August 2018 Singing Time Idea: “A Child’s Prayer”

Hey y’all! It’s Mary with another Primary Singing Time Idea! The program song for August is “A Child’s Prayer.” I love this song. I love singing it to my daughter when I’m putting her to bed. It’s amazing. The extra nice thing about this song is that if your Primary is split into junior and senior, the older kids already know it! You can use this time to review and get ready for your program!

That said, I wanted to focus on the little guys for this August 2018 Singing Time Idea. This is a long song, and it can be hard for the little ones to remember all those words! That’s why I came up with a matching game to help your junior primary learn “A Child’s Prayer.”

.August 2018 Singing Time Idea

The Plan

Download and print the free printable at the end of this post! Cut along the dotted lines so that each page has two separate pieces. If you want to be tricky, mount the paper onto card stock or something to make sure they can’t see the colors through the page! Randomly arrange the papers facedown on the whiteboard and play memory by having the kids come up and try to get matches.

When they get a match, sing the line with them once or twice. Then, have your pianist play the entire song. Have the kids hum the tune and then sing whatever line you found when you get to it. As they find more lines, add them to the lines you’re singing. So, you’ll slowly be singing more and more of the song until the entire song comes together.

If you do it that way, the kids will be exposed to the melody over and over again, which will help them remember! Plus, they’re getting a visual of how the words fit together to form the song.

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Extension Ideas

If you have extra time or if you want to challenge your kids, shuffle the pictures or the words and have them put them in order as you sing.

Or, take the pictures away one at a time and see if they can sing it without any help!

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Download

Click here to download the free printable!

One of our readers, Christine Carlson, and her husband made the second verse! Click here to download the second verse

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Thank you for reading! If you use my August 2018 Singing Time Idea and printables to teach “A Child’s Prayer” in your Primary, please come back and let us know how it went!

Mary Probst

Mary Probst

Mary grew up in Florida, where she developed a love of beaches, Cuban food, and all things Disney. After a time in Utah to get her degree in English teaching from BYU, she now lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, and cat. She loves reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, and writing! She is currently working on her first novella.

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Comments

  1. Such a cute idea to help with learning! Thank you. This song is so special and my kids always feel the spirit when we sing it.

    1. Mary Probst

      Thanks! It’s definitely one of my favorites πŸ™‚

  2. Christina

    Great idea! Did you plan to make matches for the other verse?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  3. Laree

    Love this!!! Any chance you’ll be making one for the second verse?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  4. Michelle Barrott

    Mary! I love your cute and simple idea for teaching ” A Child’s Prayer”! Would you ever consider doing the second verse?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  5. Arvina Burton

    Thankyou so much!! It is a great idea and I will still use it for the senior kids because they can use the practice by mixing up the words -or taking one away!!:))

    1. Thank you, Arvina! I always love Mary’s Singing Time printables and ideas. πŸ™‚

    2. Mary Probst

      You’re welcome! I love challenging the senior kids with those kinds of games!

  6. Karen

    Is the second verse here somewhere?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  7. Jodi Larson

    Thank you! I am subbing in primary music and needed a great idea! This is perfect!!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Mary Probst

      You’re welcome! I hope it went well!

  8. Katherine

    This is great! Do you have a printable for the second verse?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  9. Jennie

    I am so excited to use this tomorrow!! Do you have plans to do the second verse as well?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  10. Tawnya Schwartzentrub

    I love this idea but am sad that the printables only have the first verse!

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

  11. Lacey

    I did this last week and it went great! Thanks so much!

  12. Nicole

    Thank you so much for this. Do you by any chance have the second verse available for download you could email me?

    1. Mary Probst

      I just added the second verse to the download section πŸ™‚

      1. Jennie

        Awesome! Thank you so much!!

  13. Kristina Chamberlain

    We’ll do this tomorrow, thank you so much! This song is so beautiful, but kinda hard to teach. This will really help!