Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back-To-School Review OR Primary Birthday Party

I have 2 options for singing time that I like to use this time of year...

First one is Back-To-School Review.  Our primary kiddos all head back to school on Wednesday so I will be implementing this activity into our primary this Sunday.

And if you'd rather take a break from reviewing program songs, you can celebrate the primary's upcoming birthday instead!  I've got a singing time activity that I've done found HERE which was a lot of fun!

Below are the details for back-to-school review...

Gather the following items: backpack, eraser, glue, markers, ruler, calculator, pencil, scissors, sharpener.

Tape the following instructions (download my printable HERE & cut out the 8 strips) on all the items except the backpack (that's just for holding everything):

ERASER: “Erase" (don’t sing) the words “be true” in the song Stand for the Right.

GLUE: Glue your legs together and your arms to your sides so you hold really still while we sing If I Listen With My Heart.

MARKERS: Only sing Search, Ponder & Pray when you are wearing the same color as the marker that is held up.

RULER: Measure the volume as we sing I Will Follow God's Plan.  Point to 1 inch for softer up to 12 inches for louder.

CALCULATOR: Count how many times we sing the word “I” (in all it's forms including I'll, I'm, etc.) in the song I Love To See the Temple.

PENCIL: Write with your hands (sign language) to the song Beautiful Savior.

SCISSORS: "Cut" the song The Lord Gave Me a Temple by singing it staccato (choppy).

SHARPENER: Sharpen the song by enunciating each word for Praise to the Man.

Before primary, hide the 8 objects around the room, placing the empty back pack up front.

ACTIVITY:
Tell the kids you need help getting ready for school and need to find your school supplies.  Have the primary help you find the hidden items.  As they are found, follow the instructions taped on each item then place them into the backpack.

**If you have more time, throw in more school supplies with other songs!  This would even be great for an easy 5th Sunday singing time if you happen to get the full time!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Lord Gave Me a Temple, verse 2

I must have been in summer mode when I posted my original lesson plan to teach the 2nd verse for The Lord Gave Me a Temple.  When I went to possibly freshen it up for this Sunday, I went, nah, it's great how it is.  Nice and low-key, perfect for the last few days of summer!

Find my simple lesson plan for teaching the 2nd verse to this song HERE that only involves (yet again!) chalk.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Lord Gave Me a Temple

This is a VERY simple lesson plan.  But with that said, I appreciate it's simplicity in that it helps convey the simple message of the song.  Find the 1st verse HERE that I'll be teaching this week.

I'll be teaching the 2nd verse next week with my lesson plan HERE.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

August 2016 Singing Time Schedule


See how I use my singing time schedule HERE!  Then download an editable and printable version of the below information HERE.

Singing Time Schedule
August 2016

August 7th:
Opening song:  I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153, vs. 1
Activity: Find my lesson plan HERE that only uses chalk and the chalkboard!!

August 14th:
Opening song:  Dare to Do Right p. 158
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153, vs. 2
Activity: Fine my lesson plan HERE that again, only uses the chalkboard!!

August 21st:
Opening song:  The Word of Wisdom p. 154
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  If I Listen With My Heart 2016 Outline, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, Stand for the Right p. 159, Beautiful Savior p. 62, Praise to the Man Hymn #27, Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
Activity: Back-to-School Review found HERE.  I may use random songs instead of using this year's program songs...I'm getting a little tired of them ;).  If you have some fun songs that would fit in well with this activity (a song that would be really fun sung staccato for the scissors, etc), PLEASE comment!!  More to come!

August 28th:
Opening song:  I Feel My Savior’s Love p. 74
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: If I Listen With My Heart 2016 Outline, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, Stand for the Right p. 159, Beautiful Savior p. 62, Praise to the Man Hymn #27, Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
Review Activity: Summer Olympics Review found HERE.  I'm planning on updating my visuals to match the ones I created for winter (found HERE) so stay tuned! **UPDATE: check the comment below from Ryan who shared his updated material!  Thank you Ryan!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Primary Flashcards (Continued) & Singing in the Dark

This week I'll be continuing on with my Primary Flashcards that we used in primary 2 weeks ago (Senior primary only). Find details HERE.  We didn't get anywhere close to finishing so it definitely can take up an entire 5th Sunday if you have the whole time this week!

For the Junior primary, I ended up just letting them all come speak through the microphone all the themes and scriptures then we sang the songs.  We pretty much finished everything.  So, with the little kids, I'm going to pull out my Singing in the Dark activity found HERE.  But it's also a really fun activity to do with the older kids too!

For more ideas, you can check out my list of Review Activities HERE.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pioneer Day!

Every year around Pioneer Day I like to theme singing time around Pioneer Day (never heard of it Pioneer Day?  It's Utah's state holiday on July 24th commemorating when the first pioneers arrived).   Now, I know LOTS of choristers are not from Utah so why would you celebrate it?  In my opinion, it never hurts to learn about our church's history no matter where you live.  The early saints made personal sacrifices for the church.  Their sacrifices not only helped the church grow, but helped them gain stronger testimonies.  Just like the pioneers, if we make sacrifices for the gospel, our testimonies will in turn grow.

I have several Pioneer Day lesson plans I've done over the years all found HERE.  This year, I dusted off my joint singing & sharing time activity found HERE.  It's a little more labor-intensive (but I thought it would be appropriate since Pioneer Day lands on Sunday this year) and requires coordinating with the presidency member teaching sharing time so if you are just starting to plan for singing time this Sunday, I'd probably opt to choose something else from my list ;).

So Happy Pioneer Day - whether you live in Utah or not!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016 Primary Flashcards

I'm pulling out the same {yet different!} activity I did last year AND the year before found HERE and HERE.  I've just updated all the information to be 2016!  It's been a lot of fun both Senior and (a simplified version) for Junior.  This activity will take at least 2 weeks (which is what I'm planning on doing) OR would be a fabulous 5th Sunday if you happen to have the whole time.


Download the 2016 documents HERE (these documents include August which I personally didn't print but thought it might help others to review for the program later on this year).  I printed mine on a fun neon pink colored paper just for kicks.  If you happen to have a different song for April and June, I found most of the "mumbles" songs from the Chorister's Facebook post HERE and just slightly altered a few.  There's a document posted under the files section called "Music Mumble Game 2" which has most of the songs in the songbook.  That document is HERE if it helps.  At the end of my document to download/print I have 2 blank April and June sheets for you to be able to fill in (don't print them if you don't need them, however!).

Here's how to use them in primary:

For Senior, divide the primary into 2 teams.  If you have a large primary, divide into more.  Give each team a bell (I just use 2 of my handbells but any bells will do).  Draw the first card and face it to the team.  The first team to ring their bell with the correct answer wins that card.  If the answer is incorrect, the next team to ring the bell gets to answer and possibly win, etc.  Repeat with each card.

For Junior, there will be no teams and no bells.  I'll give as many hints as possible and we'll try to solve the card together.  I may even simply call on good singers to come speak the cards into the microphone (with help if need be).

Here's the activity you do with each card:

Monthly Theme Cards:  Fill in the correct missing words (I plan on keeping my 2016 outline handy as all the answers are easily found there!).  No singing with these cards.

Monthly Song Cards:  They are the Mad Gab/Mumbles cards. The kids will have to figure out which song it is.  When it's been guessed, sing the song.

Monthly Scripture Cards:  For Senior Primary, it is a scripture hunt.  The kids have to find the scripture passage in the scriptures and read it (you may need to get a few sets of scriptures from the library).  Again, the 2016 outline will come in handy for the little kids.  No singing with these cards, with the exception of the 2 Articles of Faith songs that are included with this year's theme.  A side note, July's scripture card is from The Family: A Proclamation to the World.  It isn't included in most scriptures so I will just be bringing in a copy and we'll read it, omitting the scripture chasing with that particular card.

If you are short on time, I'd omit all the Monthly Scripture Cards.  If you are even shorter on time, omit the Monthly Theme Cards as well.  The mumbles make a great activity on their own too!

Here's a quick view of all the cards if you are interested: