To teach this song, I knew I wanted to use church approved pictures to portray all the stories of Jesus. There are LOTS of pictures to choose from and in my opinion, they are the best option around. I landed on this post HERE which is where I derived most of the ideas for this lesson.
PREP: Create a simple “storybook” with a binder using the words I created. You can download them using the access button at the bottom of this post. Then you’ll need the suggested gospel art pictures shown below. Place the images in sheet protectors. This can also be presented on the chalkboard in order. This is how it looks put together:
Jenni also shared on on the Primary Music Leaders FB group what she put together and it is darling!! The clip art she used is from Susan Fitch! I also have that available to download using the access button below. Thank you for sharing, Jenni!
To use the book in singing time, have the children sit on the floor around you so you can read to them a book. If you have a large primary, all the pictures and words can easily be presented on the chalkboard.
Attention Getter: Today we’re going to learn a song about telling stories, but these aren’t pretend stories. These are real stories about Jesus. Quickly sing the entire 1st verse (or listen to it on CD) as you flip through the entire book.
Read to them the cover: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
This is the name of the song we will be learning that goes along with our book.
Turn to the first page and read the first line, Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear,
Can you think of some of your favorite stories of Jesus? Take quick answers.
Turn the page to the picture of the Nativity; tell the primary about this story of Jesus. Sing the first line with the primary (turning back to the words if needed).
Repeat with pictures of Christ’s baptism, Raising Jairus’ daughter and Christ with the Nephite Children. Singing the phrase in between each picture.
Show the picture of Christ with the Children.
Explain what it means. “If Jesus were here right now, what question would you like to ask Him? What story would you ask Him to tell?” Sing the line, choose 4 children share their answer as you sing the line in between each answer.
Turn the page to the next line: scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea. Explain that this line tells about two places where Jesus spent lots of time: the wayside and the sea.
All my printables are free and filed on my Resource Library. Filing instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.