Thankfully the chorister before me had already taught almost all of the fourteen (eep!) songs we are singing for our program, so I have really been able to spend most of our singing time reviewing and perfecting the songs. I wanted the children to really understand the meaning of some of the songs we're singing, because they are such beautiful testimonies - so I thought of this way to relate physical feeling to spiritual feeling.
- I took a piece of foam-core and cut out 2 holes, then covered them with felt flaps. I just printed the lettering and picture and used spray adhesive to stick them to the poster.
- I took our list of songs and found an object that relates to it. For example:
- I Know That My Savior Loves Me = heart
- He Sent His Son = envelope
- Follow the Prophet = Friend magazine
- Come Follow Me = fishing net
- I Hope They Call Me on a Mission = missionary tag
- I picked a child to come up to the front and put their hands through the holes. I put an object in their hand and they they had to guess what it was just by the feel of it. Some of them were harder than others, so sometimes they guessed it right away. Other times I had them describe what they felt and the other kids could help them guess. In Junior Primary once they guessed it, we sang the song that it represented. In Senior Primary, once they had guessed what the object was, I gave them the scripture reference that inspired the song, and we looked up and read them together. Once we read the scripture, I had them guess what song the object and scripture related to and then sing it. At the end of each song, I asked them how that song made them feel.
- I explained that our songs can help ourselves and others feel the spirit, and that each song we sing was inspired by our scriptures and the words of the Savior. By understanding and feeling the true meaning of what we are singing, we can help others feel the spirit as we share our testimonies through music.