Help Me, Dear Father – Home Centered, Virtual or Live

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Teach  Help Me, Dear Father in singing time using my lesson plan that caters to Home Centered, Virtual or Live!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help Me, Dear Father singing time idea

Attention Getter

No matter, your primary’s singing time situation, you can use the same attention getter that I shared HERE in my original lesson plan that is more geared for home centered.

To forgive means to change angry feelings toward others to kind feelings.  If we forgive others, we don’t try to hurt them or get even.  We treat them with kindness.  Forgiving and repenting will help us feel nearer to Heavenly Father.

Help Me, Dear Father Activity

The activity with my original lesson plan linked above will work mostly with home centered.  So, if you are back to singing time, here’s what I suggest:

Pass out a scarf, wand or some sort of object for the kids to create movement.  I bought my scarves from Amazon HERE.  Any type of wand will also work.  I have a post HERE on wands. Because this song has a “bouncy” feel to it, incorporating scarves or wands will help to enhance that feel.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Scarves in Singing Time

You will then need a flip chart for Help Me, Dear Father.  I like this one HERE from ldschoristers.com.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help Me, Dear Father singing time idea

I also have it available in my Resource Library. Access my printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

Chorus

Beginning with the chorus page, add it to the board.  You are going to come up with actions to go with the phrases on the chorus page.  You can either have children choose movement at random, learn how to conduct a 3/4 pattern or I suggest using these movement cards:

These are also available in my Resource Library.

Place an action card near the phrase “Help me each day” on the chorus.  Place another card near the next phrase “help me live nearer, nearer to thee.”  You and the teachers sing as you demonstrate how to move your scarf according to the card actions for each phrase.  Repeat involving the children.

Add the page to the first verse on the board and again add 2 action cards near each phrase.   You and the teachers sing the first verse and demonstrate the actions.  Repeat involving the children.  Add on the chorus.

Repeat again with the second verse, then adding the chorus.

Sing the entire song through using all the action cards.  Time permitting, remove the chorus page and sing it through.  Gradually remove each page so only the actions remain.

OR, you can mix and match actions so different actions are with different phrases.  Choose children to come and place actions by each phrase to create a completely new set of actions with the song.

Bear testimony that we should try to be more forgiving to those who are unkind to us.  Challenge the primary to try to repent of things they do wrong.

I thought it might also be fun to have the bells play the ALTO notes of Help Me, Dear Father.  So I have this bell chart available in my Resource Library as well:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help Me, Dear Father singing time idea

If you are unsure how to use handbells in singing time, I have a post HERE with lots of details!

Make sure to check out all my lesson plans for Music for Singing Time 2021 HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Have I Done Any Good Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

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 > Help Me, Dear Father.

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