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Friday, June 22, 2018

Sing-A-Baptism Story

I wanted to review When I Am Baptized this week but the primary already knows it VERY well.  So I thought I would branch out and sing the other baptism songs in the songbook to stay with this month's Baptism topic.  So I came up with this Sing-A-Baptism Story idea and included more songs that revolve around baptism.  My goal isn't to memorize words or learn songs, but to help the kids become familiar with more songs in the songbook that all relate to a gospel topic.


A Sing-A-Story is a story where the words of the songs tell most of the story.  Songs are arranged in order to tell the story or develop a theme.  You can do this with almost any topic!  I've done several variations before:

Thanksgiving Sing-A-Story HERE

Christmas Nativity HERE

Singing Missionaries HERE.

So here's my version of Sing-A-Baptism Story.  You simply read the narrative (or "hire" a special helper/narrator!) and follow the story outline.  It's easy, effective, and a great way to sing through LOTS of songs!  Some of these may be unfamiliar (which is wonderful!) so make sure to post the words like I do HERE and sing along along to the songs on CD for additional support.

Sing-A-Baptism Story

Amanda and Shawn were twins.  {Put Amanda and Shawn on the chalkboard}

They were going to be 8 soon and were so excited to be baptized!   {Draw a number “8” on the chalkboard}

Sing: I Like My Birthdays p. 104 vs. 1

They had learned from primary and from their parents that there were a few things they had to do to prepare for their baptism.

They had to have faith in Jesus Christ.  {Write “Faith” on the chalkboard}

Sing the song: Faith p. 96

Shawn and Amanda knew their faith would continue to grow if they kept reading their scriptures, saying their prayers and going to church. {Put the picture of a child praying on the chalkboard}
(Gospel Art Book p. 111)

They understood that if they make a wrong choice, they could say sorry, try better next time to choose the right.  That was called repentance.  {Write “Repentance” on the chalkboard}

Sing the song: Repentance p. 98

Amanda and Shawn knew that they would be baptized just like Jesus was long ago. {Put the picture of Christ being baptized on the chalkboard}
(Gospel Art Book p. 35)

Sing:  Baptism p. 100 vs. 1-2

Amanda and Shawn were grateful for Jesus’ example and were happy they could be baptized by immersion too! {Put a picture of a child being baptized on the chalkboard}
(Gospel Art Book p. 104)

Sing: When Jesus Christ Was Baptized p. 102

Amanda and Shawn knew that after their baptism they would be made clean just like the earth is made clean after it rains. {Draw a picture of a rainbow on the chalkboard}

Sing: When I Am Baptized p. 103 {optional – use rainbow wands to create rainbows during verses and sing “legato” or smoothly and create raindrops while singing “staccato” or choppy during the chorus – have the piano play legato and staccato as well.  Find details on wands HERE}


After their baptism, they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. {Add a picture of child being confirmed}
(Gospel Art Book p. 106)

Sing: The Holy Ghost p. 105

The gift of the Holy Ghost would then be their constant companion if they continued to choose the right throughout their life. {Add a picture of a child choosing the right}
(Gospel Art Book p. 115)

Sing: Listen, Listen p. 107

What was even better was that they could renew their baptismal covenants each week by partaking of the sacrament! {Put a picture of children taking the sacrament on the chalkboard}
(Gospel Art Book p. 108)

Sing: The Sacrament p. 72

Amanda and Shawn were grateful they chose to be baptized and knew what a blessing it would be in their lives.  {Add a picture of Amanda and Shawn in white clothes}

Download my story outline HERE.  You can download and print all the Gospel art Pictures HERE or see how I took apart my Gospel Art Book that I purchased from the Distribution Center HERE.



Download Amanda and Sean (before and after baptism) HERE.  Print them on card stock, cut out and laminate (optional).  The clip art comes from Susan Fitch's website HERE.

TIP: If you end up being short on time, omit the songs/story lines that don't directly relate to baptism, only singing the 4 baptism songs.

Monday, June 18, 2018

July 2018 Singing Time Schedule


See how I use my singing time schedule HERE!  Then download an editable and printable version of the below information HERE or use my July 2018 Singing Time Planner found HERE


Did you get the email regarding new revisions to the Hymnbook and Children's Songbook?  Check out more details HERE.  Looks like it won't be anytime soon but it's in the works!

Singing Time Schedule
July 2018

July 1st:
Opening song: My Flag, My Flag
Scripture song: The Eighth Article of Faith Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: Here We Are Together p. 261*
Singing Time: My Country p. 224
Activity:  Learn a new patriotic primary song!  More to come!

*Check out the simple idea for singing Here We Are Together to visitors HERE

I've also got a few 4th of July singing time lesson plans posted HERE if you need more ideas!  They include Primary Fireworks, Glow-in-the-Dark and more!

July 8th:
Opening song: Home p. 192
Scripture song: The Eighth Article of Faith Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: Here We Are Together p. 261
Singing Time: Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188

Activity: Find my lesson plan HERE

July 15th:
Opening song: Love Is Spoken Here p. 190
Scripture song: The Eighth Article of Faith Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: Here We Are Together p. 261
Singing Time: Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188

Activity:  Continue on with my lesson plan posted above

July 22nd:
Opening song: The Oxcart p. 219
Scripture song: The Eighth Article of Faith Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: Here We Are Together p. 261
Singing Time: Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked p. 214, Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey p. 215, Little Pioneer Children p. 216, Westward Ho! p. 217, To Be a Pioneer p. 218, The Oxcart p. 219, The Handcart Song p. 220, Covered Wagons p. 221, Whenever I Think about Pioneers p. 222, My Country p. 224, My Flag, My Flag p. 225

Activity:   I'm creating Pioneer Day Singo!  It's similar to my Christmas Singo found HERE.  More to come!!

July 29th:
Opening song: Because God Loves Me p. 234
Scripture song: The Eighth Article of Faith Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: Here We Are Together p. 261
Singing Time: I Am a Child of God p. 2, My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228, If the Savior Stood Beside Me – 2018 outline, On a Golden Springtime p. 88, Book of Mormon Stories p. 118, When I Am Baptized p. 103

Activity:  Primary Flashcards.  Find last year's cards HERE.  Perfect for a 5th Sunday if you do or don't have the whole time!  More to come.

Revisions to Hymns and Children's Songbook

Have you seen this?  Sounds like change is in the wind!


Give Suggestions and Submit Original Music for a Revised Hymnbook and Children's Songbook 

Under the direction of the First Presidency, committees have been assembled to recommend revisions to the current hymnbook and children's songbook. When the revisions are complete, there will only be one hymnbook and one children's songbook, offering the same hymns and songs in all languages. The new collections will be created over the next several years to reflect the needs of members around the world. 

Visit newmusic.lds.org to learn more about this effort. You can give feedback about the current music and submit new original hymns, children's songs, and lyrics to be considered for inclusion in the revised collections.

If you are interested, you can make suggestions for the new collection by taking the feedback survey HERE.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father's Day Singing Time Ideas

Scroll through my complete list of Father's Day post ideas HERE if you need!

There were 2 ideas I found for a Father's Day themed singing time that looked SO fun!  You can review any song(s) with both of these ideas - review program songs learned so far this year or sing Father's day-related songs from the songbook.  Or sing a combination of both!

Here's a suggested list of appropriate songs for Father's Day:

My Dad p. 211
Father's p. 209
Daddy's Homecoming p. 210
Teach Me To Walk In the Light p. 177
He Sent His Son p. 34
The Family Is of God (2nd verse) download music HERE

What other songs would be appropriate for Father's Day?  Leave a comment!  Make sure to post words like I do HERE for any songs that are unfamiliar.

The first fun idea I saw was this...Lip-Syncing Dads HERE.  It's VERY similar to my Lip Sync Review activity found HERE that has been very popular!

(my husband's a great sport, isn't he?!)

Gather pictures of all the primary kiddos' dads making a surprised/singing face (use grandpas, uncles, home teachers, bishop, etc. where needed). Print on card stock (I used my fast-draft [low-ink] print setting), laminate and cut out the mouth.  You could also take them to a photo lab and print as an 8x10 photo.  I'd recommend just 1 per family then enlisting the help of your primary presidency and pianist if you need.  Tape a jumbo popsicle stick to the back.  Call up several kids at a time to lip-sync with their dad's photo.

These would make for a great Father's Day gift idea too!  The kids can take them home to their dads to sing them a Father's Day song they sang in primary!

I saw someone created simple clip-art lip-syncing dads HERE which simplifies this activity.  Printables are HERE if you aren't on FB

The second idea was posted HERE by Diana.  Here are her details:

Tell them that this father is having a hard time deciding which bow tie to wear for Father’s Day and he needs their help. They choose a bow tie out of a bag and sing whichever song/verse is on the back well enough that the bow tie rises up into place so Dad can see how he looks in it.  Some ties are repeat song/verses in order to have more ties.


Download her printables HERE.  Print everything on card stock and cut out.  Laminate the ties.  Mount the head on a white poster board and draw in the chest as pictured above.  Cut holes for string near the neck and bottom of the poster.  Thread string through holes and tie ends together on the back of the poster creating a simply pulley system which makes the ties rise up.  Use velcro to adhere the ties.

I really wish I could take credit for these fun ideas!!  As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas! And again, if you want more ideas for Father's Day, check out my other posts HERE.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Music Resources Found on LDS.org

I've compiled a list of resources all found on lds.org that will help you fulfill your Primary Music Leader calling.  This is the first place I'd recommend checking out if you are new (and something I'd still recommend checking out if you aren't!).  You can also check out my "New Choristers" tab HERE with LOTS more information!

  • For starters, check out the "manual" for this calling!  It's on page 300 of The Children's Songbook entitled "Using the Songbook" or it's all online HERE.  I think this valuable resource often gets overlooked either because it's so simple or we forget (or don't know) it's there.
  • Sharing Time Outline HERE (current outline and past outlines).  This will tell you what suggested songs are to be taught each month.  You can check out my overview of the current outline HERE.
  • Primary Music Leader Video HERE.
  • The Purposes of Primary Music Video HERE.
  • Music HERE which includes Planning Music Time, Music Teaching Techniques, Music in Nursery and Music Resources

  • Teaching Children HERE
  • Sing-Along Videos HERE (see how I use sing-along videos every year in primary HERE - I only wish there were more more but I do know they are continually adding to it each year)
  • Conducting Course - I've got a post that you can check out HERE with more information on that!


If you find other information on lds.org that's helpful, leave a comment with the link!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

My Dad

We'll be singing My Dad and Daddy's Homecoming (find that lesson plan HERE) in sacrament meeting for Father's Day.  You can also scroll through all of my Father's Day lesson plans HERE.

I LOVED this idea posted on the FB Chorister's Group HERE for teaching My Dad.  Thank you for sharing!!

I created some printables to go along with the idea that uses keywords/pictures...










You can download them HERE.  I printed on card stock, cut out and laminated.  Thank you to Susan Fitch (check out her website HERE) for most of the clip art!!

I then gathered a few of my husband's ties (thanks for sharing, dear!), tied them (let's be honest...I had him do it) and taped on my images using masking tape.  I used 2 images per tie (8 ties total) just so more kids can have a turn wearing a tie but you can do as many or as little as you need.

To use in primary, simply pass out a tie for kids to wear and have them stand at the front (this would be a fun way to utilize all those older primary boys!).  Sing the song through using the images/prompts to help.  Then pick good singers (maybe 2 at a time) to come up and remove an image from a tie at random.

They can also tell something they love about their dad/grandpa/bishop/teacher if they want.

Sing the song through with missing prompts then repeat with new children until all the images/prompts have been removed and you are left with only kids wearing ties and the song has been memorized.

Time permitting, have the kids try to put the images back on in order!

Micah, on the Chorister's FB group shared her feelings HERE that I thought might help with being sensitive to those children who may not have an active father-figure in their life:

"I grew up in a split family. My father wasn't around much, and when he was, I had a hard time getting along with him, but I still loved him. When I was in primary and Young Women's, I sometimes had a hard time with Father's Day. But I still sang the songs.

Looking back, I see that it helped me heal and know how things SHOULD be. They helped me want a better relationship with my father, though it was hard. I still loved him, and wanted those things that we sang about.

As you are trying to be considerate in your wards, also remember that even if the parents are divorced, those kids still love both their parents. They should still be able to sing to their dads, even if their dads aren't there. They should know what a good example is."

Thank you Micah for sharing your personal experience and wonderful insight on this topic!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Susan Fitch Giveaway

If you are familiar with Susan Fitch's artwork, you might want to check out the giveaway taht she's doing over on her blog.  She's giving away her Lemonade Stand clip art kit that she's also got for sell on her Etsy shop.  Check out details HERE.

So, if you are like me and LOVE Susan Fitch's artwork, do yourself a favor and enter her giveaway!



And after thinking about it, this clip art could pair nicely with the song, Oh What Do You Do in the Summertime?!  You can also check out my lesson plan for this song HERE.