I was asked a few weeks ago to post some ideas that would work specifically for small primaries. Although many ideas can be adapted to fit smaller groups, this is one idea that would be great to involve everyone in a small primary.
-Choose several pairs of song titles or lines/phrases of songs. For example: I'm following in his ways & I'm learning to love as he did.
-Write each word on a 3x5 card or piece of paper, write large enough that the word can be read from across the room.
-Scramble the words, and tape a word on each child's chest. (you could also hang them from yarn or string, but this would take longer).
-Divide the kids into 2 groups. Their job is to keep the words that belong in their sentence, and Red Rover over the words that belong to them from the other side. If it's a really hard one, give them clues such as the title of the song, or a visual aid that you used when you taught it.
-"Red Rover, Red Rover, send Suzy right over!" Suzy runs to the other side to join her real sentence, and the kids place her in the correct spot.
This is particularly good for lyric recognition, and for the kids to put the lyrics in context. As they sort out the sentence, they will actually remember it better than just having it told to them. Depending on the number of kids in your group, everyone can participate at least once or twice. You may be able to get through 2 or 3 sentence pairs, I would guess, depending on how quickly they catch on!
More ideas for small primaries to come, but for those of you who work with small numbers, what are some things that work for you?
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