It went well.
However, For some reason (maybe the cold weather) the Jr primary was really hyper, so I didn’t give them noisy toys to play with :?. They also didn’t remember the song as well as I had hoped, so instead of moving on the the 3rd verse we did the picture game and reviewed the 1st verse. It ended up being more of a put the pictures in order game than a millionaire game. They certainly enjoyed themselves! And we sang the first verse many, many times.
For Sr primary I had the 10/11 year old class put the questions and pictures on the board and pass out the rhythm instruments. Then I used my popsicle sticks to draw names of kids to come up and choose a question. After two kids’ turns I had to have them pass in the instruments because they were too noisy and the kids couldn’t hear the questions. I didn’t comment on the noise, I just asked everyone to please pass in their instruments and then went on with the game explaining that they would have to raise their hands when they heard the answer the the question. We did two more rounds after that before it was time to sing the closing song. I think that the kids really enjoyed the game. I think it did help them to think about the meaning of the words. We did sing the entire song about six times until the piano player was sick of it. Was it enough? I can’t wait to see how well they know the song next week!
I wish I had more than 15-20 minutes with the kids every week!
The lesson for this week has a lot of singing in it, but our pianist is very pregnant and can’t sit at the piano for the whole sharing time and singing time. So we’re singing some of the songs suggested in the lesson for opening/reverence/closing songs and the teacher will just teach. The game we’re playing will cover almost all of the concepts in the lesson, so the kids will get the repetition they need.
Sr Primary learned all of “As a Child of God” last week and Jr just needs to learn the last verse. So this week is time for repetition and meaning games.
For Sr primary we’ll play a variation of that millionaire game. I have some questions (here) that can be answered using lines from the song. I will print them out and put them on the board for everyone to see. everyone will get a shaker (I have 15 eggs and a lot of shakers I made out of paper rolls). A child will come up and choose a question to answer they must answer using a line from the song–exactly word for word. They can come up with the answer on their own (in which case they can roll a die to see how the primary will sing the song) or they can ask for help (in which case the primary will sing the song and emphasize the line they think answers the questions by shaking their rhythm instruments while singing the words).
This game will allow us to sing the song again and again while thinking about the meaning of the words. Before we sing the song each time I plan to bear testimony of the principle/idea we just answered the question about. I think I’m going to put a sticker on the back of my hand, I’ll hopefully remember to talk first then sing.
If we have extra time we’ll do some other songs and have one child up at the front making a rating for how well the primary knows the song. My helper will rate each song we sing on a scale of 1-5 by putting 1-5 snowmen up on the board. This will help me know how well the kids know some of the songs we haven’t sung together yet.
For Jr primary first we need to learn the last verse. I’ll see how well they remember the other verses and then review or continue as needed. I am confident we can get through the whole song pretty quickly.
Then we’ll move on to the game. Instead of putting questions on the board I’m going to use pictures but we’ll do the same matching game and I’ll ask the questions before we sing the song. So I should have the same opportunity to bear testimony of each principle as we sing the song over and over. You can grab the CTR picture on the left and here’s a link to the helping family picture all the other pictures are from the gospel art picture kit.
Hope it goes over well!