Mother, Tell Me the Story – pg. 204
Singing in sacrament meeting for Mother’s Day we put two songs together. We sang the first part of “Mother I Love You“, and then we sang “Mother Tell Me the Story”. At the end of that we sang the last part of “Mother I Love You” (Mother I love you, I love you, I do). I had the women teachers and primary leaders sing the mother’s part in the song, and I asked a violinist to play their part as they sang. We also did the combination of the mother’s and the children’s parts. It was beautiful.
Teaching the Song:
I used a visual aid idea that I saw several places on the Internet – I made the song into a story book. The children sang the song a couple of times as I showed them each page, then we started our memorizing activity. I had put the words on the pages with double-sided removable tape so I could remove them. I put black ribbons as bookmarks in-between each page. I had a child come up and choose a bookmark from the closed book. We opened the book to that page and I took the words off that page. They sang the song again. We did this until they had the song memorized.
I used four half sheets of poster board folded in half to make the book. After attaching the printed words and pictures, I laid the pages flat and poked two holes through the middle of all the pages, one towards the top of the pages and one towards the bottom. I put a shoe lace through the holes and tied the pages together. I taped the ends of the six black bookmark ribbons to the last page (which was blank) and then draped each ribbon bookmark in-between a page.
I gave copies of the song to the teachers after the children learned their part, and then we practiced everybody’s parts together. I let the teachers take the words home to memorize them.
Note: The pictures are from Microsoft Word Clipart and the Friend Magazine.