Friday, August 6, 2010

To Think About Jesus

I wanted to teach this song in sign language but when I went to the church's signing website to learn it, it wasn't there so I improvised. I'm no signing expert so I apologize now to the signing community!

Prep:
1. Bring 3 pictures found in the GAK (Gospel Art Kit):
The Crucifixion GAK #230
Jesus Praying in Gethsemane GAK #227
Christ and Children from Around the World GAK #608


2. Learn how to sign these key words:
not
hard
sit
think
Jesus
cross
pain
me
children
all
Use THIS online ASL Dictionary link (to search for the actual word, click on the letter it starts with under "Main Dictionary" and then scroll down under "Choices" to find it)

When I teach sign, I learn it all backwards or mirror what I see, using mainly my left hand. Then I have the kids mirror what I do so they learn it with the right hand or correctly. I even tell them to mirror me and we practice before I start. When I move my left hand up or down, they move their right hand up or down, etc.

3. I like to make notes to take with me in case I draw a blank which happens a lot. Here are my notes that I have printed out in a Word document...they may not make sense to anyone but me!

Not (for shouldn't) - shake your head like "no," left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin

Hard - make the "H" sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together

Sit - forefinger and middle fingers extended on both hands, thumb holding the other 2, and cross them together like the left finger are sitting on the right

Think - left hand circles temple but doesn't touch it

Jesus - middle finger of the left hand touches the palm of the right and then the middle finger of the right hand touches the palm of the left

Cross - left hand is in cupping shape facing out, make a cross shape going down first then across right to left

Pain (for suffered) - forefingers extended but curved like a hook then twist hand sin opposite directions, not touching

Me - point to chest with left hand

Not (for shouldn't) - shake your head like "no," left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin

Hard - make the "H" sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together

Sit - forefinger and middle fingers extended on both hands, thumb holding the other 2, and cross them together like the left finger are sitting on the right

Not (for shouldn't) - shake your head like "no," left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin

Hard - make the "H" sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together

Children (for small) - both hands at chest level, palms open and facing down, "patting" motion starting in the middle and going outward

Think - left hand circles temple but doesn't touch it

Jesus - middle finger of the left hand touches the palm of the right and then the middle finger of the right hand touches the palm of the left

Not - shake your head like "no," left hand in a fist with thumb extended, bring it out from your chin

Hard - make the "H" sign (first 2 fingers extended, thumb holds the other 2) with left hand and make a fist with the right. Hit fists together

All - left hand in fist near right shoulder. Then make an "L" shape with forefinger and thumb and cross your body

4. Bring magnets and chalk

Activity:
1. Post the picture of the Crucifixion on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:
shouldn't*
hard
sit
think
Jesus
Cross

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word "not"

2. Post the picture of Jesus Praying in Gethsemane on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:
suffered*
me
shouldn't
hard
sit

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word "pain"

3. Post the picture of Christ and Children from around the World on the chalkboard with a magnet. Write the following words underneath the picture with chalk:
shouldn't
hard
small*
think
Jesus
not
hard
all

Teach the Primary how to sign each of these key words one at a time and sing the song as you learn each sign, gradually add each word. *Sign the word "children"

Find my lesson plan for teaching the 2nd verse HERE.

**Thank you to a Yahoo Group Member where I adapted my version from

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