It seems to AMAZE the children to visually see how many latter-day prophets there have been when they see each one unfold as the song is sung via an accordion version using the pictures of each of the latter-day prophets with their name. To make the accordion flip chart, I just took some page protectors and with a knife and a straight-edge cut off the side with the 3-holes so I had just the page pocket. Then using clear packing tape, I butted one page protector up against another and taped them together, repeating the process until I had 18 page protectors in a row all taped together. Make sure you tape them all on the same side. Insert the pictures with the taped side being the back, fold accordion style and away you go. I used page protectors because I thought that maybe sometime I may do another flip chart or visual I would like to display accordion style so, this way all I would have to do is to switch out the pictures. You could just laminate the pictures and then tape them together accordion style. Have 3-4 children stand in a row up front all spread out to help hold the accordion flip chart up as you sing and unfold the visual revealing each prophet. There is just something more spectacular about seeing one long row of prophets versus just having pictures posted on a board. You could purchase the pictures from the Distribution Center or their online store, but I found it a little cheaper, at least for me, to print them and I wanted the names on the pictures.
If you prefer a smaller version, I've included a file with two pictures to a page. Cut out each picture of the prophet to be the same size leaving a white border around the picture. Mine are 5 1/2" x 7 1/2". You can mount them on sticks and/or add magnets to the back. Here are a few ways I used the smaller version:
- I started with the pictures mounted onto sticks having about five children come up, passing out the first five prophet pictures and having them put themselves in order as I sung the beginning of the song with the first five names. After learning that part of the song, we would repeat the process with the next group of names.
- Also, with the pictures mounted on the sticks, I would pass them out to the children and as we sang each prophets name, the child with that name would stand up then sit back down or hold them up.
- Another time I decided to add a magnet to the back (could just use loose magnets) so that I could post them on the board so they could see as we sung them especially when I used the fun fact clip art with actions. More on that later.
- Also on the board you can mix them up and then let a child or two put them in order.
- What about removing one or two at a time as they begin to memorize the song.
- You could do a variation of playing a match up game by having the pictures mixed up and face down on the board. Then take turns letting a child come up to turn over two pictures in an attempt to try and find the first two latter-day prophets. When they find the first two, e.g. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, put them above your "game section" in order, sing that part of the song then repeat trying to find the next two, e.g. John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, and so on.
- Another variation match up game is to match up the prophet with the fun fact clip art about the prophet. See below for the file.
As you are learning to sing the song, it would be fun to learn a little bit about each prophet. I've included a fun fact sheet about the latter-day prophets that I've put together. Actually, it is more than one sheet, but "fun fact sheets" just didn't sound as spiffy. I got most of the information off of the Church's web site. There are also quotes from the prophets in blue as well as a coordinating song to sing, in red, if you want to do a "Choose and Review" activity sometime. Along with the fun fact sheet, there is also a file with a fun fact clip art for each prophet and a key sheet file for the actions. I've also included the link to the current version of the song. The ending is different than what is in the songbook, so if you want the music to coordinate with what you are singing, you will need a copy for you and your pianist. Here are some ideas on using these files.
- Go over some of the fun facts for a few prophets each week.
- Tape the coordinating fun fact clip art onto the picture of the prophet.
- Sing the song using the action that goes along with each of the fun fact clip art and prophet. This really helps the JR to learn the song.
- Do a choose and review activity by having the children take turns picking a picture, share the quote from the prophet and sing a song that relates to that prophet. Some song choices I picked are listed on the Fun Fact Sheet.
The kiddos love to learn and sing this song. They especially love hearing a little bit about the prophets life. It helps to bring the prophets alive for the children.
LATTER-DAY PROPHET FILES