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Monday, March 2, 2015

Conducting Course

I NEVER knew this book existed!  I saw it posted on another blog (one that I cannot find now so if it was you, PLEASE let me know, and thank you!)

If you are new to this calling and know NOTHING about music, this is a really great place to start!!

You can find the downloadable PDF version HERE.  Or you can view sections of it HERE.  The LDS church ALWAYS has such valuable information!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

MORE Susan Fitch Follow the Prophet Clip Art!

Well, I suppose enough choristers asked for some additional prophet artwork so Susan Fitch added a "Follow the Prophet Mini Kit" for sale in her Etsy shop.  Indcluded in the kit are Joseph Smith, Samuel the Lamanite, Nephi and Lehi.  Find details at Susan's website HERE.  The artwork correlates to verses found in The Lost Hymns Project found HERE.

Find my lesson plan HERE on how I'm planning on using her material.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Follow the Prophet

I don't know why, but I'm SUPER excited to teach this song!  It is a fun change from January and February's songs...not that I don't love those ones, but this song is a little more light-hearted and we'll be able to have a great time with it!

For teaching Follow the Prophet I am going to do an activity called "NAME THAT PROPHET."  But before we get into the verses, I'm going to teach some simple actions for the chorus.  My primary K.N.O.W.S. the chorus (they all learned it when they were in nursery with me - you can see how I sing the song in Nursery HERE!) but if yours doesn't know it as well, to introduce it, simply sing the chorus while performing these actions (they'll catch on real quick, I'm sure!):

Roll arms (like patty cake!) during "follow the proph.." then clap on the second syllable of proph - "ET" repeating that three times.

For "don't go astray": point your finger and wave it back and forth (as if saying "no no.") and shake your head back and forth for no.

Then repeat the arm rolling and clap on the second syllable of proph - "ET" three more times.

For "he knows the way" do: jazz hands (fingers spread and you shake your hands) with elbows bent.

Sing it through a second time for kids to start catching on and then a third - they should all have it by then!  You can also ask "who knows the way?" and "what 'way' is the song talking about?" and "what should we do so we don't go astray?" and "what does 'astray' mean?" in between each time you sing it.

Now on to the verses...

I've decided to teach all 9 verses.  I'm not sure how they will be presented in the program (I'm tossing around the idea of several small groups - we'll see) but we will learn them all either way.  I decided to stick with what's written in the book (if you've ever noticed, I don't deviate much from the songbook - just a personal preference).

For teaching each verse, you'll need a picture for each prophet.  Susan Fitch is an {amazing and talented, I might add!} artist who is currently selling a set of artwork on Etsy she created for teaching this song HERE.  Susan has Adam, Enoch, President Monson and Jacob for free on her blog HERE and HERE.  This is her little preview (please don't infringe on her copyrighted material.  If you like it buy it!)...
She has created 2 pages for each verse - a prophet, and his "scenery."  These can also be used as a Memory Match-up activity.  Since there are 5 Sundays in March, this will be a great way to review this song for an extra week!  So if you are considering purchasing these, I think they are VERY versatile!  (I'm also considering to eventually swap them into my nursery bag!) Along with Memory that day, I'll incorporate the "prophet faces" from Sister Pat Graham found HERE (scroll down to find them all) or there were some posters created HERE that the kids can come "wear."  Or there are these puppets you can use from the 2006 March Friend found HERE (scroll down to the "Old Testmament" section and click on "Follow the Prophet"). I believe someone posted on the Chorister's Facebook group a digital and colored copy of Sister Graham's work...I need to do some more looking.  Anyway, more to come on all this in a few weeks!

If you'd rather use church-approved material, you can find pictures of each of these prophets in the Gospel Art Book (GAB) HERE to download...










I bought an actual Gospel Art Book at the Distribution Center and have taken it all apart, placed each page in sheet protectors and put in a big 3-ring binder:
It's much more user-friendly in this format.  I can take any pictures out that I need, use them in various forms for my lessons, and put them back when I'm finished.  I'll be honest - I bought 2 of these and kept one bound which I occasionally use in that format too!  If you are interested in ordering one (or a few!) for yourself, or maybe for your primary to keep with your calling, you can order it HERE or at a Distribution Center near you :).

Okay...back to the prophet pictures!

Place each picture (if printing, I'd recommend printing them all be an 8 1/2 x 11 size - I may print all of Susan Fitch's artwork at Costco as 8x10's) of the prophets in sheet protectors with this questionmark on the backside of each:
Download it HERE.  Then I printed 9 copies on white card stock.

To use in primary, place each prophet, one at a time in the middle of the chalkboard using a magnet (I'd suggest magnets over tape with this activity so you can easily turn them over) with the questionmark side facing out toward the primary.  For Senior, I will probably go out of order just to keep them on their toes!

Then you'll gradually write in that prophet's key words found in the verse using chalk.  I'll be using the ones suggested HERE from the March 2010 Friend but I noticed there aren't any for the last verse so I added my own (Confused, Don't believe it, Direction along the way).

So, when you have the Adam on the board, place the questionmark so it's facing the primary and the picture of Adam is not visable.  Then you'll write the "first" somewhere on the chalkboard around the picture.  Let them guess.  If they can guess Adam, you can add in "Eden" and "Descendants." Again, for Senior I'll probably add them out of order (using the hardest clues first!) and write them in order for Junior.  Once Adam is guessed, turn the questionmark over to reveal the picture. I (or a primary child) will then read the scripture references posted in The Children's Songbook (find them HERE) associated with each prophet. Then we'll sing the verse using the key words written down on the board and the chorus using the actions posted above.  Repeat for each verse.

I am hoping to get through this lesson plan in 2 Sundays.  I'd really like the kids to become familiar with each of these prophet's stories.  If I can find some good summaries of each prophet, I'll post that too.

If I have time, I may incorporate a little history associated with this song.  You can find that HERE.  Even if I don't use it, it's interesting, nonetheless!  Also, Sister Pat Graham taught this song at her workshop a few years ago that I recorded!  You can find the video HERE and it's Video #4 (titled "Part 4"), at 9:30 (it continues on into Part 5) is when she starts to introduce the song using the "Jewish Folksong" theme presented by the author, Duane Hiatt!

You can download my little "Cheat Sheet" I created HERE so I don't get lost during my lesson with all this information!  My own kids keep asking if Follow the Prophet is the longest song in the songbook - I don't know for sure, but it's definitly a top 5!!

Then I've been collecting other ideas on teaching this song which I won't be using so if you want more, here are a few:
  • Create mini groups of kids.  Assign them a prophet verse and they will get to present information on him.  Make sure they know the scripture references and have a set of scriptures so they can read it.  Let them color a picture (on big butcher paper would be fun!) and tell the story in their own words.  Sing the chorus in between each presentation using the actions posted above.
  • The March 2010 Friend  had more teaching ideas HERE.

Holy Smokes - I WON!

I won Susan Fitch's GIVEAWAY...
It's all her clipart for teaching Follow the Prophet!  Thank you SO SO much!!

I'll be using these to help teaching Follow the Prophet next month.  Stay tuned!  If you want to use these too, you can purchase them from her Etsy shop HERE.

She also has a few of them for free on her blog.  Find Adam and Eve & the last verse HERE and Jacob HERE.

Thank you Susan for sharing your talent!! **Susan also has an additional Mini Kit with 4 more prophets.  Find more details HERE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

March 2015 Singing Time Schedule

See how I use my monthly Singing Time Schedule HERE.  And you can download an editable version of the information below HERE.

Singing Time Schedule
March 2015

March 1st:
Opening song:  Stand for the Right p. 159
Scripture song:  The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Follow the Prophet p. 110
Activity:  We'll learn the first half of the verses.  I've been collecting TONS of ideas!  More to come!

March 8th:
Opening song:  Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Scripture song:  The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Follow the Prophet p. 110
Activity:  We'll learn the 2nd half of the verses.  More to come!

March 15th:
Opening song: Keep the Commandments p. 146
Scripture song:  The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Follow the Prophet p. 110
Activity: Review all the verses.  More to come!
I also have a really fun St. Patrick's Day singing time I'm still considering doing.  It's found HERE if you are interested.  If I end up doing it, I'll flip this week's singing time activity with next week's.

March 22nd:
Opening song:  We’ll Bring the World His Truth p. 72
Scripture song:  The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I Know That My Savior Loves Me outline, He Sent His Son p. 34, Follow the Prophet p. 110
Activity: Review activity. More to come!

March 29th:
Opening song:  Nephi’s Courage p. 120
Scripture song:  The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  Your Happy Birthday p. 283
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Latter-Day Prophets p. 134 & Living Prophets Song (The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119)
Activity: General Conference lesson plan found HERE.

Our ward will be having our Easter Sunday in Sacrament Meeting the week AFTER General Conference (the second Sunday in April).  We will be singing I Know that My Savior Loves Me and Hosanna.  Find my activity for Hosanna HERE.

If you will be in need of an Easter singing time the last week in March, I have a great Easter Singing Time lesson that goes great with any song.  Find it HERE.  Also,  you can scroll through all of my Easter singing time lessons by clicking over on the right on "Easter" under the "Labels" section.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

January & February Review

I'm  scheduled to do a review activity this Sunday to review the songs we've learned for January and February (I Know That My Savior Loves Me and He Sent His Son).

I'll be honest, sometimes I don't follow religiously what I post!  Last month, I posted a review game, "I Know that My Savior Loves Me - Review" and I never got to it!  We ended up having Stake Conference the last Sunday in January (which I completely forgot about) so I'm going to be using it this week.  I'll just go back and forth between the 2 songs instead of just practicing the 1, as I originally posted.  I'll also post the picture visuals on the chalkboard for He Sent His Son found HERE.

If you missed that post, you can find it HERE.

I'm terribly sorry if you have already used this review activity.  However, I do now have a handy dandy tab up top called "Review Activities" which contains a list of activities that can be sung with any song (that link is HERE too if that's easier!).  If it were me, I'd recommend "Word Nerd" or "Word Quing," as both activities reinforce the words to each of these songs and are rather reverent to help with the reverent nature of the songs.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Staying Organized - Part 7, When Teaching

I don't know about you, but sometimes I stumble into Primary a tad late (ya know - me getting my 5 little kids ready for church alone while the hubby has early morning meetings and we have primary FIRST!).  Sometimes the primary counselor is just handing the time over to me to lead the opening song!  GAH!  I needed to hit the library for some chalk, grab my magnets from my bag and set out the choosing sticks!  Well, I've FINALLY figured out how to solve all those {well, my} issues with one cool product!

Our primary now owns this little handy caddy...

I thought it was perfect when I finally stumbled upon it!

It holds all our choosing sticks (see mine that I made HERE), chalk and eraser (which is not pictured, but it will fit perfectly in that back slot!), magnets (see the ones I bought HERE) and push-pins (just got some at Wal-Mart) or Amazon sells them too:

I also added some pens (mostly for the counselor conducting so they can pass one out with the week's random sign-up sheet!) and I even have a slot to spare (it's killing me - what can I put in there??).

I made these little primary-kids-pencil-toppers to attach to the pen-lid so the pens don't mysteriously make their way out of the primary room:

Have I ever mentioned I LOVE Susan Fitch's artwork?  You can find her originals of these cute kids HERE (somewhere - I can't find them now!).  My document pictured above is HERE (along with the Junior and Senior tags for the choosing sticks' slot, if you need - just taped those on with packaging tape).  I printed them on white card stock, cut out each one, glued them back-to-back, laminated them, cut them out again and shoved a small wooden dowel in between everything.  I had to do a little ripping and re-gluing but they came together.  Then I had some decorative masking tape and taped the dowel to the pen lid.  Here's a close-up of how they turned out:

Oh, how I love caddy's and this one is no different!  It will be stored in the primary closet and be brought out when the room is set up and put a way when we clean up.  Super easy, organized and pretty cute!  I also had the thought that if I ever find I want to store more things in the caddy, it's metal, and those magnets will stick to the outside, freeing up the bottom drawer for whatever else we find useful!

Oh, and then I also picked up a red tablecloth on Amazon to add a little more color to the primary room :):