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alt Flipchart for Nephi's Courage by Laurey Lee

alt Teaching LDS Children

alt Prezi Presentation of "Nephi's Courage" by Annette Gabriella 

alt Here is an idea from Christy's Clipart

alt Nephi's Courage verse three by Amy Busch

alt Singing in Primary

alt Nephi's Courage (Flipchart) by Loralee Kurzius 

alt Watch the sign language video for this song from the Church's Website.  Scroll down and click on song.
 
alt Our Primary just learned the Apostle Song and I decided to make it to the tune of Nephi's Courage because I included their entire first name, middle initial, and last name just as we say them when we refer to them.  I thought it was more respectful and the children now know their entire full names!  I made a poster with the apostles pictures that I cut down to about 5x7 size so they could also put a name with a face.  (Idea by Rekehl Johnson)

alt OCD Chorister - Song flipchart for all three verses

alt El valor de Nefi by Lynette Olson - Flipchart in Spanish

alt Sheet Music from the February 1986 Friend Magazine

alt Judy Weber's Music Workshop Notes on this song

alt Singing Time Mayhem - Song Flipchart

alt Sing the Apostle Song to Nephi's courage.  I get 8x10 pictures of each of the apostles and put them in page protectors in a binder. I type out their last names and put them at the bottom of their picture.  When we sing this I just use the binder and flip the pages.  Eventually we will remove the name strips!  (Idea by Penny)
 
alt Have a mailbox with 7 envelopes in it. Each envelope has a clue as to what song to sing (which of coarse is “Nephi’s Courage”). One clue was a melody snippet, one was a few of the key words from the song, one was a picture depicting the song, one was an anagram, one was a synonym, and one was they hymn number. (Idea from Layton, Utah, Music Workshop)

alt In the Leafy Treetops Blog - {Ideas on how to teach song} {Flipchart}

alt I started teaching this song in Senior Primary yesterday.  We started by reading 1 Nephi 3:7 in English and Spanish then I sang the chorus and had them listen for the words that were the same as in the scripture.  I sang it again and had them listen for the words that were different from the scripture we talked for a minute about how the words were different but the meaning was the same.  I sang it one more time then asked them to sing it with me.  We pumped our arms upward one at a time as we sang the first phrase.  i.e. I will go (left arm up and down) I will do (right arm up and down).  We sang the chorus several times.  After they felt comfortable we sang it several more times with the music.  I took about 10 minutes and told the story of getting the brass plates.  I had 30 minutes yesterday so I had the time.   We talked about the difference between the brass plates and the gold plates and how the brass plates were as important to them as our scriptures are today.  Then I posted the words and pictures that I had and sang the song through for them.  We didn't spend a lot of time talking about the verse because many of them already knew the song but there were some who didn't so I sang it through several times and asked them to sing along if they thought they could.  After everyone was familiar with the melody, we sang it together.  We did all this without the piano.  We sang it several times fast.  Then we added the piano and sang at tempo.  I have a bunch of little round magnets and after they sang it I would give out a magnet to everyone singing and they could put it on any word they wanted.  I count while they are doing it so they have to go fast.  We sing the song with the words partially covered and I give out magnets again.  When I have used all my little magnets, I take down one of the pages and then have all the magnets that were on the page to hand out.  By the end of the 30 minutes they were able to sing all the first verse with all the pages removed and everyone in the Primary was participating. (Idea shared by Ellen on Primary Music Yahoo Group)

alt (Idea by Lara Parker) "My Primary LOVES this song.  I use it as a wiggle song.  Here's what we do...  I took some time to explain the scripture stories for these.  (You can get the sign language from here).

The Lord commanded (ASL- "please") Nephi to go and get the plates (hands like a book)
From the wicked Laban (act like Laban laying on ground, (just lean over) inside the city gates.  (hold hands out in front like gates opening)
Laman and Lemuel (hold up one index finger in front and then hold up the other index finger) were both afraid to try. (have both index fingers tremble)
Nephi was courageous. (hands on hips, feet slightly apart, superhero style)

This was his reply:

Chorus

“I will go; (take a step forward from Nephi stance, punching hand forward in air)
I will do (take a step forward from Nephi stance, punching hand forward in air)
the thing the Lord commands.  (ASL "please")
I know (point to forehead) the Lord provides a way;
he wants me to obey.  (at same time, do a soldier salute and jump, as if jumping to obey)
“I will go; (take a step forward from Nephi stance, punching hand forward in air)
I will do (take a step forward from Nephi stance, punching hand forward in air)
the thing the Lord commands.  (ASL "please")
I know (point to forehead) the Lord provides a way;
he wants me to obey.  (at same time, do a soldier salute and jump, as if jumping to obey)

The Lord commanded (ASL "please") Nephi to go and build a boat.  (make hand motion like water waves)
Nephi’s older brothers (two index fingers out in front) believed it would not float. (plug your nose and lower yourself like sinking, like the dance move)
Laughing and mocking, (put hands over mouth, act like laughing and point) they said he should not try. (wiggle finger like "no-no")
Nephi was courageous. (hands on hips, feet slightly apart, superhero style)
This was his reply:

CHORUS

The Lord gives us commandments (ASL "please") and asks us to obey.   (salute like a soldier and jump)
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way.   (point in all kinds of directions)
When I’m discouraged, (pretend to rub eyes as if crying) and think I cannot try, 
I will be courageous, (hands on hips, feet slightly apart, superhero style)

and I will reply:

CHORUS






 
Comments (3)
  • Aili

    I've got another ASL version on my site: http://musicofprimaryimportance.wordpress.com/ 2012/05/31/asl-for-nephis-courage/

    I'm going to try the act-out-the-story idea with simple costumes (towels and scarves, etc)

  • Linnea Cardon

    I love Lara Parker's idea. The only changes I would suggest is using the sign "ask" instead of "please" and "boat" instead of water waves. Both signs can be found at www.lifeprint.com. To make ask a command, simply do the sign faster and sharper than normal.

  • Teanne

    I love the idea of making Nephi's Courage an action song. The actions you came up with are good. You asked for ASL for command. Here's a good website that gives signs for individual words http://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/COMMAND/3152/ fingerspell i also liked the church's website that had a list of songs to play the song with the sign language.

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