How do you teach a two-year-old about reverence? How can you help a toddler learn to appreciate the scriptures? You're already well on your way to the right answers with Sunday Saver for Nursery! all 30 lesson topics in this book are cross-referenced in numerical order to the associated lesson in the Primary Behold Your Little Ones manual. Each topic includes two different activities to accommodate the differing learning and activity levels of nursery-age children. With appealing artwork and fun-to-do games and crafts, Sunday Savers for Nursery is sure to be a hit with children who are learning about the gospel and with adults who teach them. Use it every week in Primary ... but don't forget family home evening, where you and the kids can have more fun than you have had in a long time!
I absolutely love Sunday Savers! I have been using it for 7 months now and have had great success. Both myself and the children enjoy the illustrations in it. They are colorful and I feel that they depict the kind spirit of the Savior so wonderfully.
They are very helpful at adding fun activates/ideas to each lesson. I still use the provided church manual but I’m not a fan of the coloring sheets (clipart) or other craft ideas they have available. The children seem to lose interest very easily.
With Sunday Savers, the children also seem to retain the taught material. The parents have mentioned how engaged their children are throughout the week. They continue to use and talk about the handouts. I have some children who save their crafts or handouts and use them during sacrament. My 6-year-old son seems to enjoy them too.
I have not done it yet but was considering using these items for Family Home Evening.
The treat ideas aren’t always that great. Some of them are choking hazards so we choose not to use them all of the time.
All things considered, this is a wonderful product!
If you are looking for that little extra something in your lesson each week, then buy this CD ROM. It is absolutely fabulous. 3 year old children fresh from the nursery go through such an amazing transformation their first year in Primary. Coming from a playtime environment with snacks and treats to a more structured, learning environment with spiritual stimulation allows you as the teacher to witness their growth right before your eyes.
The activities on this CD ROM not only get their attention but help them retain what you (by the Spirit) are teaching them. Parents will enjoy the fact that they can use the activities you send home to re-enforce gospel principles throughout the week. They are great for Family Home Evening and just about anytime you want to invite the Spirit into your home.
You can print them in black and white, or color. Letting the children color their own activity is very engaging, but for the lessons that can foster a bigger impact both during class and at home, print them in color. I prefer to laminate those activities so they can be used over and over again.
A few of my favorites are:
Lesson 4 I can Pray to my Heavenly Father - the activity is of Daniel in the Lions Den - lamenated with detachable Daniel and Lions via velcro coins makes this a forever keepsake activity for the children you teach. They will enjoy retelling the story with their very own visual aid.
Lesson 16 I love my body - this activity includes the face of Daniel, mouth slit open, which allows for paper food to slide in like he is eating. Printing in color and on cardstock makes the food easy to put in his mouth.
Lesson 24 I love my brothers and sisters - this activity of the baby Moses scene lets the children tell the story of how baby Moses was put in a basket and how his sister followed him on his was to Pharohs wife.
Lesson 31 I am thankful for my home - activity is the picture of a jar on a piece of paper with tasks (jobs) the children can complete at home. This one is one of my all time favorites!
You will see as the year goes by, there will be no need for a food distraction when the children are being taught lessons outlined by the church coupled with activities to reinforce what is being taught.
Thank you ladies for your creativity that allows me to help teach choice spirits of our Heavenly Father!
I bought the CD version to use for Nursery. The "thought treats" they suggest are either elaborate or choking hazards or both. I can't imagine how much time and money it would take just to make the treats, let alone the handouts. One lesson suggested giving the children mirrors. We don't have the budget to buy 12 shatterproof mirrors in the Primary budget. One lesson help says to have children "memorize" a poster. We count ourselves lucky if we can get the kids to say "Jesus" during a lesson. I was looking for a few extra helps but I don't know that I'll find any in here. I wish I could have seen the content before I purchased. Live and learn. The children are happy to feel your love, hear stories of Jesus and family, sing songs, and play. They don't need elaborate treats and handouts.Stick to the Nursery manual and keep it simple.