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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus 1st Verse

To teach this song, I knew I wanted to use church approved pictures to portray all the stories of Jesus.  There are LOTS of pictures to choose from and in my opinion, they are the best option around.  I landed on this post HERE and am pretty much going to give this lesson plan.

The pictures I'll be using are from the Gospel Art Book (GAB) all found HERE to download or you can buy a book at your local Distribution Center or online HERE. See how I've taken mine apart HERE for better use in lessons.

Attention Getter: Today we're going to learn a song about telling stories, but these aren't pretend stories.  These are real stories about Jesus.

Write the first line on the chalkboard, ”Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear."  You and the teachers sing the line.  Can you think of some of your favorite stories of Jesus?  Take quick answers.

Post the picture of the Nativity; ask the primary about this story of Jesus.  Sing the first line with the primary.

Repeat with pictures of Christ’s baptism, Raising Jairus’ daughter and Christ with the Nephite Children.

Raising Jairus' Daughter:

Christ with the Nephite Children:

Write and sing the next line on the chalkboard underneath the 4 posted pictures: “Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here.” and explain what it means.  "If Jesus were here right now, what question would you like to ask Him?  What story would you ask Him to tell?" Sing the line, have 4 children share their question; sing the line in between each one.

Write and sing the next line, “scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea.”  Explain that this line tells about two places where Jesus spent lots of time: the wayside and the sea.

What is the wayside? Take answers.  Post the picture of the Sermon on the Mount.  The wayside is someplace out of the way of the city like the countryside.  

Sermon on the Mount:

Post the picture of Jesus on the boat.  Ask the primary if they know of any stories of Jesus at sea (calming the storm, walking on water, the fishing boat, etc.)

Calming the Storm:
There are also pictures in the GAB of the other "sea" stories you can use if you like.

Sing the last line and post a picture of Christ (I liked this one of the 2nd coming).  Have children share more stories of Jesus. Repeat singing the whole song as desired, sharing stories of Christ in between.

**The secret to making this work is to keep it fast paced, so the repetition of each line is only interrupted by a small amount of talking.  The purpose is not to tell any of the stories in detail, just to remind them of the story with a few words.

You can download my quick reference guide I'll be using as I teach HERE if it helps.

I am also adding some simple hand actions for Junior as we add each line since most of them can't read.  They can help me come up with actions.

I'm a little stumped on teaching the 2nd and 3rd verses for Junior primary.  I think for Senior, I'm going to have them learn the alto line but what to do for those littles??  If you have suggestions, leave a comment!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

August 2015 Singing Time Schedule

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

Singing Time Schedule
August 2015

August 2nd:
Opening song:  Love One Another p. 136
Scripture song:  The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282, 2nd verse
Singing Time:  Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57, 1st verse
Activity:  Using this lesson plan HERE.  More to come!

August 9th:
Opening song: I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 78
Scripture song:  The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282, 2nd verse
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57,  2nd & 3rd verses
Activity:  Maybe the poster-sized storybook idea I've seen floating around and teaching the harmony to senior primary.  More to come!

August 16th:
Opening song:  I’ll Walk With You p. 140
Scripture song:  The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282, 2nd verse
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57
Activity:  Review using the handbells.  Will be playing all the chords, similar to how I used them HERE.  More to come!

August 23rd:
Opening song:  I Feel My Savior’s Love p. 74
Scripture song:  The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282, 2nd verse
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I Know That My Savior Loves Me outline, He Sent His Son p. 34, Follow the Prophet p. 110, The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77, Faith p. 96, The Holy Ghost p. 105, Come Follow Me Hymn 116, Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57
Activity:  Back To School Review activity HERE

Last year we celebrated the primary's birthday on August 25th!  Find my lesson plan HERE if you like.

August 30th:
Opening song:  When He Comes again p. 82
Scripture song:  The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282, 2nd verse
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Randomly selected songs for Senior, Nursery bag for Junior
Activity:  Stump the Primary for Senior found HERE, Nursery bag for Junior HERE
(I'll be out of town so this is such an easy lesson for a sub!!

If you want some other non-program related singing times for this month's 5th Sunday, I'd suggest:

Missionary Sunday HERE
Oh What Do You Do In the Summertime? HERE

Friday, July 24, 2015

August Song: Song of your choice from the Children's Songbook

August is another "your choice" song!  To pick my August song, I looked at August's theme for the month and started from there (it helps our program jive a little better!).  August's theme is "Jesus Christ Is the Son of God, and He Is a God of Miracles."  Here are my suggestions (they are all listed under "Jesus Christ - Ministry" in the Topics section in the back of the Children's Songbook:

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57 (this is what I chose - more to come on my lesson plan!  Find an idea I'll most likely be using HERE)
Before I Take the Sacrament p. 73
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118
Had I Been a Child p. 80
I Think When I Read That Sweet Story p. 56
Jesus Loved the Little Children p. 59
Jesus Said Love Everyone p. 61
To Think about Jesus p. 71 (find my lesson plan HERE)

You could expand the topic to include the other sub-sections Jesus Chirst.  If you want to see all the songs listed under those sub-sections, they are HERE and you can see if I have any lesson plans on those songs HERE.

For ideas for teaching the songs where I don't have a lesson plan linked, I'd reference the following:

A Children's Songbook Companion.  Find details of this book HERE.
Sugardoodle HERE and search for the song alphabetically.
Search past files on Primusic on Yahoo Groups (find details HERE)
Google, Pinterest, Facebook (Chorister's Group HERE), or other singing time blogs of course - I have several linked to the right and scroll down!

What are you teaching this month?  Leave a comment to help someone else decide!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Singing in the Dark

We will be reviewing all of our 2015 program songs this Sunday using this review activity, but it could be used for ANY song(s).  It's super simple and the kids are going to love it!

I found glow-sticks from Target in their dollar section this month:

If you can't find any at your local Target, Amazon has some, but not for quite as cheap...

For the activity, turn off the lights, darken the windows and let the kids lead as you sing.  You can teach Senior primary the various conducting patterns associated with your song(s):

Then have small groups come forward and lead the song in the dark.  This is what I plan on doing.   Make sure to tell senior primary that learning to conduct passes off a Faith in God requirement. Find details HERE!

If you don't know how to lead, Erin over at OCD Primary Chorister has a great post HERE or the church's Conducting Course HERE is great too!

You can also teach Junior the conducting patterns but what I will do is just have them follow me with their glow-sticks.  If you want some fun conducting ideas, Erin over at OCD Primary Chorister also has these fun cards the kids can mimic with their wands.  Find them HERE.

You can download my Quick Referenc sheet HERE if you like.

What a great way to wrap up this month of summer fun!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pioneer Day Singing Time - On The Trail Map

Pioneer Day is July 24th here in Utah (it's a state holday - the day the saints arrived in the valley) so we'll be having a Pioneer themed singing time this Sunday!  Don't feel that because you don't live in Utah, you can't celebrate the pioneers - they are part of our church's heritage and the summer makes for a great time to bring it into primary and especially singing time!

So I took the "On the Trail" map HERE from the July 2013 Friend and turned it into a JPEG image found HERE (I also inserted all the 6 missing pictures if you notice they were missing from the original one in the Friend):

I ended up uploading the image to Costco, and for $9.99, created a 20x30 "Collage Print" found under the "Photo Gifts" tab.  I selected no title, thick border with a lustre finish.  I figure this is something I could be able to use every year so worth the expense in my opinion.  Here's the finished product:
Not too shabby!!

If you'd like to print this at home instead, I've tiled the above image HERE to print on 8 sheets of paper.  I'd recommend printing on cardstock and laminating if you want to use it again.

Here's how I plan on using it this Sunday (if you have variations, as there are LOTS of options with it, please leave comments!!):

I will be playing all the pioneer songs on the Children's Songbook CD, beginning in order.  I will also be posting the words (if you don't know how I do that, check my "Posting Words" tab above - and there are some pioneer songs missing, I'll get them up soon!).  Some of these songs are unfamiliar and my goal this Sunday is NOT to learn the songs but to get the kids to listen, become familiar and sing along if they can.

As each song plays and we sing along, I will have the kids listen for things the pioneer children did in each song (washed in streams, walked, prayed, played games, camped, read, picked up chips, etc.).

For each answer I receive from the kids, I will move these 2 footsteps 1 step found HERE along the pathway starting at #1 and ending at #5 (as if they were walking). I printed mine on a nice NEON orange so they can be seen and then hot glued them onto some little circle magnets:

Now, at each milestone (#1, #2, etc.) you can do one of 2 things:

The first option is to to BRIEFLY read some of things that happened at each place using the information found in the Friend in the links below:

#1. Challenges in Missouri HERE
#2.  Exploring Nauvoo HERE
#3. The Nauvoo Temple & Carthage Jail HERE
#4.  Waiting in Winter Quarters HERE
#5.  Martin's Cove HERE
#6.  This is the Place HERE

You can download my brief summary of all these links HERE that I'll be reading in primary at each stop. (If you'll notice there are only 5 stops on the map, but there are 6 links so I omitted the Exploring Nauvoo, or #2 option).

The second option is what I WOULD do IF I could convince my current primary presidency to combine sharing time with me and they'd help with this part (but they are somewhat fickle about combining so I'll be sticking with my first option - bummer!  I may just intertwine a few of the simpler items listed below).

#1.  Pioneer Cake Walk (find details HERE) - to move it along, just give everyone a piece of hard candy after the first song is over :).
#2.  Read a brief section from the Exploring Nauvoo link above or sing and play a pioneer song using chimes or handbells (find details HERE).
#3.  Show some pioneer games (see more ideas HERE): I have a few wooden buttons on strings we got when we stopped at Cove Fort a while ago:

 They are very similar to these and would be easy to make...

#4.  Show pioneer clothing - dress a child or two (you can make some homemade ones using brown paper bags like I've done HERE - scroll down through the post to find it)
#5.  Have children dip their feet in an icy bucket of water (details HERE)
#6.  Make homemade butter and eat it on a cracker (details HERE) or pass out some hard candy!  If you go with the butter route, make sure you start it at the beginning of singing time - maybe have the adults all shake.  I haven't quite worked this out yet!

I suppose there is a third option and that is to omit all the (1-5) milestones - I'd recommend this if you are short on time!

You can also scroll through all of my Pioneer Day posts HERE!

Random thought...but I think this 2nd option could actually be really fun as a life size map - use for a fun Pioneer activity day out in the parking lot!  Draw out the map in chalk and strategically place each of the 5 spots on the map with a station with the various activities and stories I have listed above.  Maybe incorporate a song at each station and answers move the kids along the path.

Happy Pioneer Day!!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Come Follow Me, Review

I taught the 1st verse of  Come Follow Me last week.  You can find that lesson plan HERE.  

To review, I will actually be using an older lesson plan of mine when I taught this 5 years ago, found HERE.  Only I am going to be adding one more component...

When the child comes up to step, I'm going to ask them, "what can you do to follow the Savior?"  I'll take answers and write them around the picture of Christ on the board.

**If you are wanting to teach more verses, you could also use this activity too!  Just use the words from any of the other verses you want to teach and print off as many footsteps as you may need.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Come Follow Me

When we learn hymns in primary, I usually only teach the 1st verse (and/or any verses that are otherwise specificed).  The hymns usually have big verbage and can easily become overwhelming to those little kids (okay, and me!!).  But that said, I ALWAYS teach the hymn to ALL the primary - it's important that they become familiar with these sacred hymns.  If you want the other verses as part of the program, a great idea is to incorporate the congregation on the rest of the verses.

Now on to the lesson plan...

Attention Getter:  Pass out rhythm sticks (2 pencils, popsicle sticks or fingers tapping on the other hand will also work) for the children to tap together.  Ask the children to "Follow Me!" [tap the rhythm] while the piano plays and you (and the teachers - I'd recommend posting the words in Junior Primary) sing.  Tap again and ask how many times we sing the words "follow me" [1].  Tap again and ask them to listen for words that mean:

  1. walk/step [tread]*
  2. united/alike [be one]*
  3. in the following way [thus]*
  4. to become the father of [begotten]*
*It may be helpful to have the definitions written on the chalkboard before primary and then write in the answers as they are defined by the children.  Repeat as many times as is necessary to define everything.

Place a picture of Christ on the top right of the chalkboard:
You can download and print this picture HERE if you like.  I'll pull one from my Gospel Art Book (GAB).  You can see how I've taken mine all apart HERE and buy one online HERE or at your local  Distribution Center if you don't already have one):

Once your picture of Christ is on the board, ask the children to look under their chairs to see if they find anything.  Under 8 chairs, before primary, tape the 8 footsteps found HERE (or you could place the footsteps randomly around the room and ask the children to find each phrase, then have a child go fetch it and put it on the board).
The children with the footsteps can come tape them to the board in order starting at the bottom right corner from the picture of christ.  Echo each phrase and add on until all the footsteps are on the board, in order and have led to Christ.

Bear testimony that if we do what Jesus asks, we can become like Him.

Time permitting, ask the children to "Follow Me!" again and teach them the 3/4 conducting pattern using their sticks:

I put together my lesson plan from the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time Helps for the music leader found HERE and Sister Pat Graham's 2015 lesson plan notes (find them HERE).

You can download and print my Quick Reference Lesson Guide HERE so you remember everything :).

Next week I'll be reviewing with an older lesson plan of mine found HERE when I taught this song 5 years ago, but with a small change - stay tuned!