Welcome everyone by name.
Practice the Hand Raising game. Children at this age need to practice hand raising without calling out. We usually start each lesson with a small snack and we practice raising our hands to respond to questions without calling out. We will make statements like, “Raise your hand if you like graham crackers,” or “Raise your hand if you are wearing red today.” We emphasize that they can answer the question not with calling out, but by raising their hands.
Remind the children that last week we talked about our bodies, and especially our hands. This week we are talking about a different part of our body. Ask them to guess the body part. Give clues: I have two of these, they are on my head, they are curved, I can only see them if I look in a mirror etc.
Use a Power Point presentation, or several pictures for the next activity. Start with a large picture of an ear. Point out what it looks like and how the “scoop” shape catches sounds. Have the children cup their hands behind their ears to demonstrate how that helps them to hear better, that is why our ears are shaped that way. Explain how what is inside our ears actually allows us to hear. Have a picture of an ear drum. Explain it is very important that they don’t ever stick anything in their ears or they might damage their ear drum. Remind them that Heavenly Father made our ears and they are wonderfully designed.
Show a video about how ears work. If you have time, you can have a diagram of the ear and have the children color or circle the ear drum.
Return to the Power Point or the pictures. Have several pictures of things that make sounds like animals, babies, music, firetrucks etc. Show the picture to one child only and ask them to make the sound of that object. The other children need to guess what it is that makes that sound. Explain that they used only their ears to find the correct answer.
Ask the children to imagine what it would be like if they couldn’t hear. Play a game with them. Mouth an easy, short sentence. Ask the children if they can guess what you are saying by looking at your lips. Let each child have a chance to try this. Explain that some people are hearing impaired and cannot hear well or at all. They can understand what people say by lip reading, looking at the person’s expression, and reading sign language. There are many videos on Youtube that demonstrate sign language, and you can teach your class some easy sign language such as I Love You. This is a good time to talk about how Jesus healed the sick and the blind and the deaf. The church website has videos, pictures or audio reading on Jesus healing a deaf man.
Mystery Sound. Stand behind the children and have them listen as you make sounds with different objects. Ask them to guess what the sound is. Example sounds:
1. Writing on a chalk board.
2. Clapping your hands.
3.Shaking coins in your hand.
4. Tap a pencil on the desk, or draw on paper.
5. Turn pages in a book.
6. Bounce a ball.
An alternative to this would be to have several covered containers, two each have the same objects. Student shake all the containers and try to match up the ones that have the same object in them.
This comes from a website that offers several Sound Games for kids.
If you can take the children outside, you can have them do a MUM WALK. This means they must be silent as they walk outside and hear all the things there are to hear. You can have them raise their hand when they hear something, or wait until you get back in the classroom and have them share the things they heard.
If a walk outside is not practical, you can find several videos of birds, or nature sounds to show the children. Express to the children your gratitude for the world Heavenly Father made and that you can hear such beautiful things.
Music is another way to have the children appreciate their ears and hearing. You might have them sing, or listen to different kinds of music and ask how it makes them feel. Place a large piece of poster or butcher paper on the table and have crayons for the children. Play snatches of different kinds of music and ask them to use colors to show how the music makes them feel: happy, sad, sleepy, scared etc. Model how different colors might represent the different sounds they are hearing: black or brown for scary music (Camille Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre for instance), dark blue for “stormy” music (Strauss Ein Alpensinfonie), red, yellow, orange for happy music (Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Ravel Histoires Naturelles). They can just make swirly marks instead of pictures as drawing might distract them from the feelings of the music.
Point out to children that what they listen to can affect their feelings. They should be especially careful about what they listen to on the Sabbath day, to keep their minds and hearts focused on Christ.
Finish the lesson with a craft. You can make very simple sound instruments from boxes, cans, rubber bands etc. Pinterest has a large number of resources for homemade instruments. I have the kids make “rain sticks” for the sound quality. Photo and idea taken from http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/diy-sensory-bottles-rain-stick/.