1. Teach Phrases & Signs. I sing a phrase and show the signs, they repeat after me. I do this with every song I teach. This chorus makes it really easy to do the signs right with the rhythm of the words. I don't teach full ASL, only a few signs that help them remember the words. For full ASL go to this page of lds.org and scroll to the bottom for the video.
Choose the Right! Choose the Right!
Choose: Hold two fingers up with LH, grab each finger with RH
Right: Pointer finger out on both hands pointing forward, RH comes down on top of LH
Let wisdom mark the way before
Wisdom: Use bent index finger to point at temple and move toward temple twice
Mark: (show) LH verticle, fingers up, palm outward, RH points to middle of LH palm, move both hands forward
Way: Hands verticle, fingers forward, palms face each other, move both hands forward like making a curvy path
In it's light, Choose the Right!
Light: Both hands start low in front of torso, fingers start together then spread out as hands are raised, palms toward body
(see above for "Choose the Right")
And God will bless you evermore.
God: RH verticle, fingers up, palm to left, start above head and bring down in front of body
Bless: RH finger in front of lips, then both hands palms down, RH on top of LH
Evermore: RH pointer finger point up and move in circle
2. Picture Sticks
|Choose the Right!|
Once I have the chorus down, I'll pull out these Picture Sticks. I think the Junior Primary will love this. (And it always amazes me what the Senior Primary loves to do!) Each of the pictures to the right goes with a different phrase in the chorus. When we sing that phrase the kids holding that picture lift it high in the air. I realize we won't be able to continue with the sign language, but I like to give them a variety of activities to do with the song, too.
I will start with handing out just the CTR Picture Sticks to the Sunbeams and younger kids, having them lift their stick high every time we sing "Choose the Right!" I'll have them guess how many times we sing that phrase and then sing it again and count. Then I'll take guesses and sing it again to check to see if they got it right. (Pat Graham idea!)
Next I'll pull out the 'Light Bulb' Picture Sticks and ask them what phrase we could use them for. With the Seniors I'll ask more thought provoking questions like "What kind of light are we talking about?" I'll keep adding until we have picture sticks for all four phrases.
|Let wisdom mark the way before|
The phrase "let wisdom mark the way before" was a tricky one to find a picture for. I'm hoping the pictures will spark a quick discussion on where we can find wisdom, that's why I choose pictures of the scriptures, the prophet and the temple for that phrase. You might want to simplify and just do one picture instead of three.
|In it's light|
- Click on the picture to the right to download a page full of the image
- Cut out
- Laminate (optional)
- Glue to wide craft sticks
Keep in mind that 3"x4" picture cards of the prophet, temples and Christ with children can be bought in packs of 10 or more at places like Deseret Book.
|And God will bless you evermore.|
I'm sure these Picture Sticks have many uses. I'd love to hear your ideas!