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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Primary Birthday Party

Primary is celebrating its 136 birthday August 25th so I thought it would only be appropriate to wish it a happy birthday this Sunday in singing time!  We have PLENTY of time before our primary program (scheduled for October 19th) so I'm glad to take a break!!

Our primary sings We Welcome You to all the visitors and we LOVE it.  However, we only sing the first half of the song and don't know the 2nd portion.  So this Sunday we'll sing the first half using NEW "birthday" words and then learn the 2nd half by having each phrase placed in balloons that the kids will get to pop.  Along with the song phrases are 3 paragraphs that tell a little bit more about our Primary's history that will also go into the balloons.  I found the information HERE if you are interested.

Now for the party the prep!:

Decorate the chalkboard (I'll be using our push-pin board with pins instead of the chalkboard just because it will be easier to hang balloons)...
(Print my document HERE on card stock and place in a sheet protector.)

(Download and print this picture found HERE on card stock and place in a sheet protector - it's a little small but oh well)

(Print these words HERE and place in a sheet protector.)

Then You'll need at least 14 small balloons (28 if you have Jr. and Sr. like I do!) that will each need to be filled with a slip of paper (found HERE).  Number each balloon using a sharpie marker to match the number on the slip of paper inside (example: a balloon containing #1 slip of paper should have "1" written on it with a marker  - just so you know what order to pop the balloons).  TIP:  to carry them to church, place them in a large garbage bag(s), keeping Jr. and Sr. balloons separate!

Hang the filled & numbered balloons all around the 3 pictures posted above using tape or push-pins.  I also have some crepe paper that I'll decorate the very edge of the board but totally optional.

Then make a balloon popper using some sort of stick or dowel with a pin taped to the tip.  I think the kids will be more comfortable popping balloons with the stick.

For the party!:

Tell the kids that the Primary's birthday is August 25th, 1878.  Sr. Primary can figure out how old that makes it (136 years old).  Sing Happy Birthday to the Primary by using the "birthday" words for We Welcome You posted on the board.  Tell the kids that there is more to this song and it's all about the the purpose of primary.  To find out more about Primary, you will need helpers to come pop the balloons (in numerical order).

Have kids come pop a balloon, read the slip, sing or read the phrase that comes out.  Continue until all the balloons are popped, the phrases have all been sung and the paragraphs all read.

**I'll try to snag a picture of my decorated board this Sunday**

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back-To-School Review

Most of our primary heads back to school this week so I'm pulling out another annual activity...

Back-To-School Review:

I'll be using 8 props for our 8 program songs this year.  See details on the activity HERE.

Below is my updated version which includes all of this year's songs (find my simple document HERE that you can cut out and tape on to the items):

GLUE – Glue your legs together and your arms to your sides so you hold really still while we sing He Sent His Son.

SCISSORS: Sing I Will Follow God’s Plan as if you were cutting it (sing it staccato or choppy).

MARKERS – Only sing The Family is of God when you are wearing the same color as the marker that is held up.

RULER - Measure the volume as we sing I Stand All Amazed. Point to 1 inch for softer up to 12 inches for louder.

ERASER – “Erase” (don’t sing) the phrase “Keep the Commandments” in the song Keep the Commandments.

SHARPENER – Sharpen the song by enunciating each word in Family History – I am Doing It.

CALCULATOR:  Calculate how many “B” words are in Baptism.  What words are they?

PENCIL: Write with your hands by making up actions as we sing Seek the Lord Early.

VARIATION: If I had the whole time I'd throw in some extra items (tape, stapler, notebook, pen, staple remover, sticky notepad, 3-hole punch, etc.) so more kids could have a chance to find things, then attach some wiggle songs to them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seek the Lord Early...Continued

I'm using the same visuals I made last week found HERE and then doing the exact same activity found in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline (original source found HERE):

(too bad these pictures can't be downloaded!)

"...Display all of the pictures on the board. Invite a child to go out of the room while someone else hides one of the pictures. Have the child come back and “seek” for the picture by listening to the other children sing louder as he or she gets closer and softer as he or she gets farther away. Repeat as time allows."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Seek the Lord Early

I REALLY wanted to use the visuals suggested in the 2014 outline found HERE for August...but apparently they aren't available.  So I improvised and made some of my own that are pretty similar...

(I decided to put a keyword on each of the phrases since some of the pictures can be tricky - and why not keep the cute magnifying glass on each page?)

You can download my document HERE.  I printed mine on card stock and placed in sheet protectors.

You can also download the version with a white background HERE if you want to save on ink (definitely not as cute, however!) or the white version without the keywords HERE.

I will be using these visuals for 2 weeks, but with different activities.

For the attention getter, have the pianist play the song and ask the kids if any of them recognize it.  I'm sure at least Sr. Primary will know.  Tell them this song is all about seeking.  We will be seeking, or finding, each phrase using "telescopes!"

Pull out several empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes:
(I knew these would come in handy one day!  You can also use flashlights instead if you can get the primary room dark enough.)

Pick a child (or a few, depending on your primary size, so each child can have a turn) and have them go into the hall.  Post the first page of the visuals (I numbered each of mine on the backside) somewhere on the walls of the Primary room with tape.  Have them re-enter the room and tell them they will be seeking the first phrase by only using their telescope and closing the other eye (no peeking!).  Have the piano play the song while the kids seek out the first phrase.  Once found, place it on the chalkboard and the whole primary sings that phrase.

Repeat with new children, hanging the next phrases on the walls in different spots until all the kids have had a turn to seek, the phrases have all been found, placed in order on the chalkboard, and the song has been sung several times.

Make sure to define several of the big words: FERVENT, ABOUND

Variation: You could divide the primary into several teams.  With each phrase, 1 child from each team will go into the hall.  The first seeker to find the phrase wins that round.

You can see another lesson plan for this song HERE.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

August 2014 Singing Time Schedule

August 3rd:
Reverence song:  Family Prayer p. 189
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity: Use the visuals suggested in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline  for August found HERE but use flashlights and a darkened room or empty paper towl tubes to have the kids seek for them, placing them in order on the chalkboard.  More to come.

August 10th:
Reverence song:  The Family p. 194
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity:  Use the activity found in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline for August, found HERE.

August 17th:
Reverence song:  Love is Spoken Here p. 190
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  He Sent His Son p. 34, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, I Stand All Amazed, Hymn 193, The Family is of God, 2014 outline, Keep the Commandments p. 146, Family History – I am Doing It p. 94, Baptism p. 100, Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity:  Back to school review.  See activity HERE.

August 24th:
Reverence song:  Saturday p. 196
Scripture song:   The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  We Welcome You p. 256
Activity:  Celebrate the Primary's birthday.  Some ideas found HERE.  More to come.

August 31st:
Reverence song:  Home p. 192
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome You p. 256
Singing Time: He Sent His Son p. 34, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, I Stand All Amazed, Hymn 193, The Family is of God, 2014 outline, Keep the Commandments p. 146, Family History – I am Doing It p. 94, Baptism p. 100, Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity: Begin reviewing for primary program.  Will create a chart, or game that will take us until the program to complete.  Something similar to this HERE or HERE.  Suggestions?  More to come.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Primary Fireworks

I've seen this idea floating around a few places so I thought I'd give it a try...

Primary Fireworks Review! 
Perfect to send us out of July with a BANG!!!

Summer's been seriously fun and crazy at home so I also needed a quick activity to make up for my lack of planning.  I purchased 2 packages of 10 of these Party Poppers at Wal-Mart for $1.47 each (I found them in the party section).  Since I have a Jr. and a Sr. primary I needed 14 total (7 songs for each primary).

Then I simply wrote the names of our 7 songs we've learned so far this year on small pieces of paper and slipped them into each one.  I used tweezers to lift the cardboard end, then popped it back into place...

To use them, I'll pop each one out toward the kids and out will explode the confetti (not messy at all) and the song to sing.  Now, so we don't just sing each song, I am going to bring some previously-used activities to go along with each song when we sing it (totally optional):
  • He Sent His Son: Position Cards (find them HERE)
  • I Will Follow God's Plan: Necklaces (find them HERE - I will just switch out random ones telling who should sing)
  • I Stand All Amazed: Hot 'n Cold (find it HERE)
  • The Family is of God: Musical Instruments (find it HERE)
  • Family History-I Am Doing It: Lap/Clap/Slap (find it HERE - scroll down past the instruments)
  • Keep the Commandments: Bells (Find it HERE)
  • Baptism: Wands (find it HERE)

If you want some more ideas for other review games, find them all HERE and scroll through them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pioneer Day with Chimes!!

You can easily use this singing time with the KidsPlay Handbells if you don't have chimes!  I also have a list of all my Pioneer Day singing time activities HERE.

Also, don't feel like you can't celebrate the pioneers because you don't live in Utah!  The pioneers are part of our entire church's heritage and it's worth celebrating wherever you live.

A few months ago, I purchased a set of chimes (find my post HERE for details) that I've been hankering to pull out.  I had the thought that they would be super appropriate for Pioneer Day!  Kind of old-fashioned, homemade instruments that pioneers may have used to create music! ;)

I purchased them without tags so I am in the process of labeling them.  I wanted my own tag so they would match all my handbell charts...

You can print my Tag document HERE.  I simply printed the document on card stock, laminated it and cut the circles out.  Then I punched holes, cut small slits (see below), put them on the strings and taped the slits shut...

For the activity, I'd love to pull out some pioneer clothing but I don't own any - maybe I'll try hitting up some more neighbors (they are SO good to me!).  I'd love to dress up my bell choir.  You can make your own paper bag pioneer clothing if you like - find information on those HERE.

There are several pioneer pictures in the Gospel Art Book [GAB] found HERE that I'll post on the chalkboard:

I'll quickly discuss how pioneers and their children did lots of singing.  Music brought joy into their lives that would otherwise be very monotonous and dull.  Just like pioneers, we can also bring joy into our own lives through music!

Then I'll pass out the chimes and we'll ring and sing Little Pioneer Children and To Be a Pioneer.  See how I like to use handbells in primary HERE.  The handbell charts are for the optional descants.  Find my note chart for Little Pioneer Children HERE and then To Be a Pioneer HERE.

Below are the JPEG versions in case you prefer that format...

Like always, if you find mistakes - let me know ASAP!  How embarrassing!!