Monday, May 16, 2016

Singing Time Ideas May 2016


Singing Time Ideas May 2016 - Here I am in my element; teaching little kids how to sing and have fun. I pull sticks out of the can to be sure each child has a chance to come up and participate in the singing time games....

I use lots of these  "HUM and WHISTLE" signs on sticks so I can call on kids to come up and help me lead the singing in fun ways....

Here is another fun idea using little signs I made up that look like stars. We hold about 8 of these up around the room while singing "I am Like a Star Shining Brightly" as everybody  does the hand motions opening and closing their fingers like blinking stars.

I teach school and my motto has always been; if I'm bored, the kids are going to be bored too. Don't be BORING!  Try new activities all the time. Play a game, do a dance, have the kids march in place or throw snowballs at you. Do fun activities along with teaching the songs. I hope I never got stale. I always wanted to do fresh, fun things to get the kids involved.
Try a game of Going Fishing using each fish as a song (list songs in washable marker on the back) or you could use them to write small questions and tape them to the backs of the laminated fish. The pole is just a dowel with string and magnet.

The other thing is to always bring the spirit into the singing time. The songs most often do it themselves. But I always taught lessons along with the songs. I would bear my testimony about my work in the temple. I would tell the kids about how important it is to include others and be nice at school with stories of things I had seen that made me sad.
I have made dozens of these kinds of things where you pull a string on the back and the thing grows, or goes up as they do a great job singing.....they are always delightful fun. Try a rocket blasting off, a thermometer going up in red, etc. 

I encouraged them all the time that they could make a difference in their own families by instigating kindness  or exhibiting helpfulness to their siblings and parents.

You can't tell from this picture but the red tongue goes up as the kids sing louder or better. It is a funny one with the furry red head of hair on Lester. 

I would try to repeat things that were spoken about in the sharing time lessons when I had inspirations. The singing time is primarily a teaching time. So make it so.
I use lots of pictures and visual aids to go with all my songs. My favorite method to teach a new song is finding a flip book from Sugardoodle with words to go with pictures. 

If you'd like a few cute conducting ideas to keep the kids learning and interested, check out these posts by some music experts in the trenches of Primary Music. Teaching kids how to conduct is always fun too. And if you don't know how, just read some expert blogs and copy them!

Here are a few ideas on leading singing from some experts in the field.....


Leading Sticks by Brooke Wakefield on Sugardoodle
It's All in the Hands by Ali Katherman on Sugardoodle
A Conducting Wand on Sugardoodle
Conducting Elephant by Tifany Hoecherl on Sugardoodle

Pioneer Day is right around the corner. Get a few songs ready now for doing a fun activity for teaching kids about Pioneers. You could get a pioneer bonnet sewed up if you start now!

Looking forward to a great summer just around the corner. I only have a few weeks of school left and then I get the WHOLE SUMMER OFF! I'm transitioning from a year round school to a traditional schedule. So I'll have a LOT more time to do my family tree's genealogy.
Happy Spring!



Thursday, November 26, 2015

December Primary Singing Time

 I have always done some Christmas songs and performed them in Sacrament meeting when I was a primary chorister during all 4 times I have had the calling. Christmas music brings the spirit into the meeting every single time it is sung. But to have little children singing songs of the Savior's birth, well, that adds a special feeling all its own. And you can use some pretty tone bells, or get one of the kids to play their violin in a simple way. These things add so much to the meeting. 

Or you could Borrow a few resonator bells from your neighborhood elementary school for the older kids to chime to the beat. It will add a lot to the songs to have bells chiming, especially during the song Christmas Bells are Ringing, one of my favorites.
Christmas Bells are Ringing Flipchart at Sugardoodle! 
Or you can buy one of these xylophones that are a total STEAL at $20 bucks. I have used these for years in my classroom and primary presentations AND school musical productions. They are very high quality and pretty tough even with all the kid use they've gotten. I love them and have 3 of them. I highly recommend them. They come in a cool case with 2 little mallets. 


I use both of these types of musical instruments in my classroom and I used them often as a chorister. The kids LOVED to come up and use the mallets and keep percussion during singing time.




December Primary Singing Time songs.
I just wanted to share that I found a bunch of my relatives on Family Search.com and my hubs and I went to the Draper, Utah temple and did baptisms for them. It was neat to have my hubs baptize me and do the confirmations too. I loved being there.

We both used to be temple ordinance workers for 3 years when that temple first opened and before that were ordinance workers at the Jordan River Temple. I miss it. There is no place like being in that peaceful, otherworldly place.
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It is always fun to have the children singing in sacrament meeting sometime in December. You can choose easy songs to teach so they memorize them quickly. I loved to do CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING and AWAY IN A MANGER because they were both so easy to learn. 
  Picture a Christmas Song When Joseph Went to Bethlehem Song

 But I've also done PICTURE A CHRISTMAS and WHEN JOSEPH WENT TO BETHLEHEM too. It's not too late! Do a Christmas number. The parents love it and it special music always adds to the spirit of the meeting.


  "You are called of God. The Lord knows you. He knows whom He would have serve in every position in His Church. He chose you. He has prepared a way so that He could issue your call.You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands. His work is to bless His Father's spirit children with the opportunity to choose eternal life. So, your calling is to bless lives.There will be times when you will feel overwhelmed. One of the ways you will be attacked is with the feeling that you are inadequate. But you have access to more than your natural capacities, and you do not work alone. The Lord will magnify what you say and what you do in the eyes of the people you serve."
Pres. Eyring
This is why Pres. Eyering is my very favorite. He was my Ricks College President back in the day when I was in my very first year of college. That was a long time ago!!. He was so kind and loving then and he is just as nice now. 

If you ever feel overwhelmed or inadequate in your calling, come back and read this again. It simply makes me feel joyful. So for December Primary Singing Time, sing songs that make you joyful!

Enjoy the beautiful music of Christmas this December. And enjoy getting ready for the holidays.
Our family Nativity a few years ago at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Remember the reason for the season amidst all the shopping and gift giving. He gave us the greatest gift of all, his life and Atonement.
Our family Nativity a few years ago at Grandma and Grandpa's house. HERE is a copy of my Program that we do. Remember the reason for the season amidst all the shopping and gift giving. He gave us the greatest gift of all, his life and Atonement. Enjoy the beautiful music of Christmas this month.It is fun to get the adults involved in the nativities too.December Primary Singing Time. Remember the joy of Christmas music and to include some familiar songs into your teaching this month. December Primary Singing Time. Remember the joy of Christmas music and to include some familiar songs into your teaching this month.


Primary Sharing Time Christmas Nativities

I have been a teacher for 22 years in 1st and 2nd grades and kindergarten. I always peruse the artsy blogs for cute art projects for young kids to make. I absolutely fell in LOVE with this one. It is coloring pages for a children's nativity! What a great fun thing to do one of the Sundays for Primary Sharing Time Christmas Nativities!  The one I would print out for the kids is
HERE which is the K-5 Nativity Coloring Page on the bottom right of the website.

It would be sort of messy to do watercolors like I'm planning to do in my classroom. But you could get boxes of crayons and have kids color them on their chairs. Then tell them that when they get home they can cover a shoebox with brown paper and use it placed sideways so the opening is facing you and make the manger.

Then they could cut up newspapers or yellow paper for the hay on the bottom of the manger. Then tape on their individual little people for the Nativity set. They could glitter the star and some of the halos with parent's help. Then they could cut out the quotes on either of the downloadable "cards" and place that somewhere above the nativity set.

This is a wooden Nativity set I got years ago when my kids were little. I bought it from Deseret Book. It was a good one to keep on a low table for the kids to play with, without danger of breaking off the head of a shepherd, which happened to almost all of my other Nativity sets. I still have a headless poor shepherd. 

Nativity Printables from www.biblestoryprintables.com has this individual characters in the Christmas story you could copy and pass out. Or just the "scene" which can be found at their website HERE.  They have cards too, these could be made for parents for a gift too. They say "Happy Birthday Jesus" on them. Any of these would be such a darling project for sharing time maybe after reading the Christmas story from Luke.Thanks Bible Story Printables! What a nice gift. Thanks for sharing!

Lindon, Utah Stringtown USA train ride at Christmas time. It is another one of our family traditions. 

An outdoor Nativity scene in the snow in Lindon Utah. We take the little kiddie train every year in the Lindon Polar Express with the grandkids. It is a fun tradition if you live in the area. The website is HERE at Stringtown USA

These cards could be an activity to do with children on Christmas Eve or if you have a family gathering.  Just use crayons or colored pencils and you have a time consuming activity for kids so that parents can sit and visit.

My two oldest granddaughters a few years ago playing shepherds in our family nativity. I made up a downloadable Luke 2 readings and songs we do in our family for the Christmas Party. It is always a neat tradition. It is HERE. Enjoy! 


Friday, October 23, 2015

Follow the Prophet

I try to Follow the Prophet. He is such an easy man to love. 
We all try to Follow the Prophet. And it is so great that our church does a conference twice a year where we can hear directly from the apostles and prophets. I loved hearing the words of the prophets at General Conference.

My favorite last conference was "Stay By the Tree" and this time was the "Ponderings" and hearing from Bednar, Holland and especially the new apostles. One of them, Elder Rasband,  was from our stake and he had recently moved away. I looked up some of his writings and this one really spoke to me recently. On Conference Sunday October 4th, 2015 I wrote this on my facebook page.

It's been 10 years today that we lost Danny Moss in a car accident when he was a senior in high school. It was just days after a conference weekend and I remember him putting a golf ball in the living room while listening to conference with me on a Sunday morning. I've been reading some of the talks by Elder Rasband and this quote is a good one for me to ponder on.


"You can at the end of the day give an accounting to the Lord that has little to do with what happened and much to do with how you were sustained by the power of God. I have felt that influence in my home, in my assignments, and in the lives of my wife, children, and grandchildren. It is a sweet peace to know the Lord is with you and that you are His and that when His hand reaches out to you the grip is familiar and the message is clear: “Come unto me”

I love this picture of Danny and John at Yellowstone at a scout campout when he was around 15. 

He spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began (Luke 1:70).
I'm so grateful for General Conference and the feelings and inspirations I receive as I ponder the words of the prophets and apostles. I think certain talks are sent right for me to hear, don't you? 
I took this picture last month when I was down at temple square to see my friend get sealed to her forever family. She had been waiting many years for her husband to join the church. Her kids are in their 20s. She has been a great example of faith and hope to me. 

A really good article in an old FRIEND Magazine that could be used for a sharing time or a singing time on following the prophet is HERE. There are lots of ideas for using the stories of Moses or stories in the Book of Mormon for teaching children how prophets listened to the Lord and obeyed even when it was hard. And how we can do the same by listening to modern day prophets. 

My daughter's Baby Emma Lee. Isn't she so cute? She smiles at me a lot. 
 I have felt so blessed and lucky lately. I have 2 new grandbabies that were born a month of each other. I got to attend 2 baby blessings to see their fathers bless them in church. Life is good.
My son's baby Alexa Jane. I love this picture of 3 generations. 

What a great 4 generation picture here. I'm so glad I snapped this picture with Grandpa and Great Grandpa! 
Baby blessing day was a wonderful family day spent in Chicago. I'm so glad families are forever.

Primary Singing Time Ideas 2015

Here are some of my Primary Singing Time ideas that I've used every month over the years I've done this calling (4 times over many years). These things I keep in the cupboard at church and pull them out every so often when I'm not that prepared (nobody ever has THAT problem do they?)

Making sure all the kids get a chance to be picked.....just like in my classroom at school, I pull sticks out of the can to be sure each child has a chance to come up and participate in the singing time games....

Primary Singing Time tools - I use lots of these kinds of things on sticks so I can call on kids to come up and help me lead the singing in fun ways....

We hold about 8 of these up around the room while singing "I am Like a Star Shining Brightly" as everybody  does the hand motions opening and closing their fingers like blinking stars.

I teach school and my motto has always been; if I'm bored, the kids are going to be bored too. Don't be boring. Do fun activities along with teaching the songs. I hope I never got stale. I always wanted to do fresh, fun things to get the kids involved.
Try a game of Going Fishing using each fish as a song (list songs in washable marker on the back) or you could use them to write small questions and tape them to the backs of the laminated fish. The pole is just a dowel with string and magnet.

The other thing is to always bring the spirit into the singing time. The songs most often do it themselves. But I always taught lessons along with the songs. I would bear my testimony about my work in the temple. I would tell the kids about how important it is to include others and be nice at school with stories of things I had seen that made me sad.
I have made dozens of these kinds of things where you pull a string on the back and the thing grows, or goes up as they do a great job singing.....they are always delightful fun. Try a rocket blasting off, a thermometer going up in red, etc. 
I went down to temple square to see a friend get sealed to her family. It was so pretty down there I had to snap a few pics with my good camera. Here I am! 


I think I might frame this one. I love to see the temple! 

I encouraged them all the time that they could make a difference in their own families by instigating kindness  or exhibiting helpfulness to their siblings and parents.

You can't tell from this picture but the red tongue goes up as the kids sing louder or better. It is a funny one with the furry red head of hair on Lester. 

I would try to repeat things that were spoken about in the sharing time lessons when I had inspirations. The singing time is primarily a teaching time. So make it so.
I use lots of pictures and visual aids to go with all my songs. My favorite method to teach a new song is finding a flip book from Sugardoodle with words to go with pictures. 

If you'd like to start out the new year with a few cute conducting ideas to keep the kids learning and interested, check out these posts by some music experts in the trenches of Primary Music. Teaching kids how to conduct is always fun too. And if you don't know how, just read some expert blogs and copy them!

Here are a few ideas on leading singing from some experts in the field.....


Leading Sticks by Brooke Wakefield on Sugardoodle
It's All in the Hands by Ali Katherman on Sugardoodle
A Conducting Wand on Sugardoodle
Conducting Elephant by Tifany Hoecherl on Sugardoodle
I'm so grateful for this place. It is a peaceful destination where one can go to get inspiration. I love the reflection pool too.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

August Singing Time - Practice the Primary Presentation

Most choristers are getting ready for the primary presentation in September. I always started to add my musical instruments about now. I always had a few instruments as accompaniments to the song. It adds so much.
I looked out the window and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!  ALWAYS
add some funny songs into your weekly list. 
One idea is to use the older kids who can play the violin. I had 2 girls a few years ago that played alongside an easy, repetitive chorus of one of the presentation songs.


Most years I have used resonator bells to accompany a song. I love the wood block bells and they sound delightful tinkling in the background. You can use other types of bells too.

First Note 15 Note Wood Xylophone  
 One I recommend is a xylophone set for $20 bucks. The tones of these bells is very crisp and rises above the piano AND the singing. And you can get a child who has some piano lessons in his/her background to play a simple rythm or several children to do chords to add to the chorus of a song. The link is HERE for Musician's Friend, where I bought mine.  The kids LOVE them. they have many other types of bells to choose from for around $25.00.
Rhythm Band RB2130 Plastic Resonator Bells  
Another thing to start is maybe a song with sign language. I tried to do this every other year. It is so moving to watch young kids sign a song. Love One Another has signs in the songbook.

Another instrument I've used in the past is a flutist. I don't care if it is an adult or a primary child, it always adds to the meeting.

And lastly, I will add some solos and trios or duets.  Many songs have a harder 2nd or 3rd verse that the kids do not really master in time. If that is the case in your primary, then add an older group of boys  or girls or a mix to trio the 2nd verse.
Look at this cute little trio. My grandkids at Cowabunga Bay with me. It was fun to spend the day with them at a waterpark but it sadly started RAINING! It was hot and rainy with warm water. Very weird but fun experience. 

It especially has worked well in missionary type songs. It just brings such a sweet spirit to the song lyrics to have individual kids sing them at the microphone. Anyway, add some special things to your program this month, so you have time to practice and perfect the special musical touches.



Friday, July 10, 2015

Primary Singing Time Ideas


I pull sticks out of the can to be sure each child has a chance to come up and participate in the singing time games....
Singing Time helps that have served me well over the years are easy, go to, bag of tricks items I can grab on the way out the door. Here are a few of my favs.
Pictures on sticks.....I use lots of these kinds of things on sticks so I can call on kids to come up and help me lead the singing in fun ways....

Sing like a Shining Star. We hold about 8 of these up around the room while singing "I am Like a Star Shining Brightly" as everybody  does the hand motions opening and closing their fingers like blinking stars.

I teach school and my motto has always been; if I'm bored, the kids are going to be bored too. Don't be boring. Do fun activities along with teaching the songs. I hope I never got stale. I always wanted to do fresh, fun things to get the kids involved.
Magnetic Fishing - Try a game of Going Fishing using each fish as a song (list songs in washable marker on the back) or you could use them to write small questions and tape them to the backs of the laminated fish. The pole is just a dowel with string and magnet.

The other thing is to always bring the spirit into the singing time. The songs most often do it themselves. But I always taught lessons along with the songs. I would bear my testimony about my work in the temple. I would tell the kids about how important it is to include others and be nice at school with stories of things I had seen that made me sad.
For better singing, louder singing, more focus.....I have made dozens of these kinds of things where you pull a string on the back and the thing grows, or goes up as they do a great job singing.....they are always delightful fun. Try a rocket blasting off, a thermometer going up in red, etc. 

I encouraged them all the time that they could make a difference in their own families by instigating kindness  or exhibiting helpfulness to their siblings and parents.

Fun Motivators.....You can't tell from this picture but the red tongue goes up as the kids sing louder or better. It is a funny one with the furry red head of hair on Lester. 

I would try to repeat things that were spoken about in the sharing time lessons when I had inspirations. The singing time is primarily a teaching time. So make it so.
Pictures and Visuals......I use lots of pictures and visual aids to go with all my songs. My favorite method to teach a new song is finding a flip book from Sugardoodle with words to go with pictures. 
HERE are a few cute conducting ideas to keep the kids learning and interested, check out these posts by some music experts in the trenches of Primary Music. Teaching kids how to conduct is always fun too. And if you don't know how, just read some expert blogs and copy them!

Here are a few ideas on leading singing from some experts in the field.....


Leading Sticks by Brooke Wakefield on Sugardoodle
It's All in the Hands by Ali Katherman on Sugardoodle
A Conducting Wand on Sugardoodle
Conducting Elephant by Tifany Hoecherl on Sugardoodle

I have used all of these things in my BAG OF TRICKS when I need something quick and I don't have a lot of prep time. Try one of them this Sunday!
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