This past Sunday I had my first experience teaching a lesson in the ward nursery. The lesson came from the Primary 1 manual (appropriately called “I Am A Child of God”). The manual description (found at the website) reads:

“For teaching children ages 18 months through 3 years, including suggestions for adapting the manual for use in the nursery.”

Due to the size of nursery population, the classes have been split in two and I was teaching the younger segment.

The lesson title was “Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures.”

As I began to teach the lesson, I realized the obvious, that I was teaching children who were barely learning to vocalize. I had selected a number of pictures to show them, to illustrate scripture stories – but pictures or not, I still need to learn to teach at a level and in a manner that will stimulate their interest and be more understandable to them. It’s kind of tricky, because just about any vocabulary I would normally and instinctively choose to use would probably be too complicated for this group of children. I have to be careful to prepare a lesson that would somehow work for them. One of the mothers joked that the lesson material might consist of phrases such as “Jesus good.”

The lesson is only supposed to be about ten minutes long, but keeping their attention for even that limited time period is a challenge. Some of the children get up and start to move around the room. On the other hand, some of the children sit very still and are a bit shy.

I think I’m going to love this calling. At the same time, it’s going to challenge and teach me a lot – mainly because this is something I’ve never done before.

Next week I’ll be teaching the lesson again. I’m looking forward to it.