Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pioneer Day Singing Time!

This Sunday I decided to theme singing time around the pioneers.  In my opinion, it's a great time of year to familiarize the kids with the fantastic pioneer songs in the Children's Songbook regardless if you will or won't be celebrating Utah's state holiday on July 24th celebrating the pioneers entrace into the Utah valley.  The pioneers are a part of our church's history and heritage so wherever you live, I'd suggest encorporating the pioneer day songs somehow into your singing time this summer!

I have several pioneer activities that I've done throughout the years posted on my blog.  You can find all of them HERE and scroll through.  My favorite (but also requires a bit of prep) is the Pioneer Day Singing & Sharing Time activity where you make butter, have a pioneer {cake} walk, listen to pioneer stories and more!

It's been a while since we've used our handbells and chimes so I thought I'd dust off my lesson plans for To Be a Pioneer found HERE and Little Pioneer Children found HERE, both of which incorporate the bells/chimes.  If you don't have both bells and chimes, each lesson plan will work with just one or the other.

To simplify, I'll be using just the handbells.  I'll have these songs on CD with the words posted (see how I do that HERE).  We'll listen to each song on CD, then sing along with the piano maybe twice before pulling out the bells.

If you are unfamiliar with using handbells or chimes in primary, I'd suggest reading through my post HERE entitled "Using Handbells in Primary."  If you have more questions about using handbells or chimes, leave a comment.  These are my very favorite prop to use in primary.  If you are on the fence about getting them, I can't recommend them enough!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Every Star is Different - Chorus

This week in primary, we'll be brushing up on the verses we learned last week to Every Star is Different (find my lesson plan HERE) then moving forward with the chorus.  You can find my lesson plan HERE.  Time permitting, I'll pull out the handbells for the descant, lesson plan found HERE.


If you decided to teach The Wise Man and the Foolish Man this month, you can find my lesson plan HERE along with a list of other suggested songs if you are still deciding what to teach.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man & Every Star Is Different

This post was meant to be posted on Friday but I ended up going into labor so I never finished it!  So here it is, after-the-fact - hopefully I didn't leave too many of you hanging.  About half the lesson was spent on The Wise Man and the Foolish Man then the rest of the time on the 1st and 2nd verses of Every Star is Different - with my sub, of course ;).

Find my lesson plan HERE for The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.  We won't be singing this for our program but it has a great message and made for a great wiggle song for the first bit of singing time.

Then I chose Every Star is Different to include in the program (if you still need ideas on a song to choose, check out link above as well).  We only worked on the verses this week, learning the chorus next week.  Find my lesson plan HERE.

And just to share a little bit of my personal life (hope you don't mind)...here's my family with our newest addition, baby Taggart or Tagg for short:

If my posts are not as prompt as usual, please forgive me but I will do my best to stay on top of everything here.  You can always resort to my monthly singing time schedule HERE which will at least give you an idea of what the upcoming post will contain and I'll definitely have August's ready to go on time.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

4th of July Review

Since this Sunday is sort of a holiday weekend (with the 4th of July being on Tuesday), I thought it would be more beneficial to review our year-to-date program songs instead of starting to learn July's song (if you want a lesson plan for teaching The Wise Man and the Foolish Man or suggestions for a "pick your own song," check out my post HERE).

To review, I decided to do Singing in the Dark (also great for a sub!) using glow sticks that are pretty easy to find this time of year!  Find my lesson plan HERE.

If you already own the finger lights, those would be a great substitute for this activity too!  See details for those HERE.  

Another fun singing time to celebrate the 4th of July is Primary Fireworks!  Find that lesson plan HERE.

If you don't need to review, a fun song to teach for the 4th is My Flag, My Flag.  Find my lesson plan HERE.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

July Song: TWMATFM or a song of your choice from the Children's Songbook


For the month of July, the 2017 Outline for Sharing Time gives you the option of teaching The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, or a song of your choice from the Children's Songbook.  I chose to pick my own song for mainly 2 reasons:
  1. The kids KNOW The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.  It's a song that we regularly sing as a wiggle song.  It's got great movement/actions and the kids love it.  Since they know it so well, I wanted to jump on the opportunity to teach a new song to them.
  2. I wasn't sure they could sing the song for the program without doing the actions.  I'm not sure I could do it so I just took the safe route and decided to not include it in the program.
But even though it won't be one of our songs for the program, I still plan on discussing the meaning of the song and singing it during part of my singing time one week in July.  I thought Susan Fitch's cute houses HERE would be fun to bring in:


She used them in her primary class as follows: "I put a rock inside the stone cottage before I glued it together.  I asked the kids to try to blow them both over."

I figure I'll have 2 houses up on the front of the table and have kids take turns blowing the houses down as we sing, repeating so everyone can have a chance to try.  Pretty simple.  Between turns we'll quickly discuss what it means to build your "house" upon a "rock" vs. "sand."

If your primary is behind in learning program songs for the year, I'd HIGHLY recommend staying with this song for July and using the extra weeks in the month to play catch up - teaching and reviewing all the previous months' songs.

If your primary is all caught up and is ready to learn something else, here are my suggestions that coordinate with July's theme, "I Choose the Right by Living Gospel Principles" that mostly came from the Topic section of the Children's Songbook under "Choice":

Choose the Right Way p. 160
Dare to Do Right p. 158 (find my lesson plan HERE)
Every Star Is Different p. 142 (find my lesson plan HERE - this is what I chose!)
Hum Your Favorite Hymn p. 152
I Believe in Being Honest p. 149
I Need My Heavenly Father p. 18
I Will Follow God's Plan p. 164 (find my lesson plan HERE)
I’m Trying to Be like Jesus p. 78 (find my lesson plan HERE)
Listen, Listen p. 107
Teach Me to Walk in the Light p. 177 (find my lesson plan HERE)
Teacher, Do You Love Me? p. 178
The Holy Ghost p. 105 (find my lesson plan HERE)
The Still Small Voice p. 106

**note that I only included songs from the Children's Songbook in order to stay with the recommendation that the choice be from the songbook.

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!

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.

You can check out my post HERE if you need ideas for choosing a song as July is a "your choice" song if you want it to be.

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.