Thursday, April 27, 2017

May 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.

Anyone else feel like it's a race to the finish lately?  With singing in sacrament meeting for Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day AND staying on top of all the monthly songs, I'm lagging!  Below is what I plan on cramming in this month!  Never a dull moment in singing time!!

Singing Time Schedule
May 2017

May 7th:
Opening song:  Repentance p. 98
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Love Is Spoken Here p. 190
Activity: Learn this song (more like review it as the kids are pretty familiar with this one - thankfully!) to sing in sacrament meeting next week on Mother's Day.  More to come!

You can also scroll through all of my Mother's Day singing time lesson plans HERE.

May 14th:  SING IN SACRAMENT – MOTHER’S DAY
Opening song:  Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Grandmother p. 200, I Often Go Walking p. 202, My Mother Dear p. 203, Mother, Tell Me the Story p. 204, Mother Dear p. 206, Dearest Mother, I Love You p. 206, Mother, I Love You p. 207, The Dearest Names p. 208
Activity:  A Mother's Day themed singing time singing all those Mother's Day songs that we never sing!  More to come!!

May 21st:
Opening song:  Baptism p. 100
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  When I am Baptized p. 103
Activity: Lesson plan found HERE

May 28th:
Opening song:  Faith p. 96
Scripture song:  The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
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
Activity: Review all our year-to-date program songs.  I have a spring-themed review activity I did last year HERE that I may use again.  You can also check out my list of review activities HERE.  More to come!

UNO Review-O

I've had this review activity saved for a while but have never implemented it into primary before.  I thought it would work out well because we have 4 songs to review and there are 4 colors so one color for each song (but this activity will work with one song divided up into 4 phrases/verses also).

I took 4 pieces of card stock, one red, one green, one yellow and one blue and printed our 4 program songs we've learned so far this year on them.  Find my document HERE (it's so simple, you could handwrite the song titles if need be!).


If you want a cute poster to print out instead, one was posted by Whitney on the FB Chorister's page with details HERE.


If you aren't on the FB group, download the document HERE and print as a 20x30 poster at Costco.

You'll also need an UNO deck of cards, like this one from Amazon:


For the activity you will only be using one in each color of the 1's, 2's, Reverse, Skips and Wild cards (so 20 cards total):

I will have all the cards "shuffled" :) so we will be able to sing all 4 songs before repeating another song and putting the wild cards in randomly.  Oooh, I'm sneaky!

To play, call on a child to come pick a card from the top of the stack (face down). If they pick a blue 2, we will sing the song in the blue section either twice or the 1st and 2nd verse (depending on if the song has a 2nd verse or not).  If they pick a reverse, everyone will turn to face the back wall and sing the associated song color.  If they pick a skip, we will skip every other word.  If they pick a wild card, they can choose their favorite song to sing*.

*Or, when . Wild Card is chosen, I'm considering introducing them to our Mother's Day song by having them listen to and sing along to the song on CD and maybe have them guess the song title.  I better quickly decide what we are singing!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When He Comes Again - Continuing On


We'll be continuing on with my lesson plan for When He Comes Again found HERE.  Like I figured, we got pictures colored for both verses, the song listened to several times and managed to sing it through a few times (words posted) with the piano to prepare to sing it for Easter Sunday in sacrament meeting.

So this week, the kids will be able to present each of their drawings, reinforcing the words a little more.  More details are listed on the link above.

If you have something else chosen for April, or are still deciding on a song to choose, check out my post HERE.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Step Closer to Easter


There is great lesson plan in last year's Friend found HERE that I thought would be wonderful to bring into primary!  It's entitled One Step Closer to Easter.  I recommend combining with sharing time as this will definitely take more than 20 minutes if you plan to do it all.

You can also scroll through all of my Easter-related singing time lesson plans HERE as well.

Here's how I plan on doing the activity:

On the chalkboard write "One Step Closer to Easter" at the top of the chalkboard and tell the children that there were steps Jesus took before he was resurrected.  We are going to discuss 4 of those steps.

Write "Week 1 - Jesus Came to Jerusalem" and the scripture reference "Matthew 21:1, 6-11."  Have a child read the verses from the scriptures or relay the story to them (may be best for younger children).  Show them the following picture from the Gospel Art Book (can also download and print HERE) and place on the chalkboard next to "week 1".

After the scripture is read or the story is told, pass out a palm leaf to each child (download the image HERE - I printed on green paper, cut them out and glued onto a popsicle stick):



Sing the song Easter Hosanna as everyone mimics how the people praised Jesus using palm leaves as he rode into Jerusalem (gently move the leaves in large up and downward motions to the rhythm of the song).  I would recommend singing/listening to all the songs on CD since most will be unfamiliar (and this is a GREAT thing!!).  Post the words (see how I do that HERE) and those that can read (including teachers) can sing along.

After the song, ask "what is one way you can show your love for Jesus?" and take answers.

Next write "Week 2 - Jesus Gave us the Sacrament" and the scripture references "Luke 22:1, 14, 19-20."  Have a child read the verses from the scriptures or relay the story to them (may be best for younger children).  Show them the following picture from the Gospel Art Book (can also download and print HERE) and place on the chalkboard next to "week 2".

Sing the song Before I Take the Sacrament (again using CD's and posted words as necessary).  Have the children listen for what they can do before they take the sacrament that's mentioned in the song [sit so quietly].

Pass out the following list along with a pencil (download document HERE, print on white card stock for durability and cut out):


The children can write words to remind them of the things Jesus has done for us. Instruct them to put their list in their scriptures (optional: have glue sticks for children to glue it into their scriptures somewhere maybe near the front cover as a glue-in) where they can look at it during the sacrament (for younger children, you may want to fill out the paper before photocopying in order to simplify).  

Here are a few suggestions:

Service
Atonement
Creator
Remember
Always kind
Magnify his calling
Everlasting life
Noble birth
Testify

**If you are getting short on time, I would omit this list**

After the song, ask "how you can remember Jesus at home or at school?" and take answers.

Next write "Week 3 - Jesus Showed Kindness" and the scripture references "Luke 22:47-51, Luke 23: 33-34, John 19: 25-27."  Have children read the verses from the scriptures or relay the story to them (may be best for younger children).  Show them the following picture from the Gospel Art Book (can also download and print HERE) and place on the chalkboard next to "week 3".

Sing the song He Sent His Son (again using CD's and posted words as necessary).  As the children sing/listen to the song, place the following items on the table:

Three coins
Small cup
Knotted string
Soap
Small piece of red fabric
A small toothpick cross
White cloth
Cinnamon stick or other spice
Small stone
Folded white cloth
Picture of Jesus (I'd recommend this one from the Gospel Art Book that can also be downloaded and printed HERE):

After the song, ask "How can you follow Jesus by showing kindness?" and take answers.

Next write "Week 4 - He Lives Again!" and the scripture references:

Matthew 26:14–15
Matthew 26:36, 39
Matthew 27:1–2
Matthew 27:22, 24
Matthew 27:28–29
Matthew 27:31
Matthew 27:59
John 19:40
John 20:1–4
John 20:5–7
John 20:10–20

Have children read the scripture references and match items on the table to the scripture.  Once matched ask, "How does knowing about Jesus's Resurrection make you feel glad?" and take answers.  
Bear testimony that you know Christ lives and the happines that knowledge brings to you and your family.

In the RARE case that you have more time, I would recommend ending with the Easter Hosanna again using the handbells!  Find my bell chart HERE.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

When He Comes Again - 2nd Verse

These are the coloring pages for the 2nd verse continuing on with my lesson plan found HERE.

Download the coloring pages with images HERE.

Download the coloring pages that are blank HERE.

When He Comes Again - 1st Verse

For our April "song of your choice" I chose When He Comes Again (if you are having trouble choosing, check out my post HERE for more ideas!).  This will also double as the song we will sing during sacrament meeting on Easter Sunday.



To introduce the song, post a picture of the second coming on the chalkboard (there is one in the Gospel Art Book - see how I use mine HERE - or you can download and print one HERE or I have the above image available to print below but you will want to cover up the text).  Ask if the children know what this picture is about [The Second Coming].  We know Jesus Christ will come again because the scriptures say, "I, the Lord God have spoken it; but the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes" (D&C 49:7).  We don't know when he'll come but we can wonder what it will be like.

Play the song on CD or you and the teachers sing along with the piano (words posted - see how I do that HERE).  As the kids listen, pass out various coloring pages to each child along with crayons or colored pencils:

There are 2 options: coloring pages with images for the 1st verse HERE (do not make copies or pass out the first page to color - that is an optional page to post on the chalkboard).  I thought these would be easier for Jr. primary.

Or there is a blank option for the 1st verse HERE (again, do not make copies or pass out the first page to color - that is an optional page to post on the chalkboard).  Sr. primary might enjoy the freedom of coming up with their own images.


A lot of images are from an article from the Friend found HERE.  The rest are from lds.org HERE or HERE or a random Google search.  If you find any errors, PLEASE let me know!!

Randomly pass out the various sheets to the primary.  Give them 5 - 7 minutes to color as they listen to the song.  Once completed, gather coloring supplies.  Call up children who have the next phrase in the song [Will herald angels sing?].  Have them show their drawings and hang them on the chalkboard or a section of a wall in the primary (depending on the size of your primary) using tape or magnets.  Sing the phrase posted on the chalkboard [I wonder, when he comes again] then the next phrase that was just introduced by the kids [Will herald angels sing?].  Repeat with each phrase until all children have been called up to show their drawings and all the phrases have been hung up and sung.  Sing the entire song through.

Time permitting, remove pages and repeat (maybe asking if anyone knows the artist!) until all the pages have been removed and the song has been memorized.

**Find my imgaes for the 2nd verse HERE.  There are only 4 more pages as opposed to the 8 on the 1st verse so plan accordingly if you are splitting this between weeks.  Getting to both verses in one singing time will be a lot.  One week could be focused on only listening and coloring then the second week could be showcasing the images, hanging them up/taking them down all while singing the song in between phrases.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April Song: Song of your choice about Jesus Christ from the Children's Songbook


April is a "your choice" song!  To pick my April song, I looked at April's theme for the month and started from there (it helps our program jive a little better).  I also kept Easter in mind when deciding.  We almost always sing April's song for Easter in sacrament meeting.  April's theme is "Jesus Christ Teaches Me to Choose the Right."  Here are my suggestions (which I picked from section 2, The Savior, in the Children's Songbook!):

He Sent His Son . 34 (find my lesson plan HERE)**
I Think When I Read That Sweet Story p. 56
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57 (find my lesson plan HERE)
Beautiful Savior p. 62 (find my lesson plan HERE)
I Feel My Savior's Love p. 74
This Is My Beloved Son p. 76 (find my lesson plan HERE)
I'm Trying to Be like Jesus p. 78 (find my lesson plan HERE)
Had I Been a Child p. 80 (find my lesson plan HERE)
When He Comes Again p. 82 - This is what I chose this year.  Lesson plan coming soon!

**There is also a "Helps for the music leader" section for this song in the 2017 Outline on pg. 9:

For ideas for teaching the songs where I don't have a lesson plan linked (or if you chose something different), I'd reference the following:

A Children's Songbook Companion.  Find details of this book HERE.
Sugardoodle HERE and search for the song alphabetically.
Then there's the obvious Google, Pinterest, Facebook (Chorister's Group HERE), or other singing time blogs - I have several linked to the right and scroll down

What are you teaching this month?  Leave a comment to help someone else decide!