Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Slight Tweak to the Standard Plan

In our Primary class, it's customary to have the children read the stories from the scriptures, both for accuracy's sake and to give the children an easy way to participate. This time, that's going to be difficult.

The stories I'm going to cover aren't actually explained very well in the scriptures. The writing is hard to follow, several details are left out or tossed in when they shouldn't've been, and it's basically just far too confusing for 8-10-year-olds. Heck, even many adults struggle to follow the stories as they're written in the Bible.

So, instead, I'm going to summarize the stories to the best of my understanding from the scriptures, lesson manual, and seminary and institute classes, and I'll invite the children to participate by asking them questions about how they would've felt or what they would have done, or how they thought Abraham probably felt and what they thought he was going to do.

Of course, I'm going to try to incorporate the scriptures as much as possible. Some of the scriptures are clear enough to describe the situation without adding too many confusing details, and I can use those scriptures as a framework for teaching the stories, but I'm still probably going to lean a little more heavily on asking questions than I normally do in these lessons.

In any case, I hope I'll have the Lord's help as I teach this lesson. A lot has been on my mind lately, so I haven't prepared as well as I should have, and this lesson seems a bit trickier than normal anyway. If I teach this lesson well, it'll be a miracle.

1 comment:

Miriam Robarts said...

It's good to change it up a little every once in a while, even when you have a standard way of doing things that work well. You work hard on lessons for your class, and you must have studied for this one if you're using multiple reference books in your planning. Your kids are lucky to have you as one of their teachers.