3. The chalkboard/white board
I’m going to assume that most primaries have something for you to write on – no matter where you are teaching in the world. The versatility of the chalkboard is amazing! You can create simple games, the kids LOVE to come draw pictures of their own as part of learning, and it’s a great way to portray a visual to the kids!
President Boyd K. Packer stated:
“I think that no teaching aid surpasses, and few equal, the chalkboard: first, because it is simple to use, and next, because it is universally available—everywhere in the world you can get a chalkboard. You can use it to focus the eyes of your students while the main lesson is presented audibly. As you talk, you can put just enough on the board to focus their attention and give them the idea, but never so much that the visual aid itself distracts them.”
Find his entire talk entitled, Chalk It Up to Learning
, a talk given on using the chalkboard HERE
(it’s a really good one!).
So to sum it up, if you are feeling over burdened financially and with your limited time, I can attest that if you stick to using these 3 essential items to form your lesson plans, you won’t feel overwhelmed.
For me personally, I try to go back and forth from mostly simple to a little over-the-top. It keeps it interesting (and that’s mostly just for me!). But then, I may have a few more resources at my disposal than others so going “all out” isn’t burdening to me.
And don’t forget, YOU are your best resource. Your attitude and how you present yourself to the children will speak more loudly than your top-notch props. Learn simple actions together, feel the spirit together and have fun! The more you are enjoying yourself, the more the kids will too.
I’d love to hear your input on this on this subject. How do you try to keep things simple with your lesson plans, while engaging your young learners week after week. Leave a comment below with more ideas!
You might also be interested in my post HERE
called How to Teach a Primary Song