Monday, March 1, 2010

Introdution Sunday--Follow the Prophet

Are ya ready to tackle this one? I hope you are, it's going to be so much fun.

I'm changing my monthly method a bit this month. This song is big, and repeat week and program week will be incorporated into the activities I'm going to do...but it won't be the main focus this month. All four weeks will actually be somewhat of introduction weeks....but we'll get the job done. Two weeks ago, I already handed out a different verse to each primary class (most of the Jr. primary classes are paired with a Sr. Class so it will work for the program)...so they've been looking over what their verse says already.

I read a primusic group email that suggested the main idea of the time machine. I'm sorry I don't remember who exactly was so brilliant as to come up with this, but thanks a million. My crazy mind took hold and added too it a bit...

So here's week #1 of "Follow The Prophet" ADAM WAS A PROPHET

Prep:

1 Time machine (Okay, I've thought a lot about the best way to go about it. For me, the best way to make a time machine will be to decorate the inside of the primary room door to look like the door of a time machine. You can do this anyway you want, and I really haven't got that far yet...so who knows what it will end up looking like. Just make sure it has a little mock dial that can be turned to "Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon/Pearl of Great Price, Latter Days". The reason I choose to do it on the Primary door was I didn't want anyone to have to sit in a box and wait until I was ready for them to come out...this way, they can just wait for me to say loudly out side the door...."Let's see who comes out of our time machine.")

1 wonderful husband and wife team that will play the part of Adam and Eve. Have them dress up in simple clothing....animal skins ...etc. Post Garden, obviously. Give them a little script as to what they need to say..have them memorize it and put it into their own words so it looks natural for them.

5 picture prompts ..one for each line...that have been mounted on apples (or whatever fruit you would like) cutouts to hang on the board. Have Eve bring these with her.

Draw a picture of a Tree on the board big enough for your apples to fit on.

Presentation:

Tell the children that today is an exciting day. We're going to have a visitor from the past, but before we can do that we need to learn the chorus of our new song. Teach the chorus any way you would like too.....most of the children know this by heart. This shouldn't take more than 2 min.

Go over to the "time machine" Set it to Old Testament times. Put your ear to the door and whisper..."I think its working....I'd better get back."

Have Adam open the door with his back to the children and say, "Over here Eve, I think I found some more firewood." Have him turn around and looked shocked to see the children....Have Eve show up looking at Adam (not noticing the children) and say, "Look Adam, I found some nice apples..." then have her notice his shocked look and look at the kids and have her look surprised.

At this point, invite them to come to the front. Have them introduce themselves (maybe even sing the "hello" song too them for kicks)...then have Adam tell a bit about them and about their lives. Have them be quick and to the point. It should only take two min tops...guide their story through questions. Have Eve show the children the apples, and have her tell them that she thinks this will help the children to remember who they are and what they did...

Have a child come and see if they can pick out the first line of the song. Have them put it on the tree. (For Jr. Primary, have Eve hand them the correct apple and have them put it on the tree.) Sing through the lines. Combine it with the chorus. Have the class that is going to sing this verse come to the front and lead the rest of the Primary in singing it.

Have Adam tell the children he was happy to meet them. Have him encourage them to do their best and keep reading the Scriptures and Following the Living Prophet. Have Adam and Eve wave goodbye and go back into the time machine.

This should take up your time. If not, you can then quickly teach them the Enoch verse.


Next week---Noah. Make sure and keep your time machine stuff, we'll be using it all month.

**thecrazychorister

20 comments:

Courtney Price said...

I made a pretty sweet time-machine a while ago... contact me & I'll send a pic for a post?

Kristin said...

This is a great idea. Your kids will be totally wowed. I just wanted you to know I used one of your review ideas and linked to you here. Thanks so much for the help!

http://isingusing.blogspot.com/

Scooterdoodah said...

Melanie ~

I'm doing a President Monson verse. Still in the "think tank," but for what it's worth!

Thomas Spencer Monson prophet of our day…
Seeking out the lost sheep, who have gone astray…
Visiting the sick and helping those in need…
Blessing all around him through his kindly deeds!

McNary's Blog-log said...

Scooterdoodah....if i may i really would like to use that vrs. that is so cute. thanks Melanie for the ideas, i will have to change a few things due to the fact i won't be here and hate to ask a sub to do something crazy like this when everyone that knows me know I AM THE CRAZY ONE! lol. love the idea and hope you don't mind me stealing the vrs from your blog! thanks!

Erick & Kami Wright Family said...

What order are you presenting the verses? Adam, Noah?? How are you presenting this song in the program?

I had an idea for the program, Teach the chorus in sign language and then have each class sing a verse. I also ordered cardboard cutouts 3Ft tall from Oriental trading. each class is going to decorate theirs to look like their prophet, and then hold them up while they sing their verse

cassie said...

The cut outs are a good idea for primary, but you can't use visuals in the chapel.

Melanie said...

Erick & Kami Wright Family--

I'm presenting the Song as it is written in the children's song book. I am simply highlighting certain verses with a visit from that "prophet". We will learn all the verses in the correct order, and each class will ultimately present one verse in the program. Thanks for your question.

*thecrazychorister

Paula said...

this might just be the coolest idea...ever!

anne said...

Let me just say I was so excited when I saw this post. I was in the primary presidency before they called me to be the chorister and I did a time machine for a sharing time and Nephi came out and talked to the kids. I've been dying to use it again because it had such GOOD results, but I didn't have a good time to use it. I would've never thought to use it for this month so I'm super glad I stopped by your blog.

THANKS for all your fantastic ideas. :)

Kerstin said...

I would love to see Courtney Price's picture of her time machine . . . .
This is a great idea and works so well with introducing the various prophets. I was wondering though how exactly you are going to dress Adam and Eve. I keep having visions of leopard skin costumes but I'm a little nervous about how they'd turn out.

Melanie said...

Kerstin-

I had a good chuckle...but no, no leopard skins. I'm just having them wear their church cloths...obviously. I've asked "Eve" to wear white or brown skirt or shirt...Adam white shirt and slacks....and then over their church cloths Adam is just going to wear this little animal skin over his shoulder and Eve is going to have something similar...It's really, really Simple as far as costumes go. It's more important on WHO you get to play the part. Someone who will take it seriously and do their best to stay in character.

I too, would love to see a picture of Courtney Price's time machine...hopefully she'll send it too me so we can see it.

Luke and Mary said...

First off, I enjoy and appreciate your blog very much! :)

But Enoch wasn't one of Adam's children. (obviously he's related rather closely) He was several generations down the line so it might be confusing to the children if you say he was one of their children. More great great great (or so) grandchild

Melanie said...

Thanks for the clarification.... :)

Nan and Aaron said...

Scooterdodah,

I think I like your Pres. Monson verse better than the one in the friend.

Scooterdoodah said...

Yikes! There is one in the Friend? I guess I better sign up for that magazine. I had no idea. I hope it's okay to do that!

Carolyn

IlvPrimary said...

I used your ideas today. I worked perfect! Every kids loved it! Thank you so much for sharing! You're incrediable! :)

Amy Golding said...

I used your idea to do this and it worked wonderfully! The kids LOVED it! I made a time machine and called it an "iTime" and had an apple keyboard. I told them I was using my bluetooth keyboard and they got such kicks out of it. Then I had a key on the door that said press 1 for Old Testament, press 2 for New Testament, and so forth. I also had Noah come in after Adam. I had Noah hold an umbrella and have two stuffed animals under his arms. Seriously, thank you SO much for this idea! You are a SAINT! :)

Scott said...

Thnaks for all you wonderful ideas! I changed the words to the Pres Monson verse just a little bit because it was a little wordy...

Heav’nly Father loves and wants us to return,
Blesses us with prophets, they help us to learn.
Pre-si-dent Monson leads the church today.
Following his words, we choose the righteous way.

*Crusan said...

I don't know what I would do each sunday if it werent for melanies blog and all of the awesome comments and suggestions of the readers! Thank you all!!!!

Heather said...

Fabulous! Love it! You are so awesome!

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