that the presidency is in charge of conducting them. It's confusing, but I'm guessing we still can do them if we would like to.

  • Cassandra

    Look under section 13.2 in the new handbook about activities. It says that the ward council oversees *ward* activities, but if an activity is for a specific organization (I.e. primary) then it is planned by that organization's leadership.

    My understanding is that if you want to have the activities you should make sure they meet the purposes of church activities in section 13.1 and then take your request to the bishop to approve having the activities.

  • Kasey

    Okay, so I am in a quandary as well about the quarterly activities. To be or not to be... My primary president has assigned me to come up with some ideas. Can anyone help?

  • Johanna Hall
    Quote:
    Okay, so I am in a quandary as well about the quarterly activities. To be or not to be... My primary president has assigned me to come up with some ideas. Can anyone help?



    Look at the FAQ page of the Primary section of the church website.

    We will no longer have Quarterly Activities, Opening/closing exercises or teacher trainings!!!

  • Kristin

    under lds.org, primary FAQ it is confirmed that the formal quarterly activities are no longer part of the primary program. If the primary wants to do an activity, you'll go through the procedures in chapter 13. Basically the activity will be approved by the ward council and bishopric. So we still can have activities, it just comes through a different way and it's not a set part of the program.

  • Aim Aug
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Okay, so I am in a quandary as well about the quarterly activities. To be or not to be... My primary president has assigned me to come up with some ideas. Can anyone help?


    Look at the FAQ page of the Primary section of the church website.

    We will no longer have Quarterly Activities, Opening/closing exercises or teacher trainings!!!



    I think we do still do opening/closing exercises. We still have the kids do scriptures and talks and the presidency still conducts (11.4.2) We do still do teacher trainings too, kind of (5.5.3). I think the spirit of the new manual is trying to limit the number of meetings we attend and organize, but still meet the needs and concerns of teachers.

  • Dora Martinez

    Wonder things will come next year, I ALSO WAS WONDERING WHEN THE NEW PRIMARY 2011 THEME WILL BE POSTED IN SPANISH???? :eek:

  • Amy

    It's Great to be Eight was never in the previous handbook. It was just a way to diseminate information about planning baptisms in an efficient way. Many wards did it, but some did not. I think that it is useful to help parents. They are very concerned that that day will go well for their child and if I can answer most of their questions ahead of time, I think it's a good idea.

  • Kristen

    Our Primary presidency is concerned about the new Sunday Primary schedule outlined in the new handbook. We're not sure what to do with the kids for the 10 minute break between class and sharing time. That is a loooong time. We have a good sized Primary with about thirty junior and thirty senior. There's no way 30 kids can get a drink of water and go to the bathroom at the same time (as the handbook suggests). Does anyone have any ideas we can give the teachers about what to do with the kids during the "break"?

  • Heather
    Quote:
    Our Primary presidency is concerned about the new Sunday Primary schedule outlined in the new handbook. We're not sure what to do with the kids for the 10 minute break between class and sharing time. That is a loooong time. We have a good sized Primary with about thirty junior and thirty senior. There's no way 30 kids can get a drink of water and go to the bathroom at the same time (as the handbook suggests). Does anyone have any ideas we can give the teachers about what to do with the kids during the "break"?


    I would like to know too! We have about 59 kids in JR and 40 in SR!!

  • Kristy

    I was the Music Leader in my last ward. We would sing transitional songs when Jr. was coming in after Sacrament Meeting and again when Sr. was coming in from class. It was fun and helped the children have something to keep them occupied (we had about 170 kids total). We would sing fun songs to get wiggles out, practice program songs, or whatever I thought would be good for that day. We would also end on a spiritual song to help them be reverent for Sharing Time. Hope that helps!

  • Carolynn Kowalski

    Will you be doing a 2011 journal? I love the 2010 one.

  • linnell
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Our Primary presidency is concerned about the new Sunday Primary schedule outlined in the new handbook. We're not sure what to do with the kids for the 10 minute break between class and sharing time. That is a loooong time. We have a good sized Primary with about thirty junior and thirty senior. There's no way 30 kids can get a drink of water and go to the bathroom at the same time (as the handbook suggests). Does anyone have any ideas we can give the teachers about what to do with the kids during the "break"?

    I would like to know too! We have about 59 kids in JR and 40 in SR!!



    We are considering having Sunbeams and CTR 4's take their break during the middle of their lesson to free up the bathroom for the CTR 6 and 7's during the assigned break time. I think that might help minimize reverence issues and long lines.

  • Tammy

    It seems that many things are being left up to the individual wards as to what works best, because each ward is different and the needs of the wards differ. Some things they are not requiring us to do anymore but some we still can if it will benefit the primary children/ward.

  • Tammy
    Quote:
    It's Great to be Eight was never in the previous handbook. It was just a way to diseminate information about planning baptisms in an efficient way. Many wards did it, but some did not. I think that it is useful to help parents. They are very concerned that that day will go well for their child and if I can answer most of their questions ahead of time, I think it's a good idea.


    I agree Amy, it says in the baptism section of the handbook(20.3.1) that Primary leaders and others as well as the parents help prepare them for baptism and confirmation. Doing the Great to Be 8 helps to fulfill this preparation if the Primary presidency wants to do it.

  • Moira Whittaker

    The new structure for primary is going to be difficult to implement for some wards especially where 2 or more wards meet at once which is what happens in our ward. The 50 minute sessions would have to be separate which means that the Seniors and the Juniors will not be together at any time during primary and that concerns me as a Primary president. It also means that within the sessions, assignments would be done twice, once for Seniors and once more for Juniors, creating more work for our secretary. Then there are birthdays and it looks like they would be separate as well. I am hoping in ward council our Bishop will look at the changes and the concerns and do what's best for our primary. There are specific needs in different wards as one sister has already commented, remembering also that the handbook is a guide and some things, with the approval of Bishops can be changed or even remain the same, the needs of the children are more important than rules.

  • Gayle Smith

    Under "Frequently Asked Questions" on the primary page, it states that Quarterly Primary Activities are no longer part of Primary. I guess that is why there is no mention of them in the new handbook. Hope that helps those who were wondering....

  • megan

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! To all those who submitted 2011 ideas to this website - you all are truly amazing. You have saved us all so much time and energy and I am so greatful. thanks!

  • Keesha

    I am struggling with the new outline for the Sunday Primary schedule. I am feeling that the 3 options given don't really fit our Primary. The first option has the kids completely separate all of the time. I can see how this would be necessary in very large primaries, but ours is not large and it concerns me to never have the Jr./Sr. meet together...seems to show a lack of unity not to mention that it seems redundant to have to do announcements, prayers, talks, scripture, birthdays, etc. twice every Sunday. Option 2 has everyone going to classes last, which would mean that those children in Valiant 11 who are turning 12 would not be able to remain in their Valiant 11 class for class time. With that option, they would almost HAVE TO start attending the youth Sunday School class as soon as they turn 12, which seems like it should be the exception not the rule. Option 3 could work, but does anyone feel that always having the mixed age group together for Sharing Time would be difficult?

  • stacy

    as relating to schedule we have senior primary go straight to classes... jr primary for singing and sharing time...then sr. primary joins jr primary for talks, birthdays, announcements.. then jr goes to class and then its sr primary singing and sharing time.....

  • Heather

    Keesha, We had the same problems and concerns you have now. We don't have opening or closing exercises, yet it was important for not to have seperate combined exercises. We have combined exercises in the middle!!! Right after sacrament we go straight into singing time, then sharing time. Sr. joins us for combined exercises. We then dismiss Jr.to class. We then have Sr. sharing time and close with singing time! We love it. Sacrament 12:30. Jr. singing time 1:50-2:10; Jr. sharing time 2:10-2:25; combined exercises 2:30-2:50; Sr. sharing time 2:50-3:10; singing time 3:10-3:30. We'll never change again!

  • Melissa Tychsen
    Quote:
    Keesha, We had the same problems and concerns you have now. We don't have opening or closing exercises, yet it was important for not to have seperate combined exercises. We have combined exercises in the middle!!! Right after sacrament we go straight into singing time, then sharing time. Sr. joins us for combined exercises. We then dismiss Jr.to class. We then have Sr. sharing time and close with singing time! We love it. Sacrament 12:30. Jr. singing time 1:50-2:10; Jr. sharing time 2:10-2:25; combined exercises 2:30-2:50; Sr. sharing time 2:50-3:10; singing time 3:10-3:30. We'll never change again!


    Heather - I like this schedule. During the combined exercises do you have an opening prayer for Sr.Primary coming in or closing prayer for Jr Primary being dismissed?

  • Terri

    To Keesha.... )wouldn't let me quote and add a comment!!)

    We only have a very small Primary (21 kids) and we do the third option. You just adapt your sharing time for either both to understand or just split up into groups for harder/easier activities, and have their class teachers help if it's a written or reading activity.

  • Kehau Ah Quin

    Reverence is a concern for all wards. Our Primary leaders will continue to stagger restroom/water breaks as much as possible. We will implement using the Chapel/Sacrament room for Sharing Time & Closing Exercises to emphasize how important it is to be reverent throughout the building--walking to Primary room, classrooms, restroom, and Sacrament room. Simply we've been flexible with the 10 minute "break" time, allowing for our Ward's needs.

  • Michelle

    Does anyone have any great ideas for how you're going to present the new theme for 2011?

  • Renee

    I absoltutely love the new way Primary is run. We have 100 active children so I would consider us large. We do not call it break time, but transition time. Children may go to the toilet if they wish but it is not a compulsary thing. The Senior teachers spend the extra ten minutes closing with prayer, tidying up the class room and discussing how the children will need to behave when lining up outside of sharing time. The Juniour teachers then leave sharing time and will do a toilet break if nessecery and becasue of the extra time they can have the classroom tidy by the end of church ready for the next ward. I love never having all of our children together. It was far to irreverent for the chapel. And our little ones have become more confident when giving talks infront of the younger peers. Truely inspired!!!!The opening exercises also gives the person doing sharing time an opportunity to prepare.

  • Kami Su

    I found songs that were suggested to sing in 2010 along with the required songs for the Primary Program. It was a nice long list. I can't find that for 2011, anyone know where to find those? Also, the Articles of Faith how do you know which ones to work on each month? Do you just guess and go 1-13?

  • Tammy

    Our primary presidency is considering using the chapel for the time used to do talks, scripture, etc.. We would combined our Jr and Sr. primary. Does anyone else do this and if so how do you use your chapel for primary on Sunday's. I am trying to get our new schedule put together, I know this would help on reverence for the children as well as announcements and such, if you like it this way or if you will change it and why, deas would be appreciated!

  • karalea richards
    Quote:
    I am in need of some great ideas for a Teacher In-Service Meeting.
    Thanks!


    We just did our Teacher Appreciation In-Service. We did an "Apple for the Teacher" theme, a Saturday morning brunch (quiche, muffins, juice, fruit, scones) On the tables I made black cardstock cards with a stenciled letter on one side (used chalk and hairsprayed it), on the other side there was a corresponding quote, activity or question. For example: V is for variety. How will you use variety in your lessons? Then we had open discussion on things that have worked and things that have not. The teachers loved sharing their tips. We then did "Appreciations" where we took notice of great things each teacher had done in Primary and even called some of the Primary children to ask them what they liked most about their teacher. We gave an apple ornament as a gift.

  • Heather

    I am trying to find a mini candy bar wrapper for talks, article of faith, and prayers. I thought I saw one one here, but now I can't find it. Anyone know where they are???

  • Cheryl

    Tammy - When I was called as Primary President, our ward was doing it like you are considering - in the Chapel. I did not like it. As soon as Sacrament Meeting was over, the children wold all rush toward the front of the chapel to try and find their seat. They would not use the 10 minute break to use the rest room or get a drink. I did not think it helped with reverence at all. In fact, I think it made the Chapel more irreverent. Soon after I was called, we switched back to the Primary room. I think the children come in more reverently to the Primary room.

  • Ruth Bardsley

    We used to use the chapel for what was our 'closing exercises' and it seemed more reverent, though that doesn't mean the children were always quiet and listening. It was certainly easier to be reverent entering an empty room with reverent music quietly playing. I think for this reason, it will now be better in the Primary room, as it will begin directly after Sacrament Meeting, and it takes so long for everyonee to vacate the chapel. I also note that the suggested schedule includes 'Activity Songs'. I think that although we want a feeling of reverence, we also want primary to be fun. It's not another mini-sacrament meeting.

  • Lisa Williams

    @ Heather #40
    I just saw one. If you go to birthday ideas, under candy wrappers, there is a small link to mini wrappers. I also know I saw a link on here somewhere on how to make mini scriptures using the mini candy bars.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you a million for this site! I am the Branch Primary President and have no counselors/music people to help me. This site has made 2010 a breeze and am looking forward to an even easier 2011.

    You all rock!

  • Bindi

    I can't access sharingtime.lds.org that is constantly referred to in the 2011 outline for sharing time. Is anyone else having this problem?

  • amanda

    I'm wondering if anyone has any great templates for monthly Primary newsletters?

  • Julie Smart

    I have been asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting to introduce the 2011 Primary Theme. Has anyone else been asked to do so and how did you present it. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • Debbie

    One week down, and the 10 MINUTE BATHROOM/DRINK BREAK is causing some concern. For some Primaries, the length is too long. For others, the bathrooms are too crowded. And yet some have a difficult time holding onto their chlldren as another ward is entering the building for their Sacrament service during their break. Now, I know that you all have some GREAT IDEAS to share on how to make the break work with ease and perfection. PLEASE SHARE, (and THANKS for your help, ideas, and comments!) :)

  • kimberly

    I felt 10 min break would be too long and crowded in the bathrooms. So(with permission of stake prim pres) we gave 5 minutes to teachers in classrooms to work on memorizing and finding the scripture of the month. To make it fun and follow up, we will have scripture chases during our ST. The other 5 minutes I also gave to teachers, but to use for a break, but they choose when to go as class so all classes are not going at the same time.

    Quote:
    One week down, and the 10 MINUTE BATHROOM/DRINK BREAK is causing some concern. For some Primaries, the length is too long. For others, the bathrooms are too crowded. And yet some have a difficult time holding onto their chlldren as another ward is entering the building for their Sacrament service during their break. Now, I know that you all have some GREAT IDEAS to share on how to make the break work with ease and perfection. PLEASE SHARE, (and THANKS for your help, ideas, and comments!) :)
  • Donna Ermatinger

    Reverence: I think all Primaries have this problem...so what we are trying in our branch is no child is allowed to enter the Primary room. All children line up outside (junior on one side and senior on the other), they prepare themselves and then enter while prelude music is playing. We are also going to do the hallway leading to the Primary room as a "Reverence Zone" (if we receive permission), by just hanging [pictures or words about reverence. Hope this helps.

  • Laurie Phelps

    In the frequently asked questions on LDS.org it states that there are no longer quarterly activity days.

    "Do we still have quarterly activity days?
    No. They are no longer part of the program. The quarterly activity days referred to on page 18 in the Faith in God guidebooks are no longer a part of the program."
    I think this is pretty clear, and we shouldn't be trying to add activities. Ward activities are enough for our families, without adding additional primary ones too. We have so many things taking away from our family time, I think that is why our leaders are trying to cut back on some of these programs.

  • Lara

    Does anyone know where I can get an mp3 for The Scriptures can lead me to Jesus by Clive Romney?

  • michelle
    Quote:
    @ Heather #40
    I just saw one. If you go to birthday ideas, under candy wrappers, there is a small link to mini wrappers. I also know I saw a link on here somewhere on how to make mini scriptures using the mini candy bars.


    TO: Lisa #43 I know what you're talking about. I actually made them for a YW lesson (in 2009 I think) and they are pretty easy but I can't find them now.
    MELANIE: Can you help?

  • Eliz
    Quote:
    Does anyone know where I can get an mp3 for The Scriptures can lead me to Jesus by Clive Romney?


    are you looking for "My Faith Leads Me To Jesus" by Clive Romney? It was on his 2010 Primary CD. You can download the songs from DeseretBook.com

  • allison
    Quote:
    In the frequently asked questions on LDS.org it states that there are no longer quarterly activity days.

    "Do we still have quarterly activity days?
    No. They are no longer part of the program. The quarterly activity days referred to on page 18 in the Faith in God guidebooks are no longer a part of the program."
    I think this is pretty clear, and we shouldn't be trying to add activities. Ward activities are enough for our families, without adding additional primary ones too. We have so many things taking away from our family time, I think that is why our leaders are trying to cut back on some of these programs.



    so, i am still confused on this. are quarterly activity days the same as the primary quarterly activities? to me, it seems they are two different things. but, then it still doesn't answer the question of whether we have primary quarterly activities. any thoughts?

  • Christel

    In our primary, we are reading easy or harder versions (shortened) of the entire Book of Mormon, giving out reading guides to the kids, moms and dads; we have a treasure map on the wall with islands representing books of the B.o.M. and we made that map into bookmarks for the kids to follow along with stickers to mark progress. If you want the map, bookmarks, or reading guides, you can get them on my blog, which is https://www.dalarhastinmywindowsill.blogspot/
    --or just email me at 212christel@gmail.com

  • Michelle

    We're picking our extra 2 songs to go with the program. I like some of the words to the songs under "Music that goes along with this year's theme" but was wondering if there was an mp3 version available? The link to listen to "Scripture Heroes" isn't working. I'd also love to have one for "When I hear the Scriptures". Anyone have any thoughts?

  • Roxy Aldred

    I'm looking for the scripture snake and Primary survival pack where can I find them? Thanks for your help!

  • Keli

    I'm looking for the CTR border printable, it's the ctr shield that goes around the edges of your document. If anyone knows I would love your help.
    Thnx

  • Tamra

    HELP! Does anyone know where to find the images to print that the Sharing Time Guide states on avaliable at sharingtime.lds.org

  • Ivy

    Just curious..is there anywhere that has some ideas for the 2011 primary program yet? looked but havent seen anything, am I looking in the wrong spot?

  • Alice

    I am wondering if anyone has ideas for the transition of a new primary presidency? The new president and I are trying to come up with something for this Sunday when I will be released and she will be put in. Any thoughts??

  • Mary
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    Just curious..is there anywhere that has some ideas for the 2011 primary program yet? looked but havent seen anything, am I looking in the wrong spot?


    We are going to be "taking a journey through the scriptures" that is what we have so far, now just need to write the script for the kids. I think we are going to have 2 kids narrate the journey and than have the rest of the kids sing and some one liners.

  • Mary
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    Our Primary presidency is concerned about the new Sunday Primary schedule outlined in the new handbook. We're not sure what to do with the kids for the 10 minute break between class and sharing time. That is a loooong time. We have a good sized Primary with about thirty junior and thirty senior. There's no way 30 kids can get a drink of water and go to the bathroom at the same time (as the handbook suggests). Does anyone have any ideas we can give the teachers about what to do with the kids during the "break"?


    We tell our teachers to take the break when they need it. Whether it's at the beginning of class in the middle or what all depends on the class and when they need some wiggle room.

  • Lindsey

    I am looking for a Primary Graduation Certificate to print out. Does anyone have one they can link to? I have tried to make one but it just doesn't look right! Thanks!
    lmb0923@gmail.com

  • Guest

    Just curious - in your ward does the Primary secretary ever do sharing time?

  • LiaT

    I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for their Primary Sacrament Program? We have a very small primary; more Junior than Senior. :-?

  • Linda Dunham

    When I have time to fill, while waiting for classes to return or children to get drinks and bathroom visits, I play the "Sacrament Meeting Game". I ask questions such as who said the opening and closing prayer in Sacrment Meeting, who gave the tals, what did they talk about, and what songs did we all sing. I find the children are paying attention in Sacrament Meeting because they want to participate in the game. - Linda D.

  • Alecia
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    Just curious - in your ward does the Primary secretary ever do sharing time?



    Yes! We are on a four week rotation, President, 1st, 2nd, Secretary. If we have a fifth week, we invite a guest to come and do sharing time. I love it because I am always the 3rd Sunday!

  • KL
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    Just curious - in your ward does the Primary secretary ever do sharing time?


    Yes! We are on a four week rotation, President, 1st, 2nd, Secretary. If we have a fifth week, we invite a guest to come and do sharing time. I love it because I am always the 3rd Sunday!


    I'm thinking I heard the Secretaries are not supposed to do Sharing Time. That would be a good thing to check with your Bishop on. I think it makes it pretty clear in the Handbook. Plus the secretary is really busy on Sundays anyway. Good luck, though. I know we thought about doing that because it does spread things out more.

  • JEN
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    I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for their Primary Sacrament Program? We have a very small primary; more Junior than Senior. :-?


    When my Mom was president, she used to collect copies of the talks given by the children throughout the year. Then she took quotes from each talk and found that (lo and Behold) the quotes always matched the monthly themes!
    Even talks given in the last few months after the program matched the themes for next year.
    In this way, the Program always consisted of the children's words and testimonies. Also, my mom never had to worry if she was using words or concepts that were too advanced for the children.
    Good Luck!

  • JEN

    [/quote] so, i am still confused on this... but, then it still doesn't answer the question of whether we have primary quarterly activities. any thoughts?[/quote]
    I've studied lds.org with this very question in mind:
    My understanding is that the entire ward activities program was consolidated by the new handbook. No longer do each of the auxiliaries have their own activities (with a few exceptions such as Youth, Cubs and Activity Day Girls), nor do wards have activities committees to plan ward activities. Whenever an auxiliary (or ward) wants to have an activity (i.e., Primary wants to introduce the yearly theme with a pancake breakfast, or Elder's Quorum wants to have a BBQ) a representative brings it to the attention of the Ward Council. As a Ward Council, the activity is approved and the auxiliary has their activity. This ensures that the families are not overtaxed in Church functions and that wards are not using their resources unnecessarily.

  • Rebecca
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    I'm looking for the scripture snake and Primary survival pack where can I find them? Thanks for your help!


    I saw this on the beehive message blog. I hope that answers your question. http://beehivemessages.blogspot.com/search/label/ Primary%20Spotlight

  • Rebecca Conner

    I thought I saw a couple of ideas for this year sacrament program, but now I can't find them..can someone point me in the right direction? thanks!

  • Smiles145
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    Our Primary presidency is concerned about the new Sunday Primary schedule outlined in the new handbook. We're not sure what to do with the kids for the 10 minute break between cl[censored] and sharing time. That is a loooong time. We have a good sized Primary with about thirty junior and thirty senior. There's no way 30 kids can get a drink of water and go to the bathroom at the same time (as the handbook suggests). Does anyone have any ideas we can give the teachers about what to do with the kids during the "break"?


    Kristen - our Primary reads scriptures during this break. For Junior Primary we read from the readers and for Senior they take turns and read a few verses. This gives them the opportunity to read the scriptures if they don't get to at home,but it also gives them to ask questions as we discuss what we read. Talk about feeling the Spirit! I love reading the scriptures with Primary!!

  • Bobbi Scaturo

    Does anyone BY CHANCE have the Deseret News Church Almanac 2011? I ordered one but live overseas and I'm not sure it will get here in time for my primary program. If you have on and would be willing to email me a couple numbers I'd BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!!!!! bobbiscaturo@gmail.com

  • Melissa in Florida

    Does anyone have an "End of the year checklist" for presidencies (it was just a list of all of the 1st of the year things we had to do)? I thought I got a great one off of this site a couple of years ago. Any help would be appreciated!!

  • Kathryn McCann

    Does anyone have a great idea For a small Christmas/appreciation gift for the teachers?

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