Thursday, May 26, 2016

June 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
June 2016

June 6th:
Opening song:  Faith p. 96
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:  Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109
Activity: I used a lesson plan from A Children's Songbook Companion found HERE the last time I taught this song.  More to come!  If you want more information on this book, check it out HERE.

June 12th:
Opening song:  Repentance p. 98
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:  We’ll Bring the World His Truth, Daddy’s Homecoming
Activity:  We'll be preparing for our musical number the next week for Father's Day.  I thought we'd sing a non-traditional song, We'll Bring the World His Truth, and then the classic Daddy's Homecoming.  Find my lesson plans HERE and HERE respectively.

You can also check out all of my Father's Day lesson plans HERE.

June 19th: SING IN SACRAMENT MEETING
Opening song:  When I Am Baptized p. 103 
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:  Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109
Activity: A review activity with a Father's Day twist - more to come!

June 26th:
Opening song:  The Holy Ghost p. 105
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:  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, Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109
Activity: Primary Flashcards.  This is another yearly repeat!  It's a great way to review the different areas the primary has learned so far this year.  It reviews the monthly theme, scriptures and songs all in one fun activity!  You can see details from last year HERE.  I'll have this year's posted so stay tuned!

April Showers Bring May Flowers Review

Kelli posted this awesome review idea a few weeks ago called "April Showers Bring May Flowers" HERE that I am totally using this week!  It can easily take up the whole time for a 5th Sunday if you have that option.  It also would be super easy to pass off to a substitute for this holiday weekend ;)!

If you are short on supplies, print or draw everything on white paper and color.

You can download as many of the components that you like HERE.  I printed 3 stems on green card stock.

I printed 5 petals/drops on pink card stock, 5 petals/drops on purple card stock, 5 petals/drops on orange card stock and 15 petals/rain drops on blue card stock. So 15 colored petals and 15 blue rain drops.  The pink/purple/orange petals/raindrops go on the back side of the blue petals/raindrops.

I printed 1 page of these 3 yellow centers.

After I cut everything out, I glued the blue raindrops back to back to the colored petals (I ended up trimming off some of the color from the other side - not sure if these are totally symmetrical or I just can't cut straight!) then laminated everything.  I plan on using these every year or so, so it was worth it to me to make these reusable (just think...next year at this time, this work will all be done!!).  After laminating, I cut out everything again.

Then I took a dry erase marker and wrote out all the songs for our primary program with all the verses on separate petals.  It came to 10 petals (so you could just have your primary put together the 2 flowers if you want to stop there).  Since I have 15 petals to use, I added 5 wiggle songs.  This would be a GREAT way to slip in your Father's Day song to review if you need ;).  For a few of the program songs I added a fun way to sing the song - face backwards, stand on your chairs, girls only, boys only, etc.  Just so the kids don't get bored with just singing the songs.  For the wiggle songs, I picked the following that had actions:

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Popcorn Popping
I Hope they Call Me on a Mission (the kids stand and walk in place)
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
Daddy's Homecoming

Before primary, you will need to set up the chalk board like I have pictured above (I'll tape them all to the board), only all the petals will reveal only the blue side and set like falling like rain drops, hiding the colored petal sides with the songs.  You can also write "April Showers Bring May Flowers" across the top of the board with chalk.

For the activity, simply call on a child to come up and turn over a rain drop to reveal the petal side with the song to sing.  The child can place the petal on the stem and then the primary sings the song.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

4-Corners Review

Last week I introduced Praise to the Man using my lesson plan HERE.  Senior primary went FANTASTIC!  They were engaged in the entire activity and really enjoyed matching up and discussing definitions, singing, the whole nine yards!  Junior primary was a different story.  They had their rhythm instruments and were pretty much too busy to do anything else.  I suppose they got some listening in, but even that was pretty minimal.  I'm chalking it up to one of "those" weeks.  For those of you struggling with the littles and this song, know that you are not alone!

SO...I've decided to push ahead with Senior primary as originally planned, incorporating last week's lesson plan into this week's.  However, I'm thinking Junior primary needs more movement in order to connect with this song.  Instead of re-creating the wheel, I decided to use Sharla Dance's simple actions that she's come up with.  You can find her actions for the 1st verse and chorus HERE and her 3rd verse actions HERE (the chorus is different for the 3rd verse but I'm going to simplify and only teach the chorus taught with the 1st verse.  Jenna put together a video HERE which is exactly what I'll do).  I think to implement the actions, I'm just going to have the pianist play the song, the teachers and I will sing, and the kids will simply follow my lead, picking up what actions and words they can and I'll keep the pace slower.  If need be I'll walk through a few of the actions, but I really want to keep that to a minimum.  If they just follow me, I think they will stay more engaged.  I'll try to challenge them to have the actions memorized by the end of singing time, maybe encouraging them to try it with their eyes closed or turn face the back wall, etc.

As for Senior primary, I'm going to play 4-Corners with them:

It's simple and can be used to review any song!  You'll need the visuals I created last week with the words posted on various colors of red, blue, green and yellow paper, posted on the chalkboard in order.  Then you'll divide your primary chairs into 4 "corners" with each section assigned a color (red, blue, green and yellow).  I will just hang a blank piece of matching card stock on  a wall in each section of the primary.  If you have a large primary, I'd recommend just having the kids stay where they are and not creating physical groups of any kind, the kids will just be randomly assigned a phrase of the song to sing.

I pulled out corresponding color cards from my kids' Candyland game, but really, any cards will do that have the 4 basic colors (Uno, Rook, make your own, etc.).

Before primary, hang the visuals on the bulletin board and assign each corner a color.  For the activity, pass out a card to each child.  The color they receive is their assigned corner and they are to move to that corner.  Once everyone has relocated to the correct corner, each corner will sing the phrase that matches their color.  So if they are in the red corner, they will sing all the phrases on the red paper on the board.  Then we'll repeat, assigning the kids a new color, with new groups, a new corner and new phrases to sing.  As we repeat, I might turn phrases over so they can't read them, thus memorizing the song.

If you have combined Jr. and Sr. primary and are struggling, I'd maybe recommend combining both actions and the 4-corners activity.  When it's a corner's turn to sing, they do the actions (by simply following you) in addition to singing their assigned phrases.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Praise to the Man

I'm finally starting this month's program song!  Several of you have probably already been using my lesson plan I posted several years ago HERE.  I will be using several parts of this lesson plan, while implementing a few new ideas (thanks to some AMAZING FB posts from Lois HERE and Brittany HERE!).

I will be introducing the song using the "Who Am I?" activity that Lois posted.  I typed up each phrase on half sheets of paper.  On the other half of each sheet of paper, I used Brittany's definitions.  Each phrase is mounted (I used a glue stick) on a random sheet of red, green, blue or yellow card stock, with space for the definition to be posted next to it during the activity in primary.


Download my documents HERE.

Before primary, post the "Who am I" sheet of paper on the board with a picture of Joseph Smith behind it.  Face all the phrases face down so only the colored sheets of paper are revealed, but so they are in order around the picture, like so:

Have the kids try to figure out who the song is about by having children come up, turning papers over.  Don't let them throw out the answer until you have turned over all the phrases.  Reveal the picture of Joseph Smith:

Then play the song Scotland the Brave (find details on my other lesson plan link above) and briefly read the history of the song:

"Praise to the Man" (originally titled "Joseph Smith") was a poem written as a tribute to Joseph Smith, Jr. by Latter Day Saint leader and hymn writer William W. Phelps. The poem was composed soon after Smith's death, and was later set to music and adopted as a hymn of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It was first published anonymously in the church newspaper Times and Seasons in August 1844, approximately one month after Smith was killed.[1] The hymn is still used within the LDS Church and is hymn #27 in the current LDS Church hymnal. The LDS hymnal now uses a melody based on "Scotland the Brave" in honor of Phelps's Scottish heritage. The tune is modified to match the syllable count of the text."

Hang all the definition papers randomly across the bottom of the chalkboard:
(pretend that the picture of Joseph Smith is revealed - woops!)

Go through each phrase, one by one, having the kids pick the definition that goes with each phrase.  For Jr. we'll just add each definition as we learn each phrase or I may just omit them up all together.  Pass out a rhythm instrument to the kids so they can tap out the rhythm as you sing (my other lesson plan link above has suggestions for rhythm instruments).  Your completed board will look like this:

Don't worry about the little kids not being able to read - you can read everything to them and the with enough repetition (hence the rhythm instruments), they will learn it!

Find my To-Go Lesson Plan HERE so you can take all this to church with you!.

Find my 4-corners review activity HERE for reviewing this song.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Review

I wanted to take this Sunday, Mother's Day, and review all of our program songs we've learned so far with a Mother's Day twist.  I wanted something that had some "mom" props that would reveal which song to sing, but that would also relate to an action as we sing the song - great for movement for the kids to get wiggles out at the same time.  Then I ran across The Primary Pad's "Mother's Purse" activity HERE and wouldn't ya know, she did all the work for me! So, for this Sunday, I'm taking a {Mothers} Day off from planning and totally using this great lesson plan!  Thanks Sheree!!

I did change the screw driver action - since we learned Beautiful Savior using ASL, I wrote "sing using sign with your hands."  Then I didn't use the jump rope or the keys (there are 10 tags and I only had 8 verses from our 4 program songs).  On the backside of each tag, I wrote a song and what verse.

I'll be starting Praise to the Man next week.  You can check out my posts when I taught it the last time HERE.  However, I've come across SEVERAL fabulous ideas that I think I'll be incorporating so stay tuned!

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!