The kids already knew this song, but I wanted to teach them the sign language for it to do in the Primary Presentation. I decided to do something worth 'signing' for, so I bought a $4 jean skirt at my local thrift store and a plain bright yellow t-shirt from my craft store. I brought two black sharpie markers.
When it came time to sing, I was already wearing these. I taught the signs and we sung Love One Another a couple of times to get some practice. Then I told them that I would call up two people each time we signed the song, so that they could 'sign' their name on me.
Man did they ever sing and sign their little hearts out! The little kids were first, and they got to write on my skirt. The first two that were 'signing' and singing the best were very nervous about writing on me and didn't want to at first. They got over it quickly, though. :) Eventually the more rambunctious little kids decided it would be funny to write on my butt. Uh, ok. It was kind of funny, actually.
The big kids got to write on my shirt. Just a note, make sure you wear a black shirt underneath the t-shirt, just in case the sharpie goes through. I ended up with a black dot on my skin, but fortunately it wasn't very big. I wore this the second week we practiced Love One Another as well. After Primary as I was going through the halls on the way to my car, several kids came and grabbed my skirt to show their parents where they signed their name. They were so proud of themselves! :) It's not my favorite skirt EVER!
The second week we practiced Love One Another, I wore my ensemble, and I also brought those little glow in the dark light sticks that you make into bracelets. They come in tubes of 15 for $1.50 a tube. I only have about 40 kids in my primary, so that's dirt cheap. Anyways, we made them into bracelets and turned off the lights, then signed and sang the song in the dark. It looked very cool and the kids were so impressed, not to mention thrilled that they got to keep the glow in the dark bracelets. It was Fast Sunday, so it was the prefect 'treat' to give.
I've always thought Singing Time was a magical time. The best part of Primary. Since being called as Primary Chorister, I've tried to make Singing Time a way to make church and learning a joyful, fun time for children. These are my adventures as Primary Chorister.