Family History – I Am Doing It Primary Singing Time Ideas

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I learned this classic Primary song way back when it was called Geneology.  The title, (and a few other phrases in the song) may have changed but the importance of doing our family history still remains this song’s core message.  So make sure to teach it using these Family History – I Am Doing It Primary singing time ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

I love bringing new mediums into singing time!  That’s why I recommend decorating an actual tree, providing a unique visual that Primary children will remember for years to come!

But make sure to check out all these Family History – I Am Doing It singing time ideas (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Family History Tree
  2. Family Chain
  3. Handbells
  4. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  5. Sharla Dance

Family History - I Am Doing It Song History

This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham.

[Jeanne Lawler] wrote this song after having worked for some time on her four-generation charts. Sister Lawler said, “I especially liked the idea of meeting every one of [my ancestors] someday, and I could just visualize myself saying, ‘You belong to me . . . and I belong to you.'”

Originally the words to verse two said, “People living now and the ones who’ve died are on my pedigree.” Now it says what should be done— “can all be sealed to me.

Sister Lawler loves to write musical theater and oratorios for children. She tells music leaders to “teach with enthusiasm and sing more and talk less. Children will remember thoughts set to music longer than conversation.

Family History - I Am Doing It Song Lyrics and Sheet Music

Find the sheet music to Family History – I Am Doing It on the Church’s website.  The catchy melody will captivate any Primary when they sing about the importance of doing their family history:

Fam’ly history—I am doing it, My fam’ly history. And the love I feel when I’m doing it Is very sweet to me. I learn stories of my progenitors; I write their history. I keep records of my loved ones On my own fam’ly tree.

Fam’ly living now and the ones who’ve died Can all be sealed to me, And someday I’ll meet ev’ry one of them, I’m sure as I can be. Oh what joy we’ll have when they say to me, “We’re all a family. I am yours and you are mine now, Through all eternity.”

Family History - I Am Doing It Sing Along Video

You may also want to check out the sing along video for Family History – I Am Doing It.  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

Family History - I Am Doing It Flip Chart

Find Family History – I Am Doing It lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Or this Family History – I Am Doing It flip chart with pictures is also available to download:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

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Family History - I Am Doing It Singing Time Ideas

1. Family History Tree

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

This singing time lesson plan uses an actual tree to teach Family History – I Am Doing It.  The tree provides a fun visual but you can always simply draw one on the board if need be.

2. Family Chain

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

Family History – I Am Doing It has a strong and steady beat!  Create one large family chain link as you sing this song!

Have children sit in a large circle and link arms, one at a time, to the beat of the song.  See if they can get all around the circle before the end of the song!  You can also have children link arms on each word and then on each syllable for additional repetition!

Or take the chain idea one step further and have children create their own paper chain with as many family members as they can remember.  Have them listen to the song as they create their family paper chains!

3. Family History Handbells

This handbell chart utilizes simple chording on the chorus. Make sure to check out more details for using handbells in singing time.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Family History – I Am Doing It.

4. A Children's Songbook Companion

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Family History – I Am Doing It.

5. Sharla Dance

Sharla Dance also has a great lesson plan on her video here using paper cups (it begins at 4:48 into the video):

Sharla references a Family History printable (at about 5:00 minutes in) and I can’t find where she has it linked so I made a similar one:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Family History I Am Doing It singing time idea

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Family History – I Am Doing It.

 

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