This Sunday we will be learning "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus" (CS 36). These are my visuals, and I plan to write out the chorus underneath them on the chalkboard. To introduce the song, I will bring a globe and point out the distances between America and Israel. We will tell the story of Samuel the Lamanite, and then how there was no satellite or cell phones to share information, how night was as day to show the Savior had been born. I will have the children beat the rhythm on their laps while I sing the first time through, then use discovery questions to learn the song.
I am currently the primary chorister in my ward. It's a fun and fabulous opportunity to learn the beautiful primary music, be creative in a unique teaching environment, and feel the Spirit as we teach gospel truths through song. Three of my five daughters are in primary, which I love, because I can happily sing these songs I love right along with them each week.
I find I have the most success with the children when I follow this recipe:
1. Pray about the kids, pray about teaching the songs 2. Learn the songs backwards and forwards. I rarely use the book when I'm singing in Primary because of the importance of step #3. 3. Eye contact, eye contact, eye contact 4. Smile and sing with love 5. Bear testimony of gospel truths 6. Have fun