I have been thoroughly enjoying The Redheaded Hostess‘s great ideas for scripture study and teaching the gospel to little ones. I even ordered her brand new scripture journals for myself for Christmas, but shhhh it’s a surprise! I was totally inspired by Shannon to create something for our Primary children to record what they learn each month. The Primary Sharing Time Journal is the product of that inspiration.
As I’ve thought a lot about how Primary went this year with our focus on the Articles of Faith while the theme focused on the scriptures, I’ve been thinking what we can do for next year to build on that foundation. We’re planning on continuing to work on memorizing the Articles of Faith since it’s part of the Faith in God program. We did a reward system this year where they put scoops of beans in a large vase for every Article of Faith they memorized and passed off to their teacher. Once the vase is full then we have a party, about three a year. This coming year we’re going to focus on memorizing the scriptures that go with each month’s theme.
Also, I know (fingers crossed) that we’ll be moving this summer for Brent’s rotations. Last summer our presidency changed in June and then we all went on vacations for the summer and we spent all fall scrambling to put together the sacrament program. I don’t want to leave the next presidency in the same mess we put ourselves in so I created a Primary Sharing Time Journal to help the kids remember what they learn each month about the theme. Hopefully their written record of what they learned can be used to prepare the sacrament program and make that process easier for a new presidency.
My plan is that we will keep the journals all year handing them out once a month for the kids to update them and write what they’ve learned. Then in December we can give it to them as a gift and souvenir of their year in primary.
If you’re interested in using this with your children or primary, you can download the Primary Sharing Time Journal 2012 here.
This is a free download. I created the journal in Illustrator; translation, with a lot of tears and some gnashing of teeth. Please use these journals for personal, church or noncommercial use only (please don’t sell it!) And if you’d like to share it with others, please refer them to this post where they can download the file (don’t link to the pdf itself or host it elsewhere.)