Thursday, April 28, 2016

I Often Go Walking

I was gathering {no pun intended!} ideas for teaching this song and really liked the idea of having the kids do some drawing, like some had suggested.  So here's how I plan on teaching I Often Go Walking this Sunday...

Before primary, make copies of these coloring pages then get enough coloring/writing utensils for all the kids:

This one for Junior primary:

This one for Senior primary:

Download them HERE.

As the kids are coloring, the song will be playing on CD as the teachers and I sing along.  The senior primary will need to fill in the blanks.  When the kids have finished coloring, I'll draw a similar grid on the chalkboard and go over each phrase using these pictures to represent each one (most of these are from lds.org):



Download my images HERE to print at home or HERE if you plan on sending to a photo lab (this is what I did & laminated - these images print as 5x7 photos.  We'll sing each phrase with the piano as we go over them (filling in the blanks for Sr.) and maybe have a few of the kids share the pictures they drew.  The kids can then take their pictures to their mothers if they like.

When we perform, since we only will have worked on this for one week, I'll definitely be posting the words to this song (see details HERE).  The younger kids who cannot read will just sing what they can - which is really no different when they've actually memorized a song.

Monday, April 25, 2016

May 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
May 2016

May 1st:
Opening song:  The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: I Often Go Walking p. 202
Activity:  Teach I Often Go Walking to perform in Sacrament Meeting on Mother's Day -  more to come!  You can scroll through all of my Mother's Day lesson plans HERE.

May 8th:  MOTHER’S DAY – SING IN SACRAMENT MEETING
Opening song:  Mother, I Love You p. 207
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  If I Listen With My Heart 2016 Outline, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, Stand for the Right p. 159, Beautiful Savior p. 62
Activity:  Review our January - April program songs with a Mother's Day twist - more to come!

May 15th:
Opening song:  On a Golden Springtime p. 88
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Praise to the Man, Hymn #27 1st verse
Activity:  Using my lesson plan HERE. More to come!

May 22nd:
Opening song:  The Golden Plates p. 86
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Praise to the Man, Hymn #27 3rd verse
Activity:  Using my lesson plans HERE and HERE.  More to come!

May 29th:
Opening song:  The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  If I Listen With My Heart 2016 Outline, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, Stand for the Right p. 159, Beautiful Savior p. 62, Praise to the Man, Hymn #27 
Activity:  Review our January - May program songs.  Something simple (probably from my list HERE) due to the holiday weekend!  And it's a 5th Sunday so I have the whole time.  More to come!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Beautiful Savior - Descant with Handbells

I've created a bell chart for the descant to Beautiful Savior (find my lesson plan for teaching this song HERE).  The handbells are a great way to review and/or perform any song!





Download my chart HERE (if you find any mistakes, PLEASE let me know!!).  You can see how I use handbells in primary HERE.

Beautiful Savior 3rd Verse

I'll be continuing on teaching Beautiful Savior using sign language this week (find my lesson plan for teaching the 1st and 2nd verses HERE).  Also included on that link are my tips for teaching sign in primary and the flip chart that I'll continue to use this week.  I'll post the pages to the 3rd verse as we learn the signs and sing.



Find my notes for the 3rd verse HERE (or the editable document HERE so you can cater the notes to you).

After the 3rd verse has been learned, I'll give each child a scarf to tie a corner around their right pointer finger.  We'll review all the verses using the scarves.  It adds a great visual to the sign language!

I bought my scarves from Amazon here:


Find my handbell chart for the descant to this song HERE.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Music is Medicine; Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond released her new album, Music is Medicine, today containing a song with the same title.  I couldn't help but relate the idea of "music as medicine" to our calling as it really is beneficial to the soul - can you imagine primary without singing time?

Anyway, the video is really fun, upbeat, and I always like supporting the Mormon celebrities!



Just in case you have trouble with the embedded link, you can watch the video on YouTube HERE.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Beautiful Savior 1st & 2nd Verses

I will be teaching Beautiful Savior this month using simplified ASL and this week we'll be focusing on the 1st and 2nd verses.  You can find my post HERE with all the details.

If you will be teaching another song this month, you can check out my suggestion list HERE or my Song Index HERE.  Hopefully I've got something to help you!

I also created a flip chart for this song that you can download HERE.  I may be using the flip chart pages as I introduce each of the signs.  As we discuss each sign, I'll post each page on the chalkboard with a magnet.


At the beginning of the year, I used this same flip chart as a video flip chart.  You can access the video flip chart HERE.

Find my lesson plan to teach the 3rd verse HERE.  Find my handbell chart to the descant HERE.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

POST General Conference Singing Time

I sure enjoyed General Conference this weekend!  Nothing quite like church in my pj's in front of the TV and a week off from lesson planning!

Since I didn't get to my General Conference singing time before conference due to Easter, I'll be doing it this Sunday...

We'll be singing Latter-Day Prophets as we learn the actions and then The Living Prophets Song, both found HERE (with updates).

If you'll be delving right into your April's song of your choice this Sunday, I have a post HERE to help you decide what to sing.  Next week, I'll be starting to teach Beautiful Savior using sign language.  See my original post HERE but like always, more to come!