Category Archives: Teaching Tips

MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: 30-second Trick for Teaching Scripture Stories

The internet is full of beautiful printables to teach the scripture stories. Unfortunately, sometimes you only have a few minutes to throw together a meaningful FHE or Primary lesson. In this short video I teach my favorite quick and easy trick for helping young kids act out the scripture stories. Using simple supplies you can find in any Church library, you’ll be able to whip up a finger-puppet primary lesson in a matter of minutes.

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MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: Easy Individual Worth & Repentance Object Lesson

Repentance can be a tricky subject when teaching teens. Often our attempts to teach the commandments can lead to feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Teaching kids to see themselves the way their Father in Heaven sees them can really help them understand their worth – regardless of where they are in the repentance process.

Here’s a quick video that demonstrates one of my favorite easy object lessons for teaching Individual Worth.

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MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: How to Use the New Doctrinal Mastery Seminary Program

If you haven’t already heard, there is a new program rolling out in Seminary classes this fall. Scripture Mastery memorization is being replaced with a great system called Doctrinal Mastery.

Doctrinal Mastery focuses on two major outcomes:
1. Learning and applying divine principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge
2. Mastering the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the scripture passages in which that doctrine is taught.

There are 10 key areas of study. I wanted my kids (even my little kids) to be able to find each of them easily in their scriptures so I created a new series of scripture stickers to help them locate all 100 verses.

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I’m a big fan of this new program. Here’s a quick video about how I’ve decided to help my kids use and learn these key scriptures.

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If you’re anxious to get these stickers in your kids scriptures, you’ll also want to watch this short video about how to print and place them.

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You can find the cool sticker paper and Doctrinal Mastery printables on MeckMom.com or in the MeckMom Etsy shop. All of the printables have been coordinated to the color guidelines set out by the popular LDS Seminary Teachers Facebook Group.

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Whether you use them for Scripture Study or just to prep your kids for those critical 4 years of high school, I hope you find a way to put them to use in your Family. Have a great week!

-Maria

MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: My favorite online quiz game for LDS classes

Need to add a little energy and excitement to your class? Want to see how much they’re actually learning in your lessons? It’s time to try my favorite online quiz game; Kahoot! Check out this short video to find out how to incorporate this fantastic, free game into any LDS class, FHE lesson or mutual activity.

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To create your own free account go to https://getkahoot.com

To make your own free quiz game go to https://create.kahoot.it

To access the quiz in class, have the students any browser on their smart device and go to https://kahoot.it

Kahoot is an easy online quiz game...perfect for any LDS classroom

Kahoot is an easy online quiz game…perfect for any LDS classroom

 

30 Techniques to quiet a noisy class

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Hi friends,
My hubby and I were just called as primary teachers.  EEEK!!!  We are both super jazzed about it, but honestly a bit nervous.  The last time we taught together was when we were newlyweds and taught 15-16 year old Sunday School together.  While we loved our class, we always did have a problem with getting them to be quiet and focused enough to even start the lesson.  In preparation for teaching primary, I found this article and thought there were some really great techniques that can be applied to primary and the youth.  I thought I would share it with you as well!  Do you have any additional techniques that you have found to work well?
Heart,
Melanie B.

MeckMom’s Teaching Tips: How to incorporate games into your lesson

Keeping teens and primary kids engaged in a lesson can be tricky. My favorite go-to-tool is to work in a simple game. This short video will give you some great tips on how to use games effectively in class as well as show you a few of my favorite grab-n-go games that can easily be incorporated into any lesson. I hope you enjoy it!

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I like to pick games that are easy to explain, fast to play and involve almost no set up. I also love games that have a bit of drama (like a tower that tips over or a balloon that might burst). The games I mentioned in the video are Boom Boom Balloon, Wonky, Jenga, and Tin Can Alley. I’m also a big fan of Bucket Blast, Bounce Off and Pie Face.

Sometimes I do a short game at the end of class and sometimes I like to have a full class of games to review everything we’ve learned in a unit or at the end of the year. Either way, I’ve always found that incorporating games into my lessons is a sure-fire way to keep students engaged and excited to participate.

Happy teaching everyone! I’ll be back next week with more tips.

Best,
Maria