Reinforce learning: Ask, 'What did you learn in Primary today?'
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"What did you learn in Primary today?"
As a parent, how often have you asked that question?
Can your question make a difference in your child's life? Yes!
Your conversation with your child after Primary can make all the difference. When children explain in their own words the gospel doctrines they have just been taught, real learning takes place.
Your question may not always be, "What did you learn?" It may be, "When did you feel the Holy Ghost today?" "What are you going to do this week because of what you learned in Primary today?" or "What can we do as a family?"
Their answers may be simple at first, but when they sense your sincere desire to listen it will open the door to further dialogue.
The Zoramites in the Book of Mormon did "gather themselves together on one day of the week, which day they did call the day of the Lord" (Alma 31:12), but they "returned to their homes, never speaking of their God again until they had assembled themselves together again …" (Alma 31:23).
The principles children learn in Primary are too valuable to not be discussed within the walls of our own homes. Children can experience two sharing times each week, one in Primary and one at home with their parents and families.
President Henry B. Eyring said in the April 2010 general conference, "Of all the help we can give these young people, the greatest will be to let them feel our confidence that they are on the path home to God and that they can make it. And we do that best by going with them."
We do go with them when we bring Primary home. Here are some additional ideas:
Make Primary a part of the Sunday dinner conversation.
Build on what they learned in Primary and refer to it in family home evening.
Decide what you can do as a family to apply this doctrine throughout the week.
Create opportunities for your child to share this principle with others, perhaps with grandma and grandpa on the phone.
Sing the Primary songs in your home that teach this principle.
Refer to "Bringing Primary Home" in the Friend magazine for activities to reinforce the monthly sharing time theme.
When Jesus Christ visited the Nephites He said, "Therefore, go ye unto your homes and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow …" (3 Nephi 17:3).
Later in 3 Nephi we read, "He did teach and minister unto the children of the multitude … and he did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things …" (3 Nephi 26:14).
Those great and marvelous things are in the very answers to your question, "So what did you learn in Primary today?"