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My November 2020 Friend arrived last week – it’s always one of my favorite days of the month!  I was browsing the pages and came across the song Thankful by Shawna Edwards.  I sat down and played it (okay, who am I kidding – more like plunked – it but I’m trying!) on the piano and fell in love!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Thankful by Shawna Edwards

It has a sweet melody with a simple message about counting your blessings – quite literally!  You can find Thankful on the church’s website HERE.

If you are looking for a great way to share a thankful message with your primary this month, I might suggest using this song!  There’s a video posted on the church’s website HERE.

Or it’s also on Shawna Edwards’s YouTube channel here with.  It’s darling!

Teach Thankful

If you want to teach Shawna Edwards’s Thankful to your primary, it might be fun to assign a few children a number and have them draw what their number talks about in the song:

  1. One for each blessed day.

  2. Two, every breath I take.

  3. Three for my family.

  4. Four, all they mean to me.

  5. Five, just to be alive.

  6. Six for the earth and sky.

  7. And seven for heaven,

  8. Eight for the chance to grow;

  9. Nine, heart and hands and soul.

  10. Ten for the eyes to see All God has given me.

Let them listen to the song as they draw.  Then go through each picture as you sing each line.  For more repetition, have children remove pages as they tell something else they are thankful for that’s not listed in the song.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Thankful by Shawna Edwards

UPDATE:  Heather shared a WONDERFUL document HERE to have the kids color as they listen to the song.  She also said she’s challenging her primary to listen to the song for 10 days before Thanksgiving and to color one picture each day as they listen. Thank you Heather!!

I absolutely LOVE incorporating anything I can find in the Friend into singing time!!  You can see more of what I’ve used from the Friend HERE if you like!

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