We have Stake Conference on Sunday so I'm taking my time deciding on ideas for "Stand for the Right." Since we learned it last year and it's such an easy, short song, I'm not planning on spending lots of time on it. But since the Sunbeams haven't learned it I'll give them a chance to get to know this fun song. Here's my plan.
Sing a phrase and do the sign, then have the children repeat me. Look for someone giving their best effort to come up and show the visual aid for that phrase. With each phrase we learn, another child comes up, forming a line. Make sure they are standing in order. Once we know the song it's time for some fun. Here are some ideas.
1. The Switcheroo Have everyone close their eyes while you switch two of the children holding visual aids. Sing the song again to figure out who is switched. (Or have one child step outside the door and then guess.) Once you've done this one several times you're ready for....
2. The Mix-Up Have each child holding a visual aid give it to a different child, one that hasn't helped yet. Then sing the song while the new helpers try to put themselves in order. The goal is to get in the right spot before the singing stops. Ask the seated children if the order is right. If it is, mix it up again. If not, sing the song again and offer a little help. When several children have had a chance to play, (and you feel like they know the song well, but before they are sick of it) it's time for....
3. The Disappearing Act Tell the children that they know the song so well that they are going to do a "Disappearing Act" and make all of the visual aids disappear. Have a teacher or child pick a visual aid to 'disappear' and the children holding them take their seats. Sing the song again to see if they remember all of the words or if a visual aid needs to 're-appear.' Pick another teacher/child (or two or three at a time) to make another visual aid disappear, singing the song after each batch until all of the visual aids have disappeared.
Below are the words to the song with the visual aids listed next to each phrase. I've linked the words I plan on signing to videos of how to do the signs (thank you, SigningSavy.com!) To see the whole song signed follow this link.
Our Prophet has some words for you (picture of prophet or tie & scriptures)
And these are the words (General Conference Issue of Ensign)
Be True, Be True! - ("Be True" sign - click here to download)
At work - (hammer or duster)
Or at play - (ball or doll)
In darkness - (moon - click here to download)
Or light - (flashlight or sun - click here to download)
Be True, Be True! - ("Be True" sign -
click here to download)
And Stand for the Right! - (child sitting on chair)
I love that we have a review song assigned to this month so we have time to review the previous songs and learn some new ones. Thank you General Primary Leaders! I'm teaching "He is Risen" this month in anticipation of Easter. Click here to see my arrangement of "He is Risen" and my post on teaching it.