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BIRTHDAY IDEAS:

 Mini M&M Container Crayon Labels by Cynthia Gentry
 Sun Jars - For their birthday, you could give them a Sun Jar but the vinyl could say something like, "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam" 

CHECK IN:

 Check In by Becke McDaniel

CLIPART / PICTURES:

 Primary Manual Pictures by Leona Strom

COLORING PAGES:

 Coloring Pages from the Friend Magazine - Great resource!
 Coloring Pages from Young Zone by Elaine Young

GRADUATING TO SUNBEAMS:

I Don't Want To Be Three (Helping Your 3 year old Transition into Sunbeams) - I gave this story to each child graduating into Sunbeams.  I asked the parents to take time during the week to read it to their child.
I'm going to Primary - Melissa Dillon thought it would be cute to give to the children who are “graduating” from Nursery this week.  It's taken from the January 1999 Friend Magazine.
Nursery Graduation Idea by Sara Roylance
Nursery Graduation Certificate by Amy Busch
Nursery Graduation Program - Held the last Sunday of the year, 20 minutes before church gets out. by Diane Tamariki
 Sunbeam Shirts by Shauna H. Hostetler

HANDOUTS:

 Sunbeam Pencil Toppers
 Sunbeam Pencil Toppers by BreAnne Bishop

JOKES:

 Sunbeams by Robert Armstrong

LESSON HELPS:

 Click here for Primary Manual 1 Lesson Helps

MISCELLANEOUS:

 I made little postcard size cards that read:  "Jesus wants you for a Sunbeam... and so do we.  Welcome to Primary."  Then I attached a CTR ring with some organza ribbon.  Now, I know that they are not CTR's yet, but this way we were able to go and visit each child before they came on Sunday.  (Idea by Tammy Clayton / ga01062007)
 Some suggestions from a Sunbeam Teacher by Nicole Richins
Sunbeam Box by Lisa Van Gemert
 Sunbeam Letters by Cynthia Mikesell

MUSIC:

 For the songs suggested for each lesson we make little song books of contact paper.  I cut the paper in half and then fold the paper in half.  I put pictures and words in that they could color.  On the back I put the words of the song along with the page number.  I keep the books so that we can sing each Sunday.  If they forget the words, I have the books for them to look at.  They look forward to it each Sunday.  At the end of the year they will get each of their books to take home.  Each book has their name. (Idea by Diana Bedgisoff / ga05052009)

OTHER:

 Children's Scriptures - GREAT idea!
 Handprint Quilts by Rachel Guillen - Fun idea 
 Personalized Magic Carpets by Heather Loverde - Could be adapted for Sunbeams
Primary Manual Pictures by Leona Strom
 Scripture Bags by Angela Davidson
 Sunbeam Scriptures and Class Photo by Angela Davidson
 Sunbeam Magnets by Brindy {Set 1} and {Set 2}
 "Tag-Along" Bag by Beth Moffat

PRIMARY PROGRAM:

 We found a great scripture to use this year. Our 15 Sunbeams are memorizing it and will recite it for our program in the fall. Romans 8:16. "The Spirit itself, beareth witness with our Spirit, that we are the Children of God." (Idea shared by Kathee Merkley / ga02022008)

REVERENCE IDEAS (Specific to Sunbeams):

 An idea for Sunbeams
 Baby Birdie by Michelle Hammons
 CTR Badges by Maria Eckersley
 Have little cut outs of an egg and have them sit on the eggs to keep them warm.  If they get up, just say... "remember to keep your egg warm" at the end of class/singing time, or whatever.  They can hand in their warm egg for a cut out of a chick. It's worked really well! (Idea by Caryn in Atlanta) (See additional idea here)
 I shared with them the poem "What If" it is from the Friend. I printed off a small mouse and gave them it to put in their pocket.  I brought tape for those who did not have a pocket.  They sat so still so that their mice could see and hear. (Idea by Nicole Richins / ga11152007)
"I started teaching my Sunbeams class with the idea from here about putting the laminated Sunbeams picture on their chair and telling them that they need to sit on their sunbeam otherwise I might snatch it and they won't get their treat at the end of class.  I always make sure to have the "Treat Bag" displayed so they have some visual motivation. I also printed out clip art of 1) a sunbeam 2) Jesus Christ 3) a game 4) a book (story) 5) kids coloring 6) treat and 7) note (singing).  I display this at the front of the room each Sunday and it saves me!  We start out the class by singing "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam." It helps get out the wiggles and settles them down for the lesson.  The picture of Jesus is for the lesson.      Then we do a game of some sort.  After that, I tell a story usually from the scriptures.  We always color pictures (which can take as long as I need).  After that, the kids turn in their Sunbeam from their seat and get their treat, put away their chairs and then we sing songs!  The children know what to expect and it also helps me prepare my lesson each Sunday!" (Idea shared by Caytee Wankier / ga08102012)
 My son was one of those antsy kiddos who couldn't sit still. His Sunbeam teacher gave him a heavy set of scriptures to hold. I'm not sure why, but it worked most Sundays at keeping him in his seat. The other children all wanted a turn to hold the scriptures but it was his important job...and his alone. She made a big deal about the "hand-off" if he was getting up to participate in Primary, and then asked if he would please hold the scriptures again when he was done. It made him feel special and helped him to be reverent. (Idea by Amber Pace)
 Print off some sunshine's and laminate them.  Tape them to their chairs and tell them to stay on their chairs so their sunshine's don't grow cold.
 Sarah and Sam Sunbeam by Terrie Bittner
 Sunbeam Reverence Badges by Sheryl Jones

SCRAPBOOK STUFF

 Sunbeam Scrapbook Kit - for FREE and very cute!

STORIES (Relating to becoming a Sunbeam and graduating from Nursery):

 I Don't Want To Be Three (Helping Your 3 year old Transition into Sunbeams) - I gave this story to each child graduating into Sunbeams.  I asked the parents to take time during the week to read it to their child.
 The Sunbeam from January 1994 Friend

SUNBEAM PACKETS:

 New Sunbeams Packet by Emily Hodges
 Sunbeam Packet by Heather Shelton - Pass these packets out to the Nursery children who will be graduating to Sunbeams to help prepare them for Primary.  
 
YAHOO GROUPS:

 Sunbeam Yahoo Group - The purpose of this Yahoo group reads, "This is a group for those who teach the Sunbeams class, as well as for parents of Sunbeam children! We welcome you to share your ideas about teaching these precious children, as well as struggles you are trying to overcome. We're here to support each other as we help these children grow closer to our Heavenly Father."



 
Comments (25)
  • malinda

    For the first day of sunbeams we eat "sunbeams" which are honeycomb cereal in snack sized zip lock baggies.

    We also have a "reverent blanket" which is a white sheet we put on the ground. when the children first come in they sit in the chairs. We then welcome them to class & look for reverent children who are folding their arms, sitting on their "pockets" to come sit on the special reverent carpet on the floor. We then sing "here we are together" and each of the children stand up & say their name when it is their turn. Sometimes we talk about our week on the reverent carpet, answer any pressing questions and get to know one another! We have lots of fun but learn to be reverent at the same time.

  • malinda

    :eek: Sorry, I meant to say we eat "sunbeam snacks" not Sunbeams! they are actually honeycomb cereal.

  • Anonymous

    We have 2 special needs children in our sunbeam class. We found it very difficult to have them sit, going from Sacrament meeting to O.Exercises, then singing/sharing time. So, we are trying having them miss O.E. They go play for 20 minutes, eat snack, then join us for sing/sharing time before lesson time. We'll see how it goes.

  • Anonymous

    I am wondering what others do with sunbeams who are not potty trained, that bite, and are not ready to sit? Any suggestions.

  • Nikki  - Potty trained

    My son was not potty trained by the time he made it to Sunbeams, so I just had him wear a diaper to church. Yes at 3. It took about a month but he learned to go to the bathroom when I told him he needed to go between sacramaent and class.

  • Melissa

    I made Sundy spirit Boxes that we keep in our closet. It has two CD players with the Primary CD music. It has cloring pages from the Friend. A few mini church books. Some crayons and paper. We have a few kids that have challenges in our ward too. They love these boxes. The kids can use them during class time and it keepes them in Primary.

  • linda

    I need alot of help in reverence. We have our sharing time split between jr primary and sr. primary. The jr primary is the third hour., they are just all wiggles and some run, some talk, and one or two out of ten actually sit and listen i dint know what to do. i have tried the badges, the reverent jar, and the sunshine thing they sit on and nothing seems to work. I would greatly appreciate any other ideas please help. suggestions?

  • Joan  - Reverence help

    I copied a cute clip art picture of a sunshine, about 3"x3" size, then I printed the words "You are a star! Thanks for being reverent!". I then attach a Starburst candy they can have if they are reverent during sharing AND class time. I call this a "reverence star". One mom had her son save the papers so he could see how reverent he's been. Works great!

  • Donna Foster  - Focus

    Every group is different, so I always have to experiment, but primarily I try to be as animated as possible. I try to know the lesson so well that I can instantly drop what isn't working and switch to something that will grab their attention. I try to involve them physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc. I try to involve them in dramatizing everything, acting out what I'm talking either with their hands or getting up and using our whole bodies. I try to keep surprising them so their focus stays on my face.
    I ask Heavenly Father to help me feel the Spirit and then listen intently and do what I'm directed to do.

  • Angela
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    I need alot of help in reverence. We have our sharing time split between jr primary and sr. primary. The jr primary is the third hour., they are just all wiggles and some run, some talk, and one or two out of ten actually sit and listen i dint know what to do. i have tried the badges, the reverent jar, and the sunshine thing they sit on and nothing seems to work. I would greatly appreciate any other ideas please help. suggestions?



    Bribes - I had a couple wild boys at the beginning of the year. I would tell them if they were sitting on their bottoms being good I would give them a fruit snack. If They started acting up again I'd just say "if your sitting in your chair on your bottom I'll give you a treat." I did that for about 6 weeks and now they're much better, not perfect, but better.

  • Sherry  - SNACKs

    I usually give snacks after opening prayers (to help the sunbeams get use to the transition from nursery). However, I am not going to do that anymore, because, while most my sunbeams have been neat, I have 1 sunbeam who is very messy and distracting, (I have to stop between my lesson to clean up after him) so I am putting new rules in place, which is NO SNACK until after I am presenting the lesson.
    Perhaps this will entice him to be more reverent to be looking forward to having snacks!

  • Carlee Spencer

    I've had my son (who is a September birthday) in my Sunbeam class this past year, and it has been nothing less than a challenge. One thing that seemed to work to keep him still & reverent was to allow him to keep a toy (non noise-making) during primary time, but only if he remained reverent. Every time he wasn't reverent, I held onto the toy. Every time he was reverent, I gave the toy back to him. Some times the toy became a distraction, but I was able to just take the toy away and try again another day. If the kids have something that makes them feel special or at ease (you may want to ask their parent), then you could have them bring that item, or you could create one for them. Also-talking to parents has helped. I had some great girls in my class this past year, but there were times that they seemed to have eaten a bit too much candy before church. Come to find out, they had! and talking to mom & dad, helped reinforce the need to be reverent.

  • Malia Nielsen

    I need some help. I just was put in as a sunbeam teacher in my ward. We have a class assignment to do an activity with the theme "I can follow Jesus Christ's example" Then at the end of the month we have to get up in sharing time and share what we did and what we learned. I have no idea what to do with these cute little kiddos. Any advice would be great! Thanks!!

  • Guest

    Teach your lesson while they are eating a snack. Then do several short activities. Get them out of their seat. Let them move around in class afterall sitting for three hours is hard for all of us. However, respect and reverance still must be upheld during all activities.

  • CStailey
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    I need alot of help in reverence. We have our sharing time split between jr primary and sr. primary. The jr primary is the third hour., they are just all wiggles and some run, some talk, and one or two out of ten actually sit and listen i dint know what to do. i have tried the badges, the reverent jar, and the sunshine thing they sit on and nothing seems to work. I would greatly appreciate any other ideas please help. suggestions?[/quote

    It seems that Junior Primary should have their sharing time/singing time during the second hour. Senior Primary should be in Sunday School the second hour so those children who are turning 12 can go to Sunday School and then onto YM/YW in the third hour. I am pretty sure the handbook says this as well. If you've tried everything and all has failed, there's nothing wrong with letting a parent know so they can sit with their children. I would want to know if my child wasn't sitting still. Good luck!
  • Shaunapiper

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make giving the scripture/talk/prayer in front of primary not so scary? My 4 year old SCREAMS if she even thinks she might have to go up an talk in the microphone and forget about the primary program! She is just so shy I don't know how to convince her to even try.

  • Lori Greene

    Don't force them to do something that scares them. They will come around eventually. DO continue to give them the opportunity to try. We have one little sunbeam that would not participate at all at the beginning of the year and now loves to participate most of the time.It just takes patience. Have them practice at home with family where it isn't so scary.

  • Mary Vasquez

    We actually have a child in senior primary who has always been very very shy. We have just given it lots of time, never pushed her to do something she doesnt want to do. One thing that has made her more willing to try is to have one of her friends go up with her, whether it be singing or talking. This has been a miracle for us! She has really started to come out of her shell. She will now even get up and read by herself and have even gotten her to sing a duet! Keep praying for these special shy children, they will be ok with lots of love and patience!

  • ahleashah

    I need help. Im the primary president with 12 new sunbeams. I have my own infant in my arms each sunday to add to it. Half sit wonderfully. The other half are crying and will not stay in their seats. How to I help them want to be in primary and stay in their chairs???? My teachers are new......

  • ahleashah
    Quote:
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make giving the scripture/talk/prayer in front of primary not so scary? My 4 year old SCREAMS if she even thinks she might have to go up an talk in the microphone and forget about the primary program! She is just so shy I don't know how to convince her to even try.


    I have 6 kids. Some of them love to give talks etc in primary. Some of them are terrified. I say don't push it. Practice with them during the week. If they give it great if not don't worry. They will out grow the fear. One of my children was 7 before he did or even did a part in the primary program. Hes fine now and is not scared. Just keep trying but don't no worries if they do.

  • Empul
    Quote:
    I need help. Im the primary president with 12 new sunbeams. I have my own infant in my arms each sunday to add to it. Half sit wonderfully. The other half are crying and will not stay in their seats. How to I help them want to be in primary and stay in their chairs???? My teachers are new......


    My heart goes out to you & your Sunbeam teachers! I would suggest having the Sunbeams meet first in their classroom & do their own opening exercises (prayer, sing a song--something that becomes routine). Then I would bring them into Singing Time & keep them in there for as long as they seem to be able to handle it.

  • Lori Greene

    I would see if someone from relief society is willing to take your baby while you are in primary (unless baby needs you). We have 15 sunbeams and we have had to have three teachers for that class. Having consistent teachers will be a plus...maybe teachers can go visit them in their homes so that the children are comfortable and familiar with them. Call on parents to come sit with them helps too. phase parents out during primary.

  • New Sunbeam teacher

    11 Sunbeams in my class.

    The only way I can get most of them to sit still during sharing time is to have an extra adult there.

    There should be two teachers (or a teacher and a helper) for a sunbeam class if there are more than 5 sunbeams. Inevitable requests for "potty" breaks make that evident.

    One technique I use in class to have my sunbeams pay attention is story time. I have them make their hands into a book. I tell an important story, and after every 2 sentences, I tell them to "turn the page." As I say this, I close my hands together and open them again into the book shape. With me they use their hands and turn the page of their own little hand books. They listen closely not just for when to turn the page, but to the whole story.

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    Do you know of anyone that has a PDF copy of Sister Wixom's 2012 spring auxiliary training address?

  • Darcy  - Sunbeams

    I think wiggly sunbeams need more stuff to do. I believe they will acclimate themselves to what the teachers expect. My first time in 1990, kids were in the windows. I winged it with a newborn baby in tow. last year, 5 special needs boys. the other two were in the other class with the girls. We did matching games on the lds friend site. We changed activities as soon as they got up. We did lots of wiggle songs & went back to the lesson, tossed a ball& answered questions on the lesson topic, drew/colored & talked about the lesson, acted stories out with props or costumes or puppets. They were really smart & we did 27=reverence drills all the time to keep them from jumping & yelling & climbing & touching things. This year we have wonderful 5 kids who do what we say & sing all the words to the songs.

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