- Ask your Primary Presidency if they have received their copies from the Bishopric (or ask the Bishopric directly!)
- Head to your local Distribution Center (if available)
- Download it online HERE.
As I’ve been looking through the 2014 Sharing Time Outline, there are some great tips and teaching advice:
- Page 1 has a “Singing Time” section which gives simple instruction on how singing time should run, how much time you get, etc.
- Page 7 has a little sidebar about Games: “Appropriate games in Primary help preserve a reverent atmosphere. Games give variety to lessons and allow children to interact with each other. They also reinforce the gospel principle being taught in a fun way.” I appreciated this little tidbit as I like to do a few games for singing time ;).
- Page 8 has a tip that was appropriate for this year’s theme being “Families Are Forever” and the touchy topic it can be: “As you teach about families, be sensitive to the family situations of the children in your Primary. Encourage all the children to live worthily and prepare so they can have eternal families of their own someday.”
- Page 13 mentions songs: “When singing a new song with the children, sing one phrase to the children and have them echo it back. Repeat with each phrase.”
- Page 15 talks about music: “Include Primary songs in your teaching. This will help the children remember what they’ve been taught. ‘We are able to feel and learn very quickly through music…some spiritual things that we would otherwise learn very slowly.’ (Boyd K. Packer, in TNGC, 46)” Isn’t this the entire reason we have singing time in Primary? Love it!
- Page 26 – 17 is a goldmine for us primary music leaders and I don’t recall there being this much detail in past outlines! These pages contain simple ways to teach EACH of the monthly program songs (with the exception of the “your choice” songs, for obvious reasons). I’ll definitely be referencing this section each month as I plan my singing time lessons.