Check out these singing time ideas for teaching I Will Follow God’s Plan in singing time! There’s bound to be something to accommodate your primary’s learning style and needs!
My Life is a Gift
Teach I Will Follow God’s Plan using an idea found in the 2011 Sharing Time Outline. Since this song is so visual, it makes sense to use picture depicting the various words found throughout the song!
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Use this game board to review or teach I Will Follow God’s Plan in singing time! Your primary will LOVE choosing the right picture to go in the colored spaces in order to advance in the game!
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What Is Missing?
The 2011 Friend magazine suggests a fun activity called What Is Missing? HERE. It shares:
Use either a tray with objects and words, or a poster with pictures and words to play a “What Is Missing?” game. Prayerfully select words and objects to represent the meaning of the song lyrics. Teach the song by pointing out the words and objects one at a time. After repeating the song several times, review the song by having one child go out of the room and another choose a word or object to remove. When the first child returns to the room, all of the Primary children sing the song while the first child figures out what is missing. Repeat the game several times. (For younger children, use fewer words and only sing half of the song at a time.) For teaching at home, children could cut out each word and picture.
Use the images from the game board above and hang them on the board. Do as the activity suggests and send a child into the hall as one of the images is removed. Sing the song as the child guesses what is missing. And there you have a quick, simple singing time activity!
Sharla Dance has TONS of ideas for teaching I Will Follow God’s Plan. Check out her post HERE for all the details!
I Will Follow God's Plan Simplified ASL
ASL is always a great option as well! Check out this simplified ASL video for teaching I Will Follow God’s Plan:
Then make sure to check out my post HERE for more helpful tips for teaching sign language in singing time!
Or these actions are simple and clever too!
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I Will Follow God's Plan History
This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham (more information on that book HERE).
Mabel Gabbott wrote a text with this title in answer to a request for a new song for the Merrie Miss classes in Primary. Her words were given to Vanja (VON-yuh) YorgasonWatkins. While she was working on the project, some additional ideas were given to her, and the text was adjusted and added to. When she spoke to Mabel about the changes, she agreed with the additions but requested that only Vanja’s name appear as author. Sister Watkins said, “With just one name on the song, it appears that I did the whole thing, and I didn’t. Mabel deserves the credit for being the originator of the text and I would like that to be known.”‘ Both of these women have given so freely of their talents and truly are not concerned with who gets the credit.
A visitor in her home once asked Sister Watkins, “Is this the piano where you compose all of your songs?” “Hardly,” she answered. “Ideas come in the car, while walking, even sitting under a tree. I start with the words, which suggest the rhythm and the melody. Then I harmonize it. If it doesn’t flow I may change the melody. It requires re-working and in revising.”
The index of authors and composers shows Vanja to have credit lines for fourteen songs plus the thirteen Articles of Faith, making a total of twenty-seven entries. She said she never anticipated having such a wonderful opportunity to write for the children of the Church and expressed her gratitude for the blessing of serving in this way.
The words originally were “I will” but Correlation suggested “I can” instead, which was how the song was first published. This applied to “I Can Be Valiant” as well. In March of 1986, our committee discussed the possibility of changing the words “I can” to “I will” as requested by the composer. There was concern about the impact on other materials and curriculum. In the 1988 October Conference, President Michaelene (MY-kul-een) Grassli announced the change and discussed the importance of making commitments.
Rebecca Amyot, a young mother in the Rochester Michigan Ward, received comfort through the song when she was having chemotherapy treatments after surgery. Her husband had taken her to the clinic for an IV and to regulate her blood pressure. She was weak and allergic to the anti-nausea drugs and even though she knew she was not going to die, she secretly thought that it wasn’t a bad idea. She wrote, “It was at this point that I thought of the song, ‘I Will Follow God’s Plan For Me.’ The song was like bearing my testimony privately to Heavenly Father that I was thankful for my life and that I trusted him in everything. I sang the song over and over to help me hang on for five more minutes at a time until the hours passed and I was able to go home. I knew the Lord was with me. Even now when I sing the song, I remember that day and feel again my testimony of the Lord’s love for me.”
A Children's Songbook Companion
A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every song in The Children’s Songbook. Find more information HERE or download the individual lesson plan for I Will Follow God’s Plan in my Resource Library.
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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > I Will Follow God’s Plan.