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Camille's Primary Ideas: To Think About Jesus Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea using sign language
I wanted to teach this song in sign language but when I went to the church’s signing website to learn it, it wasn’t there so I improvised. I’m no signing expert so I apologize now to the signing community!
 

Prep:
1. Bring 3 pictures found in the GAK (Gospel Art Kit) that can be searched and downloaded HERE:

  • The Crucifixion GAK #230
  • Jesus Praying in Gethsemane GAK #227
  • Christ and Children from Around the World GAK #608

2. Learn the sign language/simplified ASL to these key words (below are my notes that can also be downloaded and printed using my access button at the bottom of this post):

  • Not (for shouldn’t) – shake your head like “no,” left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin
  • Hard – make the “H” sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together
  • Sit – forefinger and middle fingers extended on both hands, thumb holding the other 2, and cross them together like the left finger are sitting on the right
  • Think – left hand circles temple but doesn’t touch it
  • Jesus – middle finger of the left hand touches the palm of the right and then the middle finger of the right hand touches the palm of the left
  • Cross – left hand is in cupping shape facing out, make a cross shape going down first then across right to left
  • Pain (for suffered) – forefingers extended but curved like a hook then twist hand sin opposite directions, not touching
  • Me – point to chest with left hand
  • Not (for shouldn’t) – shake your head like “no,” left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin
  • Hard – make the “H” sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together
  • Sit – forefinger and middle fingers extended on both hands, thumb holding the other 2, and cross them together like the left finger are sitting on the right
  • Not (for shouldn’t) – shake your head like “no,” left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin
  • Hard – make the “H” sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together
  • Children (for small) – both hands at chest level, palms open and facing down, “patting” motion starting in the middle and going outward
  • Think – left hand circles temple but doesn’t touch it
  • Jesus – middle finger of the left hand touches the palm of the right and then the middle finger of the right hand touches the palm of the left
  • Not – shake your head like “no,” left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin
  • Hard – make the “H” sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together
  • All – left hand in fist near right shoulder. Then make an “L” shape with forefinger and thumb and cross your body

I have a post HERE that goes more in depth about teaching sign language in singing time.

4. Bring magnets and chalk

Activity
1. Post the picture of the Crucifixion on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:

  • shouldn’t*
  • hard
  • sit
  • think
  • Jesus
  • Cross

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word “not”

2. Post the picture of Jesus Praying in Gethsemane on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:

  • suffered*
  • me
  • shouldn’t
  • hard
  • sit

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word “pain”

3. Post the picture of Christ and Children from around the World on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:

  • shouldn’t
  • hard
  • small*
  • think
  • Jesus
  • not
  • hard
  • all

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word “children”

Find my lesson plan for teaching the 2nd verse HERE.

**Thank you to a Yahoo Group Member where I adapted my version from.

Once we’ve learned the signs, I’ll pull out the scarves (more details on where I purchased mine are included in my Signing for Singing Time post linked above.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  To gain access to my Resource Library, simply click on the below:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > To Think About Jesus.

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