Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday thoughts


I am loving my little Primary class. So far, only 4 have attended at any one time. A new family moved in this week, and so a new little girl was added to my roster, giving me a total of 8 possible students. One little boy and I predicted we would have 6 today, but we were wrong.

We have instituted a good news minute, which stretches out to a few minutes, they have so much enthusiasm! One boy told me for the second week in a row about the air soft gun he got for Christmas. Apparently it is such good news, it merits more than one telling.

We talked about choosing the right again today, and while I haven't looked through the whole manual, I am guessing we will be talking about that a lot this year -- so appropriate for little people who are preparing for baptism.

We examined several situations they might encounter in their young lives where they would have to make a decision. I am thoroughly charmed by how willing they are to do what is right, how insistent they are that they would do the right thing in any situation. I explained that it is hard even for grown-ups to always choose the right.

A friend of our family gave his farewell talk today before embarking on his mission to Zimbabwe. It was a wonderful talk, moving and inspirational. Such a good choice, and a good example our whole ward family.

12 comments:

Jill said...

I really miss having a primary class of my own, I always loved it so much.

I think you're brilliant for instituting a good news minute (or 10) so the kids have a chance to talk and the share things with each other. I used to let everyone in my classes say one thing too so everyone got a chance to be heard and so I knew what was going on in their lives.

Susan said...

I agree with the sweetness of children this age, loving to choose the right! I have a new Primary class this year as well, one year older. With my travel, I haven't been in class with them yet, but am looking forward to it.

Thank you for the sweet report.
I am learning that Primary can be quite rewarding!

Erin said...

So are you teaching the 7 turning 8 year olds? This is my class to. I do love it so!

Melinda said...

I really wish we had more teacher like you in our primary. We have some great teachers and then we have the others that are just doing the time. I wish they could realize the importance they have in these childrens lives.

Melinda said...

ps-are you going to put your crock pot recipes on your cooking blog. With the time of church we have I really need a new best friend!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I love the thought of you and one of your little boys speculating/betting.

Glad you had a good Sunday. I still remember what a great attitude you had in France. It serves you well.

Kelly said...

I'm glad you are enjoying your new class! I just got moved from the 6 year olds to the 4 year olds (PQ's class). I think the good news minute is fabulous, though in my new situation with 12 (yes, twelve!!) 4 year olds who aren't so great at editing, it takes a while. My old class had some attitude issues, so I am loving the pure sweet hearts of my 4 year olds, and their totally random comments are cracking me up so far.

Denise said...

Zimbabwe! Wow--that's a long way from Orem.

And air soft guns--yes, they merit more than one telling, in the eyes of a young boy.

Michelle said...

I love that you have a good news minute. We need that for all of our meetings.

patsy said...

I really miss primary. I could hardly stay awake during church last week... I miss being able to get up & walk around!

What is it with so many boys going to Africa... I hear it's on the verge of being the new "south america" as far as baptisms & the gospel go. (I am so glad jack is not going there... feewww!)

Teaching kids that age is such an important calling- you are no doubt, perfect for it!

amy m said...

When I taught I use to opened the first few minutes of the class up for the kids to tell me what they wanted as well. It's funny with the young ones all they want to do is talk about themselves. Of course I started doing this because I did it when I taught the YW and they needed it too. I guess everyone wants to share something.

rebekah said...

Ah, the good news minute! I love it! We've done it in a few Relief Societies I've been in, and it just isn't the same. But it surely does work with the young children. I think it's a great idea, since one way or the other they're going to tell you about their week. You might as well make it an official part of your time together!

I also loved the lessons in Primary/YW's when we were given situations and had to decide what the right thing to do would be. It really helped me understand that you have to make the decision to choose the right before you get into dicey situations. That way you have greater powers of discernment once the decisive moment comes.

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