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Beforehand, assemble "families", makes piles containing signs for each family member.
A child chooses a pile. Hand them a sign then invite other children to hold the other signs in that "family". Sing. Repeat.
- Large Family - "♪ there's Father & Mother & Brother & Brother & Sister & Brother & Sister and Brother... ♫"
- Small Family/One Parent Family- "♪ there's Father & Sister & then there's a Brother... ♫"
- Living with Grandparents - "♪ there's Grandma & Grandpa & Sister and Brother... ♫"
- Family of all Girl Children -"♪ there's Father & Mother & Sister & Sister... ♫"
- Family of all Boy Children - "there's Father & Mother & Brother & Brother, & Brother & Brother & then the other Brother! ♫"
- Adding - new siblings - adoption
- Any other family combinations you can think of
Explain that every family is different. No matter who your parents are or where they are, they still love you very much.
***********It should be obvious not to combine the family into a way that it not supported in Family: A Proclamation to the World
- My kids had a blast with this one! They thought it was hilarious when the family was huge and we kept singing and singing and singing...
- This one can be tricky for a Pianist to follow (when you're changing the lyrics and the length every time, yikes), so warn the Pianist or sing it acapella.
- Be forewarned: They giggle when a child has a sign of the opposite sex. I tried to avoid this, but it still happened.
- Be prepared for hard questions. I had a CTR 4 blurt out "There's no Mom! Where's the Mom? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOM!?!?!?". Be prepared to gently answer the tough ones that may come up.
- I really brought it home and shared personal examples in SR - even examples of divorce and whatnot. And yes, I cried while I shared. (That's just me, I cry a lot)