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A Pattern for Teaching


“A Pattern for Teaching,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Old Testament 2022 (2021)

“A Pattern for Teaching,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2022

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A Pattern for Teaching

In this resource, you will find the following three-step pattern repeated in each outline: invite sharing, teach the doctrine, and encourage learning at home. In many cases, as you teach, the elements of this pattern may overlap or occur in a different order. For example, consider that sharing is an opportunity to teach the doctrine, and teaching doctrine should involve invitations to share. Likewise, encouraging learning at home can happen throughout a class discussion. Allow adjustments in this pattern to happen naturally, following the promptings of the Spirit to meet the needs of the children you teach.

Invite Sharing

As part of every class, invite the children to share their feelings, insights, and experiences about the principles you are teaching. Their comments may include experiences they have had learning at home. You might also review what they learned the previous week and ask how it has influenced their lives.

Teach the Doctrine

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families can help you better understand the doctrine you will teach to the children. Consider what scripture verses, quotations, experiences, questions, and other resources you might share to help the children understand and act on the gospel principles they learn. Help them recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost as He testifies of truth. Look for creative and inspired ways to help them be excited about what they are learning.

For ideas about how to use music to teach the doctrine, see the sections “Using Music to Teach Doctrine” and “Helping Children Learn and Remember Primary Songs and Hymns” in “Instructions for Singing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Music Presentation” in the back of this manual.

Encourage Learning at Home

Because the home is the center of gospel learning, one of your objectives as a Primary teacher is to encourage learning at home. How can you help the children share with their families what they learned in class? How can you encourage the children and their parents to continue to learn from the Old Testament at home?

For ideas about how to use music to teach the doctrine, see the sections “Using Music to Teach Doctrine” and “Helping Children Learn and Remember Primary Songs and Hymns” in “Instructions for Singing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Music Presentation” in the back of this manual.