Love One Another

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Do you remember learning the sign language to Love One Another when you were in primary?  I sure do!  And the signs have been coming back to me as I’ve been reviewing this song!  It’s amazing how the memory works!  I do have a simple variation below that doesn’t use sign language as well.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Love One Another singing time ideas
I suppose that if they went to all the trouble to put the sign language in the Children’s Songbook for this song (complete with pictures and all!), then I might as well go ahead and use it to teach this song in primary.
 
The images from the songbook make teaching this song in sign language so simple!  You really don’t even need to know the signs beforehand.  Learn it with your primary as you teach it!  There were, however, a few great demonstration videos posted on the Primary Music Leader’s FB group HERE in the comments.
 
I have a post HERE that goes into more detail about teaching sign language in primary if you want to check it out.  But with all the help from the songbook, most of the hard work is done for us!
Camille's Primary Ideas: Teach a Song using ASL, Signing in Singing Time Tips

I took the images from the songbook (found digitally HERE), enlarged them and then added them to a heart like this:

You can either print off 26 copies on red card stock or use it as a pattern to trace around red construction paper.  Or, omit the mounting all together – it’s totally optional and may just be more work.  If you do go to all the trouble, make sure you laminate to make these durable for years to come :).

You can check out details on what laminator I use HERE.

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And since there are so many printables to put on the board, I suggest using magnetic tape!  If you want more details on this stuff, check out my post HERE.  But magnets or tape will work too!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Magnetic Tape in singing time

Attention Getter

As an attention getter, I always like to demonstrate the song using sign language (with no images posted) and no singing as the piano plays.  It brings in a neat spirit to my lesson!  But that requires you that you know it before teaching it in primary!

Teach the Signs

After the demonstration, ask the children if they know what song that is – they should be pretty familiar with this one!  Then begin to place one phrase of images on the board (about 4 hearts). Demonstrate each sign in each phrase.
 
Then sing that phrase while signing.  Repeat until all the signs are placed on the board and you’ve sung the song several times.
 

Variation

A fun option (or a variation if you don’t want to use sign language!), is in between phrases, to choose good singers to come up and draw a heart on the board as they tell the primary something they can do to show love or kindness to others.
 
Or omit the drawing portion and have good singers simply tell you what they can do to show love or kindness.
 
Once the signs have all been taught and learned, you can optionally pass out a scarf to each child to use as they sign.  That always adds a fun dynamic when teaching sign language!
Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement
I bought mine from Amazon HERE.
 
Bear testimony of the importance of being kind and showing love to others.  It was a constant theme in the life of Christ!
 
Check out more ideas for teaching Love One Another HERE!
Camille's Primary Ideas: Love One Another singing time ideas

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Category > Love One Another.

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