Friday, December 30, 2016

January 2017 Singing Time Plans

DETAILS!!!

Here are the details for my January 2017 Singing Time Plans week by week.


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"As A Child of God" link

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January 1
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello w/ flags
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #2, 11
Closing Song: I Will Follow God's Plan

Sharing Time Song: I Am A Child of God
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Do As I'm Doing

Activities:
SNOWBALL SONGS
Lisa Frandsen Stonehocker: "Each kid writes their favorite primary song on a half sheet of paper and then they wrinkle it up into a ball. The Bishopric member then had the back row throw their snowballs at him. He chose one off the floor and everyone sang that song. He repeated the process with each row. The kids thought it was so great to throw things at the Bishopric. And apparently the Bishopric had a lot of fun with it too."

NOTES: Have a back-up in case your first choice for Bishopric member suddenly cannot attend. Have the teachers and primary presidency help children in junior primary write their songs on the paper. For my version, list last year's primary program songs on the board so they can choose from those songs, too.

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January 8--FAST SUNDAY
Opening Song: Teach Me To Walk in the Light
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello w/ flags
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #2, 11
Closing Song: Teach Me To Walk in the Light

Sharing Time Song: I Am A Child of God
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Do As I'm Doing

Activities:
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?


NOTES: For my version, we will sing the first phrase of "As A Child of God." Then, 5 reverent or super singers come up to the board to draw whichever snowman piece we get after I roll the dice. The kids sit down, we sing the next phrase, and then 5 different reverent or super singers come up to add to the snowman based on my next roll. The kids sit down. Next, we sing both phrases we just learned, have 5 more reverent or super singers come up and add more to the snowmen after my third roll. Continue until the first verse (and the ASL for the chorus) has been learned and sung (and signed). Sing the song over and over and add more to the snowman until the snowman is complete.

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January 15
Opening Song: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello w/ flags
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #2, 11
Closing Song: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus

Sharing Time Song: I Am A Child of God
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Do As I'm Doing

Activities:
SNOWFLAKE LEARN A VERSE
Original idea

NOTES: Review the first verse of "As A Child of God." Print, laminate, and cut out snowflake clipart. On the back of each snowflake, have a phrase from the second verse. Choose 2 unsure or shy singers at a time to pick snowflakes off the table. Flip over the snowflakes to reveal the song parts, and use magnets to hold them up on the dry erase board. Have the children repeat the phrases by speaking first and then singing. For junior primary, I will put the snowflakes in order. For senior primary, they guess the order. When the song is complete, review the words in order, and then sing through the second verse, using ASL during the chorus, too.

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January 22
Opening Song: Listen, Listen
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello w/ flags
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #2, 11
Closing Song: Listen, Listen

Sharing Time SongI Will Follow God's Plan
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Do As I'm Doing

Activities:
SINGING THERMOMETER W/ METRONOME
Caitlin Heideman Walther: "I have done lets check our "tempo-ture" I had a bag with numbers for tempo and had a kid draw one and I also had a metronome and would let another kid turn the dial and turn the clicking on. I also had red paper with the tempo terms to put on the thermometer (Largo, Allegro etc..so they learned which term goes with the numbers) Then we would sing the song at the tempo they drew, so sometimes it would be really fast and sometimes really slow, or sometimes just right. It maybe sounds complicated but the kids really liked it. Especially adjusting the metronome for some reason."

NOTES: I'll use this singing thermometer and my great-grandmother's metronome, gifted to me last year from my mother's parents. We will repeat and sing each individual phrase of verse 3 of "As A Child of God" until we have sung the whole verse (using ASL for the chorus, too). One child will choose a metronome tempo, and one teacher or presidency member will determine the "tempo-ature" for the thermometer. The goal is to know the song well enough to reach the highest thermometer temperature at (almost) any metronome tempo!

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January 29
Opening Song: I Need My Heavenly Father
Welcome Song: Hello, Hello w/ flags
Birthday Song: Happy, Happy Birthday
Article of Faith: #2, 11
Closing Song: I Need My Heavenly Father

Sharing Time SongHum Your Favorite Hymn
Wiggle/Reverence Song: Do As I'm Doing

Activities:
WORD BY WORD SINGING AND HOT/COLD
Original idea

NOTES: Using a chorister baton, go up and down each row, pointing one at a time to each child. The first child says the first word to the first verse of the song "As A Child of God"; the second child says the second word, and so on. For junior primary, teachers or the child immediately to his/her right can help the child stuck on which word comes next. For senior primary, only I can help the child. First time through, go through the song focusing on the words. Second and consecutive times, sing it word by word, child by child. After ending each verse, whichever child would have had the next word gets to do the hot/cold with the musical note. Hide the musical note somewhere easier for juniors and harder for seniors. The primary sings the same song from the word by word singing activity, singing quieter as the child walks farther away from the hidden musical note and louder as the child gets closer to the hidden musical note.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Singing Time Plans - Week by Week Details

DETAILS!!!

Here are the details for my 2017 Singing Time Plans week by week. **NOTE: this page will be constantly under construction for another week, so don't worry if you can't access it for a bit! :)


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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Would You Rather...? Game


Would you rather wear an ugly Christmas sweater every day for one year or live with the Abominable Snowman for one week?

Last Sunday and today, we've played the "Would You Rather...?" game, and the kids loved it!!!

I found a Christmas version of the game which made it even more worthwhile.

Here's the copy I found: Christmas "Would You Rather"

1. Ask the primary children a "Would You Rather" question.
2. Have children move to one side or the other of the room based on their responses.
3. Call on a reverent child from one side of the room to come up to the front of the room.
4. Ask him/her to pick either heads or tails.
5. Flip a coin.
6. If the coin side is the same as the child's answer, his/her side sings the song. If the coin side doesn't match, the other side of the room sings the song.
7. Repeat.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Singing Time Plans - OUTLINE


Are you ready for next year's Singing Times? If not, help is on the way! Shown below is my entire outline for 2017, including special occasion songs, program songs, and more. Feel free to change a song out for one of your own. I really try to teach just one verse per Sunday, but spring and summer get a little busy.

The links for all the non-Children's Songbook songs are listed below, too. Enjoy!













As A Child of God
If The Savior Stood Beside Me (ITSSBM)
I Knew My Father Knew
Whenever I Have To Choose
Christmas Day