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Saturday, July 26, 2014

August 2014 Singing Time Schedule

August 3rd:
Reverence song:  Family Prayer p. 189
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity: Use the visuals suggested in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline  for August found HERE but use flashlights and a darkened room to have the kids seek for them, placing them in order on the chalkboard.  More to come.

August 10th:
Reverence song:  The Family p. 194
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity:  Use the activity found in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline for August, found HERE.

August 17th:
Reverence song:  Love is Spoken Here p. 190
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  He Sent His Son p. 34, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, I Stand All Amazed, Hymn 193, The Family is of God, 2014 outline, Keep the Commandments p. 146, Family History – I am Doing It p. 94, Baptism p. 100, Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity:  Back to school review.  See activity HERE.

August 24th:
Reverence song:  Saturday p. 196
Scripture song:   The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  We Welcome You p. 256
Activity:  Celebrate the Primary's birthday.  Some ideas found HERE.  More to come.

August 31st:
Reverence song:  Home p. 192
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song:  We Welcome You p. 256
Singing Time: He Sent His Son p. 34, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, I Stand All Amazed, Hymn 193, The Family is of God, 2014 outline, Keep the Commandments p. 146, Family History – I am Doing It p. 94, Baptism p. 100, Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Activity: Begin reviewing for primary program.  Will create a chart, or game that will take us until the program to complete.  Something similar to this HERE or HERE.  Suggestions?  More to come.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Primary Fireworks

I've seen this idea floating around a few places so I thought I'd give it a try...

Primary Fireworks Review! 
Perfect to send us out of July with a BANG!!!

Summer's been seriously fun and crazy at home so I also needed a quick activity to make up for my lack of planning.  I purchased 2 packages of 10 of these Party Poppers at Wal-Mart for $1.47 each (I found them in the party section).  Since I have a Jr. and a Sr. primary I needed 14 total (7 songs for each primary).

Then I simply wrote the names of our 7 songs we've learned so far this year on small pieces of paper and slipped them into each one.  I used tweezers to lift the cardboard end, then popped it back into place...

To use them, I'll pop each one out toward the kids and out will explode the confetti (not messy at all) and the song to sing.  Now, so we don't just sing each song, I am going to bring some previously-used activities to go along with each song when we sing it (totally optional):
  • He Sent His Son: Position Cards (find them HERE)
  • I Will Follow God's Plan: Necklaces (find them HERE - I will just switch out random ones telling who should sing)
  • I Stand All Amazed: Hot 'n Cold (find it HERE)
  • The Family is of God: Musical Instruments (find it HERE)
  • Family History-I Am Doing It: Lap/Clap/Slap (find it HERE - scroll down past the instruments)
  • Keep the Commandments: Bells (Find it HERE)
  • Baptism: Wands (find it HERE)

If you want some more ideas for other review games, find them all HERE and scroll through them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pioneer Day with Chimes!!

You can easily use this singing time with the KidsPlay Handbells if you don't have chimes!  I also have a list of all my Pioneer Day singing time activities HERE.

Also, don't feel like you can't celebrate the pioneers because you don't live in Utah!  The pioneers are part of our entire church's heritage and it's worth celebrating wherever you live.

A few months ago, I purchased a set of chimes (find my post HERE for details) that I've been hankering to pull out.  I had the thought that they would be super appropriate for Pioneer Day!  Kind of old-fashioned, homemade instruments that pioneers may have used to create music! ;)


I purchased them without tags so I am in the process of labeling them.  I wanted my own tag so they would match all my handbell charts...

You can print my Tag document HERE.  I simply printed the document on card stock, laminated it and cut the circles out.  Then I punched holes, cut small slits (see below), put them on the strings and taped the slits shut...

For the activity, I'd love to pull out some pioneer clothing but I don't own any - maybe I'll try hitting up some more neighbors (they are SO good to me!).  I'd love to dress up my bell choir.  You can make your own paper bag pioneer clothing if you like - find information on those HERE.

There are several pioneer pictures in the Gospel Art Book [GAB] found HERE that I'll post on the chalkboard:



I'll quickly discuss how pioneers and their children did lots of singing.  Music brought joy into their lives that would otherwise be very monotonous and dull.  Just like pioneers, we can also bring joy into our own lives through music!

Then I'll pass out the chimes and we'll ring and sing Little Pioneer Children and To Be a Pioneer.  See how I like to use handbells in primary HERE.  The handbell charts are for the optional descants.  Find my note chart for Little Pioneer Children HERE and then To Be a Pioneer HERE.

Below are the JPEG versions in case you prefer that format...








Like always, if you find mistakes - let me know ASAP!  How embarrassing!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Baptism, 2nd & 3rd Verses

You can find my lesson plan for the 1st verse HERE.  I will quickly review the first verse by simply flipping through the 5 "answer" pictures/keywords.

Then for the 2nd verse,  I made a "Why" t-shirt out of my "Who" t-shirt.  I didn't even need more blue tape, just moved the "O" pieces around...
(I don't post many pictures of myself...a little intimidating, ha!)

I'll be wearing it during singing time this Sunday.  I figure if I make everyone else dress all goofy, I can do it too once in a while ;).

Then I'll have my blue wands again:
(find out where I purchased mine HERE)

And I'm going to use the "Wand Position Cards" posted over on OCD Primary Blog HERE.

For Senior Primary, I will have the words to the 2nd and 3rd verses written on the chalkboard with chalk.  I'll put on the "Why" t-shirt and inform the kids that the 2nd and 3rd verse of our song talks all about WHY we get baptized.  We'll sing the verses together and have the kids find the 4 answers:

1.  To fulfill the law
2.  To enter with my Father In the kingdom up on high.
3. Witness faith in Jesus' word,
4. Be baptized to show obedience, As was Jesus Christ, our Lord.

I'll then pass out the wands.  I'll flip through the "Wand Position Cards" similar to how I did it with the regular Position Cards I made a few weeks ago HERE.

After each time we sing it, I'll call a few kids up (enough so everyone will get a turn) to erase maybe 2 words each.  Hopefully we'll repeat the song enough that all the words will eventually be erased.

Now, Junior will run a little differently seeing that the majority of them cannot read.  Again, I'll review the 1st verse with the 5 answer sheets.  Then put on my t-shirt and ask the kids to listen for why we get baptized as the teachers and I sing the both verses.  I may repeat that several times to hopefully get all the answers.

Then I'll pass out the ribbon wands and assign each phrase a "Wand Position Card."  We'll sing each phrase using one action.  I'll hang that card on the chalkboard and then add on - similar to what OCD Primary has suggested, just without words.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Baptism, 1st Verse

I'm replicating the idea found in the 2014 Sharing Time Outline found HERE

"Prepare the following wordstrips: Who, When, How, and Where [I added What (and Why for the 2nd verse)]. Display a picture of Jesus Christ being baptized. Put the “Who” wordstrip next to the picture. Ask the children to listen for whom Jesus came to as you sing the first phrase of the song. Take responses, and then have the children sing that phrase with you. Do the same with each of the wordstrips and phrases. Sing the entire first verse together. Give a wordstrip with one of the answers you have found to each child (John the Baptist, long ago, by immersion, and River Jordan [I added baptized). Have the children stand when their words are sung. Let them exchange wordstrips and repeat the activity."

But I'll be changing up the medium just for fun...instead of using simple wordstrips, I'm using white, size Large, men's t-shirts (if you don't want to use real white t-shirts, I've created a document below with paper ones you can print off instead).

"Write" 6 question words across the chest of each shirt: Who, When, How, Where, What and Why. I used blue painters tape because it comes off easily.   This way my hubby can just use the shirts - not a total waste! Vinyl would work very well too but this is what I had to work with.

Here's what one looks like on my cute little model ;)...

UPDATE: I ended up purchasing a 5-pack of t-shirts from Wal-Mart (I'll just reuse one next week for "WHY")...

In addition to wordstrips for the answers as is suggested, I'm using 2 Gospel Art Book [GAB] pictures, and a map of Judea & the River Jordan...

GAB Picture #35, John Baptizing Jesus (you can download and print it HERE):
(Jesus came to John the Baptist)

Map of Judea & River Jordan: 
(In Judea) & (in the river Jordan's flow)

(long ago) obviously ;)

GAB Picture #104, Girl Being Baptized (you can download and print it HERE):
(and was baptized)

(by immersion)

Optional t-shirts for printing (make sure to cut them out):





(this is for the 2nd verse so save it for next week!)

You can find my document that contains the paper t-shirts, along with all the answers (with the exception of the GAB pictures) HERE.  Print off any or all of the pages you need.  You'll also need twine for a clothesline, clothespins, the song on CD with a CD player, and blue ribbon wands:
(find details on where I purchased them HERE)

Before Primary, hang all the t-shirts and answer papers, using clothespins, on a makeshift clothesline in the front of the Primary room.  Make sure they are all out of order.

For the attention getter, pass out the wands and play the song on the CD player.  Have the kids move to the movement of the song.  Have them try to figure out what the song sounds like or how it moves [like a river or moving water].  Then have just the piano play it again, having the kids move their wands like a river.  Ask the kids why this song would sound like a river [because it's all about Christ getting baptized in a river].  Optional: the kids can use the wands for movement when they sing each line of the song throughout the lesson.

Pick a child to come forward.  Place the "who" t-shirt on them.  Play the song on CD again and have them listen for "who" the song is about [Jesus came to John the Baptist].  Another child can move the picture of Jesus being baptized so it is first on the clothesline. Briefly describe what is going on in the picture.  Sing that phrase using the piano.

Pick a new child to come forward.  Place the "where" t-shirt on them.  Play the song on CD again and have them listen to "where" [in Judea] - also, [in the river Jordan's flow] which is the last line of the song!  Another child can move the picture of the map so it is second on the clothesline.  Briefly describe the locations on the map.  Sing those 2 phrases in the song.

Pick another child to come forward.  Place the "when" t-shirt on them.  Play the song on CD again and have them listen to "when" [long ago].  Another child can move the wordstrip "long ago" so it is third on the clothesline.  Briefly talk about how long ago it was {I'll have to research this a bit more!}.  Sing the song through to this point.

Pick a fourth child to come forward.  Place the "what" t-shirt on them.  Play the song on CD again and have them listen to "what" [was baptized].  Another child can move the picture of the child being baptized so it is fourth on the clothesline.  Briefly discuss that it was important for Christ to be baptized, as is the same for us but don't go into too much detail as to why - save that for the 2nd verse!  Sing the song through to this point.

Pick a last child to come forward.  Place the "how" t-shirt on them.  Play the song on CD again and have them listen to "how" [by immersion].  Move the wordstrip of the definition of immersion so it is last on the clothesline.  Read the definition and talk about being immersed.  Sing the whole song through including the last phrase [in the river Jordan's flow] that was already discussed.

The kids will probably notice the extra t-shirt [Why].  The 2nd verse talks all about why we are baptized so they'll just have to stay tuned!

My thought process behind using white t-shirts is they help resemble how clean and pure we are after we are baptized.  Very symbolic when the child puts a shirt on.  Also, after t-shirts are worn and used, they become dirty and not as clean and white as they used to be so we must wash them.  Just like we must repent when we make mistakes to make ourselves clean and pure again.  I'll explain this concept at the end of my lesson and bear testimony of the importance of baptism.

VARIATIONS:  

If you want to simplify this lesson, definitely use the paper t-shirts and place everything on the chalkboard using magnets.  For the attention getter, omit using wands and just have the kids wave their hands.

Instead of using a clothesline, pull each shirt out of a laundry basket with the answers hung randomly on the chalkboard (I may end up doing this instead).

Find my lesson plan for teaching the 2nd and 3rd verses HERE.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

July 2014 Singing Time Schedule

Singing Time Schedule
July 2014

July 6th:
Reverence song:  The Golden Plates p. 86
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Baptism p. 100
Activity: Teach 1st verse using material suggested in 2014 outline HERE but instead of using word strips, use real white t-shirts the kids can wear.  More to come.

July 13th:
Reverence song:  The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
Scriptur e song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Baptism p. 100
Activity:  Teach 2nd verse again using t-shirts.  More to come

July 20th:
Reverence song:  The Handcart Song p. 220
Scripture song:   The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Little Pioneer Children p. 216, To Be a Pioneer p. 218
Activity:  Celebrate Pioneer Day using handbells on decant to songs.  Find bell chart to the 1st song HERE.  I'll post the 2nd song as the date gets closer.

You can find a list of all my Pioneer Day lesson plans HERE.  I know Pioneer Day is a Utah holiday, but don't feel like you can't celebrate the pioneers because you don't live in Utah!  The pioneers are part of our entire church's heritage and it's worth celebrating wherever you live.
July 27th:
Reverence song:  The Holy Ghost p. 105
Scripture song:  The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome You p. 256
Singing Time: He Sent His Son p. 34, I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164, I Stand All Amazed, Hymn 193, The Family is of God, 2014 outline, Keep the Commandments p. 146, Family History – I am Doing It p. 94, Baptism p. 100
Activity:  Review Game TBD.  You can find a list of all my review games HERE.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Primary Flashcards

Since it's the middle of the year AND a 5th Sunday, I thought a mid-year review game using flashcards would be fun (because those kiddos are seriously missing school and all that learning, right?)! 
These flashcards are great if you do or do not have the whole time.  I actually DO NOT (our new presidency has banned me from getting the whole time on the 5th Sundays - a total bummer) so I will try to just get through what I can.  I may finish this activity at the end of July and add some July cards...maybe.  Here's what each month's flashcards look like:
It's really simple.  Print my flashcard document HERE.  I printed mine on a fun yellow but not mandatory ;).  Cut them in half and shuffle the cards. 

For Senior, divide the primary into 2 teams.  If you have a large primary, divide into more.  Each team will have a bell to ring (I just use 2 of my handbells but any bells will do) placed in front of the room.  Draw the first card and face it to the team.  The first team to ring their bell with the correct answer wins that card.  If the answer is incorrect, the next team to ring the bell gets to answer and possibly win, etc.

For Junior, there will be no teams and no bells.  I'll give as many hints as possible and we'll try to solve the card together.

Here's the activity you do with each card:

Monthly Theme Cards:  Fill in the correct missing words (I plan on keeping my 2014 outline handy as all the answers are easily found there!).

Monthly Song Cards:  They are the Mad Gab/Mumbles game that has been all over the FB Chorister's group. HERE's the link to the search I did to come up with my titles in case you have different songs and need to make your own (if you scroll down a bit, there's a link with almost all the songs in the songbook).  The kids will have to figure out which song it is.  When it's been guessed, sing the song.

Monthly Scripture Cards:  For Senior Primary, it is a scripture hunt.  The kids have to find the scripture passage in the scriptures and read it (you may need to get a few sets of scriptures from the library).  For Junior Primary, I'll just pick a child to help read the scripture (again, the 2014 outline will help here as well).

If you are short on time, I'd omit all the Monthly Scripture Cards.  If you are even shorter on time, omit the Monthly Theme Cards as well!

Here's a quick view of all the cards if you are interested: