Monday, April 23, 2018

May 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 April 2018 Singing Time Planner found HERE.

May is a "Song of your choice from the Children's Songbook" month.  I've chosen to teach Book of Mormon Stories.  If you are having a hard time deciding, I'll have a post up soon to show you how I decide on my "your choice" songs.

Singing Time Schedule
May 2018

May 6th:
Opening song: I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song: The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Mother Dear p. 206
Activity:  Learn the song to sing in sacrament meeting for Mother's Day.  Most likely going to use handbells on alto.  More to come!  You can also check out all of my Mother's Day lesson plans HERE.

May 13th: SING IN SACRAMENT MEETING
Opening song: Dearest Mother, I Love You
Scripture song: The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 vs. 1-4
Activity:   Learn the first 4 verses using actions found HERE (scroll down).  Will probably assign each class a verse to learn their verse then teach the group.  Will also bring Gospel Art Book pictures for each verse and post words.  More to come!

May 20th:
Opening song: I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth p. 150
Scripture song: The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 vs. 5-8
Activity:  Continue on with verses 5-8 using the same activity as the previous week.

May 27th:
Opening song: An Angel Came to Joseph Smith p. 86
Scripture song: The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
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
Activity:  Review Activity of some sort - haven't decided yet.  But feel free to check out my list of review activities HERE if you need ideas!  I'm considering printing out one or two these posters HERE (I may try to make a digital file of this one!) HERE and HERE.  They've been in my "to-do" files for quite a while!  More to come!



Cleomadison.com - NEW Spring Line

I posted a few months ago HERE about cleomadison.com, a company that sells modest clothing (particularly dresses and skirts).  Their dresses have my primary singing time stamp of approval!  They have longer hemlines and higher necklines which makes it perfect for all the movement you do in this calling.  Not to mention the fabric is super soft, comfortable and stretchy.  It's definitely become one of my favorite go-to dresses!

They have a new spring line out and they sent me a dress to try out (I'm size 8-10 and am wearing a large - please note that modeling in front of a camera is NOT my forte!).  I was SUPER excited about it!  I LOVE the 3/4 sleeve because who else gets bothered by their Relief Society arms waving around when conducting?  I'm also a sucker for the color mint.

Anyway, if you are looking for some trendy church clothes that will work great in this calling, I'd HIGHLY recommend checking out cleomadison.com.

Has anyone else tried these dresses/skirts and loved them?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Markers" Review

I was able to get through all 3 verses last week using my lesson plan HERE so this week will just be review to help reinforce the words and verses (which we really need help with the chorus of each verse).  I'm going to be keeping it real simple - in fact, this review will work with any song!

I'll have the primary help me write the words to the 3rd verse (I'm going to work backwards because the 3rd verse needs the most help) on the chalkboard.  Similar to this picture here but with the song we're working on (we have a chalkboard in a primary but it still works):


I'll choose probably 3 children at a time to draw a marker (or any other colored item you have will work great) and the color they choose tells them what to do.

Red: erase a word
Blue: underline a word to hum
Green: replace a word with a drawing
Orange: put a box around a phrase to sing with eyes closed
Brown: make up a sign for a word and put a star around that word
Purple: share a way you can share the light (or gospel) you've been given with others

Then we'll sing it according to how it's been "marked" then repeating a few more times until the song has been completely marked.  Once it's full, we'll erase and repeat with the 2nd verse, then the 1st if time permits.

This may be a little technical for Jr. so if I feel inclined, we may just be playing Hot 'N Cold found HERE except using the 3 puppets as our hiding object.  Whatever object we are hiding is what verse we'll be reviewing.  I will post the words (like I do HERE) at the beginning of singing time and gradually take them away so by the end, words are hopefully memorized.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Dearest Names Bell Chart Using Chords

I received a request for a bell chart for The Dearest Names to sing for Mother's Day (would also work for Father's Day).  You can find my lesson plan for this song HERE.  I usually don't have the handbells play the melody (mostly because it makes for really long bell charts) and since this song doesn't have a descant or obbligato, using chording is a great way to go!

You can find my chart HERE.
The writing down the left side is the chord name to be played (they are found in the music above the notes on the top hand). Then on the right side I tried to write in the portion of the word where the bells come in.

If you are unfamilar with using handbells in primary, check out my post HERE.  Handbells using chording is pretty technical so if you are new with bells, I'd hold off on using chords for a bit.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Chord Charts for Handbells

Chording is a little technical so if you are new to handbells, I'd hold off on chording until you are more familiar using them with melodies, descants and obbligatos You can get more details on how I use handbells in primary more in general HERE (also where to buy them).  If you want to make your own charts NOT using chords, check out my post HERE.

Using the handbells while playing the chords is a great way to add more variety to the handbells in singing time!  If you don't have a pianist, this would make for a great way to have the primary kids help accompany any song as well.  

If you are unsure how chording works, the back of the Children's Songbook on page 303 has some great information:

This the Chord Chart found on page 302 which lists all the chords found in the Children's Songbook:

I've created a make-your-own handbell chord charts using the handbells (please note that this is for the Kidsplay brand only which is the brand I HIGHLY recommend).  You could have done this using my make-your-own handbell charts HERE but now I've done the hard part for you by putting the notes into chords.  You're welcome :).

The Kidsplay brand only has # (sharp) notes so all the(flat) notes in the charts are connotated by the equivalent # note (that may make sense to no one but me!).   Now you can play ANY song using the handbells in the songbook using these chords!  I use any/all handbell octives as my main objective is to get as many kids playing as I can.

I've created a page for each chord all found HERE (52 pages!).  You can print the chord pages you need, cut out each row and mix and match as you need for any bell chart you are trying to create for any song!  Each box of 3 notes is played at the same time creating the "chord"

If you want to create your own chart digitally, I've created each chord as it's own individual digital PNG file that you can insert into any document.  Find them HERE.

If you use these charts somehow, I would absolutely LOVE to see how you've used them!   Leave a comment that you'd like to show your chart and I'll reach out to you to get the picture of it posted here.  Also, PLEASE let me know if you find mistakes (oh the horror!).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

On a Golden Springtime

This month, I chose On a Golden Springtime as the song of my choice.  I landed on these reversible puppets HERE.  How fun!  I simplified the 2nd and 3rd verses quite a bit.

To introduce the song, I'll be playing the song on CD while I act out with these simple puppets.  The seed is the 1st verse, the tomb is the 2nd verse and the tree is the 3rd verse:

Slide them on like so (this is the opposite of the seed to show it "sleeping":

They invert to this: 
A flower, the risen Christ and {it's a bit of a stretch} the light that came into the grove when Joseph knelt and prayed.  My 11-year old twin boys knew what it was so I'll call it a win!

To make them I bought a few dollars worth of felt squares at Michaels.  Then just sort of started cutting.  To make the round tomb, I traced around a plate ;).  I did sew around the edges of each puppet on my sewing machine, leaving a hole wide enough to insert my hand but you could do it all with a glue gun.  Then I hot glued the pieces on.  To draw the outline of Jesus, I used this image HERE from the March 2018 Friend as my guide.  I used white flannel (that I just had on hand) instead of felt as it was thinner, and hung the picture and my fabric on my window using masking tape using the light so I could see through to trace.

After I demo the puppets, I'll just repeat using them as we bring in the piano and the kids can help me sing as we act out each line together.  I'll also post the words found HERE on the chalkboard.  For Jr. when we get to the chorus where we say "awake, awake" I'll have the kids stand and stretch like they are waking up.

After we sing all 3 verses, I'll tell them that each chorus refers to the same word but it's referring to something different in each verse is different [light].  I'll see if they can figure it out.  We'll discuss about the sunlight [1st verse], Christ is the light of the world [2nd verse] and the gospel light [3rd verse].

I'll also be using these questions as we keep repeating with the puppets:

Verse 1:
Find a word that describes the springtime [golden]
What lay asleep until the sun shone down? [a tiny seedling]
What will the seed do when it awakes? [push upward to the light]

Verse 2:
What 2 things happened after Jesus Christ awoke? [He left the tomb where he had lain, the bands of death he broke]
Where should the sleeping world look after it awakes? [upward to the light]
Find the word on the highest note [Awake]
Because Christ awoke and arose from the tomb, what 2 things may all men do? [live again and look upward to the light]

Verse 3:
Where did Joseph kneel and pray? [in a forest glade]
Who appeared as Joseph prayed? [The Father and the Son] - you could show a picture of the 1st vision too, found HERE in the Gospel Art Book
Why should all nations awake? [To receive the gospel light]
If we accept the gospel, what will we also receive? [Its glorious light]

Find my Lesson Plan To-Go HERE.  Find my follow-up lesson plan to review this song HERE.

Friday, April 6, 2018

I Often Go Walking Bell Chart Using Chords

I received a request for a bell chart for I Often Go Walking to sing for Mother's Day.  You can find my lesson plan for this song HERE.  I usually don't have the handbells play the melody (mostly because it makes for really long bell charts) and since this song doesn't have a descant or obbligato, using chording is a great way to go!

You can find my chart HERE.

The writing down the left side are the chord names to be played (they are found in the music above the notes on the top hand). Then on the right side I tried to write in the portion of the word where the bells come in.  For the introduction (where there are no words) I wrote "intro" and the count they come in on, either count 1 or count 3.  I hope that makes sense.

If you are unfamilar with using handbells in primary, check out my post HERE.  Handbells using chording is pretty technical so if you are new with bells, I'd hold off on using chords for a bit.  

If you'd like to make your own handbell chart using chords, check out my post HERE.  It's similar to my make-your-own-handbell chart found HERE but I've done the hard part by putting all the chords together.