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Several of the lesson helps included on this blog contain links to posters. Each manual comes with pictures and other blogs like Sugardoodle have lots of great resources to use for your lessons that include more visual aids. How do you use the provided pictures and other posters in your lessons? Here are some ideas that work for Mormonads, pictures, posters, and other visual aids you'll find.
Talk About It
Hang the picture or poster up at the beginning of class and have everyone say one thing about it. What do they see right away; What is in the background; What do you think the people are saying; What colors are used and why? Really dig into the picture. Show it around the classroom slowly and have people really look at it. Are there words on it? Why those words- how does it tie into the picture? Would you get the same idea without the words? Cover up the words at first and see if your class can draw the same conclusion.
Cover it up
Cover the whole picture up with some paper; all except one spot that can give clues. Try to guess the lesson or talk about that section of the picture and why it's important then reveal the rest. Also try removing one piece at a time to reveal the picture as you go throughout your lesson. Or using the scripture quote posters to help in memorization. Cover the words up as you try to memorize it.
Pass along Cards
If possible, shrink the pictures down and pass them out at the end of class with a quote from the lesson. Encourage people to share these cards with their friends and family.
Add to them
Can you add more to the picture around it? Have someone come to the board and draw more of the picture. You could do this with some of it covered up too. Can you add a picture of yourself in this picture or the kids in your class? Find more to the story or put yourself in the story.
If you are in primary, add texture to the pictures- yarn, torn up pieces of paper, googly eyes. Cut part of it out then add a form block behind it to make it pop.
These posters are easy to cut up and make into a puzzle. Hide the pieces around the room or give a piece to each person as they come in. As each person tries to put his piece up, have him talk about the piece, answer a question, or guess the lesson. Write key words on the back of the pieces to put up as you use them in the lesson then talk about the poster at the end.
Cover up some of the words on a Bright Ideas Poster and play hangman to finish the phrase. You could also use the lesson title as the Hangman answer and take a puzzle piece away from a covered picture as your class guesses incorrectly.
Hand out a copy and challenge people to teach a FHE lesson with it. Ask about how it went the following week.
Have a class notebook? Glue it in and write around it. Don't use a notebook? Turn it over and have the class members take notes on it or write a letter on the back of it.
Use the poster as inspiration to get class members to draw their own versions then share them.
Set the Scene
This is the one you are probably most familiar with as they help in setting the scene with scripture stories. Try showing the picture then letting the class members close their eyes to keep visualizing.
Your Turn- Have you used a picture or poster in your lessons? How did you use it and what was the reaction? How do you keep your visuals edifying instead of distracting?