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Junior Primary: Preparing to Teach

let-your-light-so-shine-walter-raneIn preparing to teach Junior Primary, your personal preparation should be your first priority.  “And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:14).  Below is a list of ways you can prepare yourself to teach your primary class:

  • Engage in daily prayer, scripture study, and meditation.
  • Go over the next week’s lesson each Sunday after church. Think and pray about the lesson’s topic throughout the week and jot down ideas.
  • Be consistent in your spiritual dedication and church attendance.
  • Be prepared to help the children apply scripture stories and gospel principles in their lives. You can even give them weekly challenges that pertain to the lesson!
  • Get to know and love the children you teach. Pray about them, be aware of their interests, and show them that you truly care.


Another challenge in teaching Junior Primary is helping your children be reverent in class.  Below are some ideas of how you can help the children in your class prepare to be reverent every Sunday!

  • Make a class schedule that will let the children in your class know what to expect and when to expect it.  You may want to include time for a bathroom break, show and tell, lesson, art activity, etc.
  • Make name tags for each child that you can attach to their chairs each week.  You can change the seating arrangement each week for variety.  Notice which children are more reverent while sitting next to each other.
  • Make a list of reverence rules to remind the children how they can be reverent in class.  Place the list where the children can see it in class each week.  (Here’s a great example from Susan Fitch Design!)
  • Prepare reverence rewards for reverent class members.  They can be as simple as a sticker, certificate, or pencil.  These rewards can be given out weekly or monthly.


Also, you can check out the post “Junior Primary: Lesson Enrichment Ideas” for more ways to help your classes be engaging and fulfilling for your students!


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