1. If I were a sunbeam,

I know what I'd do;

I would seek white lilies,

Roaming woodlands through.

I would steal among them,

Softest light I'd shed,

Until every lily

Raised its drooping head.

2. If I were a sunbeam,

I know where I'd go;

Into lowly hovels,

Dark with want and woe:

Till sad hearts looked upward,

I would shine and shine;

Then they'd think of heaven,

Their sweet home and mine.

3. Are you not a sunbeam,

Child, whose life is glad

With an inner brightness

Sunshine never had?

Oh, as God has blessed you,

Scatter light divine!

For there is no sunbeam

But must die or shine.

Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

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Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • Do you think children are sunbeams? Why or why not?
  • What would you do if you were a sunbeam?