We both felt strongly that we could, and should, do better. Our main concerns were:
- maintaining reverence in the classroom
- keeping their attention
- keeping them in their seats, except when appropriate
- helping each child obtain the goals our Stake Primary Presidency had set forth for them
- learning the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation songs
- memorizing the first six Articles of Faith
- working at a monthly reverence goal at a ward level
- and, most importantly, ensuring that each child feels special and loved
I Know My Savior Lives, in combination with my version of the CTR chart suggestion in the lesson manual we are using this year (Primary 2: Choose The Right A). The bottom right displays the class rules we agreed upon as a class.
We now begin and end each class with a song: one is the monthly song we are learning for the program and the other is the corresponding song for the Article of Faith we are working on. The display has pockets to hold flip charts for the songs and charts to track our progress. I also bring in my mp3 player with the music downloaded for these songs (from lds.org) to help us.
Last year someone would always feel hurt when it wasn’t their turn to say a prayer. Now we just flip over their stick to show them praying once they’ve had a turn.
Although a tri-fold board is not very expensive, you needn’t necessarily use one to have similar results. You could use a poster board or even a piece of cardstock and only apply the elements that your class would benefit from.
This idea could also be easily adapted to fit a Young Women’s class, Cub Scout den, etc.
Our entire class has noticed the change. We all feel the Spirit so much stronger and I am amazed by how well this worked (even beyond when it was just ‘something new’!). I hope you find it useful, too!