Relate the values taught in the primary song, I Will Be Valiant by comparing them to road signs! Tying the intangible to the tangible always helps children grasp more difficult concepts. PLUS lots of other I Will Be Valiant singing time ideas are linked below!
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Several years ago, The Friend had an idea that compared being valiant to road signs. With a few tweaks, I turned that comparison into a singing time lesson plan complete with steering wheels (aka: paper plates). Check out more details to that post HERE.
Valiant Super Hero
If actions are more your speed, Shannon came up with these SUPER (see what I did there??) awesome actions that she shared HERE on the PML FB page! This is a picture of her in action below:
Kevin also used Shannon’s actions and shared his primary’s video HERE.
If you want to teach simple actions, try it out! And feel free to dress up yourself along with a few kiddos for an added effect! Check out these super hero masks here (Amazon affiliate link):
Or have the kids make their own masks using this template HERE from the May 2023 Friend magazine!
Take the actions one step further and teach simplified ASL! Holly shared her videos that include an explanation of the signs and then just the signs. Check them out here:
A Children's Songbook Companion
A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including I Will Be Valiant. More details on this book can be found HERE.
Access these printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
More Singing Time Ideas
Primary Singing has several methods for teaching I Will Be Valiant.
As does LDS Primary Printables.
I Will Be Valiant History
This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham (more information on that book HERE).
In 1981, new class manuals were prepared for the Sunday consolidated schedule. Vanja Yorgason Watkins was asked to write the Valiant class song, and said she would begin as soon as the committee sent her the words. They said they needed her to write the words, and the message should include keeping baptismal covenants.
There was not a lot of time, and Sister Watkins prayed and fasted and agonized over the words. A few couplets came, but she needed a good beginning. She walked into her bedroom and noticed a paper on her dresser with a quotation from Joseph Fielding Smith. She read, “Our young people are among the most blessed and favored of our Father’s children. Their spirits have been reserved to come forth in this day when the gospel is on earth, and when the Lord needs valiant servants to carry on his great Latter-day work.
She wept as she recognized the answer to her prayer. These words were the first line she needed, and they had been given to her in this quotation. She felt it was a little miracle, because no one in the family knew how the precious paper got on her dresser.
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These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > I Will Be Valiant.