Check out these singing time ideas for teaching He Sent His Son! My favorite is using the questions and answers directly from the lyrics in the song! But whatever you choose, there’s bound to be something to accommodate your Primary’s learning style and needs!
Questions and Answers
He Sent His Son is a series of questions that are then answered. This lesson plan goes into more depth about using those questions and answers. Check out this post HERE.
Singing Time Review Cards
If your Primary KNOWS this song, I suggest reviewing it using these singing time review cards HERE.
Another fun review activity I’ve done with this song is teach music theory. Check out how to “put the feeling” into He Sent His Son HERE.
Teach He Sent His Son with Handbells
A Children's Songbook Companion
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Holly from Primary Choristers has demonstration videos for teaching He Sent His Son using ASL! Perfect for little (or big!) hands! Check out her explanation video here:
Then sing along with her here for practice before teaching:
Then make sure to check out my post HERE for more helpful tips for teaching sign language in singing time!
Sharla Dance has a YouTube video for teaching this song using one of her favorite props … paper plates! Check it out here:
More Singing Time Ideas
Primary Singing has several ideas for teaching He Sent He Son.
Along with LDS Primary Printables.
He Sent His Son History
This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham (more information on that book HERE).
Mabel Gabbott said the poem for “He Sent His Son” was written “when I was wondering about our Father in Heaven sending His spirit children to earth to be tested. How could He teach them the way to return to Him? The answer: He sent His Son.”Sister Gabbott worked on the staffs of the Church magazines and was a member of the YWMIA General Board and the General Church Music Committee. She chaired the 1985 Hymnbook Text Committee. She was a very small lady with a very large talent for writing. Her poems have been used as texts for sixteen Primary songs and four hymns. Sister Gabbott lived in Bountiful, Utah, grew roses and cherries, and said, “I love to hear children sing.”
The composer, Michael Moody, believes that “music is a tool for building families. It can bring a sweet spirit into the home. My family sings before scripture reading, before meals, and when we’re traveling in our car.”Brother Moody was chairman of the General Church Music Committee for twenty-five years and Haiti Mission president. He is now serving with his wife, Maria, on a music mission at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center.
Every year Brother Moody writes a Christmas song for his family and friends. For his Christmas song in 1981 he wrote a musical phrase to emphasize each question and answer in Sister Gabbott’s poem, “He Sent His Son.” It was published in the Friend magazine, December 1984. Several melody notes were mistakenly changed in the first typesetting of the music. Brother Moody said maybe it was better that way, and left the change. The optional notes in the last three measures were added for a children’s choir in the tabernacle in 1985.
Leave Your He Sent His Son Singing Time Ideas
How will you teach He Sent His Son in singing time? Leave a comment with your suggestions!
These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > He Sent His Son.