Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Teaching Method - Envelopes

Some teaching methods don't use discovery questions, but use other activities to involve the children in listening to the song. "Envelopes" is an example of such a method. This idea comes directly from the Sharing Time Ideas in the May 2004 issue of the Friend magazine (pg.16).

Divide the song into phrases and make a wordstrip for each word in the phrase. Put the wordstrips for each phrase into an envelope. When you are ready to teach the song, divide the group and give each group an envelope. Sing the song a few times and ask the children to put the words in the correct order. Invite each group to sing their line. Have them mix up the wordstrips and pass the envelope to a different group. Repeat the singing as often as necessary.

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