I don't know why, but I thought this song would be so fun to learn using a flannel board! Any song that tells a good story would work using a flannel board. Now, no time for a flannel story board? Too much work? This song could EASILY be done using chalk, or print outs with magnets, both of which I considered before deciding on the flannel board.
I don't own a flannel board, so I had a few yards of flannel (at least that's that I think it is?) in my fabric tub and covered a mat board using packaging tape. Took about 5 minutes. I'm going to get the big easel from the library and have it sit on that.
Then I made a few story board pictures out of felt that I bought at Michaels (no laughing, please):
Pictured above is the 1st verse: Samuel, 5 years, night, day, baby jesus, and a land far, far away.
To create Samuel, I tried to replicate the image found HERE. For Bethlehem, I tried to replicate the image found HERE.
Then here's the 2nd verse (again, no laughing please):
Pictured here is sea, Bethlehem, Lord Jesus, earth, Samuel, angels.
Bethlehem and Samuel are reused from the 1st verse. I was not about to cut out 2 Samuels!!
Now I have a few ideas about presenting...
I want to first, and fairly quickly, read the story of Samuel in the Book of Mormon. Using the scriptures that are referenced at the bottom of the music in the Children's Songbook (find them HERE), I'll have a Sr. Primary child read the scriptures. For Jr. I will paraphrase. I'll post the picture of Samuel the Lamanite that's found in the Gospel Art Book (see it HERE if you need to).
Then we'll move on to the flannel board. For Sr. Primary I may have the verses out of order and they have to gradually put them in order. For Jr. I'll probably just add one picture at a time and discuss each one then sing each line as we learn the song.
If time permits, I'll pull out the handbells and we'll use those on the chorus. See that HERE from last week.