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Oh, Jesus Loves Me

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Oh, Jesus Loves Me is a song that is extremely fun to do. The message is about the unconditional love of Jesus. Children really enjoy this song because it allows them to act out in a positive way.

Very little preparation is required to teach this song to children. The motions are simple and straightforward.

I would recommend first watching the video and then I will demonstrate and explain the motions line by line.

The introduction is a short instrumental segment. Pretend like you’re playing a guitar. Children are quick to pick up on this motion. Continue doing the guitar playing motion through the first line that says, “Jesus Loves Me”.

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The next line is, “OH! – He loves me”. For this motion, throw your hands up in the air and rotate your wrists rapidly on the word “OH”, then drop your hands in front of you keeping your elbows bent and let your head sway slightly from side to side while you sing “He loves me”.

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The next line is, “When I’m good or when I’m bad”. For the words, “When I’m good”, Tap your thumbs on your shoulders and sing with a big smile.

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For the words, “Or when I’m bad”, do a thumbs down and make face that shows the impression of “wrong” when you’re singing.

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The next line is, “When I’m happy – when I’m sad”. For the words, “When I’m happy”, put your index fingers on the corners of your mouth to emphasize your big smile.

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For the words, “When I’m sad”, let your elbows drop and with your index fingers still at the corners of your mouth, emphasize the very sad face you’re making.

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The next line is “Jesus loves me” and all you have to do is drop your hands in front of you, keeping your elbows bent, and nod your head as you sing.

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The next line is, “OH! – He loves me”. For this motion, throw your hands up in the air and rotate your wrists rapidly on the word “OH”, then drop your hands in front of you keeping your elbows bent and let your head sway slightly from side to side while you sing.

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Now for one of the most fun parts of the song. The line is, “I’ll never have to say that He loves me not”. And for this line you swing your head back and forth and let your hair fly!

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As soon as you’ve said “loves me not”, quickly clap two times.

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The next line is, “To you it might seem little”. For this line, use your thumb and index finger to make a motion that gives the impression of “little”.

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Continue doing this motion through the words, “To me it means a…”

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When you get to the word “lot”, quickly throw your arms wide open. Continue with the arms wide open motion through the next line, “To know He loves me”.

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After this line, there is a short instrumental transition during which you will continue nodding and smiling and slightly swaying as you draw your arms back to your sides with elbows still bent and get ready to repeat this chorus with the same words and motions two more times through.

After singing the chorus a total of three times, there is a tag ending. The first line is, “Oh, how He loves me”. For this line, open your hands and pat them on your upper chest with elbows out.

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The next line of the tag is, “Yes, Jesus loves me”. For this line, fling your arms wide open and nod your head with a big smile.

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The next line is, “Oh, how He loves me”. For this line, you will once again, open your hands and pat them on your upper chest with elbows out.

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End with the final line, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”, where you will once more fling your arms wide open and nod your head with a very big smile through the end of the song.

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NOTES:

“Oh, Jesus Loves Me”, is a great song for graduation programs. It’s really fun to watch the children’s enjoyment of the motions and to hear their voices ringing out when they sing the word, “OH”. This song is a big hit with parents and grandparents at any kind of special program. Children almost always participate in the singing and the motions.

If a teacher needs a song to change the general mood in the classroom from a negative to a positive–this is the song to sing.

Using this song is a good way to teach children about real love. Children may sometimes have a tendency to associate love with good behavior and getting approval. When they have had bad behavior and have received negative approval, they might not think they are loved. “Oh, Jesus Loves Me” is a song that can help them understand the unfailing love of Jesus Christ and the fact that they are still loved even when they may have disobeyed.

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Why I decided to produce music with motions

 

I worked for 15 years as a music teacher at three different schools. I loved my job and learned a lot of things during the hundreds of classes I taught and the numerous Christmas Programs and Graduation Ceremonies I coordinated the music for.

One big thing I learned is that it’s very hard to find good songs to teach young children. Many products appear to be for little kids but when you start listening to the music, it’s way over their heads with far too many words and sometimes concepts that they really just aren’t ready for.

During the years I taught, I researched heavily to learn what children should be able to do at various stages of their development. I also looked constantly for engaging songs they would enjoy and be able to sing.

I found from experience that the songs they liked the best were the ones with motions. Early on, I tried to add motions to virtually every song I introduced to them.

I saw amazing things happen in the classroom. Kids that weren’t interested in music started getting involved. The attention span essentially doubled as I started out teaching 20 minute sessions and before long was able to give them 40 minutes without losing them. It never failed that they wanted more when our time was up.

I had a degree in TV and Film Production, so after a short time I started creating teaching tools for other teachers to use. I began producing music tracks that turned into CDs. Then we added video to make DVDs of the songs that worked the best.

My goal with this blog is to share some of my teaching techniques for the individual songs we recorded so that other people can benefit from some of the things that took years for me to develop.

I hope in time, that the blog will be a large body of work that is a huge resource for parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, teachers, and anybody out there who loves teaching music to little children.

I have lots of testimonials from all kinds of different people who have been kind enough to let me know what Praise in Motion has done for the children they shared it with. You might enjoy having a look at some of the things people have written to me. Click on the link below to have a look:

http://www.praiseinmotion.net/TESTIMONIALS.html