January – I Am a Child of God: Deepening the Experience with the song

Many of the children in Primary already know the song I Am a Child of God.  Here are some ideas to strengthen and deepen their experiences with the song.


Younger Children

  1. Magic Crayon
  2. Who Is a Child of God? Picture Concentration Game
  3. Egg Shaker Pattern
  4. Scarves
  5. Story Song


Older Children

  1. Who Is a Child of God? Picture Concentration Game
  2. Egg Shaker Pattern
  3. Rhythm Stick Roll (This activity was used for I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus, but applies to this song also.)
  4. Color Code
  5. Story Song

9 Responses

  1. Kristina Chamberlain

    Thank you so much, Sister Dance! You are so generous to plan these wonderful ideas. I hope all is well with your family!

    • Sharla Dance

      Dear Erin, I will try . I’ve already started on ideas for February’s and March’s songs. Thanks for requesting!

  2. Rebecca

    Thank you for these ideas! This is my first visit to your website. Your movement ideas really resonate with me, so I’m sure they will with the kids, too. I have had this calling for a while and I was feeling a little flat on creativity, but now I am excited to get the kids moving and singing tomorrow.

    • Sharla Dance

      Dear Rebecca, Welcome! I hope you can search some of the back blogposts also, to get a feel for teaching 2 or 3 songs a Sunday, only 5 to 7 minutes per song, which matches the children’s need to have a change of pace every 5 to 10 minutes. I usually choose a contrasting song that is coming up to teach along with the song of the month.

  3. LeAnne

    Hi Sharla! Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge; the things I’ve learned from you make a huge difference in my ability to serve. For “I Am A Child of God,” I’d like to teach the descant part to the Sr. Primary. What are your suggestions for teaching a descant part?

    • Sharla Dance

      Thanks for asking, LeAnne. The first step (often the children don’t even know they are doing it) is to hear the melody inside your head without even singing it aloud. You can do this by having them only sing certain words (they have to hear the rest in their head), or by Take it in, Take it out reviewing.
      The next step is for them to be able to hold the melody against you or someone else singing the descant as they sing.
      The following step is to teach the descant for two or three weeks using one of the brain friendly activities I always talk about. After those two weeks, ask them to sing the descant while you sing the melody. Challenge them not to get pulled off to the melody.

      The last step is to review the descant about every four weeks, and have them sing it against 1. first you singing the melody, then 2. split the room or choose a small group to sing the descant against the rest of the Primary.

      If you keep reviewing every 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll be amazed that they can remember it.
      Thanks for asking.

  4. Talauna Stokes

    Hello my wonderful friend and mentor! Thank you for sharing, teaching and reminding me monthly that these precious little children are OUR gift from Heavenly Father. I observe my new 12 little Sunbeams with JOY and happiness as they are eager to learn! I enjoy hearing parents say he/she was singing “I am a child of God” all week because we go to class and reinforce lessons with music and movement!! Thank you for all you do!

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