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Friday, December 23, 2011

Staying Organized, Part 1 - Singing Time Schedule

I thought I'd share how I keep myself organized in Primary. It's very simple but works for me, any substitutes, my pianist and those conducting Primary.

First up is my "Singing Time Schedule."

Beginning this year, the last 5 minutes of our transition time will incorporate singing.  It won't take 10 minutes for all the kids to get to primary and if it does take a child 10 minutes, they can miss it if need be.  If your primary won't be doing this, simply omit the welcome song and opening song.

Transition Time (last 5 minutes of transition period)
  • Welcome Song - to be rotated monthly.  Check out my list of welcome songs HERE.  Each child will be greeted as they enter primary and birthday children will receive their Golden Birthday Ticket (see details HERE).
  • Opening Song - we'll be singing The Books in the New Testament all year using my interactive post HERE.  If I find that we KNOW it by the middle of the year and need something new, we may go back to doing Article of Faith songs like I've been doing HERE.
If we are limited on time due other factors, the transition songs will simply be omitted and we'll begin with an opening prayer and scripture/Article of Faith, talk and then move right into singing time.

Singing Time (20 minutes)

  • Scripture Song - these will consist of the suggested songs for each month (found HERE) that we WON'T be learning for the primary program.  I'll rotate them every other week during the month.  A quick discussion could even be brought up by simply asking the kids how the song relates to what they've been learning with Come Follow Me at home and in their classes.
  • Wiggle Song(s) -  See my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE.  These will be used as needed.
  • Lesson Song(s) - these will consist of one of the suggested song for each month that we've chosen for the program, review the ones we've learned for the entire year or something relating to the season or holiday.

So I am not up singing a solo on unfamiliar songs that we won't be memorizing (i.e. welcome song, opening song, scripture song), I make sure to post words like I do HERE.

I create a monthly schedule with each of the elements listed above that I keep for myself and give to those involved with Primary music on Sunday.  It includes dates, page numbers and any other details needed so we can all quickly get to where we need to be.  I print and distribute a copy to me, our pianist and 3 Primary presidency members (5 copies total) on the last Sunday of each month for next month's schedule.

To create my document, I simply save a template on Word entitled "Singing Time Schedule" that I can quickly change for the next month's schedule. Every month I post my monthly schedule with an editable document.  Find all my monthly Singing Time Schedules HERE.  Obviously, the schedule is all tentative and if I need to make changes, I do. I just make sure to give notice to those the change will involve.

I've also created a monthly planner HERE for you to fill in if you like.


Then I put my copy in the front cover of my "Singing Time Binder" that goes with me every Sunday.  Find that information HERE.  Find all my posts in my "Staying Organized" series HERE and find all of my Singing Time Schedules HERE including the most recent month.

7 comments:

jaleegirl said...

I'm excited to see more about your Singing Time Binder!!

Hangin with the Burke's said...

I too am excited to see your binder I just love all your ideas, thanks for making this calling so much more fun for me!

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing this! It is helping me to get organized as I learn my new calling!

Scott and Abby said...

Camille!! You are my new favorite person haha! Thanks for taking the time to post all of your ideas. I just recently got called as the music leader in my ward and am finding your stuff to be very helpful :) I'm sure it takes some extra time for you to upload everything, so THANK YOU!

terryandkori said...

Do you sing the scripture song after the opening prayer or before? Thanks.

Camille Hill said...

Hi terryandkori,

I sing the scripture song during the first few minutes of my singing time. But it would defintely work during opening exercises, I would think after the opening prayer (the opening song would come before the prayer). I hope that helps!

~Camille

Chase&Danielle said...

Camille,

I just got called as primary chorister about a month ago. We've had Mother's Day and stake conference this month so I haven't had an opportunity to really teach the song we are suppose to learn this month but I have just been feeling like "man I have no idea what I'm doing!" I'm a convert to the church when I was 16 so I skipped all my primary years! I'm pretty excited about my calling, especially since I found your getting organized section. Thank you for giving me and others this resource! I am feeling much more confident in what I will be doing!

Danielle