Sunday, December 6, 2015

Word by Word Singing


This may not be an activity that will work well with very small primaries, if most of the children are in junior primary, or if they are super silent singers, unless they really know the words well. However, it could open them up to singing. :)

It requires no material making, no planning, no shopping, and no printing or laminating. The children definitely need to pay attention. Make sure you keep their attention during this game. It's important that the room stay somewhat quiet, especially if the children are quiet or silent singers.

Inform the children of which song they are practicing. Depending on the difficulty of the song, start with either the Sunbeams or CTR 7. Using a chorister wand or other decorated stick, point to the first child. He/she should give the first word of the song, and each child afterward gives a subsequent word of the song. You should not be singing, only speaking the words. When you come to a child that cannot name the next word, everyone sings the song up to that point. See if the child can then name the word. If the child is still stuck, he/she can ask a fellow friend for help. Once the right answer is given, make sure the primary child that was stuck on the word repeats the word 2-3 times, and then continue on until the end of the song. Finally, everyone sings the song together.

I hope to upload a video soon which would give a better explanation of this game.

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

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