Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Children of God Around the World

One of the things I felt strongly about when thinking about teaching my primary kids with "I Am a Child of God" was that if each of them is a Child of God, then that means everyone they interact with is also a Child of God and should be treated with love. So I used some International Children of God to review and learn some new songs about this. Here's what I did.
click here to download these International Kids
Preparation. Copy, color and cut out cute international kids. Use card stock for durability. I used a book from my school teaching days, but there are several online options. Edupics.com has this great artwork. Click here to download a collection of their cute kids. You can make as many kids as you think you have time for. I made 10, five girls and five boys. My download option has 12.  Also prepare a world out of blue and green paper or print this one. Make a list of songs and/or challenges. I don't assign these to the cut outs, we do the songs in my order regardless of which cut out is chosen.  The list of songs and challenges we did is below. The ones with an asterisk are new ones to my primary but I wanted them to learn them because they go so well with this theme. I did a quick "sing and repeat" and I was amazed at how quickly they picked it up! I didn't get through all of the songs but maybe we'll be able to finish next week.
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Junior: 
I Am a Child of God vs 1  p. 2
Jesus said Love Everyone  p. 61
I Am a Child of God vs 2  p. 2
*I'll Walk with You (first half) p. 140
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam  p. 60
I Am a Child of God vs 3  p. 2
*Shine On  p. 144
I Love to See the Temple  p. 95
I Am a Child of God vs. 4  p. 2
*I'll Walk with You (second half) p. 140

Senior:
I Am a Child of God vs 1-3 p. 2  SIGNS
*I'll Walk with You (first half) p. 140
Children All Over the World p. 16
I Am a Child of God chorus p. 2  SPANISH
Jesus said Love Everyone  p. 61
*I Am a Child of God verse p. 2  SPANISH
*Feliz Cumpleanos  p. 282
I will Follow God's Plan p. 164
*I'll Walk with You (second half) p. 140
I Lived in Heaven p. 4

Presentation. Line up the International Kids along the bottom of your chalkboard a place your 'world' in the middle of the chalkboard. Like this:
Junior Primary. I called a child up to pick one of the International Kids and put it on the world, forming a circle around the world. Then we sang a song. I mentioned where the International Kid was from but we spent our time singing.

Senior Primary. We sang a song and tried to earn an International Kid to put on the world. Sometimes we had to sing a song a few times. I let the children make three guesses about where the International Kid was from. About halfway through we had a quick discussion that went like this:
Me: How are these kids different?
Children: Different hair, clothes, skin, homes, language, food etc.
Me: What do all these kids have in common? What do we have in common with them?
Children: We all have bodies, families, spirits, homes. We're all children of God. (Bingo)
Me: Which ones does Heavenly Father love and care about?
Children: All of them. All of us.
Me: So how should we treat each other?
Children: With love, nicely, with respect.
Here's what it should look like when finished.
Happy Singing Time!

6 comments:

  1. They say children is our hope for the next generation so teach our children to the good deeds.

    God Bless! family international children of god

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  2. This is so great. Thank you so much!

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  3. I did this for Singing Time Today. It was a hit!! The kids asked if we could do it again next week. The only child I didn't know was the Chakita Banana one. My guess was Jamaica?

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  4. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I can tell you are passionate about your calling and it shows.

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  5. I'm using this for a school song about we are all a family. Perfect! Thanks!

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