I wanted to continue reviewing "Every Star is Different" and I didn't have much time to prepare so I found a pre-made flip chart that had great images, thanks to JollyJenn, who, if you've never visited, is probably the largest resource of flip charts for LDS primary music. I often have something different in mind so I'll make my own flip chart or surf for other charts, but I really like how she handled this song because I can talk about why Jenn chose certain images for the chart with the children.
I also went to SugarDoodle to see how others had taught this song and found some great thoughts here. Sarah Harris had some ideas that were similar to what I had done the first week that I taught this, but I loved her new idea to use a disco ball to show how all of our lights together add up. I happen to have a small disco ball ornament so this takes no effort for me (yeah, I don't have to make a disco ball!). I will also bring in different colors of lights and different sizes of lights to emphasize how we are all different but how our light creates a greater light when we serve others and choose to be like our Savior.
Senior Primary already memorized the first line and chorus of this song with the brick game that I used the first week that I taught this song (super fun!) but we didn't have time to get very far in Junior Primary so we will begin learning the song in Junior Primary.
In Junior Primary, I will focus on the bridge portion of the song "A shining star, shining brightly ..." by following these tried and true methods:
1. Ask them to count how many times they sing "shining."
2. Have them start covering up flip chart pictures as they memorize a line.
3. Have them stand up and sit down every time they sing "shining"
4. Disco ball example I mentioned above
5. I am considering a method I have heard of before, where I have each class be an expert on a line of the song. Everyone hears me teach it to them so it helps everyone to memorize it, but each class feels like they have a special responsibility.
In Senior Primary, I will focus on reviewing the first verse and bridge, and learning the last verse:
1. I will put up the flip chart and discuss the pictures and words with them, and basically review the first verse and chorus of the song with them.
2. I may share the story about the little girl who is deaf and her conversation with a boy who had no legs, from near the end of Neil L. Andersen's talk, "You Know Enough" from General Conference October 2008. I may discuss with them the different ways we are different: physical, personality, talents, what we have etc. and that no matter our differences, our Heavenly Father loves us and knows that we can each contribute in our own ways
3. Disco ball example I mentioned above
4. I will have them start covering up flip chart pictures as they memorize a line.
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