Keep the Commandments

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This simple lesson plan for teaching Keep the Commandments will keep the kids engaged, moving and singing!  At the end of my post, I’ve also got this entire lesson plan demonstration on video so make sure to scroll down and watch it!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Keep the Commandments singing time ideas using flip charts, tablets and handbells

Keep the Commandments contains one of my favorite lines of all times that I constantly refer to (especially in my own family!):

Keep the commandments in this there is safety and peace.

Make sure your primary knows this song so they know how to find safety and peace in their own lives!

Keep the Commandments Printable

To introduce the song, use the idea suggested in A Children’s Songbook Companion.  Download this printable quote:

Then, you need this flip chart:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Keep the Commandments singing time ideas

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Keep the Commandments Singing Time Idea

Before Primary, draw 6 large commandment tablets on the board (3 on top and 3 on the bottom) big enough to each hold a sheet of paper (see the example below).  Then tape the 6 flip chart pages around the room and out of order.

Camille's Primary Ideas Keep the Commandments Singing Time Lesson Plan

Ask the Primary what keeping the commandments means to them and take answers.  Then read the quote by Harold B. Lee.

Afterward, pass out a wand to each child.

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You (and the teachers sing the song as the Primary locates and points to the first flip chart page using their wand.  Once found, tape it onto the first tablet on the board (see the picture above).

Sing the first phrase pitch leading (raising and lowering the wands as the notes go up and down) with the wands if you like.  Repeat until all 6 pages have been located and are taped on the board in order and the song has been sung several times.

Time permitting, gradually remove each page and let a child come draw that phrase in its place.  This will omit the words and allow you to sing each phrase and repeat until all pages are down and pictures are drawn in.

Keep the Commandments Handbell Chart

If you have extra time or your Primary needs a good challenge, use this handbell chart for Keep the Commandments!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Keep the Commandments handbell chart

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that you know there is safety and peace in keeping the commandments.

Demonstration Video

Check out this demonstration video for teaching Keep the Commandments in singing time using this lesson plan:

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23 thoughts on “Keep the Commandments”

  1. I also chose this song for May. This seems like such a simple but great idea. I'm excited to see the handbell chart for the obbligato! I wanted to include the obbligato in the program, but I don't love the idea of having a soloist and we don't have any flutists (except myself) in our primary. Plus, I love that it gives even those kids who don't play instruments a chance to play in the program.

  2. I've been following your blog for a year and a half and have never posted a comment. You are AMAZING and such a lifesaver. This calling has been difficult for me. I am a musical person but not a creative person so your blog has made things so much easier for me! Thanks for all the hard work you put into each post. I know it's time consuming! Just know how much I (and so many others) appreciate what you do!!

  3. I LOVE your video!!! I don't know what I'd do without your constant sharing of instruction and ideas. You really are so Amazing!! Thanks for everything. ❤️
    🙂 sharon

  4. I love your ideas Camille and I sure do appreciate your willingness to share them with all of us.
    I am having such a hard time downloading the documents. Every time I try, I receive a new request to install a different “Extension” or “Converter”
    Is anyone else having this problem?

    1. Hi Carilee!

      I don’t see that you’ve subscribed to my website. This means you don’t have access to my Resource Library where you download my printables. What have you been trying to download? I am going to go ahead and add you to my email subscription list so you can have access to my Resource Library and then I’ll also email you the links. Hopefully this will help, or at least be a start in the right direction.

      ~Camille

  5. Lauren Albertson

    Hi Camille! I love your ideas and have requested to join the email list twice and haven’t received anything. I’ve checked my spam and everything. Could you add me to the list? My email is lca642011@gmail.com. I am needing to print out this lesson for tomorrow. Thanks!

  6. Hi Camille
    I’m so excited to find this site very useful to use. Can’t wait for this Sunday so I can teach this Keep the commandment Activity.
    Somehow I had difficulty signing in to access your resources library or have any emails from you.
    Can you please add me sakautai@gmail.com

    Cheers Losa

  7. Hi! YES, this is so helpful. I just got called as the primary chorister and loved having a video to watch of exactly what to do to teach this song. Thank you for your ideas and time in posting this.

    1. Hi Colleen,

      The basic 8 handbell notes do not have any sharps and the bell chart I have for Keep the Commandments uses sharps. You’ll need to purchase the additional 5-note set in order to use my bell charts (unless you want to omit the A# notes but I don’t recommend that as there are quite a few). I hope that helps.

      ~Camille

  8. Thanks Camille for all your wonderful creative ideas. Your video for Keep the Commandments was very helpful:) Ruthanne Randall

  9. You have saved my bacon more than once with your quick lesson plans and flip charts. Thanks for being there for all of us that are doing the Lord’s work with the youngest of our Saints.
    Leslee

    1. Hi Leslee!

      That is SO kind of you to take the time to let me know! I had to read your comment to my husband because it simply made my day! Thank you!!

      ~Camille

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