Sunday, November 29, 2015
The above picture seems to accurately represent primary children the morning after a "full moon." You know what I'm talking about: the imaginary full moon that we often blame for the irreverent, boisterous behavior that no one can control. But, even on those good Sundays, it may still be hard for our youngest audience members to pay attention, grasp the meaning of what we choristers are trying to accomplish, or even sing a few notes because they're so shy and quiet.
We learn the Articles of Faith each year, aligning one (or two) per month, according to the topics. But how can we help those littlest Sunbeams to learn all 13? Here's a great help I found on Pinterest. I printed the pages off back-to-back and give the page(s) for that Sunday's Article to their teacher. He/she helps the Sunbeams follow along. Even if they don't sing, it gives them something to look at while the rest of us follow the words on the small posterboard.
Isn't that amazing?? Go to Emilie's website - A Year of FHE - and download them all. Give it a try: I'd love to hear if it worked for you, or if you tried any other methods! :)
Sunday, November 22, 2015
So I found this pin on Pinterest, but instead of using the cards on dice, switching them out for different cards every now and then, I decided to use them as flip cards on a table surface.
Website: Notes From a Novice Primary Music Leader
The link above shows pictures of what the flip cards look like. I printed off and laminated them, and I flip them all over on a table surface. One at a time, I call on reverent children to come up and flip one over. We'll buzz like a bee, ooooooo like a ghost, hum, jump up and down, or whatever else the card may say.
It's been an awesome success! Give it a try, and let me know how it worked for you!
***Thanks to the unnamed sister who posted this on her blog--great idea and great job!***
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I was called to be my ward's Primary Chorister on September 20, 2015
The Primary Program was November 8, 2015.
Uh, say what?!
I jumped in wholeheartedly to fulfill this calling, which meant learning the songs that didn't come in the Children's Hymnbook, including one with ASL.
I love ASL. I know about 20 words and have taught my children those same words. Slowly, I'm increasing my knowledge of ASL, as someday I may need to know the entire language.
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." Victor Hugo
You see, I wear hearing aids.
Not all the time. I have 3 kids - ages 7, 2, and 1 - and it's nice to pretend their fights and cries are much quieter than they really are. ;)
Anyway, wearing hearing aids during Primary has its ups and downs, and I've explained the situation to the children. I had a pretty typical response - "You wear hearing aids?" - and it hasn't been too much of an issue. All of these years with hearing loss, I learned to cope simply by speaking louder and asking people to repeat themselves if I couldn't hear them.
Now, I get to teach music. With hearing loss.
God gave me a gift, and life gave me a trial. Time to "put my shoulder to the wheel" and "push along." I can do this! :)
Friday, November 13, 2015
The Primary Program was a huge success! But, what made it even more worth it was this post by friend in my ward. She has 4 daughters, the oldest 3 of which are in my primary. I've always loved singing primary songs throughout the week, especially ones that come by inspiration, like some I haven't sung since I was in primary.
She wrote the following on her Facebook page:
After reading the words, instead of singing them, the words hit me. I had taught the primary kids the message and meaning of the song, but had I learned and applied it myself? Such words really helped me to remember that part of my calling is to keep my faith and continue building my testimony, just as it's my calling to help the primary kids plant their seeds of faith and build their own testimonies. <3
Sunday, November 1, 2015
There's (almost) nothing more fun than pitting boys against girls when singing, especially with my primary kids. There are, as usual, fewer boys, but I have a few boys in particular that are especially good at singing--and especially determined to sing louder and better than the girls.
Knowing this, I decided to make copies of, color, and laminate the girl and boy faces from pages 6-7 of Sing A Song: Activity & Idea Book, Volume 1 by Finch Family Games, created and illustrated by Karen Finch. My mom had several Finch books in her musical repertoire. I remember the distinctive features of the circular noses, small eyes, and awesome smiles with the 90s-like outfits.
Here are my results:
Super cute, huh? I've also bought Volume 2. Thanks to the Finch family for producing awesome materials over so many years!!!