Friday, January 6, 2012
To Show I Choose the Right
"Have the children sing the following song to the tune of 'If You're Happy' (CS, p.266): 'To show I choose the right, I tell the truth./To show I choose the right, I tell the truth./I know the Savior's way./ And it shows in what I say./ To show I choose the right, I tell the truth.' The action for this verse, made while singing "I tell the truth," is putting the right pointer finger to your lips and lowering the finger in a small arc. Additional verses and actions could include "I will not swear" (zip your lips), "I show respect" (tip your hat), "I'll rev'rent be" (fold arms), "I will not steal" (right pointer finger wigwags "No"). Once the children know the first verse, have a child pick a wordstrip (We did different circles and put magnets on the back and put them on the chalkboard.) and have everyone sing that verse. After each verse, ask "How will I show respect?" (or "What does it mean to be reverent?" etc.). Finally, have all the helpers hold up their wordstrips and sing the first verse again but have the final line include all the wordstrips in the order in which the children are holding them."