Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Identify the doctrine (discussing respect): Tell the children that a very important person is coming to Primary today. Ask the children to demonstrate how they can show respect to this person. Have them guess who the person might be. Hum “I Am a Child of God” as you pin a paper star on every child. Explain that every person is important and that we should treat everyone with respect. Tell the children that several of the Ten Commandments teach us how to respect others.
Encourage understanding (discussing case studies):Explain that the Ten Commandments teach us that we should not steal or lie; this is one way we respect others. Prepare several case studies (see TNGC, 161–62) that present situations in which children are faced with a choice about honesty. Divide the children into groups, and give each group a few case studies. Ask them to read each case study and discuss how they could be honest in each situation.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s Respect Others Sharing Time idea was inspired by a great story from The Friend (I link to it below). Although this story would have been perfect for last week’s theme, “I Should Honor My Parents”, I decided to go ahead and create a Sharing Time that works great for this week’s theme, “I Should Respect Others”. For this activity, the children will be hearing as story about a little boy going fishing, and then they will go fishing to learn how they can show respect to others. I hope you enjoy this idea!
Respect Others Sharing Time Idea
Begin your lesson by using the “Identify the Doctrine” idea from the outline, or something like that. Explain to the children that every person is important and that we should treat everyone with respect. Tell the children that several of the Ten Commandments teach us how to respect others.
You could remind the children that last week they learned about honoring their parents. Tell the children that today they are going to be learning about respecting others by listening to a story, and then participating in a fun activity.
Read the story, “Caught” found here, or tell the story in your own words. After you have told the story, discuss how Jake didn’t show respect to his mother. You could then discuss how we did show respect.
In the story, Jake lies to his mother about cleaning his room so he can go fishing. While he is out fishing, he gets his hook gets stuck in his shirt. I thought it would be fun for the kids to do a fishing activity to learn a little bit about respecting others.
At first I was going to have the children catch fish with scenarios on the back, but then I decided to do something a little differently. I created 7 fish with the letters of “RESPECT”. Each letter of “RESPECT” has a statement to match that will talk about how we can show respect to others.
How To Play
At the front of the room have your fish on the floor. Have the Respect Strips scattered on top of a table. You could also have the Respect Strips attached to a brown bag with the matching Respect Scenario strips inside. You could also glue the Statement Strip and the matching Scenario strip together. It would be kind of cute to have fishing line hanging from the ceiling with the Statement/Scenario Strips attached to the end (just a thought).
The children will take turns fishing for one of the fish. Once a fish is caught, have the child match their fish to the appropriate letter/statement. Read the statement aloud, and discuss it a little bit. Then read the scenario that goes with that letter/statement, and have the child answer the question.
As the children match their fish with the statements, place them on a chalkboard. At the end, you can review each statement and explain that each of these things is ways we can show respect to others.
I have included printables to help make planning your sharing time a little easier, and I included a quick little outline for the fishing activity. You can find everything using the link below!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Respect Others Sharing Time Idea and use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
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