I’ve got a simple singing time lesson plan for teaching I am a Child of God. It also incorporates handbells. I’ve got a variation to this lesson plan linked below that brings in The Plan of Salvation too that you might want to check out!
I’m going to first introduce the song by reading a little blip found in the A Children’s Songbook Companion
(see information on that book HERE
) about how the word “know” was eventually changed to the word “do” by President Kimball. The story can also be found HERE
. I think I’ll not tell them what song I’m talking about and see if they can guess it.
Then I’ll post the words to the words to I Am a Child of God
(see how I do that HERE
) starting with the chorus, then eventually the verses. Questions to the chorus and verses can be found at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are at the bottom of this post.
I’ll read the first question, then we’ll sing through the chorus and answer the question. I’ll repeat until we’ve asked, sung and answered the 3 questions on the “Chorus” page.
Then I’m going to do the obbligato portion with the bells.
Access my bell chart at my Resource Library. If you’ve never used the handbells before, see how I to use them in primary HERE. Also, check out this demonstration video I did using this chart:
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Then as we pass the bells around the room, any time a child does not have a handbell, they will be answering the questions on the “Verse 1 – 4” pages on the document above. To help answer the questions, I’ll keep posting the words to each verse.
Have I lost you yet? So, for example, when we get to the “Verse 1” page, I’ll post the words on my music stand and the Verse 1 questions on the chalkboard, then read the first question. We’ll then sing verse one along with the chorus while the bell ringers play the obbligato with the bells.
All the non-bell ringers will be trying to answer the question. Once finished, we’ll pass the bells to the next kids, read the next question on the “Verse 1” page and repeat until we’ve completed all the verse question pages and everyone has had a chance to ring some bells.
If you don’t have handbells, no problem, this lesson plan works great without them – however, they are the fun part ;). I’m planning on taking 2 weeks on this lesson plan – hopefully getting through verses 1 and 2 the 1st week and 3 and 4 the next.
I am a Child of God Variation:
If it is easier for you to have the kids play the regular melody on the chorus, I created a bell chart for that as well. You can download that chart also at my Resource Library. But to reiterate, this is for the CHORUS MELODY ONLY NOT THE VERSES!