Let’s dive right in to this creative singing time ideas, this Families Can Be Together Forever Melody Chart! It’s a way to help the children visualize the movement of the notes and adds meaningful connections with the lyrics.
A melody chart is a great way to teach a song with both a logical and a visual learning style. You have the kids working through to decode the meaning of the melody chart and what it may represent so it gets their wheels turning.
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Families Can Be Together Forever Melody Chart
How to Use this Melody Chart:
You can print the version with the bold words or with the small words and either cut off or fold up the words. I have them there to help you visualize and practice the chart, but if you would prefer no words you can simply fold under the bottom edge.
Sing through the song once before showing the melody chart.
Post the first page of the chart and sing the first line – freeze! Wow, were you able to follow that line? Let’s try it again! Repeat first line.
Should we try the next? Sing through the 2nd line. Hmm, that looks like it fit too, let’s try both lines. Sing the first page 2 lines.
Post the 2nd page and sing through the line. Ask what the children noticed. Do they see any patterns? Let them guess one of the shapes.
Sing through the first two pages (3 lines) again.
Add the 3rd page and continue in that process singing the new line, then starting again at the beginning, and adding meaning to another symbol.
Key/Guide to the Melody Chart:
- Smile Emoji = I, My, Me
- Heart = Family, They, Families, Them
- Figure 8 = Eternity, Forever
- Up Arrow = (Heav’nly) Father, Lord
- Split the room into two groups. Alternate singing each time the color changes. The other group can silent sing or can sing only the keywords (symbols).
- Put all of the charts up on the board out of order. Have the kids help you sort out the correct order, then sing through it noticing patterns.
- Start with the lyrics version, then switch out 1 or 2 pages at a time to the no words version!
- Add a ribbon wand or dance scarf (or use a pointer finger!) to draw the melody while singing.
- Use an instrument such as an egg shaker or rhythm sticks and shake or tap at each symbol!
If you’re loving this singing time idea, see another spin on a melody chart over here in our post with a printable Search, Ponder and Pray Melody Chart!
Families Can Be Together Forever Melody Chart Printable Lesson Plan
You can grab our printable Families Can Be Together Forever melody chart below. It includes a 1-page overview of how to use this melody chart in singing time. Plus, extension ideas to help you make the most of the activity in Primary.
Then, you can print your choice of two styles of for this melody chart – one with bold prominent lyrics or one with a subtle lyrics line that can be removed completely if you prefer plus see our idea above for using both versions!
Head over next to see how to use a personalized video story to teach Families Can Be Together Forever. It’s a great way to demonstrate how different families can look and still be a family unit.
What other fun additional ideas could you add for teaching Families Can Be Together Forever with this melody chart?