Friday, September 22, 2017

October 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.

If you have already completed your primary program, you can check out all of my "After the Program" singing time lesson plans HERE.

Singing Time Schedule
October 2017

October 1st: GENERAL CONFERENCE

October 8th:
Opening song:  I Am a Child of God p. 2
Scripture song:  The Eleventh Article of Faith p. 130
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Program practice in chapel
Activity: Find my program practice helps HERE

October 15th:
Opening song:  A Young Man Prepared p. 166
Scripture song:  The Eleventh Article of Faith p. 130
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
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 (a thank you from the primary presidency), 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 22nd:
Opening song:  Love Is Spoken Here p. 190 
Scripture song:  The Eleventh Article of Faith p. 130
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
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 29th:
Opening song:  The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
Scripture song:  The Eleventh Article of Faith p. 130
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Hinges p. 277
Activity: Find my activity HERE



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Primary Program - 2017 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 the program.

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!!

Primary Program - 2017 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 choosing the right...
(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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gumball Machine Review

To add a little variety to my "Chews" the Right Review activity found HERE, I thought it would be fun to bring in an actual gumball machine and do a few activities with it (we'll still be adding gumball stickers to the gumball images).  I purchased my gumball machine here:


(click on the image above - affiliate link)

Also extra gumballs here:


(click on the image above - affiliate link)

If you want to omit the gumball machine and just have a bag or bowl with the gumballs so the kids can choose, that would also work.

"Chews" the song, original idea found HERE.  Each color represents a song.  Choose the best singer to put a coin in the gumball machine to see which song we sang next.  Find my printable HERE.

"Chews" how we sing, original idea found HERE.  Choose the best singer to put a coin in the gumball machine to see how to sing the chosen song. Download my printable HERE.

Another idea is to pick teachers (or kids - depending on ability) to come up front and see how many bubbles they can blow as the primary sings the song.

I will let my primary kids take home a gumball after church is over.  If you are worried about the little kids choking on gum, simply substitute it for something else.

For more ideas, search "gumballs" in the Chorier's Facebook Group!  Or if you have more gumball ideas to share, let me know!  I'll be doing these for the last 2 weeks in September.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Program Review Round-Up

During the month of September, I like to make it easy on myself and use one activity to review all month.  I've done it for several years now and have quite the collection of program review activities!  I thought it might be convenient to round them all up to help you with your program reviewing this month!  Find them all below.

Scroll through all of my program helps including invitations, physical programs, ideas for reviewing in the chapel and more HERE.  Also find my after-the-program ideas HERE in case you have had your program already and are looking for ideas!

This year is "Chews" the Right Review found HERE.  I'll be using this activity as-is for one more week.
Next week I'll be posting some fun gumball themed activities to go with this review so stay tuned!  They will be involving an actual gumball machine and gumballs.  I got one from Amazon here:

(affiliate link)

And extra gumballs here:
(affiliate link)

Road Trip Review found HERE

The Song Hospital found HERE

Primary Program Report Card HERE

What Shape are our Songs in HERE

Ribbon Review Box HERE

What fun activities have you done to review for your upcoming program?  Leave a comment and share!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

"Chews" the Right - Program Review Activity

I saw this DARLING program review activity posted on the Chorister's Facebook group HERE that I just had to implement for this year's review activity!  Deidra, thank you for sharing!!

I re-created the images HERE.  There are several printing options - a black and white version, colored background versions or a white-background version.  Print what you like.  The font I chose is Serendipity in case you have different songs and you want it to match :).  I cut out the song titles and glued them to the bottom of each page.

I'll do the same activity that Deidra posted:

"I give each teacher different colored stickers, and if they hear a good singer they give them a gum ball (same idea as Musical Measles [details HERE]). After singing the song the kids get to come up and put their gum balls in the correct gum ball machine. My kids absolutely love it and it helps me see which songs need more progress!"

I have decided, however, to forego the tri-fold.  I will simply be hanging the gumballs directly on the chalkboard using magnets and writing "Chews the Right" with chalk across the top.  This way it will be easy to take to church.  I also printed 2 copies - one for Jr. and one for Sr.

My stickers are from Amazon here but I'm sure they can be found pretty much anywhere:

(affiliate link)

Pretty simple!  I'll be using it for the entire month of September and in October where I can (in October we do a run-through of the program so I usually don't pull out my review activity then).

You can see everything that I've done to review for the program in past years HERE.  Scroll through all the posts.

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 September Singing Time Schedule


See how I use my singing time schedule HERE!  Then download an editable and printable version of the below information HERE.

With no new songs to teach this month and our upcoming program in October, we use September to review all the program songs we've learned this year.  I like to use one review activity that will last until the program.

The few weeks in October (after General Conference) leading up to the program we usually have a run-through once in the primary room and once in the chapel (which is usually a VERY quick run-through as our time in the chapel is limited on Sunday due to the other ward coming in - the kids get a turn to speak their name into the microphone, we'll practice sitting and standing and maybe sing the second verses of all the songs because they usually need more reviewing).  

I also use September to prep for other program items including a physical program to pass out during sacrament meeting the day of the primary program, an invitation for the kids to take to less-active families (which can also be attached to program parts so parents are aware of the date of the program), and getting my binder ready for leading in sacrament meeting.


You can find all my program helps HERE.  Watch for all my 2017 updates this month!

If you are lucky enough to have your program early, you can check out all my after-the-program posts HERE.  My favorite is Primary Music Memory found HERE:

Then November we focus on Thanksgiving (posts can be found HERE) and December is {obviously} Christmas (posts can be found HERE).  So there's PLENTY to do without a monthly song to teach - which is my favorite!!

Singing Time Schedule
September 2017

September 3rd:
Opening song: Keep the Commandments p.146
Scripture song: The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:   Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs - review
Activity: Program Review - probably going to do this "Chews the Right" activity found HERE (below are a few details if you are not a member of the Chorister's FB group).  More to come!
I give each teacher different colored stickers, and if they hear a good singer they give them a gum ball (same idea as Musical Measles). After singing the song the kids get to come up and put their gum balls in the correct gum ball machine.

September 10th:
Opening song: The Chapel Doors p. 156
Scripture song: The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:   Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs - review
Activity:  Program Review - probably going to do this "Chews the Right" activity found HERE

September 17th:
Opening song: Quickly I’ll Obey p. 197
Scripture song: The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:   Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs - review
Activity:  Program Review - probably going to do this "Chews the Right" activity found HERE

September 24th:
Opening song: Kindness Begins with Me p. 145
Scripture song: The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:   Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs - review
Activity:  Program Review - probably going to do this "Chews the Right" activity found HERE

Program songs: 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, Nephi’s Courage p. 120, Every Star is Different p. 142, I’m Trying To Be Like Jesus p. 78