How to teach: Hallelujah and Teaching Children to Worship

This is simple but profound. We were made for worship. The Bible commands us concerning worship: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Ps 150:6) We are all called to worship Him, for the sake of His glory: “Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” (Ps 29:2) And this command is even accompanied with raising up our hands: “Lift up your hands… and bless the Lord!” (Ps 134:2)

In this lesson, we’re going to learn the simplified version of “Hallelujah” (praise The Lord) and how to teach it to the children so they can partake in worship.

Phase One

Teaching this is simple. When a worship song is sung and/ or when the children are dancing in praise, sign “Hallelujah” with raised, questioning eyebrows and smiles.

Repeat the sign with neutral, statement eyebrows.

Phase Two

When a worship song is sung and/ or when the children are dancing in praise, sign “Hallelujah” with raised, questioning eyebrows and smiles.

Help the child sign it till they can do it on their own.

Phase Three

When a worship song is sung and/ or when the children are dancing in praise, sign “Hallelujah” with raised, questioning eyebrows, and smiles.

Require the child to respond with the sign.

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How to Teach: Thanking God

There are a few phases to teaching the sign for “Thank You, God.” In this lesson, we’ll find out what they are.

Phase One

Step One

After a meal is served and after a meal is eaten, when a gift is received, or a beautiful lizard or sunset is seen… simply, in any situation where it is appropriate to thank God, sign “Thank You, God.”

After you do this for a week, start phase two of teaching. In phase two, the steps are as follows.

Phase Two

Step One

At appropriate times, sign “Thank You, God.”

Step Two

Make them sign the sign. Help them form the sign with their hand until they can do it on their own.

This is the final phase. This begins after the child regularly signs in response to the signed question and, hopefully, uses that sign independently to express their want/need.

Phase Three

Step One

At appropriate times, sign “Thank You, God.”

Step Two

Wait till they sign before you give it to them.

How to Teach: Signing Thank You

There are a few phases to teaching the for “Thank you.” In this lesson, we’ll find out what they are.

Phase One

Step One

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

(This essentially means “Say thank you.”)

Step Two

Sign “You’re welcome.”

After you do this for a week, start phase two of teaching. In phase two, the steps are as follows.

Phase Two

Step One

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

Step Two

Make them sign the sign. Help them form the sign with their hand until they can do it on their own.

Step Three

Sign “You’re welcome.”

This is the final phase. This begins after the child regularly signs in response to the signed question and, hopefully, uses that sign independently to express their want/need.

Phase Three

Step One

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

Step Two

Wait till they sign it before signing back “You’re welcome.”