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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Children All Over the World

We sing Children All Over the World every year to kick off our Thanksgiving season!  The kids LOVE the posters and have a great time with this song!  Find my lesson plan HERE.


Since taking these pictures, I have colored sections of each poster in one color. Like the little boy from Spain, I colored a few of the lines in his scarf orange, then one of the girls I colored her apron red, Germany got some green, etc. Really simple but a little color helped significantly. I plan on laminating these this weekend as they are starting to take a beating!

If you are looking for more Thanksgiving ideas, check out my "Thanksgiving" tab over on the right side in the Labels section and there'll you'll find LOTS more ideas for this month!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November 2014 Singing Time Schedule

Singing Time Schedule
November 2014

I've got LOTS more Thanksgiving/fall ideas HERE if you just scroll through all the posts!

See how I use my singing time schedule HERE.

November 2nd:
Reverence song:  Faith p. 96
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Children All Over the World p. 16
Activity: find it HERE

November 9th:
Reverence song:  A Child’s Prayer p. 12
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  For Health and Strength & For Thy Bounteous Blessings p. 21
Activity:  Learn about "rounds" with these 2 songs.  More to come.

November 16th:
Reverence song:  Repentance p. 98
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I Am Glad for Many Things p. 151
Activity: Pin feathers on a turkey.  Each feather contains something the kids come up with that they are thankful for.  Idea from HERE (scroll down).  More to come.

November 23rd:
Reverence song:  Help me, Dear Father p. 99
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Thanksgiving Sing-A-Story: Nephi’s Courage p. 120, The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281, Faith p. 96, Autumn Day p. 247, The Things I do p. 170, For Health and Strength p. 21, Book of Mormon Stories p. 118, Thanks to our Father p. 20, Thank Thee, Father p. 24
Activity: find it HERE

November 30th:
Reverence song:  I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: When Joseph Went to Bethlehem p. 38
Activity: Start Chritmas!  More to come!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hinges for Halloween!

I thought it would be fun to teach the song Hinges this week (I actually don't know this one very well) using a paper plate skeleton...kind of bringing in the Halloween theme but not really as you could use this skeleton any time of year to teach the song :).

I made this big guy using brads (found at Wal-Mart in the office section) so it will hinge when you move it.  I made small holes for the brad to fit into using a pencil tip.  I found a pattern HERE and started cutting!

You can print and cut out the words HERE.  Use plasty-tac or masking tape.  You want them to come off easily - and be used again if you do to singing times for Junior and Senior.  I know Junior can't read but it's an easy song and they'll get the hang of it.  I may not even put the words back on for Junior - we'll see!  If I don't, I'll post the words up front for the teachers so they can help me sing (see how I post words HERE).

I'll hang it on the chalkboard using heavy magnets on a few body sections.

To play, I'll pick a child to come up, remove a phrase and put the skeleton in a funny position.  Then we'll sing the song and repeat with a new child until the words are gone.  Once the words are gone, we'll sing it as long as we have new kids to come put it in a new position.

Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 2014 Singing Time Schedule

Singing Time Schedule
October 2014

October 5th: GENERAL CONFERENCE
Reverence song:
Scripture song:
Birthday song:  
Welcome song:
Singing Time:

October 12th:
Reverence song:  Home p. 192
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  *Program songs
Activity: Review primary program in primary room, then color programs (found HERE).

October 19th: SACRAMENT MEETING PROGRAM
Reverence song:  Family Night p. 195
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  *Program songs
Activity: Review primary program in chapel.  Hand out reward (cheese crackers and fruit snacks) for "Straight A's" (found HERE) right before Sacrament Meeting.

October 26th:
Reverence song:  Saturday p. 196
Scripture song:  The First Article of Faith p. 122
Birthday song:  Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Songs chosen by the kids
Activity: We'll play Stump the Primary with the older kids (find the activity HERE) and my wiggle worm jar and/or nursery bag with the little ones (found HERE and HERE).

*PROGRAM SONGS: 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

Now on to November for Thanksgiving and Christmas songs!!  Love this time of year in singing time!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Primary Program - Program

Our program is coming along nicely!  We'll be good and ready in a few weeks.  This year the kids are going to be coloring the physical programs.  Each program will be unique and hand drawn by our own sweet kids.  This is what I came up with...

Our ward prints 80 programs and I have about 40 kids so each child will get to color 2.  I have 2 variations...


**If you notice, there is kind of a big space under the words "Families Are Forever."  For my ward, I put the program date, and our ward name below that but I left it blank here so anyone can use it.  If you want to fill it in, do a literal "cut and paste" job by typing up your own date and ward name then taping it in the space provided.  I used the font Cambria, size 14 and centered it.  Sorry, I don't create these using Word and can't share an editable document.

The program that has the black & white picture of the family I'll definitely give to the youngest primary kids who will most likely scribble.  The other kids, I'll let them choose what they want.  Some may want to draw in a picture of their family in the blank square, the others may want to color the picture - they will get to do 2 so maybe they'll do one of each.  Then they can all sign their names.

We will be coloring these on one of the Sundays we are practicing for the program.  We have 2 weeks dedicated just to running through the program - one week in the primary room for the full 2 hours and the other in the chapel for the full 2 hours.  I plan on coloring these the week we are in the primary room.  We always have extra time to fill that week and it will give the kids a nice break from all the reviewing.

Then inside each program will be one of these:

The congregation will be able to leave their comments about our program.  I'll use these the following week after the program and read the answers (we have Sacrament Meeting last).  Maybe we'll sing the most favorite songs listed - or not - we may be tired of them.  I may just do some fun wiggle songs from my wiggle jar (found HERE).

Find all my documents HERE.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Primary Program Report Card

Here's the activity we'll be completing until our program on October 19th...

Primary Program Report Card...

You can access my documents HERE.  I created the 2 main pages for Jr. and Sr. primaries.  If you only have one primary, only print one of the pages.  I printed everything on white card stock and then glued the "Report Card" pages onto a manilla file folder (super easy for storing!).



The song tags are glued on to clothespins...

If you have Jr. and Sr. primaries, you'll need to print 2 sets of this page...
Just make sure when you glue on the clothespins, you glue one set on the right side of the tag and the other set on the left so they aren't upside down!

If you have different songs than I have, there are some blank ones...

The goal is simple: get all the songs pinned in the "A" section by program time.  I have five weeks of actual singing times so we'll be working on roughly 2 songs per week.

Before Primary, I'll hang the manilla folder on our pin board (some super strong magnets or an easel could probably hold it as well) and I'll have all the pins across the bottom.

I'm going to recruit a Primary Presidency member or a teacher and they will grade us as we sing each song.  I created a grading sheet to help them (found HERE).  Using it just takes some of the guess work in giving a grade.  They can sit and observe, make notes and give a final grade.  I'm thinking I'll have them give our final grade at the very end of singing time - give us a little suspense!  I printed off 5 pages so a different grader can use one each week and write notes in the space provided if they want.

Before we begin, I'll discuss the various criteria for each letter grade.  Just for fun, I may have the kids show me what an "F" sounds like!  Then, have them try to show me  their "A" quality singing.  We may have to stop places, work out kinks, learn the words better (post the words then put them away), practice standing and sitting together, use more dynamics, etc.  It's a simple approach because I've found if we have too much going on, the kids tend to focus more on the activity than their singing (okay, and I'm kind of excited to use the same lesson plan for 5 weeks!!)

The week of the program, I'll bring a treat IF (I'll be generous, ha!) all the songs are "A's!"  As for a treat, I'm sure it will be a something-or-other from Costco!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September 2014 Singing Time Schedule

We'll be practicing for our upcoming program (scheduled for October 19th) from now until then!  My singing time activity will be the same until the program.  It will be something similar to my previous activities HERE or HERE.  More to come!!

Singing Time Schedule
September 2014

September 7th:
Reverence song:  Thanks to Our Father p. 20
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  *Program songs

September 14th:
Reverence song:  The 13th Article of Faith p. 132
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  *Program songs

September 21st: OGDEN TEMPLE DEDICATION
Reverence song:
Scripture song:
Birthday song:  
Welcome song:
Singing Time:

September 28th:
Reverence song:  I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  *Program songs

*PROGRAM SONGS: 
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