I'm going to teach this song using ASL. A Yahoo Groups member posted a FABULOUS YouTube video HERE using simplified signing, perfect for little hands!
I will go over this video several times so I know it VERY well. I also learn everything backwards (or I mirror what I see). That way when I teach it, the kids mirror me and they learn it correctly.
We'll learn one verse per week over the next 3 weeks.
So after I've learned the signs, I write myself notes. This way, if I get totally stuck in the middle of teaching, I have something to reference. My notes may not make sense to anyone but me because I am telling myself how to sign something. I like to write the word to be signed and a description (which necessarily isn't the actual sign to that word). The word being sung and the description may not always match due to translation.
When I start teaching the kids, I tell them to mirror me while I do something funny (wax on, was off, pat your head and rub your stomach, etc.) and explain I want them to mirror everything I do.
I'm also going to bring the Primary CD with the song on it. To start out, I'll tell the kids I want them only to watch me sign to the song. Once I've done that I'll go over each sign individually, gradually adding on while we sing and sign.
Then I'm planning on signing in our Sacrament Meeting program after I approve it with the Bishop of course!!