Memory Verse and Finger Play
Here is a piggyback song and actions to help preschoolers learn the memory verse from Luke 10:27 which reads: “He answered, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,’" and,"’Love your neighbor as yourself."
Sing the verse to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me" and separate the words into the following rhythmic pattern:
He answered, “Love the Lord your God, /with all your heart and all your soul, /with all your strength and your entire mind,"/and “Love your neighbor as yourself. /Love, love your neighbor, /love, love your neighbor, /love, love your neighbor, /because God tells us to.
Here are some simple actions to teach the children, but wait to introduce the movements until the students can sing the song. Preschoolers have difficulty processing multiple sources of information, and it is easier to teach the songs and then the actions in separate steps.
- Love – cross arms over the chest as if hugging yourself.
- Lord – hold hands up, palms facing outward, with the thumb and first finger forming the letter L.
- Heart – place hand on heart, palm touching chest
- Soul – point to self
- Strength – hold up arms like a strong man, hands clenched in fists
- Mind – point to head
- Neighbor – point to a classmate
- Yourself – point to self
If the students have trouble singing and doing finger play motions at the same time, simplify movements to just four:heart, soul, strength, and mind.