Saturday, August 27, 2016

BRAINSTORMING HELP NEEDED - ROAD TRIP REVIEW

I'm calling on the fabulous ideas of all you choristers because I KNOW you can help me!  I've decided to do a Road Trip Review themed review activity to help us get ready for our program over the next few weeks (similar to what I've done in years past found HERE).  I have several ideas in mind but I need more!  Here's what I have come up with so far:

It will look something like this on a poster I'll have printed at Costco (with an option that can be tiled and printed at home):

Each picture location on this image could instead be an area to work on with our songs:
  • Words (memorization, articulation)
  • Dynamics (tempo, soft-loud, breathing, ending together etc.)
  • Presentation (sitting vs. standing, eyes on me, etc.)
  • Inviting the spirit
  • Final Destination - PROGRAM!
Every song will be represented by a different vehicle (I like the idea HERE) that will drive along the road, charting our progress toward our final destination.  And to get each started, they'd have to guess the name of the song by guessing the license plate name:

A fabulous chorister back in January(?) posted her license plate game:


So I'm calling on all of you out there for help!  I'd love some more road-themed activities go to with Words, Dynamics, Presentation, Inviting the spirit and maybe a fun car-themed treat for when we reach our final destination on program day.  Thank you in advance for your help with my project!  I think it will be TONS of fun!!

UPDATE: I've researched a few more ideas that I might incorporate somehow:
  • Stop, Slow and Go signs - stop and start singing (suggested in the 2016 outline HERE)
  • Road Trip Review from Sugardoodle HERE (I LOVE this but I'm not sure how I could use it - thoughts?)

I hope to have everything firmed up by this coming week!  More to come so stay tuned!!

September 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
September 2016

September 4th:
Opening song:  Called to Serve p. 174
Scripture song:  Scripture Power
Birthday song:  Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
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 found HERE. This coincides nicely with this month's sharing time and
will give us one more week before delving into reviewing for our program (ours is scheduled for the3rd
Sunday in October). It's also great for a sub - call the missionaries to come in and take over while you
go on vacation over Labor Day weekend (which is the case for me :).

September 11th:
Opening song: We’ll Bring the World His Truth 172
Scripture song: Scripture Power
Birthday song:   Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs*
Activity: Road Trip Review - this will be our activity we will be using to review for the program.  More to come!

September 18th:
Opening song: I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169
Scripture song: Scripture Power
Birthday song:   Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs*
Activity: Road Trip Review - more to come!

September 25th:
Opening song: I Want to Be a Missionary Now p. 168
Scripture song: Scripture Power
Birthday song:   Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Program songs*
Activity: Road Trip Review - more to come!

*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, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016 Summer Olympics

A huge thank you to reader Ryan who updated my Summer Primary Olympics (find original post found HERE) with the icons that were found in this year's olympics and the 2016 program songs!  He was gracious enough to share with me so I can share with you - thank you!  Other than the new icons and the new songs, the activity is exactly the same!

Download Ryan's 2016 Summer Olympic documents HERE.






I printed the activities on colored card stock using various Olympic colors (red, yellow, blue, green and black - which I printed on white paper and mounted on black card stock)

Ryan included all of the songs you can print out and have the kids choose which song they want to sing with what activity but I ended up just writing the songs on the back of my printouts with a Sharpie:

Torch Relay - If I Listen With My Heart
Archery - Praise to the Man
Rhythmic Gymnastics - I Will Follow God's Plan
Synchronized Swimming - Beautiful Savior (sign language - if you don't have a sign language song, use my yoga cards HERE if you like)
Kayaking - The Lord Gave Me a Temple
Marathon - Search Ponder and Pray
Volleyball - I Love to See the Temple

I did need one additional Olympic activity to go with our 8 program songs so I added biking:


Download my document HERE.

Biking - Stand for the Right

Simply place all the items on the board and have children choose which activity to do.  Pull it down and sing the song on the back.  For the torch relay, you will need to bring a flashlight and turn the lights off when you sing.

If you like, pass out Olympic gold medals at the end (chocolate gold coins taped onto red yarn):

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back-To-School Review OR Primary Birthday Party

I have 2 options for singing time that I like to use this time of year...

First one is Back-To-School Review.  Our primary kiddos all head back to school on Wednesday so I will be implementing this activity into our primary this Sunday.

And if you'd rather take a break from reviewing program songs, you can celebrate the primary's upcoming birthday instead!  I've got a singing time activity that I've done found HERE which was a lot of fun!

Below are the details for back-to-school review...

Gather the following items: backpack, eraser, glue, markers, ruler, calculator, pencil, scissors, sharpener.

Tape the following instructions (download my printable HERE & cut out the 8 strips) on all the items except the backpack (that's just for holding everything):

ERASER: “Erase" (don’t sing) the words “be true” in the song Stand for the Right.

GLUE: Glue your legs together and your arms to your sides so you hold really still while we sing If I Listen With My Heart.

MARKERS: Only sing Search, Ponder & Pray when you are wearing the same color as the marker that is held up.

RULER: Measure the volume as we sing I Will Follow God's Plan.  Point to 1 inch for softer up to 12 inches for louder.

CALCULATOR: Count how many times we sing the word “I” (in all it's forms including I'll, I'm, etc.) in the song I Love To See the Temple.

PENCIL: Write with your hands (sign language) to the song Beautiful Savior.

SCISSORS: "Cut" the song The Lord Gave Me a Temple by singing it staccato (choppy).

SHARPENER: Sharpen the song by enunciating each word for Praise to the Man.

Before primary, hide the 8 objects around the room, placing the empty back pack up front.

ACTIVITY:
Tell the kids you need help getting ready for school and need to find your school supplies.  Have the primary help you find the hidden items.  As they are found, follow the instructions taped on each item then place them into the backpack.

**If you have more time, throw in more school supplies with other songs!  This would even be great for an easy 5th Sunday singing time if you happen to get the full time!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Lord Gave Me a Temple, verse 2

I must have been in summer mode when I posted my original lesson plan to teach the 2nd verse for The Lord Gave Me a Temple.  When I went to possibly freshen it up for this Sunday, I went, nah, it's great how it is.  Nice and low-key, perfect for the last few days of summer!

Find my simple lesson plan for teaching the 2nd verse to this song HERE that only involves (yet again!) chalk.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Lord Gave Me a Temple

This is a VERY simple lesson plan.  But with that said, I appreciate it's simplicity in that it helps convey the simple message of the song.  Find the 1st verse HERE that I'll be teaching this week.

I'll be teaching the 2nd verse next week with my lesson plan HERE.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

August 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
August 2016

August 7th:
Opening song:  I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153, vs. 1
Activity: Find my lesson plan HERE that only uses chalk and the chalkboard!!

August 14th:
Opening song:  Dare to Do Right p. 158
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song:  We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time:  The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153, vs. 2
Activity: Fine my lesson plan HERE that again, only uses the chalkboard!!

August 21st:
Opening song:  The Word of Wisdom p. 154
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
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, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
Activity: Back-to-School Review found HERE.  I may use random songs instead of using this year's program songs...I'm getting a little tired of them ;).  If you have some fun songs that would fit in well with this activity (a song that would be really fun sung staccato for the scissors, etc), PLEASE comment!!  More to come!

August 28th:
Opening song:  I Feel My Savior’s Love p. 74
Scripture song:  The Books in the New Testament p. 116
Birthday song:  You've Had a Birthday p. 285
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, I Love to See the Temple p. 95, The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
Review Activity: Summer Olympics Review found HERE.  I'm planning on updating my visuals to match the ones I created for winter (found HERE) so stay tuned! **UPDATE: check the comment below from Ryan who shared his updated material!  Thank you Ryan!