I Am a Child of God

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I’ll bet your primary KNOWS at least the first verse to I Am a Child of God.  But have you ever stopped to teach the meaning of the song along with the other verses?  If you haven’t, I HIGHLY suggest you do it!  

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Am a Child of God singing time lesson plan idea
There was a post shared on the Primary Music Leaders FB page HERE that I really liked.  It incorporates the plan of salvation chart found on the church’s website HERE.  My only issue is I want to keep the kids singing while quickly answering questions.  And this idea leans more toward having an in depth discussion about the plan of salvation.
 
So I came up with a merger idea!  Welcome plan of salvation printables! Access my printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Am a Child of God Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea
Print on white card stock, laminate then cut each piece out.  On the back of each piece write the name of the piece of the puzzle and coordinating it belongs to (helps to 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
Tell the primary that you have a puzzle that correlates to the song we are learning this month.  Post one piece at a time of the plan of salvation question chart on the chalkboard (arrange 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).
 
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, ask the primary if they recognize the chart.
 
Then write “The Plan of Salvation” in chalk at the top and 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 Jr. primary needs movement, incorporate simple hand actions for the chorus and sing it each time you sing a verse.  Or they can color the coloring page at the bottom of this post.

  • 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: spread out arms to gesture “all”
  • 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. 
Camille's Primary Ideas: I Am a Child of God using handbells

I also have a coloring book/flip chart for this song.  You can find more details HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary Song Coloring Books

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  Access to my Resource Library is sent to you via email and not linked here.  If you need initial access to my Resource Library or need access sent to you again, click on the button below, fill out your information then check your email.  Instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.  Check out my email tutorial HERE for more help.

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”

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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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