Since this year's theme is all about choices, I planned a fun way to learn the first verse of our new song, As A Child of God. I told the kids we would be going on a journey together and that they got to "choose" what and where we would be going. I taught them the first line of the song with some sign language to help (I will post about those later). Once they sang it well they got to make their first choice. After each choice was made we would then add the next line to the song. So it went song, choice, song, choice, etc. By the end of singing time today both junior and senior have the frist verse and chorus down perfectly! Here is how our journey turned out!
I would read the three choices, then I would put thenm in a bag. I chose a child from my chosing jar and they got to reach into the bag. I then pinned up what they drew on the board.
Choice #1: WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GO.
Choices: The Beach, Disneyland, The Dentist
Choice #2: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO PACK?
Choices: Toothbrush, Piano, Mayonaise
Choice #3: WHO ARE WE GOING TO TAKE WITH US?
Choices: Our pet, Our Primary Teacher, The Boogey Man
Choice #4: HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET THERE?
Choices: Jump on a pogo-stick, Fly, Pull A Handcart
Choice #5: HOW LONG WILL WE STAY THERE?
Choices: 5 minutes, 5 hours, Forever
By the end of primary our journey was decided. Senior primary's was the best! They ended up with this:
We are going to the dentist with our pet. We will take our toothbrush in a handcart. We are staying there FOREVER!
After the kids laughed I then asked them how they felt having someone else make their choices for them. We had a great discussion about free agency and choosing the right!
What's even better is this could be used with ANY song!