Lesson #39 Music Makes Me Happy

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“Little children enjoy poems and songs with simple actions… often referred to as activity verses. You can use activity verses to help children learn gospel principles. You can also use them to help children feel welcome at the beginning of class, get ready to pray, or prepare to participate in a lesson. It is helpful to have several activity verses ready to use whenever you see a need to change the pace of a lesson or include the children in an activity” (Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 159).

Materials needed: Pictures 1-68, 1-69, a thin blanket (like fleece), snack for each child, a CD player and CDs of the Children’s Songbook and Primary 1,a pole with a string tied on the end and a magnet on the end of the string, paper fish with a paper clip on each and names of favorite songs ( “Once There Was a Snowman,” “Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Popcorn Popping, etc.) written on them.

Put a blanket on the floor and invite the children to sit down. Pass out snacks and sing activity songs while they eat such as:

“Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

“The Wheels on the Bus”

(If you have access to any of these in a picture book, use them as well)

I’m so happy when I sing. I saw that while you were singing, you had a smile on your face. How do those songs make you feel? Music makes me happy.

Sing various verses to:”If You’re Happy and You Know It” (Children’s Songbook, p. 266).

Invite children to sit back in their chairs. We sing songs in sacrament meeting to help us feel reverent when we take the sacrament. It helps us think of Jesus.  Have you ever noticed the lady (or man) who leads the music when we all sing in sacrament meeting? How would you like to pretend to be the chorister and lead the music? Have the children stand up and wave their arm while you all singing a reverence song they have learned in Primary.

The people in the scriptures loved music too. It helped them feel good inside. Show 1-68 David playing a harp for King Saul to make him feel better. Talk about how Saul was feeling sad and worried inside and that David’s beautiful singing and playing the harp helped him feel peaceful again.

Here is another picture (1-69). The Jaredites went across the ocean in barges, and it was a little scary inside. It was dark except for a light at the two ends of the boat, and there were very big waves that tossed them around. They sometimes went down deep under the surface of the water where there were sharks, fish and whales. But Heavenly Father protected them and they sang songs to be happy.

Are you ever frightened by the dark or by something that worries you? Maybe when you go to bed at night, you may feel a little scared. You can sing in the dark when you are scared and need to feel happy again. You can sing anytime, anywhere if you want to feel better. The Holy Ghost can help you feel happy when you sing a song and you are afraid and alone.

Pretend to be on a barge. Set up seats in rows for the children and turn off the light. Turn on a well-known Primary song on the CD for the children to sing to (we chose “I Am a Child of God”). While they are singing, flap the blanket up and down around the outside of the “barge” to simulate “waves.”

Did the waves bother you? How did you feel when you sang that song? You can sing that song whenever you need to feel peaceful inside. Share a time when music calmed you when you were scared/worried/sad.

Do the musical expression from the Primary 1 CD: Section 2 “Musical Awareness.”

Have the children sit back in their chairs. Tell them you are going to see how well they remembered the people we talked about in the scriptures that liked music. Show the David and Jaredite pictures and ask the children about each. What are the names? What are they doing? Why are they singing? Prompt the children if they need help remembering.

We are going to pretend to be the Jaredites again. Instead of being on a boat, we are going to go fishing in the ocean. 

Play with fishing pole and fish with songs on them. As each child “catches” a fish with the magnet on the pole, you read the name of the song written on it and all sing it.

Express your testimony of music in your life.


Sunbeam Lesson #21 "I Have Feelings"

Lesson #21   “I Have Feelings”

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“Our testimonies are often strengthened because of experiences we have. Perhaps you have had an experience that has strengthened your testimony that Heavenly Father answers prayers. Or you may have been blessed for obeying a certain commandment. When you share such experiences, you are a living witness of gospel truths, and the Spirit can bear witness to others that what you say is true. In addition to sharing your own experiences, you should encourage learners to share their experiences as they feel comfortable doing so” Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 45.

Materials needed: Gospel Art Kit pictures, mirror, a ball, paper plates with expressions drawn on, a hand puppet, playdough or a Father’s Day craft (see below).

Take note of what the Sunbeam children did during Sharing Time and on the way to class where they showed an emotion. In class, begin, by telling them what you noticed. If they were sad, discuss why. Happy? Excited?

Show pictures of different children in situations from the Gospel Art Kit such as Children Quarreling (1-48) and Children Playing With Blocks (1-49).  How do these people feel?  How can you tell?

We can feel different ways.  If you are happy, you have a smile on your face and you feel good inside.  If you are sad, you have a frown and you feel bad inside.  Look in the mirror and see what face you are making.

Jesus was happy many times when He lived on the earth. When He was with children, He was happy. He loves children, like you, very much. When Jesus died, many people were sad. Can you see the faces of the people in this picture? (1-73). What are they feeling? Why?

I am grateful that Jesus died for us so that we can all live again. We can live together with our families in heaven because Jesus resurrected and gave that gift to us. That makes me very happy! How does that make you feel?

Sing: “Smiles” (Children’s Songbook, p. 267)

I have a some paper plate faces that show different feelings.  Can you guess what they are? When we see a face, let’s make the same expression with our faces too.

I have a puppet who would like to tell some stories.

Puppet: You and your friend are playing with toys and they won’t share.  they grab a toy from your hands. What should you do if you feel angry?  (Stand up when you hear a good choice, sit down when I say a bad choice)

Hit your friend

Throw a toy

Use your words and say, “Let’s take turns.”

Two children, a brother and sister, are sweeping the kitchen. The brother is sweeping with the broom and the sister is holding the dust pan. The brother sweeps too hard and hits his sister with the broom on accident. The sister says, “You stupid! What should the brother do after his sister called him a bad name? (Stand up when you hear a good choice, sit down when I say a bad choice)

Yell and scream

Call his sister a bad name

Hit his sister

Say, “Don’t call me a bad name.  I don’t like that.”

(Make up more scenarios and possible reactions if desired)

We can also go to an adult and tell them if we need help.  We can ask a teacher, our parents or neighbors if we are in trouble and are sad or afraid.  If we are scared or feel  sad, we can also pray to Heavenly Father. 

Tell a personal story about when you felt scared, worried, alone or sad and how prayer helped you. Keep it a simple and age-appropriate story that is reassuring to the young children. Ask if they have prayed when they were sad or worried or scared. How did they feel after?

Sing: “If You’re Happy” (Children’s Songbook, p. 266)

Sing additional verses with other emotions: (mad.. stomp your feet/sad… make a frown/tired…go to sleep/hurt…cry boo hoo)

Gather children on the floor: Roll a ball back and forth. Each child that catches the ball answers the questions, “What makes you happy?”

Testimony.  Even though we may feel sad or afraid or angry sometimes, we want to be happy.  Heavenly Father and Jesus want  us to be happy.  Jesus died for us so we can live with him again and be happy forever.

Alternative endings: You can get out Play Dough and have the children share it. Sharing makes everyone happy.

Or, if this Sunday falls on Father’s Day, talk about what makes their dad happy. What can they do for their dad? Make a craft or a special card to give to their dad.

Sunbeam Lesson #7 "The Holy Ghost Helps Me"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“Each person you teach is precious in the sight of the Lord, and each person should be precious in your sight as well. Find ways to reach out to each person you teach (see ‘Reaching Out to the One,’ pages 35-36). As those you teach realize that you love them and are concerned about them, they will learn to trust you. They will become more teachable and less likely to cause disruptions (see ‘Love Softens Hearts,’ pages 31-12)” Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 79.

Materials needed: Pictures from the manual resouces, items for the “whisper” activity, the strips of paper and jar, the smile/frown chart to take home.

Begin with the activity song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Repeat it with different variations: fast, slow, loud, soft. When done, remind the children that we all have different parts to our bodies.

Show picture of Heavenly Father and Jesus. They have a body. Do they have a nose?  Where is your nose?  Do they  have hands?  Where are your hands? (repeat with other parts of body).

We look like our Heavenly Father because he is our Father, just like we have a father and mother in our family on earth.

We are going to talk about another special person who works with Heavenly Father and Jesus.  His name is the “Holy Ghost.” He has other names like the “Holy Spirit” the “Still Small Voice” and the “Comforter.”  He doesn’t have a body, but is a spirit. He is very important because he helps us everyday to do the right things. You will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost as a constant help when you are baptized.

Tell the children you are going to whisper an important message in their ears. After they listen carefully, they are to do what you said. (Here are some ideas: “Hold up your scriptures above your heads” or “Eat this cracker I am putting in your hand” or “Smile at another child in our class”).

Who heard what I said?  You listened and obeyed my instructions that I whispered. My words were very quiet but you sat very still and listened carefully. I told you to….. You had to listen very carefully to my voice to hear it. 

They Holy Ghost whispers very softly to us and we have to listen very carefully.  He mostly whispers to our heart, so we feel what he says.  He doesn’t whisper in our ears like I just did. 

When we do what is right, the Holy Ghost makes us feel happy.  When we do something wrong, the Holy Ghost makes us feel sad. When have you felt happy? (get responses). The Spirit guides us to do what is right. He helps us feel good inside. When we do something wrong, He helps us to feel sad so we can say we are sorry.

Put the following sentences on strips of paper and put inside a jar. Wrap the outside of the jar with a piece of paper and draw a smiley face on one side, a frowny face on another. Seat the children in a circle on the floor.

Here are some things we do. We’ll roll the jar across the floor to a child and they get to reach inside and pull out a piece of. I’ll read it out loud.  I’d like everyone to make a smiling face or a frowning face, and a “thumbs up” if they are good choices or “thumbs down” if they are bad: (after each one, emphasize how the Holy Ghost will help them feel in their hearts either good or bad)

You help your mom clean up your room

You share your toys

You forget to say your prayers

You give your friend a hug when she got hurt

Your mom tells you to brush your teeth but you say, “No!”

You remember to say your prayers

Your dad says to pick up your clothes but you throw them on the floor

You come to church

Share an appropriate experience in your life when you followed or ignored the promptings of the Spirit and how you felt and what were the consequences.

Tell them that you are going to sing a song about the Holy Ghost (“Listen, Listen” Children’s Songbook, p. 107). While you sing, they walk around the room. When you finish, they stop in front of a picture that is posted on the wall (uses pictures that come with the manual that show children doing different things, good and bad).

Ask them to describe what they see in the picture. Are the children following the Holy Ghost or not? Everyone votes thumbs up or down. Repeat a few times. Then see if they can sing part or the whole song with you.

Play the “whisper game”  You whisper something in each child’s ear and they have to do that thing.  We guess what it is (jump up and down, sit on the floor, blink their eyes, hug a friend, clap their hands, etc.). We all do that action together. Variation: they whisper in someone else’s ear.

Share your testimony that listening for the feelings the Holy Ghost gives us will help us to choose the right and be happy.

Extension activity for home: Draw a line down the center of a paper. Put a smiley face over the lefthand column; a frowny face over the righthand column. Write the following instructions: Parents, we learned today in Sunbeams that the Holy Ghost will help us feel happy when we do what is right and sad when we make a wrong choice. This week, help your child identify when they have made a choice. Talk to them about how it made them feel and what were the consequences. Write down the choice in the happy face column or sad face column and discuss the power of the Holy Ghost guiding your life. If they have made a wrong choice, help your child to discuss how they can correct the wrong and make a better choice next time.