When we learn hymns in primary, I usually only teach the 1st verse (and/or any verses that are otherwise specificed). The hymns usually have big verbage and can easily become overwhelming to those little kids (okay, and me!!). But that said, I ALWAYS teach the hymn to ALL the primary – it’s important that they become familiar with these sacred hymns. If you want the other verses as part of the program, a great idea is to incorporate the congregation on the rest of the verses.
Now on to the lesson plan…
Attention Getter: Pass out rhythm sticks (2 pencils, popsicle sticks or fingers tapping on the other hand will also work) for the children to tap together. Ask the children to “Follow Me!” [tap the rhythm] while the piano plays and you (and the teachers – I’d recommend posting the words in Junior Primary) sing. Tap again and ask how many times we sing the words “follow me” . Tap again and ask them to listen for words that mean:
- walk/step [tread]*
- united/alike [be one]*
- in the following way [thus]*
- to become the father of [begotten]*
*It may be helpful to have the definitions written on the chalkboard before primary and then write in the answers as they are defined by the children. Repeat as many times as is necessary to define everything.
Place a picture of Christ on the top right of the chalkboard:
You can download and print this picture HERE
if you like. I’ll pull one from my Gospel Art Book (
GAB). You can see how I’ve taken mine all apart HERE
and buy one online HERE
or at your local Distribution Center if you don’t already have one):
Once your picture of Christ is on the board, ask the children to look under their chairs to see if they find anything. Under 8 chairs, before primary, tape the 8 footsteps that can be downloaded by using the button at the bottom of this post (or you could place the footsteps randomly around the room and ask the children to find each phrase, then have a child go fetch it and put it on the board).
The children with the footsteps can come tape them to the board in order starting at the bottom right corner from the picture of christ. Echo each phrase and add on until all the footsteps are on the board, in order and have led to Christ.
Bear testimony that if we do what Jesus asks, we can become like Him.
Time permitting, ask the children to “Follow Me!” again and teach them the 3/4 conducting pattern using their sticks:
I put together my lesson plan from the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time Helps for the music leader found HERE
and Sister Pat Graham’s 2015 lesson plan notes (find them HERE
You can download and print my Quick Reference Lesson Guide also available using the button below so you remember everything :).
Next week I’ll be reviewing with an older lesson plan of mine found HERE when I taught this song 5 years ago, but with a small change – stay tuned!