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Check out my singing time lesson plan for the NEW song, I Will Walk with Jesus that uses simplified ASL!

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Will Walk with Jesus singing time idea using simplified ASL

I receive LOTS of requests for a lesson plan for teaching the new primary song, I Will Walk with Jesus.  It was introduced HERE at the face-to-face with Elder Gong.  I had my 2020 plan all together HERE before this was introduced so it didn’t make it into my schedule (The song I Will Walk with Jesus is not one of the 2020 Music for Singing Time suggested songs). 

Music for Singing Time 2020

But I want to implement it into singing time this year somehow.  So I’m thinking of teaching it for Easter and singing it in sacrament meeting.  It seems appropriate I think!  Then maybe include it in the program too, but nothing’s set in stone yet.

When trying to decide how best to teach it, my thoughts turned to reverent actions since it’s a reverent topic.  Simplified ASL seemed like an obvious choice since it’s such a visual song.  Amazingly, all I had to do was sit and wait a little for a brilliant someone named Holly to post her simplified ASL signs on YouTube!  She did all the work for me – thank you!!

Here’s her video:

Holly also references this video that shows how the sign language looks:

There’s another video with actions (not necessarily ASL) that is VERY popular as well:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Teach a Song using ASL, Signing in Singing Time Tips

Tips for teaching sign language

I also have a few tips for teaching sign language in singing time HERE if it helps.  One of the tips I mention in that post is to use scarves to review ASL signs!  I’d highly suggest getting some scarves for your primary – they are really versatile to use in singing time!  You can check out all my posts where I use scarves HERE if it helps.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement

I Will Walk with Jesus Notes

Then lastly, I like to type up notes to take with me after/while I learn the signs.  Here are the notes I’ve created:

1ST VERSE

  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *Walked (lived): Create sideways L’s with thumb and forefinger, draw them upward near your chest
  • Wisdom: Tap temple
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *Grew: Hand at chest level, fingers bent together and raise (like growing)
  • Truth: Index finger from nose and out
  • Love: Cross forearms at chest
  • God: Hand Indicated toward heaven then comes toward head
  • Man (people): Both hands circle forward at chest, thumbs between forefinger and middle finger which are extended (look like little people that are sideways)
  • *His: Hand extends upward, elbow bent
  • Youth: Dust shoulders with both hands
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *Wants: Pull hands in at chest level, palms up, fingers closing like they are grabbing
  • Guide: One hand fingers extended and together at chest, the other hand grasps it like you are guiding it sideways
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *Shows: Open palm facing outward and the other hand points to the palm with index finger and push it forward
  • Way: create a pathway with both hands going side to side
  • Calling me: invite someone in using a scooping motion with arm inward
  • Come and walk with him each day: pointer finger for Jesus is off to the side, other pointer finger is you, bring you up toward Jesus then create small circles off to the side

CHORUS

  • *As I: show yourself using one hand drawn from chin down toward chest, palm facing up, turn head slightly to the side
  • Walk: Same as “come and walk with him each day”: pointer finger for Jesus is off to the side, other pointer finger is you, bring you up toward Jesus then create small circles off to the side
  • Home above: Place hands above head, hands bent facing toward each other, one hand goes above the other then the other hand goes above the other then separate to the side (heaven)
  • Bless me: both hands extended, palms facing in at head off to the side and come to chest level with fingers coming together (give)
  • *His: Hand extends upward, elbow bent
  • Spirit: forefinger and thumb come together with both hands stacked, the top hand draws upward, like pulling something from the bottom fingers
  • *Fill: Show yourself full with hands extended, palms facing in and circling chest
  • Love: Cross forearms at chest
  • Change: Two fists stacked on top of each other near heart then hands rotate
  • *Forever: Sideways circle with pointer finger near temple then then thumb and pinky extend and go forward
  • Help: Thumbs up on top of other hand, begin outward and draw it in toward chest
  • See: Forefinger and middle finger extended, middle finger touches temple then comes forward
  • I will walk with Jesus: Pointer finger for Jesus is off to the side, other pointer finger is you, bring you up toward Jesus
  • *He: Hand extends upward, elbow bent
  • Will walk with me: Bring pointer finger that is off to the side down toward you (other pointer finger) down to the middle

2ND VERSE

  • *I: Show yourself using one hand drawn from chin down toward chest, palm facing up, turn head slightly to the side
  • Grow: Hand at chest level, fingers bent together and raise (like growing)
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *I: Show yourself using one hand drawn from chin down toward chest, palm facing up, turn head slightly to the side
  • Try: Make 2 fists at chest level, thumb sticks out between forefinger and middle finger, make small circles upward and forward with wrists
  • Promising:  Thumb up, fingers closed comes to lips, then hand extends and comes down on top of other fist
  • Walk His Path: use both forefingers like stick people (one for you and one for Jesus) and create a path forward with both fingers
  • *There: palm up, fingers out, hold off to the side
  • Stay: 2 thumbs extended together at tips, push them together forward
  • Standing by: Pointer finger for Jesus is off to the side, other pointer finger is you, bring you up toward Jesus
  • *Savior: Hand indicated toward heaven, elbow bent
  • Safe: Fists crossed over heart then uncross at shoulders
  • *His: Hand indicated toward heaven, elbow bent
  • Care: both hands extended, palms facing in at head off to the side and come to chin with fingers coming together (similar to give)
  • Step by step: Palms face down, fingers extended, and step one above the other
  • Love: Cross forearms at chest
  • Share: Palms upward, fingers extended, hands cross at center then move to each side (spreading or sharing)

3RD VERSE

  • *I: Show yourself using one hand drawn from chin down toward chest, palm facing up, turn head slightly to the side
  • Trust: grab a hold of something (like a pole) near chest, fists upward
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *I: Show yourself using one hand drawn from chin down toward chest, palm facing up, turn head slightly to the side
  • Hear his call (obey): fingers of both hands together on side of forehead then open
  • *He:  Hand indicated toward heaven, elbow bent
  • Never: Draw a question mark with open palm forward, fingers together
  • Leave me: fists sideways at chest go forward and fingers extend
  • *Even if I (doesn’t matter): Fingers of each hand brush back and forth with palms facing chest
  • Fall: Show 2 legs with one hand using forefinger and middle finger on top of other palm, make them stand then fall over
  • Jesus: Point to each palm with opposite middle finger
  • *Gives: Both hands extended, palms facing in at head off to the side and come to chest level with fingers coming together
  • Power: Show your bicep muscle by cupping your hand over bicep
  • Lifts: Lift top of one fist with other fist on top
  • Comforts: Stroke the back of each hand
  • Helping me: Thumbs up on top of other hand, begin outward and draw it in toward chest
  • *Live: Create sideways L’s with thumb and forefinger, draw them upward near your chest
  • Grow: Hand at chest level, fingers bent together and raise (like growing)
  • Eternally (forever): Sideways circle with pointer finger near temple then then thumb and pinky extend and go forward

After learning this, I’ve decided to simplify it a little more (or at least with Jr. primary).  It’s fast for me so the ones with an (*) are what I’ve decided to cut out.

These notes are also available to download at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

You can also find notes for the ASL video HERE that were shared on the Primary Music Leaders FB group.  I’ve also added them to my Resource Library for those not on Facebook as well.

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 Will Walk With Jesus.

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5 thoughts on “I Will Walk with Jesus”

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    This is fantastic. Thanks for posting! I’m wondering if you are going to post your lesson plan for teaching The Iron Rod next week?I thought I’d follow along with what you do, but am not sure how often you post!

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