Wednesday, December 30, 2015

If I Listen with My Heart - flip chart and mini books

"If I Listen with My Heart," by Sally DeFord was one of the first songs I learned as a new Primary chorister. Since this song, which is the January Primary theme song, is not as readily available (it is not in the Children's Songbook), I thought it would be fun to make mini books that you can fold and share with the children.

I made two versions. Version 1 allows the children to color in the pictures. These pictures are from the LDS Coloring Pages online. I love how it states, "Line art allows children to express creativity while learning gospel principles." This is exactly why I wanted to make a coloring book version of the mini pages. The second version is full color and probably more appealing for the older children that are not as interested in coloring anymore.

Both versions are included in this document. Mouse over and click on the down arrow to download.

HOW TO FOLD THE MINI-BOOK - Instructions in a previous blog post here.

These mini books use artwork with copyright by the LDS church and, as stated with the artwork and on the mini-book, are for personal, church-related, noncommercial use.

Here is the flip chart that matches the images used in the mini book:

Have fun teaching this song!

One thought - we are so busy being fun and creative that sometimes, it's a novelty to go back to the tried and true method of putting a flip chart up on the chalkboard (one verse so it's not too overwhelming), and flipping over one page at a time until they have memorized the verse. So, if you're coming out of a busy holiday, relax, and put the flip chart up on the board. You can toss a fuzzy ball to see which child decides which page to flip over, just to keep it interesting.

Also, as I've learned at various training sessions, don't forget that three times is the charm. So, sing the song to them once, have them sing the song with the words in front of them twice - and then start trying to memorize.