Friday, June 23, 2017

July 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.

Singing Time Schedule
July 2017

July 2nd:
Opening song:  Family Prayer p. 189
Scripture song:  The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
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, Nephi’s Courage p. 120
Activity: Singing in the Dark Review HERE

Also fun for the 4th of July is Primary Fireworks HERE!!

July 9th:
Opening song:  Kindness Begins With Me p. 145
Scripture song:  The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281 & Every Star is Different p. 142 1st verse
Activity: For The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, use Susan Fitch's non-holiday houses and object lesson plan found HERE (check out both posts that are linked - the 1st for the object lesson and the 2nd for the houses that she's offering free!) for not quite half the time, then finish with Every Star is Different lesson plan found HERE (I hope to update that post with some photos soon!)
(we won't be singing The Wise Man and the Foolish Man in our sacrament meeting program but I still thought the message of the song should still be taught since the kids all KNOW this song)

July 16th:
Opening song:  Reverence is Love p. 31
Scripture song:  The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Every Star is Different p. 142 1st verse & chorus
Activity: Continue with the lesson plan found above, find the chorus lesson plan HERE

July 23rd:
Opening song:  Whenever I Think About Pioneers p. 222
Scripture song:  The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Little Pioneer Children p. 216 & To Be a Pioneer p. 218
Activity: Find my lesson plans HERE and HERE

Find more Pioneer Day ideas HERE and scroll through them if you want more ideas.  My favorite is my combined Pioneer Day Singing & Sharing Time Activity HERE!  But it requires some prep and coordination with the presidency member in charge of sharing time that day so be forewarned!

July 30th:
Opening song:  I Believe in Being Honest p. 149
Scripture song:  The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
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, Nephi’s Courage p. 120, Every Star is Different p. 142
Activity: Primary Flashcards - details linked to my June 2017 Singing Time Schedule under "June 25th" HERE.  I'll have a dedicated post for this activity soon!

Nephi's Courage - 3rd Verse

If you follow my singing time schedule for June HERE, you'll note that I have planned to review our January - June program songs with Primary Flashcards.  However, since it's only a plan and plans tend to change, that's what I'm going to be doing this Sunday.  We didn't get to the 3rd verse for Nephi's Courage so I'm simply going to use that lesson plan this week HERE.


If you are on schedule and want to use what I had originally planned, the document for the 2017 Primary Flashcards to download is all available on the June Singing Time Schedule post linked above.  Since July has 5 Sundays, I'll be reviewing program songs the 1st Sunday and last Sunday of the month to compensate.  I've decided to postpone the flashcards until the last Sunday in July and will have a post dedicated to that activity then.  This way it will also incorporate another month of reviewing.

Find My July Singing Time Schedule HERE so you can see how I've decided to map out July.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Guess the Father

For sacrament meeting, our primary will be singing Teach Me to Walk in the Light found HERE.  The congregation will be joining us on the 2nd and 3rd verses.  Since I didn't teach the 2nd and 3rd verses, I will simply be posting words so the primary can sing along if they are able to read.  I will be conducting the primary and the music leader will stand and bring in the congregation when it's time.

Then for singing time, since we sung most of the songs in the Children's Songbook about mothers on Mother's Day, I thought it would only be appropriate to do the same for Father's Day.  I noticed that there aren't NEARLY as many songs about fathers as there are about mothers...interesting.

Below is what I plan on doing this Sunday.  However, you can check out all my past Father's Day singing time lesson plans HERE (scroll through them all) in case you want something different.

(thank you FB Choristers group for the photo - find the thread HERE!)

I'll be dressing up the 3 members of our bishopric (but any father from the ward will do) similar to pictured above.  I don't have a pattern as I just cut circles and facial features out of construction paper and glued them on to brown paper bags.   There are holes cut out in the eyes. Then each will wear a big sheet that I'll tie behind their neck in the back (exposing their arms).

Each bag has a tie glued on with a song title.  Find my documents HERE.  I printed on various colors of card stock for durability.  There is also a blank tie in case you have different songs, as any songs will do (fathers' favorites or review this year's program songs, etc).

Each disguised bishopric member will lead the kids in the song until he feels they have all sung their very best.  I'll aid in the leading by posting the words (see how I do that HERE) and singing along with the CD to begin with, gradually moving over to the piano (the kids all KNOW Daddy's Homecoming so that will definitely be an easy one).  When the kids have sung the song well, the disguised bishopric member will reveal himself.  Then we'll move on to the next bishopric member, ending with the bishop who will lead the song, Fathers (since it talks about the "father of our ward").

There are lots of variations to this - most of those are all listed on the FB Choristers link that's posted above if you want more ideas.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Teach Me to Walk in the Light

I'll be teaching the 1st verse of Teach Me to Walk in the Light this Sunday.  We'll be singing it on Father's Day in sacrament meeting.  The congregation will join us for the 2nd and 3rd verses from the hymn book (pg 304).  I thought it would be appropriate for Father's Day as it describes the roll of a father but also is considerate for those kids who don't have an involved father-figure in their lives.  If you would like to see all of my Father's Day lesson plans, check them out HERE.

I liked the simple lesson plan found in the 2005 April Friend HERE (scroll down to the "Song Presentation" section) that I slightly altered.

Print out 5 footsteps from my document HERE (printing 3 pages which will give you 6 footsteps so just omit one of them).  I printed mine on some fun colored paper but that's optional.

Then you will need the following pictures from the Gospel Art Book (GAB):
  • Christ and Children from Around the World HERE
  • Young Boy Praying HERE
  • Missionaries: Sisters HERE or Elders HERE
  • The Second Coming HERE

Before primary, tape the 5 "teach me" footsteps and 4 GAB pictures randomly under the primary chairs.

As a quick attention getter, ask the children if it's easier to walk in the dark or in the light and take answers.  Often times, the gospel is referred to as the light.  Ask if the children if they would prefer to go through life with or without the light or knowledge of the gospel and take answers.

Begin teaching the song by having the children walk in place to the rhythm, no singing, piano only.  Point out that the rhythm (3/4 time) has a steady beat, just like walking.

Next have the children walk in place to the melody (so they only step when the notes are sung).  You and teachers sing with the piano as you step, children can sing if they are familiar with the words.

Next, sing the song with teachers and have the children count how many times the words "teach me" are sung [5].

Have children look under their chairs for the hidden footsteps and pictures.  Have the children help you put them in order on the chalkboard and sing after each picture is hung.  Here is the order:

Teach me
Christ and Children from around the World
Teach me
Young Boy Praying
Teach me
Missionaries
Teach me
Teach me
The Second Coming

Quickly discuss how each picture correlates to the words in the song (you can optionally write the key words associated with each picture underneath it).  Time permitting, gradually remove footsteps, pictures and keywords until the song has been sung several times.  The children can optionally stand on "teach me" and perfom simple actions during each phrase (walk in place, fold arms, point to head for "know," etc.).

Bear testimony that by making good choices and learning the gospel, we will be able to go throughout our life in light.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nephi's Courage

This Sunday I'll be using an old lesson plan (big surprise, right?) to teach Nephi's Courage.  Thanks to Susan Fitch, the props have received a MUCH NEEDED facelift!  You can find my lesson plan HERE.  It incorporates the 1st and 2nd verses.

My lesson plan for the 3rd verse can be found HERE in case you need it.  I'll be getting to this the last Sunday in June.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 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.

I don't think I've mentioned here that I'm 8 months pregnant with my 6th and my energy is waning these days (I'm due the middle of July and it's a boy - 4 boys, 2 girls just in case you were wondering ;).  So I apologize if it's apparent in my simple lesson planning.  I am hotly debating about just singing Nephi's Courage in Sacrament Meeting for Father's Day - afterall, Nephi was a father!  I may decide after we begin learning Nephi's Courage the first week and I'll see how far we get.  If we haven't learned all the verses, I'm going to just scrap Teach Me To Walk in the Light and forge on with Nephi's Courage.

Singing Time Schedule
June 2017

June 4th:
Opening song:  I Pray in Faith p. 14
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Nephi’s Courage p. 120
Activity: Lesson plan found HERE (1st and 2nd verse) which includes new artwork from Susan Fitch!

and 3rd verse HERE

June 11th:
Opening song:  I am Glad to Pay a Tithing p. 150
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Teach Me To Walk in the Light p. 177
Activity:  Lesson plan found HERE


Check out all of my Father's Day posts HERE in case you need ideas!

June 18th:  SING IN SACRAMENT – FATHER’S DAY
Opening song:  The Word of Wisdom p. 154
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Fathers p. 209, Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210, My Dad p. 211
Activity: Find my lesson plan HERE

June 25th:
Opening song:  I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song:  The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
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: 2017 Primary Flashcards.  See my activity from last year HERE, download my 2017 documents HERE -  I'll have an updated post for 2017 soon!  More to come!

**I am going to be postponing this activity until the last Sunday in July as it will make for a perfect 5th Sunday singing time!  Instead, I'll be finishing teaching the 3rd verse to Nephi's Courage which I didn't get to at the beginning of this month.  Next month, we'll review our program songs the 1st and last Sundays of the month to compensate not reviewing them in June.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

January - May 2017 Review

I'm pulling out {yet again!} an activity from last year!

Only I'll be using 2017 January - May program songs on each petal with an associated activity:
  • As a Child of God vs. 1 (using sign language we learned HERE)
  • As a Child of God vs. 2 (again using sign language)
  • As a Child of God vs. 3 (again using sign language)
  • Choose the Right vs. 1 (using actions we learned HERE with finger lights)
  • Stand For the Right (stand when we sing the word "stand")
  • Dare to Do Right (turn to the right when we sing "right" and turn to the left when we sing "true")
  • Stand For the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley found HERE (divide the primary in 2 using a set of my prompts HERE)
  • When He Comes Again vs. 1 (using my stop/go signs HERE - stop singing on stop, sing on green, piano always keeps going)
  • When He Comes Again vs. 2 (using the stop/go signs again)
  • When I Am Baptized vs. 1 & 2 (sing verses legato/smooth and chorus staccato/choppy with wands HERE
(I've basically combined all my lesson plans from the entire year into 1 singing time!).  Since I have plenty going on, I'll only be using 2 flowers (10 petals/raindrops).  But if you want to fill more time, add in wiggle songs, Father's Day songs, etc. with more flowers.

There are enough activities with each song, that you can even omit the flowers/rain drop activity and just go through the list of songs/activitires above and the kids should be plenty engaged!

And so I don't have kids who are disappointed who don't get a turn, I will have the best singing classes collaborate with their teacher (while in their seats) to decide on a raindrop to pick and the teacher will tell me which one their class chose to turn over.  It should speed up the picking so we can sing more.

You can also check out all of my generic and simple review activitites HERE.