Posting Words


One of my best singing time helps is posting the words to almost EVERY song we sing (opening, closing, birthday, welcome, scripture songs, singing time, etc.).  I sing a wide variety of songs in the Children's Songbook, many of which are unfamiliar to most of the primary (sometimes myself included!).  So to make sure I'm not up singing a solo every Sunday, I post the words to most songs (unless it is a very familiar one or we're working on memorizing it as part of our activity).  I can't tell you how many times the teachers have mentioned how much they appreciate having the words available - they will actually sing!

All the songs we sing on a particular Sunday, I keep in my Singing Time Binder and rotate them out each week as needed.  You can find more details on the binder HERE.  When not in use, I save them in my files and pull them out the next time we sing the song.  I do like to write with a pencil the song title, what verse and page number on the backside for reference when necessary.  You can find more details on my filing system HERE.

To post the words I simply flip my binder over the back of my music stand and the words face out to the Primary that I've placed in sheet protectors.  I like the non-glare best, like these from Amazon:


I'll be honest, I do this during the Primary Program too!  The congregation has no idea the kids are using words and each little pair of reading eyes is on me.  And it's not because the majority kids haven't memorized the words (because trust me, we do our best to memorize everything).  We usually have a few semi-active kids show up for the program and this way, they are still able to participate.  I have also had comments from the congregation that they cannot believe how the children all have their eyes on me ;).

Below is a list (in progress) of all the words I type up (please let me know if you ever find mistakes!).  I'll continue to add to it as I get more into this format.  If there is a song you need and I don't have it here, leave a comment and I'll get my list updated asap!
All Things Bright and Beautiful p. 231
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith p. 86
As a Child of God outline
Autumn Day p. 247
Away in a Manger p. 42

B
Baptism p. 100
Beautiful Savior p. 62
Beauty Everywhere p. 232
Because God Loves Me p. 234
Because It's Spring p. 239
Before I Take the Sacrament p. 73
Birds in the Tree p. 241
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118
Build an Ark

C
Called to Serve p. 174
Can a Little Child like Me? p. 9
Children All Over the World p. 16
Choose Him Again
Choose the Right hymn 239
Choose the Right Way p. 160
Christmas Bells p. 54
Come with Me to Primary p. 255
Come, Follow Me hymn 116
Covered Wagons p. 221

D
Daddy's Homecoming p. 210
Dare to Do Right p. 158
Dearest Mother, I Love You p. 206
Did Jesus Really Live Again? p. 64
Do As I'm Doing p. 276

E
Easter Hosanna p. 68
Every Star is Different p. 142

F
Faith p. 96
Falling Snow p. 248
Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
Family History-I am Doing It p. 94
Family Night p. 195
Family Prayer p. 189
Father Up Above p. 23
Father, I Will Reverent Be p. 29
Father, We Thank Thee for the Night p. 8
Fathers p. 209
Feliz Cumpleanos p. 282
Follow the Prophet p. 110
Follow the Prophet (President Monson Verse)
Follow the Prophet (Lost Hymns Project - additional verses)
For Health and Strength p. 21
For Thy Bounteous Blessings p. 21
Friends Are Fun p. 262
Fun to Do p. 253

G
Gethsemane
"Give," Said the Little Stream p. 236
Go the Second Mile p. 167
God's Love p. 97
Grandmother p. 200

H
Had I Been a Child p. 80
Happy Song p. 264
Happy, Happy Birthday p. 284
Have a Very Happy Birthday! p. 284
Have a Very Merry Christmas! p. 51
He Died That We Might Live Again p. 65
He Sent His Son p. 34
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes p. 275
Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise p. 280
Heavenly Father, Now I Pray p. 19
Heavenly Father, While I Pray p. 23
Hello Song p. 260
Hello, Friends p. 254
Help Me, Dear Father p. 99
Help Us, O God, to Understand p. 73
Here We Are Together p. 261
Heroes of the Scriptures
Hinges p. 277
Holding Hands Around the World
Home p. 192
Hosanna p. 66
How Dear to God are Little Children p. 180
Hum Your Favorite Hymn p. 152

I
I Am a Child of God p. 2
I Am Like a Star p. 163
I Believe in Being Honest p. 149
I Feel My Savior's Love p. 74
I Have Two Little Hands p. 272
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169
I Know My Father Lives p. 5
I Know that My Savior Loves Me outline
I Lived in Heaven p. 4
I Love To See the Temple p. 95
I Need My Heavenly Father p. 18
I Often Go Walking p. 202
I Pledge Myself to Love the Right p. 161
I Pray in Faith p. 14
I Stand All Amazed, hymn 193
I Thank Thee, Dear Father p. 7
I Think the World is Glorious p. 230
I Think When I Read That Sweet Story p. 56
I Want to Be a Missionary Now p. 168
I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
I Wiggle p. 271
I Will Be Valiant p. 162
I Will Follow God's Plan p. 164
I Will Try to Be Reverent p. 28
I'll Walk With You p. 140
I'm Glad to Pay a Tithing p. 150
I'm Thankful to Be Me p. 11
I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 78
In the Leafy Treetops p. 240
If I Listen with My Heart outline
If the Savior Stood Beside Me outline
If with All Your Hearts p. 15
It's Autumntime p. 246

J
Jesus Has Risen p. 70
Jesus Once Was a Little Child p. 55
Jesus Said Love Everyone p. 61
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam p. 60

K
Keep the Commandments p. 146
Kindness Begins with Me p. 145

L
Latter-Day Prophets p. 134
Little Pioneer Children p. 216
Love is Spoken Here p. 190
Love One Another p. 136

M
Mary's Lullaby p. 44
Mother, I Love You p. 207
Mother, Tell Me the Story p. 204
My Country p. 224
My Dad p. 211
My Eternal Family
My Flag, My Flag p. 225
My Hands p. 273
My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228
My Mother Dear p. 203

N
Nephi's Courage p. 120

O
Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby p. 48
Oh, What Do You Do in the Summertime? p. 245
On a Golden Springtime p. 88
Once within a Lowly Stable p. 41
One in a Million
Our Chapel is a Sacred Place p. 30
Our Door is Always Open p. 254

P
Picture a Christmas p. 50
Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked p. 214
Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey p. 215
Praise to the Man hymn #27

Q
Quickly I'll Obey p. 197

R
Rain is Falling All Around p. 241
Remember the Sabbath Day p. 155
Repentance p. 98
Reverence is Love p. 31
Reverently, Quietly p. 26

S
Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36
Saturday p. 196
Scripture Power outline
Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109
Seek the Lord Early p. 108
Shine On p. 144
Sleep, Little Jesus p. 47
Smiles p. 267
Stand for the Right p. 159
Stand for the Right/Dare to Do Right Medley
Stand Up p. 278
Stars Were Gleaming p. 37

T
Teach Me to Walk in the Light p. 177
Teacher, Do You Love Me? p. 178
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57
Thank Thee for Everything p. 10
Thank Thee, Father p. 24
Thanks to Our Father p. 20
Thanks to Thee p. 6
The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119
The Books in the New Testament p. 116
The Books in the Old Testament p. 114
The Chapel Doors p. 156
The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
The Dearest Names p. 208
The Eighth Article of Faith p. 127
The Eleventh Article of Faith p. 130
The Family p. 194
The Family is of God outline
The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
The First Article of Faith p. 122
The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124
The Golden Plates p. 86b
The Handcart Song p. 220
The Hearts of the Children p. 92
The Holy Ghost p. 105
The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
The Miracle
The Nativity Song p. 52
The Ninth Article of Faith p. 128
The Oxcart p. 219
The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden p. 237
The Sacrament p. 72
The Sacred Grove p. 87
The Second Article of Faith p. 122
The Seventh Article of Faith p. 126
The Shepherd's Carol p. 40
The Sixth Article of Faith p. 126
The Still Small Voice p. 106
The Tenth Article of Faith p. 128
The Third Article of Faith p. 123
The Thirteenth Article of Faith p. 132
The Twelfth Article of Faith p. 131
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281
The Word of Wisdom p. 154

162 comments:

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing this idea! Our attendance regularly fluctuates with children who can't make it consistently, or who haven't been to primary before, so it's always a challenge picking songs that anyone but me will know. :) I typically pass out copies in senior primary, but maybe I should start just posting words like this so it doesn't draw attention to anyone, and I don't feel as pressured to have them learn songs word-perfect, rather than focusing on the spirit and doctrines of the songs.

Kami said...

Makes sense. How many times have we all sung the same hymns in Sacrament meeting...but we still look at the words! I tried this last week. But, the game we were playing caused the songs to be sung in a random order. I got tired of flipping through looking for the right song. I can see how it would work perfectly if I was going in a predetermined order. I'll try it again!

Camille said...

Just a tip for flipping through the words if they'll be sung in random order - sometimes I'll put those little colored sticky tabs on the end of the page protectors and write the page number or some sort of numbering system so I can quickly get to to the right song. I've definitely thumbed through many a time - it can be a pain.

Mary said...

Love this idea. As a side note, you can find the lyrics of the songs typed out on LDS.org and copy and paste. Saves time typing it all out, just format the way you want it (size/landscape/etc.)

Camille said...

That's definitely what I do! There's no way I'd type all these out ;).

Karyn Tripp said...

This is great, thanks so much! Just an FYI the link for Jesus is Risen is broken.

Camille said...

Thank you - weird. I just corrected it!

~Camille

Renae K said...

How do you keep the binder from falling over the edge of the stand? do you put something weighty on the other side? or do you have to hold it?

Camille said...

Renae, Great question...one I never thought about before. But yes I always just have my Primary Songbook on the stand weighing down the binder so it doesn't fall off. I hope that helps.

~Camille

Karie said...

So smart!

Sarah said...

Two of our program songs aren't listed so I made my own but can't figure out what font you use.....my ocd isn't okay with them being different.

Camille said...

Hi Sarah,

I just copy and paste from the Church's text-only website. It looks like they use the Cambria font. I totally understand the OCD-ness!!

~Camille

Rebecca Breinholt said...

I tried printing off a song and it said i had to be a member in order to do that, and then i tried to copy and paste and every other word had a huge no copy symbol thing in it? Am i doing something wrong?

Ashley W. said...

That's why I don't like Scribd! I hate when bloggers upload to it. You can get all of the words to the Primary songs all typed out from lds.org - http://www.lds.org/music/text/childrens-songbook?lang=eng
Just click on the page number and you can either print straight from the church website or copy and paste into word.

Camille said...

I didn't realize this until just recently. My plan is to move everything from Scribd to Google Docs...wish I had done that from the beginning. I'm totally bugged!

Sarah V said...

I was wondering do you also do the words to your wiggle worm songs?

Camille said...

I haven't, only because they are all familiar as we sing them so often.

Amy Frei said...

Could you switch Feliz Cumpleanos over to google doc?

Amy Frei said...

Could you also do I Will Be Valiant?

Camille said...

Okay Amy, I've switched it over! Thanks!

~Camille

Camille said...

I've also added this song to the list. Thanks!

~Camille

Lise said...

I know you are trying to get all the docs switched from scribd. FYI I'm trying to be like Jesus is still in scribd.

Camille said...

Lise, thank you!! I've switched it over.

~Camille

Susan said...

Just curious what you do if the song is too long to fit on one sheet. Do you flip pages over mid-song?

Lise said...

Baptism needs switched too!

Camille said...

Hi Susan, yes - to answer your question. I try not to but with some songs, it's just inevitable. Usually a teacher will tell me to flip it over if I forget to, mid song!

~Camille

Jennifer said...

Hi Camille...I've spent the last hour perusing through your blog and copying so many of the resources you've shared here. I was just called as the primary chorister in our new ward 2 weeks ago and this Sunday is my first day to begin this new calling. I AM SCARED TO DEATH!! I am not a singer (terrible, in fact)...I can lead and read music though from playing the piano--but I am so nervous about this new calling and have had some sleepless nights worrying if I can do this.

I can't tell you what a blessing it was today to stumble onto your blog. Thank you so much for your willingness to share all this wonderful information and resources. I'm so grateful.

many blessings!
jennifer

Ellie said...

You are a genius! I love this idea.

jaordyna said...

THANK YOU!! The posting words are a HUGE help, and what a timesaver!!

April said...

Thank you so much for all of these great helps, Camille! I have quite a hefty lyrics binder, thanks to you, and my primary thanks you too :-)

Happy Happy Birthday and Have a Very Happy Birthday are the same file.....not a big deal, just thought I'd tell you :-) And some weird error shows up for "I Know My Savior Loves Me" but not any of the others....

Camille Hill said...

I fixed the birthday songs - thanks for the heads up. And I've uploaded another copy of IKMSLM and it works for the time being....fingers crossed it stays!

Joy said...

Camille, I wanted to thank you for this idea. I have been in as chorister for about 10 months and was so glad I found your blog right away. You have helped me from day one with your wonderful ideas and helps. Having the words in your binder for all to see has made a big impact with our primary workers and children. Everyone appreciates feeling more confident. Thank you again! May the Lord continue to bless you as you bless our lives.

April said...

Thank you for the help! I'm doing "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" for my Aug. pick too, and I noticed it's still on Scribd. I already copy and pasted and made my own cuz I didn't want to bother you about it, but just letting you know in case you are still trying to convert them all over. Thanks so much for your efforts, and I really like your "recap" posts for people to offer feedback on how the lesson plan went.

Camille Hill said...

Got it! If you find more, let me know!

~Camille

Julia Neukirchen said...

The Church of Jesus Christ and Jesus Said Love Everyone are both on Scribd.

Julia Neukirchen said...

The Holy Ghost is also still linked to Scribd. Thanks!

Julia Neukirchen said...

Sorry for the three posts in a row. lol Follow the Prophet is also still on Scribd. Thanks for all you do. I don't know what I would do without your blog!

Camille Hill said...

Got them swtiched, thanks Julia!

Shaun Whipple said...

Please switch over Savior please:)

Camille Hill said...

Shaun, it's updated! Thanks!

~Camille

Shaun Whipple said...

Beautiful Savior needs to be switched over please :)

Julia Neukirchen said...

Jesus Said Love Everyone is still on Scribd.

Camille Hill said...

Got everything switched over! Thanks!!

~Camille

jolee06 said...

Can I get Grandmother changed please? Thank you!

Camille Hill said...

jolee06 - I've got it switched over! Thanks for letting me know!

~Camille

Julia Neukirchen said...

"The Dearest Names" is still at Scribd.

Camille Hill said...

Thanks Julia! I got it switched.

~Camille

Julie said...

Camille, As a new Primary Chorister I am so thankful for your site, your ideas and creativity! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Amber Wade said...

Hi Camille, Just an FYI - "We Welcome You" is still on Scribd. Thanks for all your effort. It makes pulling double duty as chorister and 1st Counselor so much more manageable.

Camille Hill said...

Amber,

Switched it over -thanks!!

~Camille

Liesel Spencer said...

Would you mind adding Choose the Right Way, when you get a chance? Thanks so much!

Ashley Anne Fuller said...

If you have a chance, I would love the words to "Search, Ponder, and Pray." Thank you so much!

Camille Hill said...

Ashley,

I was so shocked to not find that one on there already - It's been added now!

Thanks!
Camille

Ashley Anne Fuller said...

Thank you so much, Camille!

Mary Ann said...

Do you have the words to I think when read that sweet story?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Mary Ann!

It's now posted!

Thanks!
Camille

Mary Ann said...

Thank you so much

Jennifer Isackson said...

Book of Mormon Stories? Please :)

Camille Hill said...

Jennifer, done!

Thanks!
~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

You're the best! And so many verses in that one. Thanks

Jennifer Isackson said...

I will try to be reverent #28

Camille Hill said...

Jennifer - done! Thanks!

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

Another one please Camille :)

30 - Our Chapel Is a Sacred Place

Thank you!

Camille Hill said...

Thanks Jennifer! It's posted - the view on this song on Google Docs is being weird but it downloaded for me fine. I hope it works for everyone else too.

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

Sorry Camille for all the requests ;) I am trying to teach more songs to the children... and they aren't common ones.

Hello, Friends #254

And that covers me until March :)

Camille Hill said...

Jennifer...bring on the songs! I like the extra push to get this list completed :).

~Camille

Trev "N" Dez said...

You could add Praise To The Man. I didn't see it on your list.

Trev "N" Dez said...

Also Reverence is love

Camille Hill said...

Hi Trev N Dez!

I've added Praise to the Man. Reverence is Love is already there :). Thanks for your help!!

~Camille

jonna said...

Thank you for generously sharing all your ideas and your documents! I love this calling and I love all the great ideas that are shared! Your blog is a valuable resource and I appreciate you so much! Hugs!

Unknown said...

I think it would be great if you could add most of the welcome songs that you sing when you have visitors as those aren't really common and nobody can sing them cuz they don't know them.

Thanks

Camille Hill said...

Hi Unknown!

I don't rotate through very many welcome songs, but would love to increase my options. Would you be specific on what songs you deem as welcome songs so I can get them added and possibly incorporate them into my singing time? Thanks for your suggestion and help!

~Camille

Unknown said...

Hi! I tried commenting a few days ago, but i don't see it, so maybe it didn't work. I wondered if you could do p 86, An Angel Came to Joseph Smith.
Thanks so much!

Camille Hill said...

Hi Unknown!

I did receive a request for this song yesterday from Tiffany - is that you? The comment was left under my "Song Index" tab. But I just got this song added. I was working on it as this comment came through :). Thanks!

~Camille

Unknown said...

Hi! Yes, thanks!! Weird that it keeps posting as unknown, ha ha :)

Megan said...

I'm trying to increase my primary's song options and this has been a great help. Hardly any of the kids seem to know "I Am Like a Star" and I can't believe it! Would you be able to add that song and "Dare to Do Right" as well?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Megan!

They are posted - thanks for helping me finish my list!!

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

I'm baaaacccckkk! ;)

Just planned my March list. Can you please add Our Door is Always Open 254, The Chapel Doors 156 and the President Monson verse for Follow the Prophet 110?

Thanks Camille

Camille Hill said...

Hi Jennifer!

Keep them coming! I just need to sit down and bang them all out...thanks for helping me!! I added the ones you requested.

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

I'm so thankful :)

Steve said...

I don't see I Wonder When He Comes Again. Thanks for all you do. You can't imagine how much help all your work is doing.

Camille Hill said...

Hi Steve!

Thank you for your comment! I've added "When He Comes Again" to the list. I can't believe that one wasn't already there!!

~Camille

Steph said...

Hey, Camille - You're singing "The Books in the New Testament" this month, but it's not on here?! What on Earth have you been doing with all of your time?? ;) (I typed it out for myself, by the way, but I thought you might want to add it to your list.) :) Thanks, as always. You are a rock star.

Camille Hill said...

Hi Steph!

Thanks for keeping me on my toes! ;).

~Camille

Dena said...

Camille - I really appreciate all your ideas and help with the bells. Easter Hosanna went over so good! Thanks for getting it to me in time for Easter. The Primary Presidency loved it so much we are adding it to the Primary sacrament program. My Primary children have loved the bells so much I have now formed a bell choir! We meet once a week and they are learning "If I Listen With My Heart" to perform during the sacrament program.
Your method is so easy and the children catch on so fast!! THANK YOU! - Dena

Celes said...

This may be a weird question but when you sing unfamiliar/new songs for the opening song do you do a quick explanation of the song or ever have the pianist play through the whole song for a long introduction?

Also, does your primary sing closing songs? I noticed you don't have them on your singing time schedules

Camille Hill said...

Hi Celes!

If the song is new or unfamiliar, my pianist will usually play it several times as our prelude. When we begin, she will just play an introduction and we'll just plow through it. The kids will read what they can and pick up the melody from me. It's not perfect, but it works and I'm able to expose them to new songs this way without taking time away from singing time.

As for closing songs, we don't do them but if we did, I'd just pick a 2nd song similar to how I do the opening - one that would match that week's theme, again being able to expose the kids to unfamiliar songs. I feel like the program songs are just beat to death all year long that I don't like singing them more than we absolutely have to!

I hope that helps some.

~Camille

Celes said...

Yes! Thank you so much :)

Laura Campbell said...

I love your site! Thanks for all the hard work you do! Can you add The Hearts of the Children?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Laura!

I've added it. Thank you for your nice comment! I'm so happy to help!!

~Camille

The Coopers said...

Thankyou so much for posting the words. I wouldn't normally sing songs they don't know well if you didn't have all the words posted.. I have printed off many songs from here so thank you!!! You have so many awesome ideas i don't know what I would do without so many creative talented ladies like you generously sharing their ideas!!

LittleBitofHeaven said...

Thank you SO much for this idea (and many others). I have suffered some memory loss issues and also have horrible eyesight. The Primary book is so tiny, I often struggle with seeing the words. I print out two copies of these songs and have one facing the kids and one facing me. On my copy, I will also mark in the corner of each song if it's 3/4 or 4/4 and I also put a dot under the word that is on the first beat.
I am wondering if you have done "The Lord Gave Me a Temple"? I didn't see it on the list.
Thank you again!!!

Camille Hill said...

Hi LittleBitofHeaven!

When I do the program in the fall, I also do exactly what you do with words both facing out and facing me. It has really simplified conducting. I've added "The Lord Gave me a Temple." I'm always amazed when ones like this pop up that I don't have words for! Thanks for helping me to complete my list. It makes me happy to hear that my effort isn't in vain!

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

I have another to add to your list Camille :)

I Pledge Myself to Love the Right #161

Thank you :)

Camille Hill said...

Hi Jennifer - done!

~Camille

Monica said...

Just wondering where you stand for the program if you are using the words

Camille Hill said...

Hi Monica!

My regular kids pretty much KNOW the program songs by heart. It's my irregular kids that I post the words for so I always post words, regardless of how well-known they are by the primary as a whole. If I am able to help the semi-active kid(s) feel included by posting the words, it's worth it to me, even if all the kids end up reading them when we perform. So in short, I always post words during the program.

I know a few other choristers who disagree with me and want everything sung from memory so to each their own. You just have to decide what is best for your primary. I hope that helps!

~Camille

Monica said...
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Monica said...

That is great I think it helps.. We all use the hymn book when we sing ... but I was wondering as far as do you stand in front of the pulpit so they can see the words or where do you physically stand? May be a silly question

Camille Hill said...

Monica, not a silly question at all! I know all chapels are a bit different, but I usually sit on the front middle pew/bench off to the side toward the piano and when it's time to sing, I stand on a riser we have (about 6 inches, maybe 1 foot tall) and raise the stand up so it sits right above the privacy wall so the kids can read it from the choir seats. It's a little higher than I normally would have it but it's still fine.

Sharla said...

Thank you so much for all you do to help the Primary Program! You're amazing!! Could you please add
Heroes of the Scriptures ~Friend June 1998
Thank you again! I really appreciate all your work! :D

Alysia said...

Camille, you've been a great resource for me this year! Thanks for all you do! Could you add the words for The Miracle and Gethsemane? I really want to teach those songs to my primary for next year. Thanks!

Camille Hill said...

Hi Sharla! It's now posted. Thanks!

~Camille

Camille Hill said...

Hi Alysia!

Can you get me the links or lyrics to these songs that I can copy and paste? Thanks!

~Camille

Alysia said...

I couldn't find a link for just the lyrics, so I typed them up in a goggle doc. If you can tell me how to share it with you, I'd be glad to!

Thanks,
Alysia

Meagan Johnston said...

Can you do Thank Thee, Father on pg. 24 for the Thanksgiving story please?

Meagan Johnston said...

Also Thanks to Thee?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Meagan!

I've added both of those. Thanks!

~Camille

Heather said...

Hi Camille!
You have no idea how much I LOVE your blog! Seriously, Ive only been doing this for a few weeks now, but you have already saved me so much time! Thank you for being willing to share so much information with us.

Tomorrow I'm planning to do your "sing a story" for thanksgiving coming up. I would wait a few more weeks, but we are going to need to start doing Christmas songs since we are singing at the ward party on the 10th. :)
Anyway, there are a number of songs that Im pretty sure my kids are unfamiliar with. I'm planning to post the words for the senior primary, but Im just curious how this works in Junior primary. Do you still post the words even though most of them can't read them? Do you go over the words briefly with the younger ones before you sing? Just trying to figure out the best way to handle the songs that they aren't familiar with. If you could let me know your awesome ways that would be amazing!
Thanks again for all you do!
Heather

Camille Hill said...

Hi Heather!

I always still post words regardless of my audience. I've found that a few of the kindergarteners and most of the 1st graders in Jr. can read - that's almost half the Jr. primary. The words also help the teachers sing (a HUGE bonus so I'm not singing a solo every week). Since the youngest kids (usually just the sunbeams and CTR 4/5's) can't read, sometimes I'll pass out simple props for them to hold and they can listen for certain words and raise their prop/stick as they hear the words or I'll make up actions as we go along and ask them to follow me. Or echoing works well with them - you sing a line and they sing it back to you (that works well if you have a puppet of some sort).

Honestly, I don't focus tons of my attention on getting the little kids to sing. Even if they KNEW the words, they probably wouldn't sing anyway ;). My goal with them is just to familiarize them to the songs. They will pick up what they can but I'd cater to the older kids who you know will help carry the volume when you perform.

I hope that helps some. If you still have more questions, please let me know.

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

Shepherd's Carol #40 please :)

Jennifer Isackson said...

lol, nevermind it was under THE... thanks Camille

Tammy said...

Hi Camille - You are so wonderful and I am so thankful for all the terrific and spirit filled ideas and activities you have on your site! I use them all the time. You are my "go-to" girl for Primary singing time. I wanted to share "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man" word post here with you so you can include it in your library. Here's the link...
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5SLrBhUXXJDT21VLWJoZ1hOZ2c

Again thank you for everything- you are a ROCK STAR!

Tammy Christiansen

alyse said...

Are you going to write up the words for "Choose the Right" from the hymnbook? If so, I'd love to get them :) Thank you for everything you do.

Camille Hill said...

Hi Alyse!

I've added it!

~Camille

The Auction Guru said...

Hi Camille,

I absolutely LOVE your blog! I use it every weekend to get ready for Primary Singing Time on Sunday. Could you please add the words to the following songs? "I Know My Savior Lives" and "I Know the Scriptures are True"?

Thanks!!

Jennifer Isackson said...

Jesus Once was a Little Child please :)

Camille Hill said...

I think the songs you are looking for are "I Know That My Savior Loves Me" and "Search, Ponder and Pray" both of which are posted above. If I am incorrect, please let me know.

~Camille

Camille Hill said...

Hi Jennifer, it's now added. Thank you!

~Camille

Jennifer Isackson said...

Thanks!!!! Happy New Year!

Melanie Bentz said...

I tried this one Sunday and I felt kind of clumsy doing this. Between trying to lead, doing hand motions for our younger kids, and flipping the pages of the posted words, I was having a hard time keeping up. Any suggestions? We have a combined primary so I can't just rely on posting words with younger kids.

Camille Hill said...

Hi Melanie,

I post the words in Jr mostly for the teachers and the older kids who can read (which in my primary is over half of the kids). When I'm working on teaching a new song, I may or may not post the words to that song. Usually I only work on one (maybe 2) verse/chorus per week and with this format, I wouldn't need to flip many pages while I'm teaching.

What works for me won't work for everyone. You'll find your grove and figure out your own style. You may find that you don't like posting the words at all and that's okay.

~Camille

Justin and Heidi Culbertson said...

Hi Melanie (and anyone else with a similar question),

I was feeling like I had to be really organized about which songs I was going to display and put them on the lighter end of the binder, in fear the binder would fall off the stand! :o)

Around Christmas time, when we were singing a bunch of unfamiliar songs, I found success in using push pins to display 1-3 songs on the bulletin board all at once. Before singing, I would point to which song (row of pages) we were going to sing.

Now, I don't have too many that I need to display in this way (because we are doing ASL, or I have a flip chart, or other activity), but I like doing the bulletin board method for an unfamiliar opening song.

I have thought about anchoring my binder with heavy-duty binder clips or a super thick rubber band. :o)

I agree with Camille, you definitely will find your own style. :o)

Camille Hill said...

Hi Justin & Heidi Culbertson! Thank you for your added response and description of how to vary the use of posting words! I'm glad you've been able to find something to work for you and hope it can help others as well!!

~Camille

Ashley Spilker said...

Looking for I Know My Father Lives, am
I missing it? Thanks! You are amazing!

Camille Hill said...

Hi Ashley,

Can't believe that one wasn't up there - I've posted it now. Thanks!

~Camille

benandkatiesmith said...

Do you have The Wise Man and the Foolish Man?

Camille Hill said...

Hi benandkatiesmith!

I've added it, thanks!

~Camille

Anna Lisa said...

Can you add Rain is Falling? And a Snow is Falling for a 2nd page?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Anna Lisa!

I've got it added including the 2nd verse. Thanks!

~Camille

Kristie said...

As a newer primary chorister who is struggling to love my calling right now.... I appreciate all your hard work. Hoping tomorrow is better than previous weeks have been. Thank you!!

crescent said...

Can you add "Holding Hands Around the World" found in the additional songs for primary children? Thank you so much for sharing your work so freely!

Camille Hill said...

Hi crescent!

I've added Holding Hands Around the World. Thanks!!

~Camille

crescent said...

Thank you! Can you also add "In the Leafy Treetops"?

Julie Austin said...

Camille,

Thanks SO much for all your help! I love your site and all your creative ideas. Would you be willing to post the words to "I Wonder When He Comes Again?" Our primary will be singing this for Easter.

THANK YOU

Camille Hill said...

crescent, I've added "In the Leafy Treetops."

Julie Austin, the title to the song you are looking for is "When He Comes Again" under the W section above. I hope that helps.

~Camille

crescent said...

Thank you for your help!

Ashley Spilker said...

Looking for The Still Small Voice and I'm Glad to Pay a Tithing?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Ashley...got them added :). Thanks!

~Camille

crescent said...

Can you post "My Eternal Family". I appreciate you taking the time to share your work with others.

Camille Hill said...

Hi crescent, I've added it. Thanks!

~Camille

stacy conley said...

Wondering if you could add Choose Him Again? Please and thank you!

Mommy West said...

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing ideas and hard work! Your site has given me lots of ideas and idea starters and I'm so grateful! Just got done printing off the words to the songs we're going to do tomorrow using your "Getting Ready For Easter" idea. I think the kids will really like it, and I was so excited to find the words formatted so we can sing some less-familiar music. Thanks again!

Camille Hill said...

Hi stacy,

I've added "Choose Him Again" to the list. However, since I don't own a copy of the song, I used a flip chart someone else posted to obtain the words so I hope it's accurate. If there are any mistakes, please let me know.

Thanks!
~Camille

Wendy Hale said...

Just a suggestion because I made my first binder of about 6-8 songs for Easter then dropped the binder and scattered all of the songs. I really wish I had labeled the title on each page and the page # would have helped. Live and Learn. Thank you for all the work and expertise.

Camille Hill said...

Hi Wendy! Sorry for the dropped songs - I've done it plenty of times! Thank you for the tip. I write the name/page number/verse on the backside of each page with a pencil. I've updated my post to include that detail. Thank you for bringing it to my attention that I didn't have that information mentioned.

~Camille

Sara said...

Wonderful ideas, tips and resources! Thanks for being willing to share! Dare to Do Right has a typo at the bottom of the 1st page: Dare to e true

Camille Hill said...

Hi Sara - thank you for catching that! I've corrected it.

~Camille

Laura Leiter said...

Is there a way that you could compile all these into one document? Then I would just have to click print once and be done. I do recognize the scope of what I am asking. But, it would make it so convenient!

Camille Hill said...

Hi Laura!

I completely understand why you are asking but there are a few problems I'm foreseeing with this request...there is no way that I'd be able to upload a PDF file that large. Also, I'm continually adding individual songs to this list. Every time I add a new song, I'd have to edit the huge master list and re-upload it. The task just wouldn't be worth the effort. I'm sorry, I wish I could help you further!

~Camille

crescent said...

I have a few songs I would love to have the text for
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
I wiggle
Smiles
Stand up
My hands

Thank you for your efforts, I appreciate the work you do 😊

Camille Hill said...

Hi crescent,

I've added them all - thanks!

~Camille

LuAnn said...

Thank you for your ideas and resources! When I print the songs for my binder, they are not printing as landscape. They print in portrait which is too small to read and does not work with the binder method you share.

Do you have suggestions for me?

thank you!

Camille Hill said...

Hi LuAnn,

Have you tried changing your printer settings to landscape before you print?

~Camille

Sara said...

Thank you for sharing! Can you add the 4th verse of "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" please?

Camille Hill said...

Hi Sara,

I'm not aware of a 4th verse, all I know is what's here:

https://www.lds.org/friend/1993/10/if-the-savior-stood-beside-me?lang=eng

Can you direct me somewhere that has a 4th verse and I'll add it for you?

~Camille

Danielle said...

I love these so much! Thank you! Do you think you could post "build an ark" (From the friend) https://www.lds.org/friend/2010/09/build-an-ark?lang=eng

Camille Hill said...

Hi Danielle!

I've added "Build an Ark" to the list above - and thank you for providing the link!

~Camille

Kristina Bills said...

Do you have a document that has all of these songs? I want to just print them all off now, so I can use them over the years

Kristina Bills said...

Remember the Sabbath Day would be awesome!

Camille Hill said...

Hi Kristina,

I've added Remember the Sabbath Day.

As for a big document that has all of these - I don't have that for 2 reasons: I'm continually adding songs so it would be a big project to keep the document always up-to-date.
Secondly, I can't upload that large of a document.

Sorry about that!

~Camille

Jen said...

Thank you so very much for sharing your talent and ideas. This has been such a wonderful resource and have given me so many ideas. Thank you, thank you, for taking the time to share!