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Question #90881 posted on 01/25/2018 11:03 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there any news on new primary manuals coming out anytime soon? The current ones are really old, fortunately there are lots of online helps. But updated manuals would be great too.
-Primary teacher


Dear Nursery Graduate Educator,

As far as I can tell, there won't be a new primary manual anytime soon, especially since the manual for this year has already been chosen and announced. They might say they are working on a new one sometime this year but if that happens it still wouldn't be used until next year.

I'm in the primary and I just switched from teaching 4-5 year-olds to teaching 10-11 year-olds. I think an update could be helpful for the younger ones (Primary 3) but the manual for 10-year-olds (Primary 6) is awesome in comparison. I mean, the kids can read! So there are a lot more options for teaching them rather than one linear direction to follow with some optional activities (that's how I felt with the Primary 3 manual). I've actually been kind of surprised to read some notes in the manual that teach against some Utah Mormon culture norms. I can't recall the exact reference (and I don't want to reread the last 3 months of lessons I've studied) but it's there.

I have found some helpful ideas for teaching kids using this guide on which tells how to spice up class to keep kids' attention and make class more interesting. When I tell stories sometimes I let the kids choose the names of the characters (if the story isn't about a General Authority) and update language on some things (change "television" to "Netflix" and such). The Church also has tons of short videos that you can show as well. I remember it was always a super special occasion when the teacher would bring the TV in for a movie and it would almost always last the whole class or we wouldn't finish it. Now we can show short videos on our phones and have discussions afterwards. 

I was going to try finding some blog post with ideas to help teach primary but I feel like I shouldn't because that's just another opinion rather than a help that the Church has provided. I will just say that the Church has urged parents and teachers to use the digital manuals and other resources on and on the Gospel Library app. If you haven't explored the Gospel Library recently you should because there's tons of good stuff and new stuff gets added all the time. And as one who works in Church technology often, I will say that it's worth it.