New and refurbished ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders (a.k.a. Primary Choristers)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MY HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES ME VIZ

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Well, it is that time of the month to start the new song for the month, so I thought I would post my visual for
"My Heavenly Father
Loves Me" 
and some ideas I've used to teach this song in the past.

First off, the visual I made has no text because this is a fairly easy song to teach using pictures and/or objects. As you can see by the picture on the right. I visualized this song using pictures that represent the different parts of the song displayed around a BIG WORLD with the first verse surrounding the top half of the world and the second verse around the bottom half of the world while sharing the world for both of the verses as well as the images where both verses meet on the right hand side of the world (Heavenly Father and heart). The first verse is color-coded with a red border and the second verse with a blue border.


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TO MAKE
I just printed the pictures, cut them out leaving a little white border around them, laminated them for durability and applied magnetic tape on the backside so they can be easily displayed and removed on the magnetic chalkboard. For the world I wanted it to be big, so I printed that page in a poster format as big as I could on four pages, cut and taped them together with their edges butted up. See the "How To" tab on the bar above on some tips on how to do poster format.

A quick and easy way to teach the song is to put up each picture as you teach and work on each phrase. 

A WAY TO PRESENT THE SONG
As I've probably mentioned before, I love to use objects as teaching aids in teaching and/or presenting new songs to the kids. It is just a more fun, dimensional way to present something other than the usual flat pictures we often use. I keep a large storage container with a variety of objects I can pick from and use for many songs. When I first presented the song years ago, I used objects and played a memory game with the children, but you can use the song visuals I made too. I had the pianist play the first verse of the song as I showed each object to the children. I did not sing the first time through; I just let them listen to the music and concentrate on the objects. I had the objects in a bag and showed them one at a time putting each back in the bag as I grabbed the next one. I then asked the children if they remembered what I pulled out. I had each child come up and hold the object that they remembered/answered correctly in whatever order they came up. If they didn't remember them all the first time, I sang the song through the next time and had the children holding the objects step forward when their object was sung while the Primary listened for the objects that they hadn't remembered the first time through. After singing, I had the children answer which items were still missing and the ones that answered correctly came up and joined the other children holding their objects. After all the objects were up, we sang to see if we had them in the right order. Of course they weren't originally in the right order. We did that 2-3 times until we were sure they were all in order. To help in determining the right order, each child stepped forward then back when their object was sung. Later in teaching and reviewing the song I used the visuals on the board while doing the hand signing.

A FEW OTHER IDEAS
  • Have them put your visuals up in the correct order.
  • Have a child leave the room and another child remove 1 or 2 of the visuals (or objects if using those), have the child come back into the room and after singing the song through, the child needs to guess which one(s) is missing. For the SR kids you may want to mix up the visuals on the board.
  • To review, have all the visuals displayed around the room and as the Primary sings, you walk around and tap a child on the shoulder or head which singles them to reverently go and get the part of the song that you just tapped them on and place the visual in the correct order on the board and then they sit back down. This is a continuous process as you tap and sing nonstop through the verse. Sing the verse over and over until the children have them all on the board. If they aren't in order, sing again and tap a child to go up and fix one and sit back down repeat tapping the children while singing until they are all in order.
  • Divide the Primary in half and have one side tap out the STEADY BEAT of the song with their hands on their lap and the other group tap out the UNEVEN RHYTHM of the song. Switch.
  • Sway & Freeze: Sway the arms back-and-forth to the tempo of the song like a metronome and freeze on the last word of each main phrase making sure everyone ends up in the same direction. This helps the children to feel with their bodies the rhythm of the music as their ears process the melody and words of the song. Here is an example of when to sway and freeze for the first phrase:
    • right--------------whenever
    • left----------------hear
    • right--------------song
    • left----------------bird
    • right--------------look 
    • left----------------blue
    • right & freeze----sky
Here is my cheat sheet on signing and objects I've used. Click on the hyperlink words in the table to see how to do the signing.  Oh, I forgot to get a picture of some of the objects I've used. I'll try and add one later.

Hope this gets you thinking on ways to present and review the song.


PHRASES WITH SIGN LANGUAGE
EXTRA SIGNING INSTRUCTIONS
OBJECTS
VERSE 1
Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Point to both ears on “hear”
Toy or stuffed bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,

Binoculars or picture of sky
Whenever I feel the rain on my face

Rain stick or spray mister with water
Or the wind as it rushes by,

Pinwheel or fan
Whenever I touch a velvet rose

Big, velvety fabric or silk rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,

Silk lilac branch
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world 
Smile BIG on “glad”
Little globe






VERSE 2
He gave me my eyes that I might see
Point to both eyes on “eyes”
Glasses
The color of butterfly wings.    

Toy butterfly
He gave me my ears that I might hear 
Point to both ears
Fake ears
The magical sound of things.      
Pull on both ears for "sound"
Bell
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:

Toy child, toy brain & heart
I thank him rev’rently
I have them fold their arms for rev’rently
Picture of a child praying
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.

Picture of creation
Nod head in yes gesture as you sing “yes”









My Heavenly Father Loves Me Viz—Nalani by

16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, I LOVED this! Nothing was striking me for how to teach this song this week, thank you for the inspiration! :)
    Kristin

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  2. I have the craziest week this week and just did't know how I was going to find the time to get the perfect pictures for this song. YOU did it for me! I am so grateful. You do a fabulous job and bless LOTS of lives by sharing it. THANK YOU!

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  3. Just what I was looking for. Thank you so much!

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  4. Wow this is wonderful! Thank you thank you!

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  5. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

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  6. Thank you so much! I love the vibrant colors of everything!

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  7. I wish I had waited to make my visuals until I had seen yours. Love them the best! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. These are great and I have already printed and prepared them! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas, I love your blog!

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  9. I love these visuals! Usually if I borrow ideas, I modify - but these are PERFECT exactly as they are. Thank you!!

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  10. This is perfect! Thank you so much! This was my favorite Primary song when I was a child and the pictures exactly what I needed!

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  11. Thank you for your FANTASTIC ideas, picture and beautiful website. I just found you and you are truly inspired with your presentation and work. You make all of us primary choristers look good! Keep it coming! THANK YOU!

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  12. Thank you this was a great way to get the song taught.

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  13. I have to tell you that I used this last week and the teachers and presidency were so impressed!! I made sure to not take credit. So again, thank you for posting this and for all your hard work! The pictures are perfect :)

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  14. I'm so excited to use these tomorrow. I just finished laminating them and it all looks so sharp! Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

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  15. Thank you for sharing! Best visual around to teach this song!!

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