Agency

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Hello!  Sorry for the delay in my post this week.  We have been sick sick sick at our house.  Anyhow, here are a couple ideas for week 4: I have agency, & I am responsible for my choices.

1.  Find stories/personal experiences reflecting agency.  Kathleen, writer of The Children Sing blog, suggested using those provided in the Friend Magazine’s “I’m Trying to be like Jesus” feature.  See here.  Type up the stories you chose & mount them to the back of a CTR shield.  Place them in a container for the children to choose from.  Have a child select a shield & read it.  The rest of the children listen to see how the child in the story chose the right or could have chosen the right.  Sing a primary song that corresponds with the topic.

2.  Place two sacks/containers numbered Choice 1 & Choice 2 on the table.  Print off several CTR shields.  Write songs &/or activities on the back of them.  Divide the shields & place them randomly into the two containers.  Explain that we have all been given the gift of agency.  We make choices everyday…some of them may be right & some may be wrong.  We have to be responsible for our choices & accept the consequences.  Invite a child to come up & make a “choice”.  Sing the song &/or complete the activity chosen.  Examples of activities are as follows:

-Have the child lead the group in “Do As I’m Doing” using the zoo hats.  See here.
-Have the child lead the group in a song using the “Sing-like-a-?” discs.  See here.
-Play the hot/cold game (singing loud/soft) while singing a practice song.
-Have the child lead the song using visuals that say loud/quiet, hum, fast/slow, etc.
-Have the child select “who” sings the song by drawing from cards that say things like girls only, boys only, teachers only, children with blue eyes, children with blonde hair, children wearing black, etc.
-Have the child pick their favorite primary song to sing.
-Simply sing a song that you want to practice.

Song choices for this activity include:
“Choose the Right” Hymn Book pg 239.
“Choose the Right Way” pg 160
“Dare to do Right” pg 158
“Nephi’s Courage” pg 120

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