|On a Golden
Springtime (CS 88)
(Friend Feb 2003, suggestion # 6)
Explain that each verse of "On a Golden Springtime" (p. 88) tells a story.
Display a simple line drawing of a seed beginning to sprout with a sun shining down.
Have the children listen as you sing the first half of the first verse, then find the picture sung about and point out the things described in the song.
Sing that line of the song (e.g., "A tiny seedling lay asleep").
Have the children sing it with you; repeat for other elements they locate in the drawing.
Sing the first half of the first verse again, stopping after phrases, and have the children sing the phrases with you, then sing the first half of the first verse all the way through.
Sing the second half of the first verse (from "Awake, awake") and have the children listen for words that rhyme with "light." As the words are mentioned, re-sing those phrases and have the children sing them with you. Point out that the music supports the words. "Awake" is written as you would speak the word, with the second syllable note sung higher than the first. The notes for "upward to the light" also go upward. Sing the second half of the first verse all the way through with the children. Then sing the first verse all the way through.
Teach the second and third verses in a similar manner, using GAK pictures 233, Mary and the Resurrected Lord, and 403, The First Vision.
To repeat the songs, you may want to use visual aids such as a seed growing taller (see "Make a String Picture," Friend, March 1982, p. 45).