Friday, September 23, 2016

October 2016 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
October 2016

October 2nd:  GENERAL CONFERENCE

October 9th:
Opening song:  I Am a Child of God p. 2
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 practice in chapel
Activity:  Find my program practice helps HERE

October 16th:  PRIMARY PROGRAM
Opening song:  I Pray in Faith p. 14
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:  child’s choices / wiggle worm jar (time permitting)
Activity:  After the program, our primary will be eating a primary treat (more to come!), reviewing our comment cards (find them HERE), viewing a church video and, time permitting, playing Stump the Primary in Sr. (find it HERE) and our Wiggle Worm Jar in Jr. (find it HERE)


October 23rd:
Opening song:  If With All Your Hearts p. 15
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: Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188; Give Said the Little Stream p. 236, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes p. 275, The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77, I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, Oh What Do You Do In the Summertime p. p. 245, Once There Was a Snowman p. 249, Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36, Teach Me To Walk in the Light p. 177, Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57, The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 118, The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden p. 237, The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281 We'll Bring the World His Truth  p. 172
Activity: Primary Music Memory HERE

October 30th:
Opening song:  A Child’s Prayer p. 12
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:  Hinges p. 277
Activity: find it HERE

Road Trip Review - Spiritual Point

I'm continuing on to the 3rd leg of my Road Trip Review this week with my Spiritual Point stop (find poster details HERE, Word City stop HERE and Dynamics Zone stop HERE)...


Our primary will be running through the entire program for 2 Sundays during both primary hour blocks.  This Sunday will be a casual run-thru in the primary room where kids will simply come up and speak their parts in the microphone and we'll sing the songs as outlined in our program.  I'll have the poster hung on the chalkboard and simply move the vehicles as we sing each song throughout our practice.  I'll make it a point to have the kids practice standing and sitting together, eyes on me, being reverent as they sing and doing their best to invite the spirit.

Then the week after General Conference we will basically do the same run-thru but in the chapel.  I won't be bringing in the poster.  But I will be bringing in Mr. Smiley balloon:


I've had trouble finding these in stores (which is usually late Saturday night, ugh!) so I went ahead and ordered this one from Amazon.  I'll take it to a local party store to have it filled with helium the night before and have it attached to a LONG (long enough to touch the chapel ceiling) ribbon.  Find more details HERE on using it (along with a few other tips)!

As a little treat for the day of the program, I'm planning on serving (ha!) animal crackers that I'm going to simply put in a sandwich-sized ziplock baggie and staple a little topper that incorporates my road theme.  Something like this that was shared with me:


More to come on that!  I'll have the poster out with all the vehicles placed at the destination program and make sure to congratulate the kids on a job well done!  As they eat their snack, we'll read the comment cards from the congregation (find them HERE) and most likely have a post-program party complete with a church video and Primary Music Memory HERE.

Then on to my favorite time of year!!  The time where we get to sing whatever we want!!  You can check out all of my after-the-program posts HERE for ideas!

Phew!  Never a dull moment with singing time!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Road Trip Review - Dynamics Zone

I'm continuing on with my Road Trip Review activity found HERE.  Next up is the "Dynamics Zone" (find my first stop, "Word City" activity HERE).  For this stop, I wanted to incorporate various road signs that had musical markings on them.  Just like driving, music gives us signs and symbols that show us how the music is to be sung.


Here are the various signs I created:



You can download these pages HERE.  Cut them out and before primary, simply hang them around the Road Trip Review poster.  (If you want to go super simple, draw all these in with chalk!).

Then for the activity, sing the songs, focusing on different musical notation areas to help put the feeling into the songs (very similar to my activity HERE).  Unify breathing using slurs and breath marks (only breathing at the end of phrases - follow the conductor!).  Go from soft (piano) to loud (forte) where appropriate and use crescendo and decrescendo to get there - I like to sing the 3rd verse of If I Listen With My Heart softly then louder on the chorus.

Also fun is to bring in a metronome to check the tempo of the song (I'm sure there are LOTS of aps too!).

Anyway, a very simple way to focus on taking the performance of the song to the next level.  Next week 2 weeks will be our "Spiritual Point" stop where we'll be running through our whole program.  Find some of my program helps HERE.

I'm hoping to have a little handout/treat to pass out to all the kids the day of our program that will be road-related somehow.  More to come!

If you are looking for something to do in primary the day of the program, check out my easy and low-prep Primary Music Memory HERE.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Primary Program - 2016 Program

Here are a few variations of primary programs I've created for this year's primary program...

Our ward will be using this as our program this year:

I'm going to have an original copy available at primary over the next few weeks for all the kids to sign their names on that back page (this way I can make sure I get all the kids to sign it).  If space is limited it can trickle on to the front but I'd like to have it stay on the back (just my weird OCD-ness coming out I suppose).  I can't take credit for the idea - an older ward member handed me a program from one of his grandkids' programs to show me this idea and they had a program signed by all the primary!  So thank you to whoever came up with this!!

I do have our ward name and the date printed right under the picture of the family but it's blank here - sorry I cannot create editable documents in my program I use to create these.  You can just leave it blank if you like.  But if you want to do a LITERAL cut and paste, I used the Cambria font, size 25 and put it on 2 lines and centered it in that bottom space below the picture.  Cut out your typed up document of your ward's name and date and tape it in place.  When you make copies, you'll never know it's 2 papers taped together!

However, if you'd like to have the kids color every program (it really is fun and we've had members in the congregation return programs to their creators in the past!), I have these options:

The first one is a coloring page with a spot to sign their name...

The 2nd is a blank page for them to draw themselves reading the scriptures...
(I'd recommend this for Senior and the older Junior kids).

When you have the kids color these, DO NOT USE CRAYONS if you will be running them through the printer again.  The wax jams the machine.  Use colored pencils.  OR what I would suggest if you use these is to see if you can get the programs completely printed (inside and all) before the kids get to color them.  That way you can use crayon and they can get crinkled with no problem :).  It would just take some serious coordinating with whoever does your programs.

Then to insert into our programs, I like to put these comment cards:

I have baskets placed at the back of both doors and members can place the filled out documents there as they leave the meeting.  I have asked the Bishopric to announce how to use these when they turn the time over to the primary as well.  Then in Primary right after the program,  we read the comments to the primary.  It really is fun to hear what the congregation had to say!

You can access all these documents HERE.  Print off what you need/want as you most likely won't be using them all :).

If you have other ideas that you use for your physical program during the primary presentation, please leave comments!!  I'd love to hear what everyone does.

Find my other program helps HERE.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Primary Program - Invitation

Primaries can send these invites home with their kids to let families know when the program will be (and maybe even a few extras to invite grandparents and any other family/friends that would want to come).  I thought it would even be nice to attach the kids' program parts to the invitation (either put everything in an envelope - Walmart carries some cute colored "social" size envelopes - or just use a paper clip).

There are 2 options...a quarter sheet page and a half sheet page so you can print what fits your  needs...



You can download these documents HERE.  I like to keep my designs for these kinds of items simple - a black and white line drawing - so it can be easily copied at the church library.  And if you'll notice, it's the exact same look as the CD cover I created HERE and it will match the program {I will create soon} - all nice and uniform!

Then before you make copies, fill in the sheets with your ward's primary program information.  Copy, cut and distribute!  Easy - just the way I like it!!

Road Trip Review - Word City

This activity is a continuation of my Road Trip Review that I posted HERE.  At this point, all the vehicles should be on the road right before getting to "Word City."  To pass through Word City, the focus will be on memorization, articulation and anything dealing with knowing the words of the songs.  To stay in theme with the road trip, I thought I'd simply bring in "Stop" and "Go" signs....


I printed the "Stop" sign on red card and the "Go" sign on green card stock found HERE from lds.org (omitting the "Slow" sign).  Cut them out then laminated and mounted to a stick.  Definitely reusable for another activity with any song!

As each song is sung, the "Go" sign is held up (all words I use when I post words will be put away for this activity and only brought out if help is needed for memorization).  Once we reach a spot where the kids are fumbling on phrases, words, mixing up verses, etc.  I'll hold up the "Stop" sign and we'll stop, review, repeat, etc.  We'll "Go" on once the trouble spot(s) have been mastered.  A pretty simple activity, but one that will definitely help reinforce the words!

If you want to take it one step further, have the kids "drive" as you sing.  You just give them a paper plate to hold!  Make sure they stop "driving" when you hold up the Stop sign.
(this idea came from our cute librarian!)

Next week will be "Dynamics Zone" where I'm planning on working on the various dynamics in the songs with various road signs.  I'm planning on "Spiritual Point" being our 2 weeks of running through the program where I'll use my helps found HERE.  Stay tuned!

If have more road-related activities, please share for those who have more weeks of preparing for the program!!

If your program is coming up soon, check out my Program Helps link HERE to help your primary prepare (including practicing in the chapel)!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Road Trip Review

I created a "Road Trip Review" to help our primary prepare for our program this year...I'm really excited about how it turned out!  Getting ready for our program is just like taking a journey.  There is lots of planning and preparation involved before we reach our final destination.  But if we are willing to work hard, we will receive a great reward in the end!

**If you aren't ready to delve into reviewing for your program yet (like me - I'll be out of town this weekend), try my Singing Missionaries activity HERE!  It's super easy to pass off to a sub!



Download my image HERE.  I created it as a 20x30 document that can be printed at Costco as a photo.  UPDATE:  If you want to print this at home, I created a tiled version HERE that prints on 9 sheets of paper (sorry the pages are all separate - the file is too large to upload as one).  I also have a small version HERE that prints on 4 sheets of paper but it may be too small for the cars below to fit. Either way, I'd recommend printing on white card stock and laminating.

If you really want to make this simple, draw the map on the chalkboard with chalk!

I want to be able to stop and "visit" all the "sites" for the next few weeks focusing on their different aspects:
  • Word City: memorization, articulation
  • Dynamics Zone: getting louder softer, 2nd endings, no "snakes" on the S's, following the conductor, etc.
  • Spiritual Point: inviting the spirit, standing and sitting together, reverence, etc.
  • Destination: program!

Each vehicle represents a song:

(I Love to See the Temple, Stand For the Right, Praise to the Man, Search Ponder & Pray)

(Beautiful Savior, The Lord Gave Me a Temple, If I Listen With my Heart, I Will Follow God's Plan)

I made 4 blank ones in case you have more songs, or different ones than I have posted.


Download my cars HERE.  I also made vehicles that are all completely blank HERE.  I printed mine on white card stock and laminated.  I used magnetic tape on the back like these from Amazon:


The goal is to get the cars to the "destination program!"

I incorporated the license plate idea that was posted earlier this year on the Chorister's FB account:

As kids figure out what each vehicle is, they can place them on the road and sing the song.  This will be the first activity you do.  You could even just bring in the vehicles without the poster and simply guess the song title.

I'll have more activities posted each week incorporating this review activity that will all be "road related."  You can either use the additional activities, or simply use the poster and work on getting those cars to the program destination by itself.

Someone suggested an animal cracker treat (from Costco) that I'll hand out on our final program practice date (or on our actual program day - not sure yet!).  More to come!