I Am a Child of God
Celestial Treasure Hunt by Tasha Palmer - An idea for teaching the fourth verse
I am a child of God by Janelle Sherrill - monthly lesson plan
I am a child of God (song flipchart) by Tamara Fackrell
I am a child of God flipchart by Melanie Easton - Flipchart for Primary Music Leaders. Melanie writes, "Here is a flipchart for I am a child of God (the three unfamiliar verses). Some of the pages are out of order."
OCD Primary Chorister
Flipchart by JollyJenn (version 1)
Flipchart by JollyJenn (version 2)
Flipchart by JollyJenn (Spanish)
Watch the sign language video for this song from the Church's Website. Scroll down and click on song.
I am a child of God - lesson plan for teaching "I Am a Child of God" using handbells on the obbligato portion of the song.
I am a child of God flipchart (Spanish) by Tasha Palmer
I took pictures of people in our primary and ward that the children could relate to for each of the statements. For example: I am a child of God and he has sent me here- I took a picture of one of the new babies in our ward. The next phrase, a primary family with their parents in front of their home. I use the same 2 pictures for the chorus each time. I have a picture of a mom leading a small child down a path for lead me guide me, and then another mother praying with her 3 year old for teach me all that I must do. The pictures are very powerful and I feel the children are really understanding the meaning of the song because they know the people in the pictures. (Idea by Tammy / ga01192008)
A great musician friend of mine, Sharee Wolfley, has made a beautiful arrangement of "I am a Child of God". This arrangement adds a sort of descant verse that is sung WITH the original melody. Beautiful. Here's the link, hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! (Shared on Primary Music Yahoo Group)
An arrangement of "I am a Child of God" by Sharee Wolfley
Handbell chart for "I am a child of God"
I am a child of God - chart by Mandy Farris
In a nutshell by Janet
Flipchart made by D'Net Layton. She has also created a Spanish Poster and a Japanese Poster to go along with this song. To visit her website, click here. (ga02092008)
Here is an idea from Christy's Clipart
I drew these visual aids for my Nursery class so I could teach them this song a little easier. Color and cut the pictures out. Mount them on popsicle sticks. Click here for pdf file.
I had the children stand up when we sang I or me. They had a lot of fun with that. I was worn out by the end of the song and could hardly sing. I have a stop and go sign that works real well for the Jr. primary and also signs that we hold up indicating who gets to sing: girls, boys, everyone, teachers. (Idea by Daphne Brimhall / ga01152008)
Focus on helping the children identify and understand the important doctrines taught in this song. Invite the children to listen as the pianist plays the melody of the chorus and to stand up when they recognize the song. When most of the children are standing, ask them to whisper the name of the song. Sing the chorus to the children. Ask the children to sing the chorus with you and listen for action words that describe what they would like someone to do for them. Sing the chorus, and list responses on the chalkboard (lead, guide, walk beside, help, teach). Ask: “Who leads us? When would it be important to have a guide? Why would you want someone to walk beside you? Why would you want someone to help you find the way? What are some things we must do to live with Heavenly Father someday?” Sing the chorus again, and testify of the blessings of having parents, teachers, leaders, prophets, and the scriptures to help us find our way back to Heavenly Father. As you teach and review the verses of the song, use key words or phrases that will help the children remember the doctrines taught in each verse. For example: verse 1: gifts (earthly home and parents); verse 2: scriptures (His words); verse 3: blessings; verse 4: His promises are sure. (Idea taken from the January 2008 Friend Sharing Time Suggestion)
Primary 4 Manual: "In 1957 the Primary General Board . asked Naomi W. Randall and Mildred T. Pettit . to write a [song about the need of children to be taught the gospel]. Naomi Randall reported: 'That evening, I got down on my knees and prayed aloud, pleading that our Heavenly Father would let me know the right words. Around 2:00 A.M. I awakened and began to think again about the song. Words came to my mind. . I immediately got up and began to write the words down as they had come to me. Three verses and a chorus were soon formed. I gratefully surveyed the work, drank of the message of the words, and returned to my bedroom where I knelt before my Father in Heaven to say "Thank you!". "The words of the chorus originally read, 'Teach me all that I must know / To live with him some day.' (Italics added.) A few years after the song was published, Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, attended a conference. where a Primary children's chorus sang the song. Naomi Randall said: 'On the trip home he talked with a Primary General Board member [and] expressed his love for the song, then stated that there was one word in the chorus that concerned him. He wondered if Sister Randall would consider changing the line that says "Teach me all that I must know" to "Teach me all that I must do." Of course I gladly accepted his suggestion. " 'I wondered why I didn't include that thought at the time the lyrics were first written. But as time went on I came to feel very sincerely that this was the way the Lord wanted the song to evolve, because it became a teaching moment for members all over the Church and impressed upon their minds that knowing the gospel is not all that is required; it is the day-by-day doing the Lord's will and keeping the commandments that help us reach our eternal goal' " (in Karen Lynn Davidson, Our Latter-day Hymns, pp. 303-4).