Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Primary Program: We'll Bring the World His Truth (Army of Helman)


Our songs for August - "I Love to See the Temple" and "The Lord Gave Me a Temple" - we already learned, so we're getting a head start on the next song: "We'll Bring the World His Truth."


I had so much fun teaching the first verse of this song this past Sunday, and I know that learning the next two verses will be just as entertaining.


Since the primary children already knew this verse, we focused more on confirming we were saying the right words and then on having fun!

I have a gallon-size Ziploc bag of double-sided hand signs that I let the primary kids pick from, including soft/loud, fast/slow, piano only/a capella, boys/girls, teachers only/kids only, etc. After a child came up to pick a piece of Armor of God from a trash bag to put on the volunteer (my husband), they could blindly pick a hand sign from a gallon-size Ziploc bag and that's how we'd sing the song.



My son, modeling the Armor of God. In his pajamas.

The kids LOVED singing the song this way. To learn the next two verses - one this Sunday and the third verse on the 21st along with a whole-song review - we'll learn and sing 1-2 phrases at a time and then sing it again with a hand sign before learning the next 1-2 phrases. :)

How are you teaching your primary this song?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

August 2016 Singing Time Plans

Here are my Singing Time plans for August 2016 (subject to change). The links are listed after each Sunday's planner picture.

And if you like these planner pages, you can get them in this planner byMyComputerIsMyCanvas! They're an absolute lifesaver!








FOR THE MONTH
Opening Song: Hum Your Favorite Hymn
Welcome Song: Our Door Is Always Open
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday - (SP) is for Spanish, but let's switch it to French! We're going to sing "Bon anniversaire" in place of the words "happy, happy birthday"
Article of Faith: #13

Sharing Time Song: Golden Plates - use simple motions 
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Truth From Elijah - use tactile motions (snapping, stomping, clapping, etc.)

Grandmother - use simple motions, part of Family Olympics
Quickly I'll Obey - part of Family Olympics, individual competition
We are a Happy Family - part of Family Olympics, individual competition
When We're Helping - part of Family Olympics, team competition

Sunday, July 17, 2016

2016 Primary Program: The Lord Gave Me a Temple

I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE

I'm going to use this "melody map" to introduce a lesser-known song about temples, pg. 153 "The Lord Gave Me a Temple." At first, every note of the song that I cut out based on beat length was also a different color of construction paper, but I quickly realized that was too complicated. Here's what I got:


The longer the paper strip, the longer the beat length. The shorter the paper strip...you get it. :) A visual representation of the notes, their lengths, and their place in comparison to the paper strip notes on each side helps the kids understand the highs and lows of the song and what to expect next. I drew black lines that connect the pieces to help kids follow along even better, too.

Here is my fishing set:


I was lucky enough to match construction paper to the fishing set pieces! The kids will fish for a piece, and I'll pull out 1-2 pieces of matching construction paper slips from a bag. The slips (shown above, under the fishing set pieces) have certain words from both verses written on them (shown below). The words will match to certain parts of the song.



How are you choosing to teach this song?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Melody Map

I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE

I've seen several posts about melody mapping a song, so here I go to try it!

I'm going to use this "melody map" to introduce a lesser-known song about temples, pg. 153 "The Lord Gave Me a Temple." At first, every note of the song that I cut out based on beat length was also a different color of construction paper, but I quickly realized that was too complicated. Here's what I got:


The longer the paper strip, the longer the beat length. The shorter the paper strip...you get it. :) A visual representation of the notes, their lengths, and their place in comparison to the paper strip notes on each side helps the kids understand the highs and lows of the song and what to expect next. I drew black lines that connect the pieces to help kids follow along even better, too.

What do you think of melody maps?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 Primary Program: I Love to See the Temple


We are learning "I Love to See the Temple" starting today. We'll learn verse 1 today - although most of the kids probably know this line already - and verse 2 next Sunday. We'll sing through both verses on the 17th for a review.

In order to solidify the learning process, I had planned to use a Build a Temple File Folder game by GreenJelloWithCarrot, but I'm rescheduling it for the 17th, after we've learned both verses. Instead, today we'll use this spinner by SusanFitchDesign I found on Etsy.


I printed it off (per the instructions) on cardstock, laminated it, and made a very makeshift, rough spinner using an old pizza pan, a small but strong metal hook, and a baby-proofing cabinet lock. Here it is:



My primary LOVES the spinner!!! Three times they spun "every other word," made funnier by the "woes" of the first counselor--a tough but good challenge for kids and adults alike. They got to stand on their chairs for one of the sing-throughs, but I set the ground rules before they could move: get help getting on the chair if you need help, don't move around once you're standing up, and you have to sing or you can't participate. They totally followed the rules. I only had to remind one kid! :)

How did you teach this song to your Primary kids?