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If the Savior Stood Beside Me, vs. 1

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Before Primary I’ll hang images from my Gospel Art Book that are similar to the ones found in the 2018 outline HERE.  You can download the exact pictures HEREGospel Art Book pictures can all be downloaded HERE in case you want more for the rest of the verses (see how I took my GAB all apart HERE to use in primary).


Word strips with question marks found 2018 can be downloaded HERE – just note that this document is 42 pages long so only print what you need, there’s enough for 3 verses with a color and b&w option!  I was asked to create 3rd verse visuals with exclamation points instead of question marks since the 3rd verse is more statements rather than questions.  You can find those using my access button at the bottom of this post (there’s a color and b&w version).
 

I really liked Pat Graham’s “Attention Getter” for this song.  She really brings the meaning to the children’s level.  You can find her demonstration of it by going HERE and scrolling down to video “Part 8” and it’s about 5:45 into the video.  I “made” some cookies I’ll cut out and bring to church that you can also download using the button below.

 
Then I’m going to teach the words using the simplified ASL from Sara (again, thank you!!)
 
I have a whole post dedicated to teaching ASL in primary HERE that may help if you’ve never done it before.
 

I’ve been reviewing Sara’s video and won’t be bringing it to church.  I make sure I know it well enough and jot down simple notes in case I draw a blank while I’m up front (can’t say that’s never happened before!).  I like to learn everything backwards (so I mirror what I see) then have the kids mirror me, it’s easiest for them this way.

 
Sometimes before we begin I have the kids practice mirroring me with simple gestures like touching their head with their right hand as I touch my head with my left, etc.
 
You can download my lesson plan using the button below for the for each verse that I’ll bring to help me remember everything (including my notes for the various signs which may make no sense to anyone but me.  I’ve learned that creating these notes is one of the best ways to learn the signs as it makes me review the video several times to get the notes typed up):
 

I think it would be really cute to pass out a chocolate chip cookie (maybe store-bought) and a napkin at the end (if it’s not fast Sunday) only because it coincides so well with the lesson.

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 > If the Savior Stood Beside Me.

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6 thoughts on “If the Savior Stood Beside Me, vs. 1”

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    Thank you for this great idea! I will be using it this Sunday as I teach the song to Jr. Primary. I love the ASL but I worry about them learning ALL of it so I think I'm going to take a sign or two and use it for each phrase, or think up some other way to sign it because I know the kids learn better with actions.

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    I love this and plan on using it with my primary. Is there any way to change verse 3 to exclamation points instead of question marks? To me, that verse is more declarative than questioning.

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