Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 2017 Singing Time Schedule


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

I don't think I've mentioned here that I'm 8 months pregnant with my 6th and my energy is waning these days (I'm due the middle of July and it's a boy - 4 boys, 2 girls just in case you were wondering ;).  So I apologize if it's apparent in my simple lesson planning.  I am hotly debating about just singing Nephi's Courage in Sacrament Meeting for Father's Day - afterall, Nephi was a father!  I may decide after we begin learning Nephi's Courage the first week and I'll see how far we get.  If we haven't learned all the verses, I'm going to just scrap Teach Me To Walk in the Light and forge on with Nephi's Courage.

Singing Time Schedule
June 2017

June 4th:
Opening song:  I Pray in Faith p. 14
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Nephi’s Courage p. 120 vs. 1-2 (maybe 3rd as well)
Activity: Lesson plan found HERE which includes new artwork from Susan Fitch!

June 11th:
Opening song:  I am Glad to Pay a Tithing p. 150
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Teach Me To Walk in the Light p. 177 OR Nephi's Courage p. 120 vs. 3
Activity:  More to come! Find my lesson plan for teaching the 3rd verse to Nephi's Courage HERE

Check out all of my Father's Day posts HERE in case you need ideas!

June 18th:  SING IN SACRAMENT – FATHER’S DAY
Opening song:  The Word of Wisdom p. 154
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Fathers p. 209, Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210, My Dad p. 211
Activity: Disguise the Bishopric similar to the photo below (see thread HERE on FB) and have the kids guess who they are by asking them various questions about them (birthday, favorite foods, etc...ending with what is their calling).  Each man will be assigned a song title that will be hung around his neck.  When they are guessed, we'll have them lead the primary in the song using a flip chart and the songs on CD.  They will be watching for good singers and maybe pass out a treat.

June 25th:
Opening song:  I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: As a Child of God, outline; Choose the Right, Hymn #239, Stand for the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley, When He Comes Again p. 82, When I am Baptized p. 103
Activity: 2017 Primary Flashcards.  See my activity from last year HERE but I'll have an updated post for 2017!  More to come!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

January - May 2017 Review

I'm pulling out {yet again!} an activity from last year!

Only I'll be using 2017 January - May program songs on each petal with an associated activity:
  • As a Child of God vs. 1 (using sign language we learned HERE)
  • As a Child of God vs. 2 (again using sign language)
  • As a Child of God vs. 3 (again using sign language)
  • Choose the Right vs. 1 (using actions we learned HERE with finger lights)
  • Stand For the Right (stand when we sing the word "stand")
  • Dare to Do Right (turn to the right when we sing "right" and turn to the left when we sing "true")
  • Stand For the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley found HERE (divide the primary in 2 using a set of my prompts HERE)
  • When He Comes Again vs. 1 (using my stop/go signs HERE - stop singing on stop, sing on green, piano always keeps going)
  • When He Comes Again vs. 2 (using the stop/go signs again)
  • When I Am Baptized vs. 1 & 2 (sing verses legato/smooth and chorus staccato/choppy with wands HERE
(I've basically combined all my lesson plans from the entire year into 1 singing time!).  Since I have plenty going on, I'll only be using 2 flowers (10 petals/raindrops).  But if you want to fill more time, add in wiggle songs, Father's Day songs, etc. with more flowers.

There are enough activities with each song, that you can even omit the flowers/rain drop activity and just go through the list of songs/activitires above and the kids should be plenty engaged!

And so I don't have kids who are disappointed who don't get a turn, I will have the best singing classes collaborate with their teacher (while in their seats) to decide on a raindrop to pick and the teacher will tell me which one their class chose to turn over.  It should speed up the picking so we can sing more.

You can also check out all of my generic and simple review activitites HERE.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

When I Am Baptized

I'll finally be getting to May's song, When I Am Baptized.  The lesson plan is one I used the last time we taught this song and I have to admit, it's probably my most favorite!  You can find it HERE.


The lesson plan focuses a lot on rainbows and rain which led me to feel maybe it was falling short of discussing the song's actual meaning - the effects of baptism and repentance.  But one day as I was browsing Teaching No Greater Call, I came across some information that led me to feel like focusing on the object lesson in the song (the rainbows and rain) was justified and would actually help the kids learn about the intangible aspect (baptism and repentance) better as long as the connection was made:

'Tie the invisible idea … to some tangible object the student already knows about and then build from that knowledge” Elder Boyd K. Packer

Find the full excerpt HERE under "Comparisons and Object Lessons."  It's really worth reading!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day

This Mother's Day singing time lesson plan is intended to expose the children to LOTS of the Mother's Day songs in the Children's Songbook that we rarely get to sing.  It is not intended to teach them the songs.  I find value in the children listening to these songs (and singing where they can) almost just as much as I find value in learning and memorizing songs (we'll start learning May's song When I Am Baptized next week but you can find my lesson plan HERE).  The songs I chose are:

Grandmother p. 200
I Often Go Walking p. 202
My Mother Dear p. 203
Mother, Tell Me the Story p. 204
Mother Dear p. 206
Dearest Mother, I Love You p. 206
Mother, I Love You p. 207
The Dearest Names p. 208

Because you will be exposing the kids to unfamiliar songs, I recommend playing each song on CD (or you and teachers sing them with the piano) AND posting words like I do HERE.

I have 2 separate lesson plans for Jr. and Sr.  If you have a combined primary, I'd probably recommend the Jr. lesson plan while verbally asking all the questions listed on the worksheet to help engage the older kids.


For Jr. I created this printout of a mother for them to color as they listen to Mother's Day Songs for part of the time.  Download my document HERE.  The original image is from lds.org HERE.  I printed mine on white card stock (optional) quickly cut out each image beforehand.


The colored picture can then be adhered to a popsicle stick and used as the children sing along and/or listen for certain words of the various songs to be sung [mother, love, etc.].  They can also use them to pitch lead.  It could potentially be used as a Mother's Day gift as well from the children to their mothers.

For Sr. primary, I created this worksheet for them to fill out with a pencil as we listen to each song.  Download my document HERE.  Make double-sided copies at the library so each child will only receive one paper.


Between each song, post the words and sing along with the CD to check answers.

You can check out all of my Mother's Day posts HERE as well.

Mother, I Love You


For this activity, you will need the flip chart found HERE. and the 2 melody maps found HERE and HERE.




Play song on CD or you and teachers sing with the piano as the children count how many times the word "love" is sung [8].  Repeat but now with the word "you" [13].  Make sure to double check your counting and have them listen/sing it again ;).

Place flip chart on chalkboard and pass out scarves to kids.  Have them pitch lead with the scarves as you sing the song through.  I own these scarves here:


Wands would also work.  You can check out my post on wands HERE.  You can also use a popsicle stick or the kids can simply use their hands.

Place Melody Map #1 on chalkboard and ask the children to count how many times they hear/see the repeated melody as you pitch lead [4].  Repeat with Melody Map #2 [2] having them filling in the words for each dot on the melody map and then singing it.

Sing and pitch lead the last line, asking the children to listen for the word on the highest pitch [love].  Have them reach really high on that note while pitch leading with the scarves.

Divide the kids into 2 groups and let them alternate phrases as you indicate, pitch leading when it's their turn.  Everyone sings the last phrase together.  Repeat, switching parts for the groups.

Gradually remove flip chart pages from the chalkboard as the kids continue to pitch lead, take turns directing their own movements or any other movements with the scarves (such as these found HERE) as time permits.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Love Is Spoken Here

I thought this familiar song would be appropriate to sing for Mother's Day in sacrament meeting (Scroll through all of my Mother's Day singing time lesson plans HERE if you need more ideas).  All the children will sing the 1st and 2nd verses, then we'll split and sing it together with girls singing the 1st verse and boys on the 2nd, then combined again for the ending.  I will enlist the help of a primary leader to help lead one of the groups of children when we sing.

I really liked the simple idea found in the 2004 Friend HERE (scroll down to the "Song Presentation" under #5) for teaching it...

Draw a simple house on the chalkboard with chalk, big enough to hold several hearts inside, but able to hold images around it.

Pass out a paper heart and pencil/pen to each class teacher as the pianist plays the song on the piano (or play the song on CD).  Have each child tell their teacher ideas how they can show love in their homes and have teachers write ideas on hearts.  I created these hearts HERE and printed them on red and pink card stock.

Quickly discuss ideas and tape (or use magnets) the hearts inside the chalk house.  Tell the children there are also other ways love is spoken in our homes.

Place the Gospel Art Book picture #112 to the side of the house on the chalkboard found HERE.

You and the teachers sing the 1st verse of the song (or play on CD).  Have the children listen for words that show how love is shown (you are looking for keywords).  Write the answers around the picture [ideas include: mother, kneeling, family, words, whispers, pray, plea, quiets, fears thankful, love].  Testify to the children that parents show love to their children by praying with and for them.

Invite the children to sing with the piano along using the keywords, one phrase at a time and adding on until the entire song has been sung and the keywords have all been written around the picture.

Next, place the Gospel Art Book picture #104 on the other side of the house found HERE.

Again, you and the teachers sing (or play on CD) the 2nd verse of the song as the children listen for more words that show how love is shown.  Write answers around the picture [home, hour, blessed, priesthood power, father, mother, leading, teaching, trust, obey, love].  Testify to the children that parents show love to their children by using the priesthood.

Invite the children to sing along using the keywords, one phrase at a time and adding on until the entire song has been sung and the keywords have all been written around the picture.

Place the Gospel Art Book picture #84 above the house on the chalkboard found HERE.  Ask the children "how can we often feel the Savior near?" as you and the teachers sing the last portion of the song (or play on CD), "I can often feel the Savior near, when love is spoken here."  Take answers [love is spoken here] and write the answer around the picture of the Savior.

*You always want to be sensitive to children who may not have an active/involved/alive parent(s).  You can express that children, when they become parents, can show love to their own children through these ways.  There are also other adults in children's lives who show their love to us these ways - the bishop, primary leaders, etc.  Also mention that they can always feel the love of our Savior as the song mentions.

To review, sing each verse and let a few "good singers" come up and erase a keyword.  Repeat until all the words have been erased and the song has been sung several times.  Also practice singing the verses together dividing boys/girls on the verses.

**A great movement activity for the younger kids would to have them stand every time a keyword is sung.  They may not be able to read, but it will have them listening for the words as they follow your lead.  After the song has been sung through several times, they should be able to recognize some of the words that they should stand on.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

May 2017 Singing Time Schedule


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

Anyone else feel like it's a race to the finish lately?  With singing in sacrament meeting for Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day AND staying on top of all the monthly songs, I'm lagging!  Below is what I plan on cramming in this month!  Never a dull moment in singing time!!

Singing Time Schedule
May 2017

May 7th:
Opening song:  Repentance p. 98
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Love Is Spoken Here p. 190
Activity: Learn this song to sing in sacrament meeting the next week on Mother's Day.  Find my lesson plan HERE.

You can also scroll through all of my Mother's Day singing time lesson plans HERE.

May 14th:  SING IN SACRAMENT – MOTHER’S DAY
Opening song:  Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Grandmother p. 200, I Often Go Walking p. 202, My Mother Dear p. 203, Mother, Tell Me the Story p. 204, Mother Dear p. 206, Dearest Mother, I Love You p. 206, Mother, I Love You p. 207, The Dearest Names p. 208
Activity:  A Mother's Day themed singing time singing all those Mother's Day songs that we never sing!  Find my lesson plan HERE.

May 21st:
Opening song:  Baptism p. 100
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  When I am Baptized p. 103
Activity: Lesson plan found HERE

May 28th:
Opening song:  Faith p. 96
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  As a Child of God, outline; Choose the Right, Hymn #239, Stand for the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley, When He Comes Again p. 82, When I am Baptized p. 103
Activity: Review all our year-to-date program songs.  I have a spring-themed review activity I did last year HERE that I may use again.  You can also check out my list of review activities HERE.  More to come!