Come Follow Me: Matching Phrases Activity for Older Children

“For thus alone…”

“in His footsteps tread.”

“with God’s own loved, begotten Son.”

 

Those are tough phrases

Child’s Understanding

How do you know what these phrases mean if you are 8, 9, or 10 years old?  Here are some principles:

1.  If you teach a child a song, not necessarily emphasizing and explaining the words, the words of the song will eventually come back to teach the child when he or she is ready to learn the truths of the song.

2.  When life’s experiences have taught you and prepared you, you will begin to understand deep truths found in the hymns.

Those Principles are all about “there and then” which is a great reason to teach a child a song that he or she may not yet understand.

Here and Now: awakening understanding

So how can we help this song relate to the children “here and now?”  One way to help is to play match the phrase.

Match the Phrase

I put these phrases on word strips and post them in 8 groups all around the room, but I make sure the actual phrase from the song is not always at the top… so all mixed up within the group.  To make this stronger for children who cue into color, I would make each of the groups a different color of word strips.

Come Follow Me

Do As I’m Doing

Try It This Way

 

The Savior Said

Jesus Commanded

The Redeemer Told Me

 

Then Let Us

Because Of That, Let’s

For That Reason Let’s Do This

 

In His Footsteps Tread

Walk In His Way

Make What I Do Match His Way

 

For Thus Alone

That Is The Only Path

This Way Is The Right Way

 

Can We Be One

We Are Able To Be United

We Can Be Like

 

With God’s Own

Together With Heavenly Father’s

Alongside God

 

Loved, Begotten Son

Dear Offspring

Cherished Heir

Tell the children:

I am going to sing the song three times.  I will tap someone on the shoulder, and they will bring up the first phrase of the song.  I tap someone else on the shoulder and they bring up the second phrase of the song. I’ll keep tapping people on the shoulder until we get the whole song in order BUT you only have three times through the song to get the words in order!

Sing

Sing the song and tap 8 different children on the shoulder.

Extend the Challenge:

Now comes even a bigger challenge.  Some of these phrases on the wall mean the same thing as the words to the song.  I will tap some other people on the shoulder and they will bring one phrase up that is like a phrase in the song and put it with the other.

Sing

Sing the song and tap 16 different children on the shoulder who have not yet come up. (Whisper they can get some help from a teacher or friend if they need it.)

Check it:

After you have sung the song several times and all the phrases are on the board, like with like, ask the children if they think everything is right.  Accept their answers.

 

By this time the children have heard the song at least 6 to 7 times through, all the while focusing on the challenge of ordering and comparing like with like.  Now ask them to sing the song with you as you point to the LIKE phrases (not necessarily the one that is in the song).  Their challenge will be to sing words that are different than what you are pointing to (the words in the song), even though they may mean the same thing.

 

2 Responses

  1. Lisa Lopez

    Hi Sharla,

    This is awesome! You have inspired me to try new things, and my kids are so much more engaged because of it. Thank you!

    Here is a simple adaptation to get kids out of their seats and working in small groups:
    – Give groups of 2-4 children an envelope with the words on colored paper, with the phrases broken up as described above (“Come follow me”, “the Savior said”, etc.).
    – Have groups put phrases in order as I sing the song 3 times.
    – Give each group another envelope with the LIKE phrases on strips of white paper (“Do as I’m doing”, “Jesus commanded”, etc.)
    – Have groups match the LIKE phrases (on white paper) with the actual phrases (on colored paper).

    Same awesome concept, just done in small groups instead of one large groups. 🙂
    My most reluctant kids seem to engage really well when they are on the floor working in a small group. 🙂

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