Sunday, August 28, 2016

September 2016 Singing Time Plans

Here are my Singing Time plans for September 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!

September 11 is our Stake Conference!

Opening Song: I Hope They Call Me On a Mission
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello (with flags)
Birthday Song: Your Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #10

Sharing Time Song: I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Sing a Song; Father, I Will Reverent Be

Main Songs:

Build an Ice Cream Cone (post coming)

Grandparent's Day

I love my grandparents, and I miss the ones who have passed on. I don't know many people who don't love, appreciate, or miss their grandparents--biological, adopted, or otherwise. When we get a chance to sing to extended family, I jump on it!

We're going to sing "Grandmother," and we'll sing to our grandmothers the first verse and our grandfathers the second verse. To learn the song, we'll use simple motions and include it as part of our Family Olympics Singing Time today. It'll be the opening ceremony song while the "judges" (Primary Presidency) ready their scorecards (dry erase boards).

Have you taught this song before? If so, how? If not, have you picked a different song for Grandparents' Day, or are you focusing on the Primary Program?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Family Olympics

We're having an Olympic-themed Singing Time on the 28th of August, but it'll be pretty low key as I'll still be recovering from my tympanoplasty (eardrum) surgery on the 19th.

Here's the breakdown:
  • TORCH: a flashlight, paper towel tube, black construction paper, tape, and tissue paper.
  • OPENING CEREMONY SONG: "Grandmother," substitute for word "grandfather" in second verse
  • INDIVIDUAL EVENT: "Quickly I'll Obey," pass torch from child to child, repeat song if needed until every child has had a chance to hold the torch
  • TEAM EVENT: "When We're Helping," each primary class chooses a different chore/activity/event, etc. to substitute for word "helping" ("When we're vacuuming, we're happy...)
  • CELEBRATORY/GOLD MEDAL SONG: "We Are a Happy Family," gold coins may be edible chocolate coins in gold foil or a printed/laminated medal for Fast Sundays
  • SCORECARDS: dry erase cards filled out by Primary Presidency
Here are two pictures of my homemade torch:

Have you done an Olympics-themed Singing Time? Tell me about it! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ping Pong Sing A Song

Learning the first verse of "We'll Bring the World His Truth" was easy--most of the kids already knew it. But the second and third verses? Well, we might just have to play Ping Pong Sing A Song!

What an amazing idea shared on the LDS Primary Chorister's page.

For junior primary, I'll do a few words at a time, but I'll do one word at a time for senior primary.

Wonder where I could find some cheap ping pong paddles to use? Maybe I could color and use paper plates with tongue depressors for handles? :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Super Singer Badges

These badges are a great motivational tool to get kids singing or reward those who sing all the songs/use enthusiasm/are really trying. 

I printed, laminated, and cut out the badges. During any part of any song in Opening Exercises or Singing Time, I pass out the badges. A badge gets the primary child a reward that (if edible) cannot be "partaken of" until after church, like small, individually-wrapped candies or lollipops. On Fast Sundays, I use non-edibles, like pencils or stickers.

I do not believe that every child should get one every Sunday just for trying or being cute or because he/she is my favorite. Some kids refuse to sing, whether scared or shy or rude. Others can have the best enthusiasm while singing, but the worst attitude right before or after singing. I dish these out on a very limited basis. It must truly be earned, and I remind the primary kids that just because they didn't get one doesn't mean they didn't do a good enough job to earn one. :)

Do you use any kind of motivators? I'd love to build up my repertoire!