I have a confession...I posted on my June schedule HERE lesson plans that I actually WON'T be doing (if I'm being honest, I've done it before too...ever notice that I never seem to have Stake Conference :). Anyway, my little fam is heading (driving!) east to Ohio to visit my husband's brother's family for about 2 weeks. We are going visit a few church history sites on the way out there, stopping at Kirtland and Nauvoo to shake up our drive a bit ;). If you have some great travel tips for these places, let me know as we leave Saturday morning.
So I'll be gone for 2 Sundays but lucky for me, one of those Sundays is our Stake Conference (also Father's Day) so I only had to find a sub for one Sunday and not have to prepare anything for a sacrament meeting musical number. I was able to simply hand my wonderful sub my Primary Position Cards (found HERE and did you notice I made more HERE??) and then Susan Fitch's singing cards HERE and have her review all of our January - June songs with them. Easy!
Now, I have no intention of leaving the rest of you in a lurch! If I were staying in town and working on performing in sacrament meeting for Father's Day, here is what I'd be doing...
Our ward has a sweet family who lost their dad 2 years ago to cancer so I try to be sensitive to them at this time of year. So my pick would be We'll Bring the World His Truth and then the classic Daddy's Homecoming. You can check out all of my Father's Day posts HERE as well.
I have this dad puzzle HERE that I've used for Daddy's Homecoming (you can simplify this activity by having children choose a piece of paper that has a body part of a dad to draw with chalk instead too - refer to my puzzle for body parts to draw). The kids all know that song by heart so there really is no sense in reviewing it. I'd simply have them sing it at the beginning of singing time for a review and call it good. Then our primary learned We'll Bring the World His Truth a few years ago with my lesson plan HERE so I'd have them review this song using the dad puzzle linked above (but this activity will work with ANY song you choose!)...
On the back of the puzzle, you will need to write 7 different words/phrases that are in your song. The more times each word appears in your song the better. These are what I'd pick to put on the backside of the puzzle for We'll Bring the World His Truth:
all the "we/we'll" words in the song
"build the kingdom"
"take the gospel"
"study and prayer"
Have the pieces face down on the table and pick a child to come place a puzzle piece on the board. On the back of the puzzle piece will be words or phrases that they not sing (or you could sing that phrase a little louder than the rest of the song which I would recommend for Junior). The child places the puzzle piece on the board (or draws the body part with chalk) then the primary sings the song through omitting the phrases/words. Repeat until the dad puzzle is complete and the song has been sung several times, omitting the various words/phrases.
If you want to challenge the primary (definitely the older kids), once a phrase has been omitted, it won't be sung again so you continue to add on phrases to omit each round, gradually making it more challenging to sing. If you can't remember the phrases, you can write them next to the puzzle with chalk. For Junior primary, I'd only omit the one phrase each round unless you think they could do it. Make sense?
Anyway, good luck this week with singing time! I'll be traveling through probably lots of your states! How fun would that be to run into each other - ha! We'll be going to church in Wooster, Ohio on the 19th of June if anyone wants to come say hi :).
Also, stay tuned for a fun Father's Day activity next week to sing a whole bunch of Father's Day songs!!