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I Am a Child of God

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Now that I’ve introduced everyone new in primary and the primary to our 2018 theme, I’m FINALLY ready to start teaching I Am a Child of God.
 
There was a post shared on the Chorister’s FB page HERE that I really liked which incorporated the plan of salvation chart found on LDS.org HERE.  I really liked the idea but wanted to keep the kids singing and and quickly answering questions about the song rather than having and in depth discussion about the plan of salvation (something that would fall under the Sharing Time umbrella).  
 
So I came up with a merger idea!
 
I created the plan of salvation printables!  I printed on white card stock, laminated then cut each piece out.  On the back of each piece I wrote the name of the piece of the puzzle and verse each question belongs to (just to help me stay a bit organized while teaching):
  • Premortal life – chorus
  • Birth – chorus
  • Earth Life – 1st verse
  • Death – 1st verse
  • Spirit World – 2nd verse
  • Resurrection – 2nd verse
  • Final Judgement – 2nd verse
  • Telestial Kingdom – 3rd verse
  • Terrestrial Kingdom – 4th verse
  • Celestial Kingdom – 4th verse
I’ll tell the kids that I have a puzzle that I want them to see if they can figure out what it is that correlates to the song we are learning this month.  Then I’ll proceed to post one piece at a time of the plan of salvation question chart I created on the chalkboard (post pieces as indicated on the image above where it says “illustration” beginning with the white premortal life bubble/question then peach colored birth/question, etc).  I’ll read the question on the 1st piece of the chart then sing the correlating chorus or verse it belongs to then hang the piece on the board.  Once the whole chart is hung up (the words will all be vertical but that’s part of the fun!), we’ve answered all the questions and sung the song several times, I’ll ask them if they recognize the chart.  Then I’ll write “The Plan of Salvation” in chalk at the top and we can have a quick discussion about how the song I Am a Child of God is all about Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness or The Plan of Salvation.  Then bear testimony and end.
 

If I find that Jr. primary needs movement, I may do some simple hand actions for the chorus and sing it each time we sing a verse.

  • lead me, guide me:  a “come here” action repeated twice using both arms
  • walk beside me: arms sway out front together twice
  • help me find the way: arms rainbow above head one direction then back
  • teach me all that I must do: {not sure yet! Thoughts?}
  • to live with Him someday: arms out front slowly raised toward heaven
Next week I’ll review I Am a Child of God lesson plan using the bells found HERE, more as a review.  The Sr. primary will use the obbligato bell chart and the Jr. primary will use the chorus bell chart.  More to come on that. 

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > I Am a Child of God.

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6 thoughts on “I Am a Child of God”

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    How can I say thank you enough? This is amazing and I look forward to seeing your posts every week! You are truly helping me to do the best job with this moderately overwhelming calling, and I thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into this! It helps SO MUCH!!!

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    So do you only use your question chart, and not the actual Plan of Salvation? I made an assumption and made both, but am now realizing that they don't seem to go together… I should have looked at the document more carefully, haha!

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    Just a heads-up: the terrestrial and celestial kingdoms (I think) should go with the 4th verse.

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas and hard work! I so appreciate your site and have loved using it as the music leader.

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    Camille – Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! We are Americans living in Luanda, Angola, and I just found out last Sunday that the children in my Branch only know the first verse to I am a Child of God, so we will be learning the other verses on Sunday. I love the hand actions you suggested for the chorus and plan to use those. My suggestion for the part "teach me all that I must do" is to have them close their hands together flat with their thumbs up–looks kind of like a book on it's spine. Then have them open their hand flat, to look like an open book. We did this in another song, suggesting the scriptures and that when we open up our scriptures and study them, we learn the commandments of God. The Portuguese version of the Primary songs is often not close to the English, so I have to be careful and adapt ideas to what the words are saying in Portuguese. Thank you again! I would be lost without other people's wonderful creativity!

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