Help Me, Dear Father Primary Singing Time Ideas

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When teaching children about intangible gospel principles such as forgiveness and repentance, tie them to familiar items that children know and recognize.  These valuable Help Me, Dear Father Primary singing time ideas help you do just that!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help Me, Dear Father Primary Singing Time Ideas

My favorite tangible item for teaching Help Me, Dear Father is something children are VERY familiar with – bandages!  They will come away knowing that when they are hurt, Heavenly Father is there to heal them.

Teach the Primary song, Help Me, Dear Father using these various singing time methods (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Bandages
  2. Math
  3. Handbells
  4. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  5. Simplified ASL
  6. Sharla Dance

The Song History of Help Me, Dear Father

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

Because there was only one other song about repentance, two lines were added to make a “repentance” verse in this one. Because we teach forgiveness as part of repentance, this felt very appropriate.
 
I hope Sister Taylor [the author & composer] would approve. In addition, the accompaniment was simplified and the title was changed to the first line.
 
In the last line, “nearer” is sung twice rather than holding “to” for three beats as in the original.

Help Me, Dear Father Lyrics and Music

Find the sheet music to Help Me, Dear Father on the Church’s website.  Like the song history suggests, the 1st and 2nd verses sing about Nephi’s stories in the Book of Mormon.  The 3rd verse is a message to the child that coordinates wonderfully to the chorus!

1. Help me, dear Father, to freely forgive All who may seem unkind to me. Help me each day, Father, I pray; Help me live nearer, nearer to thee.

2. Help me, dear Father, to truly repent, Making things right, and changing my ways. Help me each day, Father, I pray; Help me live nearer, nearer to thee.

Help Me, Dear Father Primary Song Sing Along Video

You may also want to check out the sing along video for Help Me, Dear Father!  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

Help Me, Dear Father Flip Chart

Find Help Me, Dear Father 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

This Help Me, Dear Father flip chart created by Jolly Jenn is also available to download.

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Help Me, Dear Father Primary Singing Time Ideas

1. Bandages

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

How in the world do first aid bandages relate to Help Me, Dear Father?  They liken forgiveness and repentance to a bandage – something all kids are familiar with!  So make sure to check out this singing time idea for teaching Help Me, Dear Father using bandages.

2. Help Me, Dear Father Math

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help Me, Dear Father Primary Singing Time Ideas

Haley shared this totally awesome math worksheet to teach Help Me, Dear Father.  It’s perfect for your Primary math whizzes and those who need a good challenge!  Haley says:

Sing through the song 2 to 3 times to let them count the number of each of the 4 words.

Then sing through the song 1 to 2 more times allowing them to do the math problems. Check their answers at the end.

Note: I do not expect the kids to sing with me during this activity. This is a listening activity where the melody and rhythms are sinking in while their brains are  occupied with counting and math.

This is an activity intended for Senior Primary.

Are you able to solve it? No worries if not as Haley also has the answers available for us not-so-mathy people, haha!

Download the Free Help Me, Dear Father Singing Time Printables

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3. Teach Help Me, Dear Father with Handbells

This handbell chart plays the alto notes.  Make sure to check out more details for using handbells in singing time.

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Merry Bells

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Or another handbell option for Help Me, Dear Father is Merry Bells.  There are several options to choose from:

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4. A Children's Songbook Companion

Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Help Me, Dear Father.

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

Download the Free Help Me, Dear Father Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > Help Me, Dear Father.

 

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5. Simplified ASL

Teach Help Me, Dear Father using Holly’s simplified ASL!  This is her explanation video:

Then once you have learned it, sign along with her here:

Then make sure to check out my post more helpful tips for teaching sign language in singing time !

6. Sharla Dance

Camille's Primary Ideas Meets Sharla Dance

Sharla Dance has a TON of activities to teach Help Me Dear Father including:

  • Melody Map with Actions
  • Rhythm Stick Roll
  • Younger Sway and Freeze
  • Older Fill in the Word poster
  • Song Story

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How will you teach Help Me, Dear Father in singing time?  Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!

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