The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary Singing Time Ideas

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If you are looking to teach something outside the Children’s Songbook as we study the Book of Mormon, teach The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards!  Then use The Tree of Life Primary singing time ideas below listed below to teach it!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary singing time ideas

This new song by Shawna Edwards beautifully tells about Lehi’s vision of the tree of life.  by simply putting anything to music, concepts are more easily committed to memory!

NOTE: This song has not been published by the Church.  So before you teach it in singing time, make sure to get your bishop’s approval.

Find more details about appropriate music under Appendix C: For Primary—Instructions for Singing Time and the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation; Instructions for Singing Time

So check out these FANTASTIC ideas for teaching The Tree of Life in singing time (click on the link to quickly jump to that section).

  1. Hand Gestures
  2. Recreate Lehi’s Vision
  3. Sing-a-Story

The Tree of Life Sheet Music and Lyrics

Purchase the sheet music to The Tree of Life.  As before mentioned, the lyrics tell the story of Lehi’s vision:

The prophet, Lehi, had a vision of the tree of life
He saw it shining in the distance
So beautiful and bright
The sweetest fruit he’d ever tasted
And white as white could be
It filled his soul with joy and gladness
He beckoned to his family:

Come to the tree of life
Partake of the fruit
I feel the love of God
And you’ll feel it too, when you
Come to the tree of life
There’s joy here and peace
The greatest place in all the world to be
Is at the tree!

The tree of life is just a symbol
Of the love of God
The pathway there is straight and narrow
So hold on to the rod

His word will guide us through the darkness
And past the mists of gray
The enemies of God may mock us
But we will boldly stand and say:

Come to the tree of life
Partake of the fruit
I feel the love of God
And you’ll feel it too, when you
Come to the tree of life
There’s joy here and peace
The greatest place in all the world to be
Is at the tree!

The Tree of Life Sing Along Video

Check out the sing along video for The Tree of Life.  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

The Tree of Life Flip Chart

Find The Tree of Life 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

Anna put the drawings from The Tree of Life video into a flip chart format.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary singing time ideas

The Tree of Life Singing Time Ideas

1. The Tree of Life (Music by Shawna Edwards) Hand Gestures

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary singing time ideas

Kimberly shared her VERY popular hand gestures for teaching The Tree of Life.  She said:

I taught Tree of Life by Shawna Belt Edwards to my Primary today and I felt like the hand gestures I used helped them get it really quickly.

Thank you Kimberly!

2. Recreate Lehi's Vision

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary singing time ideas

I love the visual Nicole shared for teaching The Tree of Life by replicating the scene of Lehi’s vision!  She said:

I set up Lehi’s vision: Mists of darkness – dry ice and water in a darkened room with an iron rod and a superhero party scene setter that had a city skyline on it and blue tablecloths for the river.
 
Then they turned the corner into an empty room with my labeled lighted white birch tree with labeled fruit.
 
While they were all walking through the experience and then getting settled on the floor near the tree the song was playing (a recording with vocals).
 
I had someone else gradually send the kids through and as they joined me at the tree, I had the flip chart and they joined in singing along with the background music.
 
Then we sang it with the piano and they pretty much had it. Even the little ones had the chorus after that one experience.
So memorable!

3. Sing-a-Story

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Tree of Life by Shawna Edwards Primary singing time ideas

Elisa shared her sing-a-story which is always a great method, especially for songs that follow a good story!  You basically sing a phrase, stop and tell part of the story, then repeat until you’ve sung the entire song and interjected it with the story.

How Will You Be Teaching The Tree of Life in Singing Time?

Leave a comment with your ideas and suggestions for how you taught The Tree of Life in singing time.

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Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables can also found on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Tree of Life.

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