Saturday, August 19, 2017

How many ways do we try to be like Jesus? As you help the children prepare for the Primary Sacrament Meeting Program, review the songs that you have learned. As you sing each song, ask the children to find phrases or clues in the songs that remind us to be like Jesus.

End with "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus" - both verses.
Reviewing the songs that you have learned will help the children remember them as well as polish them for the program. Memorizing the words is important. It helps internalize the meaning of the song. If the children know the songs well, they will sing them often throughout the week. They will come to love them and be able to call upon their meaning as they need.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus - 2nd verse

The second verse of this song puts into action how we can be like Jesus.
Use the following pictures from your ward library:

  • people/children doing service
  • Picture of Christ - I use the picture of Christ's appearing to the Nephites or the resurrected Christ
  • a child praying and/or studying
  1. Sing the second verse while you show the pictures for each phrase.
  2. Ask the children to sing the first phrase of the second verse with you 2 or 3 times.
  3. Then show the picture of Christ and sing the second phrase with the children 2 or 3 times.
  4. Show the child praying or studying and sing the third phrase a few times with the children.
  5. Sing the second verse with the children.  
  6. You can have the girls sing the first phrase, boys the second and teachers the third.  then rotate who sings each phrase.
  7. Sing the whole song as a review.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus

This is a great song to have in the children's repertoire. This is what we are here on earth to become - more like Jesus.

Find several pictures of people serving others. Include deacons passing the sacrament, collecting fast offerings as well as Jesus serving and blessing others.

  • Sing the whole song.
  • Then sing one phrase at a time and have the children sing it with you a few times.
  • Continue through the first verse.
  • Sing the whole verse with the children.
  • After, remind them of the importance of being like Jesus.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Reverence Is Love - Review

As you review this song, ask the children why reverence is important.  Sing the song.  If the children are stumbling on words or phrases, sing the phrases a few times that may be difficult to remember.

Ask the following questions to help reinforce the meaning of this song:

  • How can you show reverence?
  • What are some ways we show reverence while the sacrament is being passed?
  • When we sing, how can we show reverence?
  • Can we sing fun or fast songs reverently?  How?
  • How can we show reverence in our classes? Sharing time?  Singing time?
  • How can we show reverence when we have activities in the church?
  • Do we only show reverence at church?
As you ask these questions, sing the song after a few answers.  The words will help the children understand the meaning of reverence as you sing the song several times - as well as having it memorized.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


This is a great time to review or teach some pioneer songs (p. 214 - 223).  Choose your favorite songs and put a puzzle together.

Draw a picture of a covered wagon:

  • Tape 4 pieces of paper together (8 1/2" x 11")
  • draw a simple picture of a covered wagon
  • cut it into 5 to 8 pieces (puzzle-like shapes)
Tell the children that they are going to put together a puzzle of something that was needs as the pioneers trekked across the plains. Sing one of the songs that you have chosen and after put up a puzzle piece.  Continue singing one song or verse and putting up a puzzle piece until the puzzle is complete.

If you are teaching a new song, sing one phrase at a time and then put up a puzzle piece.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Reverence Is Love

"Reverence Is Love," p. 31, is a favorite of mine.  It's all about the true meaning of reverence.  As adults, we tend to use the word reverence to mean quiet.  Then children never quite understand the full meaning of reverence.

  • Make word strips of the following:
    • quietly sitting
    • thinking of Father above
    • a feeling
    • think of His blessings
    • reverence is love
    • words and deeds
    • the pathway
    • I know in my heart
    • use a picture of Jesus for the last phrase
  • Sing the song for the children.
  • Sing the song again and put the word strips on the board (find pictures to go along with the words if possible - this will help the non-readers)
  • Ask the children to sing the first phrase with you a few times.
  • Continue with each phrase until you have finished the song.
  • Plan on reviewing it next week.

Friday, June 30, 2017

My Flag, My Flag

Every country has their own flag.  "My Flag," p. 225, is a great song for any country!  The repetition makes this song easy to teach and fun to sing.  When you look at the words in "poem" style, you can see the repetition and rhymes.

My flag, my flag, my country's flag,
I love to see you wave;
My flag, my flag, my country's flag,
The banner of the brave.

Wave on, wave on forever,
The banner of the free;
Wave on, wave on forever,
The banner of the free;

The flag of liberty.

The children will need to hear the melody several times, so sing 2 lines at a time a few times then go to the next 2 lines.  It helps if you can move your hand with the melody so the children can see when the melody goes up or down.

Find pictures or actual flags of different countries and see if the children can identify which countries they represent.  Missionaries that you know may have one from the country they served in that you might borrow.