However, the more I think about the month's song, "If My Savior Stood Beside Me", the more I feel that I need to make this singing time more spiritual.
Here are some of my ideas:
- I will open with the blindfold object lesson found HERE (thanks Nalani!). Basically, you have a child come up and ask if they know where you are. Of course they will say yes, because they can SEE you. Then blindfold them, and move to a different part of the room. Ask where you are. They will tell you, because they can HEAR you. Then stand next to them with your arm touching theirs and ask where you are. They will know, because they can FEEL you. Etc.
- Display (approved) pictures of Christ around the room
- Talk about his life and example
- Introduce and teach the first verse, using simplified ASL (from YouTube), and the two-sided question mark sign found at http://c586449.r49.cf2.rackcdn.com/ifthesavior.pdf. An excerpt of the instructions is below :
Have four 2-sided signs as below. On one side is a question mark, and on the other side is a key word for that question. Hold up the question mark sign and tell the children there are four questions the song asks. Have four children come up and hold the signs with the question marks toward the children. Tell them not to turn their sign around until the children have guessed their question.
HOWEVER, instead of having the squares be flip-over question marks, I made my own SCRATCH-OFF POSTER!! Granted, I had to make TWO of them since they will be kind of one-time use. You can buy scratch-off stickers, but I used THIS technique of using acrylic paint and dishsoap. I drew the circles on a piece of posterboard, wrote "DO" "THINK", "FOLLOW", "LIVE", and for the second verse "SAY", "KIND", "SHARE", and "REVERENTLY", and then painted over them with the mix of paint and dishsoap. Then after guessing the word, I will have the kids scratch the circle to see if they were right.
- Bring a penny for each child to put in their shoe to remind them to imagine that Jesus is standing beside them. Tell the kids at the beginning that I have a special gift they can take home if they be EXTRA reverent during this singing time.
- Perhaps add some songs such as "I'm trying to be like Jesus, etc.
More ideas to come as I think of them, suggestions welcome!!