Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall Bread Tag for Visiting Teaching or Neighbor Gift

I designed this project for a friend and thought I'd share the free download here even though it's not really singing time related (but hey, most of us are all visiting/home teachers!).  Print off the tag and attach it to a loaf of bread (homemade or something yummy from the bakery!).  Easy!

Download it HERE.  If you ever need design work done, I design wedding, party, baptism invitations; birth announcements; Christmas cards; business marketing materials including business cards, flyers, post cards; and more!  Details are all over at my at my other website, camillecreates.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2018 Primary Music CD

Every year for Christmas, our primary hands out a primary music CD as our Christmas gift.  It contains all of next year's program songs plus an extra 2 songs for each month (36 songs total - 3 songs per month).  I've gone through the 2018 outline (find my outline summary HERE) and picked songs for each month that go along with that month's theme (usually I fill the CD with the extra songs found in the outline but I've been venturing out with a lot more unknown songs that still relate to that month's theme).  I figure a CD with only 8 songs is kind of a waste so I include a few for each month which I will eventually sing in primary as all our opening songs throughout the year.

If you feel CD's are a thing of the past, I've seen other primaries create digital playlists and email them out to families.  If you've done that for your primary, please feel free to share the details on how you did it!  My preference is a CD - simply because it's a more tangible gift.  If families don't do CD players anymore, the CD's can always be downloaded onto the computer and put on digital music players.

To start, I created a document that contained all my songs.  You can find my list HERE.  I submitted it to my primary president to get everything approved.  But for easy viewing, below is my song list (I chose On a Golden Springtime for April, and Book of Mormon Stories (all the verses) for May as my "your choice" songs:

January
1. I Am a Child of God, p. 2
2. I Need My Heavenly Father p. 18
3. How Dear to God Are Little Children p. 180

February
4. My Heavenly Father Loves Me, p. 228
5. All Things Bright and Beautiful p. 231
6. I Think the World Is Glorious p. 230

March
7. If the Savior Stood Beside Me, Outline
8. Jesus Is Our Loving Friend p. 58
9. Jesus Loved the Little Children p. 59

April
10. On a Golden Springtime p. 88
11. An Angel Came to Joseph Smith p. 86
12. The Priesthood Is Restored p. 89

May
13. Book of Mormon Stories p. 118
14. I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
15. I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth p. 150

June
16. When I am Baptized p. 103
17. I Like My Birthdays p. 104
18. Listen, Listen p. 107

July
19. Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
20. Because God Loves Me p. 234
21. Home p. 192

August
22. A Child’s Prayer p. 12
23. If with All Your Hearts p. 15
24. Tell Me, Dear Lord p. 176

September
25. Go the Second Mile p. 167
26. A Happy Helper p. 197
27. I Have Two Little Hands  p. 272

October
28. I Will Be Valiant p. 162
29. Shine On p. 144
30. The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77

November
31. I’m Thankful to Be Me p. 11
32. Father, We Thank Thee for the Night p. 8
33. Thank Thee for Everything p. 10

December
34. Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36
35. He Died That We Might Live Again p. 65
36. When He Comes Again p. 82

Once approved, I created a playlist using iTunes with these songs.  I own all the Primary Songs on CD which I've uploaded to iTunes.  But if you don't own the CD, you can download all the songs in the Primary Songbook HERE and If the Savior Stood Beside Me can be found HERE (make sure when you download, you select "Vocals and Music"). **Make sure you allow plug-ins from LDS.org as a browser settings or you won't be able to view/download the music.

I bought these CD-R's and jewel cases from Amazon:


(note, these aren't the cheapest that Amazon sells but I prefer the Sony brand compared to the no-name.  For some reason, it makes for easier burning and I have less "non-usable" cd's - just my experience!)


Then I started burning {a million} CD's!   Once burned, I simply took a Sharpie marker and wrote "2018 Primary Songs" on the actual CD.  I did take a few random CD's and put them in my CD player to make sure they burned correctly.

We give one CD per primary family.  For our Primary it's about 30 so I've burned 35 to have as a few extras to keep in the cupboard just in case we have move-ins, someone loses theirs, or sometimes a few families ask if they can have another copy, etc.

For a CD cover, I created this...

You can get the document HERE or a blank one HERE without the song list (just in case your songs are different than mine).  To use the blank one, I suggest typing up a list that looks similar to mine (the font I used it just Times New Roman, font size 8), trimming your list so it will fit within the blank square space and taping it on.  When you make photo copies, you will never know that you literally copied and pasted.

I do like the black and white cover only because I can make free copies at the library.  I also tell the kids they are welcome to color their CD cover to make it more personalized.  The artwork I chose is from LDS.org found HERE.

Once I have my copies made, I cut around on the black lines with the exception of down the middle. I fold it there and simply slide it into the cd jewel case.  The size, once cut out, measures 5 inches and 5.5 centimeters both across and down, making it a perfect square.

I then tie on Christmas ribbon and attach a treat of some sort for each child (we've done ring pops, tootsie roll suckers and Now & Laters, etc.). A family with 4 nursery/primary aged kids would receive one CD tied with 4 treats.  I also attach a tag (signed by our ward's primary name in the space provided):

Find my document HERE (I simply altered a free online gift tag I found HERE).  I hole punch the top and slide it onto a ribbon.

Find my previous years of finished products all HERE.  Our primary president offered to package them so I don't have photos of the finished product this year.

We'll pass these out the Sunday before Christmas Eve (since we won't have primary on Christmas Eve) and deliver them to the kids who are not/less active.

And that's that.  Pretty simple and nothin' fancy but if you know me, you should expect that ;).

Another option instead of doing a CD is a DVD.  They would be similar to the lesson I did HERE for our 2017 Program Showcase, but using 2018 video flip charts.  I'll have those video flip charts ready in January - I'm hoping some helpful choristers out there help me out with those like they have done in the past!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Sing-A-Story

Time for another annual favorite...my Thanksgiving Sing-A-Story found HERE.  This is a very simple lesson plan to celebrate Thanksgiving (especially if you need a sub!).


I've been asked before if my kids get tired of all my annual repeat lesson plans.  And my response is an astounding "no, they don't!"  I've never once had a child tell me they don't want to do a repeated activity we've done previous years (and in my defense, I don't think doing something once a year is too often.  Would you agree?).  Usually the kids are really excited to see something familiar, telling me they remember when we did it last year.  I always try to challenge them to see what they remember by asking what comes next?

You can check out all of my Thanksgiving/Fall singing time lesson plans HERE or see what I have planned for the rest of November HERE.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2018 Outline for Sharing Time


This week I picked up a copy of the 2018 Outline for Sharing Time at my local Distribution Center!  Just in time to start getting a little organized for next year.  If you don't have yours yet, you can get it a few different ways:

  • Ask your Primary Presidency if they have received their copies from the Bishopric (or ask the Bishopric directly!).  We only got 3 copies, but in my opinion, the Music Leader should be one to receive a copy!
  • Head to your local Distribution Center (if available)
  • Download the outline HERE

I always like to do a simple annual overview this time of year, then fine-tune it each month with my Singing Time Schedules (if you don't know how I do those, check out my post HERE).  I also work on my 2018 CD song list (our primary hands out CD's as a Christmas present from the Primary each year).  See my previous years of CD's HERE (2018 version coming next week...I'm not sure if I'll be copying exactly my 2013 version HERE but it's a good start).  You can also make a DVD.  See how I used them in a DVD format for singing time last year HERE!).

Here's a quick summary of next year's songs:

January: I Am a Child of God p. 2 - find my lesson plan HERE
February: My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228 - find my lesson plan HERE
March: If the Savior Stood Beside Me p. 28 of the 2018 Outline - find my lesson plan HERE
April: On a Golden Springtime* p. 88
May: Book of Mormon Stories* p. 118 (all 8 verses)
June:  When I Am Baptized - find my lesson plan HERE
July:  Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188 - find my lesson plan HERE
August:  A Child's Prayer p. 12 p. 78 - find my lesson plan HERE

*These are my 2 "song of your choice from the Children's Songbook" choices.  I'll have lesson plans ready a week or so before I start teaching these.  These songs are also different from what I taught in 2013 - thought I'd branch out a bit and teach some songs we haven't learned yet.

The beauty about doing this calling long-term is everything has been repeating every 5 years.  You can check out all of my 2013 posts HERE (including the 2 my-choice songs I picked then) which have the same material as 2018!  Some of the posts need a little TLC so I'll be updating/modifying them throughout next year.

As I've been looking through the outline, there are some great tips and teaching advice worth noting:

Page 1 has a "Singing Time" section which gives simple instruction on how singing time should run, how much time you get (which specifically says, "A 20-minute segment of sharing time should be devoted to singing and teaching music."  Make sure you get that!!), along with other information.  Also are guidelines for the Sacrament Meeting Presentation.

Page 3 has "Helps for the Music Leader" for teaching I Am a Child of God...

Page 11 has "Helps for the Music Leader" for teaching We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (a possible song choice for that month)...

Page 17 has "Helps for the Music Leader" for teaching A Child's Prayer...

There was a tip on p. 22 regarding primary songs reinforcing the doctrine!  I always like to choose the song we sing for opening exercises to coincide with the weekly sharing time lesson for this very reason.

Page 26 - 27 is entitled "How to Use Music in Primary" and has some great information on emphasizing the gospel principles in the song, using visual aids and using actions to engage children...

Page 28 is a copy of this year's theme song (to be taught in March), If the Savior Stood Beside Me.  You can download the music by downloading the whole PDF 2018 Sharing Time Outline found at the link above or HERE.

Anyway, there you have it, a brief outline of 2018's outline.  If you haven't looked through it yet, I'd highly recommend it!  January is just around the corner and it's nice to have a head start on next year!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I Am Glad for Many Things

This is a fun way to bring the meaning of Thanksgiving into primary complete with a turkey!  Find my lesson plan HERE.

If you are looking for more fall/Thanksgiving ideas, you can find all of my lesson plans HERE.  Also check out what I have planned for the rest of November HERE which include links for Christmas lesson plans and more!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Autumntime & Autumn Day

This is another great singing time involving lots of movement...when I first taught the lesson plan I thought the older kids wouldn't like it but they never cease to amaze me.  They enjoyed it as much as Jr. primary.  Find my lesson plan HERE for teaching It's Autumntime and Autumn Day.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

November 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.

For me, November singing time lesson plans are typically annual repeats (I did the work once and pull it out every year!!), therefore, preparing is rather simple.  With simple prep for lesson plans, I'm able to get a jump start on next year.  So, later this month watch for posts preparing for 2018! Including my 2018 Outline for Sharing Time summary (see last year's HERE) and my 2018 CD that our primary hands out as Christmas gifts (find previous years' HERE).  2018's Outline for Sharing Time will be a repeat of 2013.  You can find all of my 2013 outline-related posts HERE but plan on LOTS of updates :).

Singing Time Schedule
November 2017

November 5th:
Opening song:  The Things I Do p. 170
Scripture song:  The Twelfth Article of Faith p. 131
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  It’s Autumntime p. 246 & Autumn Day p. 247
Activity:  Lesson plan found HERE

November 12th:
Opening song:  We’ll Bring the World His Truth p. 172
Scripture song:  The Twelfth Article of Faith p. 131
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  I Am Glad for Many Things p. 151
Activity:  Lesson plan found HERE

November 19th:
Opening song:  Children All Over the World p. 16
Scripture song:  The Twelfth Article of Faith p. 131
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  Nephi’s Courage p. 120, The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281, Faith p. 96, Autumn Day p. 247, For Health and Strength p. 21, Book of Mormon Stories p. 118, Thanks to our Father p. 20, Thank Thee, Father p. 24
Activity:  Thanksgiving Sing-A-Story HERE

November 26th:
Opening song:  Called to Serve p. 174
Scripture song:  The Twelfth Article of Faith p. 131
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77, I Know My Father Lives p. 5, I Lived in Heaven p. 4, Faith p. 96, The Golden Plates p. 86, Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109, Keep the Commandments p. 146, I am a Child of God p. 2
Activity:  Singing Missionaries, lesson plan found HERE.  This lesson plan coincides perfectly with what the kids have been learning in sharing time all month!!

You can also check out all of my Thanksgiving sing time lesson plans HERE - I wish I could do them all every year!!  Children All Over the World and Turkey Take Down are a few of my favorites!


If you are wanting to get a jump start on to Christmas, you can check out all of my Christmas singing time lesson plans HERE.

If I could suggest one prop to use for Christmas, it would be the handbells!  I absolutely love using handbells this time of year (and Easter.  Well, and lots of other times during the year if I'm being honest!!).  If your primary doesn't own handbells and you'd like more information on getting a set for your primary, make sure to check out my post HERE with lots of details.  I'll definitely be using them next month in primary.  

If you are unsure how they'd be used in primary, you can sroll through several of my posts HERE on using handbells including lots of bell charts!  For December, I am planning on the primary learning The Shepherd's Carol to sing in sacrament meeting on Christmas Eve using the handbells...more to come!!