Thursday, August 17, 2017

Primary Birthday Party

It's the primary's 139th birthday on August 25th so I thought we'd take a break from practicing program songs and have a birthday party, all while learning the song We Welcome You.  Find my lesson plan HERE.

You can check out all my lesson plans for this month HERE.

Friday, August 11, 2017

I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus vs. 2

This week I'll be continuing on with the 2nd verse of I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus using my lesson plan found HERE.  We learned the 1st verse last week (find my lesson plan HERE).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus vs. 1

I'm using the simple lesson plan found in the 2017 Outline found HERE to teach this song this month.  I'll be implementing finger lights into the activity as well - more details are found on the link above.

You can find verse 2 HERE - I'll be teaching it next week.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

August 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.

Singing Time Schedule
August 2017

August 6th:
Opening song:  Come With Me To Primary p. 255
Scripture song:  The Ninth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78 vs. 1
Activity:  Find my lesson plan HERE

August 13th:
Opening song:  My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228
Scripture song:  The Ninth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78 vs. 2
Activity:  Find my lesson plan HERE

August 20th:
Opening song:  Remember the Sabbath Day p. 155
Scripture song:  The Ninth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  We Welcome You p. 256
Activity: It's the primary's 139th birthday on August 25th - thought it would be fun to celebrate it with my lesson plan HERE

August 27th:
Opening song:  The Chapel Doors p. 156
Scripture song:  The Ninth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
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, Every Star is Different p. 142, I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78
Activity:  Find my Back-To-School Review activity HERE except this year I'll be using 2017 program songs - more to come!

2017 Primary Flashcards


I'm pulling out the same activity I've done in years past (2016 found HERE, 2015 HERE  and 2014 HERE).  I've just updated all the information to be 2017!  It's been a lot of fun both Senior and (a simplified version) for Junior.  This activity will take at least 2 weeks OR would be a fabulous 5th Sunday if you happen to have the whole time.  There's also a variation I've listed below that omits cards so it can be completed in one 20-minute singing time.

Download my 2017 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 yellow colored paper this year just for kicks.

Dare to Do Right and The Wise Man and the Foolish Man were VERY popular choices for March and July so if those happen to be your song choices, they are the 2nd to last page of my document (don't print that page if you don't need it).  If you have completely different song choices for April and July, I found most of the Mad Gab/Mumbles songs from the Chorister's Facebook post HERE and just slightly altered a few.  A direct link to that document is HERE if you are not a member of the group.  The last page of my document to download/print are 2 blank April and July sheets for you to be able to simply write in your own (again, don't print this page if you don't need it).

If you need some Mumbles/Mad Gabs for songs that are not listed, I'd suggest posting on the FB Choristers group - you'll get some amazing answers as I'm really not that clever to come up with them on my own!  Then if you find some good ones, leave a comment here to help others out.

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 teams.  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.

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 will call on good singers to come speak the cards into the microphone (with help if need be).  When the song cards are called, we sing the song using most of the activities we've done all year with them HERE (don't use this activity, scroll down to see the links to all the various activities associated with each song).

Here's the activity you do with each card:

Monthly Theme Cards:  Fill in the correct missing words (I plan on keeping my 2017 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 2017 outline will come in handy for the little kids.  No singing with these cards, with the exception of the Article of Faith song that is included with this year's theme.

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 Mad Gab/Mumbles make a great activity on their own too!

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













Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pioneer Day Singing Time!

This Sunday I decided to theme singing time around the pioneers.  In my opinion, it's a great time of year to familiarize the kids with the fantastic pioneer songs in the Children's Songbook regardless if you will or won't be celebrating Utah's state holiday on July 24th celebrating the pioneers entrace into the Utah valley.  The pioneers are a part of our church's history and heritage so wherever you live, I'd suggest encorporating the pioneer day songs somehow into your singing time this summer!

I have several pioneer activities that I've done throughout the years posted on my blog.  You can find all of them HERE and scroll through.  My favorite (but also requires a bit of prep) is the Pioneer Day Singing & Sharing Time activity where you make butter, have a pioneer {cake} walk, listen to pioneer stories and more!

It's been a while since we've used our handbells and chimes so I thought I'd dust off my lesson plans for To Be a Pioneer found HERE and Little Pioneer Children found HERE, both of which incorporate the bells/chimes.  If you don't have both bells and chimes, each lesson plan will work with just one or the other.

To simplify, I'll be using just the handbells.  I'll have these songs on CD with the words posted (see how I do that HERE).  We'll listen to each song on CD, then sing along with the piano maybe twice before pulling out the bells.

If you are unfamiliar with using handbells or chimes in primary, I'd suggest reading through my post HERE entitled "Using Handbells in Primary."  If you have more questions about using handbells or chimes, leave a comment.  These are my very favorite prop to use in primary.  If you are on the fence about getting them, I can't recommend them enough!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Every Star is Different - Chorus

This week in primary, we'll be brushing up on the verses we learned last week to Every Star is Different (find my lesson plan HERE) then moving forward with the chorus.  You can find my lesson plan HERE.  Time permitting, I'll pull out the handbells for the descant, lesson plan found HERE.


If you decided to teach The Wise Man and the Foolish Man this month, you can find my lesson plan HERE along with a list of other suggested songs if you are still deciding what to teach.