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Pokémon Go Sing (Presentation Song Revision)

Aim: To capture each Presentation Pokemon

How to play:

1. Choose one player (can be a child or a teacher). Player walks to the Pokestop sign (I stuck mine up the back of the room on the wall). There will be two piles of cards underneath the Pokestop sign (I put the cards on a chair.  A small table works great too). Turn over a card in one pile to see how many poke balls they can throw. Turn over another card to see which Pokemon character and Presentation song is to be targeted with the poke balls/beanbags and sung at the same time by everyone.  They need to show you the cards, so you can warn the pianist which song they need to play next.

2. Have the larger card Pokemon characters lined up somewhere else in the room. (I had mine out the front). The player has to throw the assigned number of poke balls/bags and see if they can land on the character of the card they turned over at the Pokestop while the rest of Primary sing the Presentation song that goes with that character. If the child/teacher can’t hit it with the assigned number of poke balls, have them hand the pokebag to someone who hasn’t had a turn. Continue until the Pokemon is ‘caught’.

3. Once the Pokemon is ‘captured’, finish singing that song, and choose another child/teacher to start over again until all the Presentation Pokemons are caught.

What to print:

1. Pokemon Go Sing Sign (completely optional)
2. Pokestop Sign (stick this somewhere in the room with a small table in front)
3. Pokemon Characters
4. Presentation Songs
5. Smaller Pokemon Character cards and Poke ball number cards. Put these on the table in front of the Pokestop sign.
6. Backs of cards (optional)

You also need to make or purchase some Poke ball bean bags (or something that will land on the larger Pokemon character pictures.

How to set up:

1. Cut out a Primary Presentation song strip and stick it under a larger Pokemon Character. You can choose which song strip goes with which character. Continue until all your songs are assigned.
2. Cut out cards and backs. I usually paste the front of the cards on to the backs lightly before laminating. I am computer challenged, so I can’t guarantee the fronts will match up with the backs if you try and print double sided. I wouldn’t recommend it. The idea is so that the front of the cards aren’t see through.
3. Wonder how on earth to get Pokeball bean bags. Use any bean bags if you’re stuck. Or Hacky Sacks. Whatever will land on the Pokemon characters.  I hand sewed my own.

 

Variations: The teacher turns over the cards, and has some children help throw the pokeball bean bags.

 

Pokemon characters

Pokemon Go Sing backs for poke ball number cards

Pokemon Go Sing backs for Presentation Song Pokemons

Pokemon Go Sing backs mixed three of each

Pokemon Go Sing cards and backs

Pokemon Go Sing cards characters and poke ball numbers

Pokemon Go Sing sign

Pokestop Poster

Presentation Songs

I played this last week as my last revision before our Presentation Practices, and it was a huge success.  It had the full approval of my Primary Presidency, and EVERY single child was involved, including those who usually do not like to participate.  WOW!

 

The children in my primary didn’t want to sing as someone was throwing the pokebags, so we waited until the Pokémon had a pokebag on it, then we sang the song.  We had one child with special needs (who usually won’t leave their chair) come and acted as a ‘catcher’ each time a pokebag was thrown and missed, and return them to me.  Another returned the ‘caught’ Pokémon pictures to me.  It was a great way to get children with ASD involved!

 

The children did sing the songs beautifully though.  I thought they’d by hyper, but they weren’t.  They were very much engaged the entire time.

 

Search, Ponder and Pray arrangement for Solo Voice with Violin and Piano

A few months ago when I was thinking of the songs I wanted my Primary to sing for the Presentation this year, I had 12 songs that I definitely wanted them to do that tied in with the monthly themes.  However, I also wanted to do Search, Ponder and Pray – because to me, that sums up the yearly theme nicely.

 

To cut a long story short, and with my beautiful Primary President giving me complete freedom to whatever I feel is best for our Primary, I thought a solo would be perfect for this song.

 

I heard one version on You Tube that I loved, but there wasn’t any sheet music (I only listened to it once, that’s all I had time to do).  So with that version as my inspiration, I wrote my own arrangement.

Here it is:

Search Ponder and Pray (complete score)

Search Ponder and Pray Violin (violin part)

 

We performed it this week at Leadership training, and we received many positive comments and requests for the music.

 

On a side note, I added in the words to the Primary theme for this year’s Presentation “I know the scriptures are true” at the very end.  If you aren’t comfortable with changing words to songs, just repeat the words “I’ll know the scriptures are true” because that simply repeats the phrase and doesn’t add in anything new.

Valentine’s Day Songs with coloured hearts

Valentines-Day-Singing-Hearts-page-3-demoNeeding a fun but simple activity tomorrow for Valentines Day, I decided to print up some coloured hearts and attach songs.

 

Coloured hearts…because they don’t all have to be red!

 

How to: Choose a child (or a teacher) to choose a heart, and then sing that song.

 

I have included blank hearts if you’d like to use them as backs, or to write your own songs on them.

Here they are: Valentines Day Singing Hearts

 

Variation: Have the child or teacher who chose the heart eat a block of chocolate with a plastic knife and fork.  Then quickly have someone else come up and choose the next heart, then they swap with the person eating the chocolate (new knife and fork of course).  You’ll have everyone’s attention!

 

Edited to add: I did the chocolate with my Snr Primary today.  I had more children than I thought, and had taken extra blocks of chocolate and enough plastic knives and forks to cater for that, so all was good.  I had 2 or 3 children come up at a time so everyone was able to have a turn.  Worked beautifully!

 

Need simplified primary songs?

I have come across two great sites with kind people who have simplified Primary songs, free to download.  I know it must have taken them hours and hours to do.

 

There is D’Net Layton’s site here.  She has made the songs very simple, included colour pictures from the Primary Songbook and has some pre-reading songs too (notes with finger numbers, not on the stave).

There is also Michael and Heather Smuthwaite who have kept the songs in their original key from the Children’s Songbook, added fingering and have a feature where you can listen to the song as well.  Their site is here.  They also have some simplified hymns and choir arrangements.

I don’t have a primary pianist called as yet, but I have someone fill in for me (except the one Sunday she teaches RS.  She’d much rather be in Primary!).  I have a student of mine in Snr Primary play simplified Primary Songs while Snr Primary is walking in to Opening Exercises, and our Jnr Primary is making their way back from having a drink and/or going to the toilet.  We sing along with my student, which get the attention of the children.  It’s a great confidence booster for her. It also gives our Presidency the opportunity to check that the children giving the talk, scripture and prayer are present on the day.

 

 

Freeze Like This – Action Song

Once we had completed our hard work today, learning If I Listen With My Heart, I did ‘Freeze Like This’ with Jnr Primary.

 

I printed out the pictures from Kami’s Primary Music Ideas site (link here) and pasted them on to thick cardboard.

 

My Jnr Primary were already sitting in a big circle on their chairs, so I had them stand up in front of me, in the middle of the room.

 

Go through the original song with the children, then show them the pictures.  Can they stand like this? (show them the first card).

 

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show a card)

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card).

 

The children absolutely LOVED it!  We started off really slow for the first time through the cards, then did it faster.  The children got their wiggles out, and the teachers commented afterwards that they thought it was such a great way to do the song.  The sunbeam children asked to sing it again in their class.

 

I did it with Snr Primary too, to see what they would think (was it too babyish for them?)  They really enjoyed it too, especially the Snr boys.

Kiss or Miss – Song Revision Game

Hershey KissesI purchased a Classic Bag of Hershey’s Kisses on my recent trip to the US.  I think they’re the red, silver and gold ones? – we don’t have them in Australia (only silver, and they’re difficult to find), so it’s my special treat for Snr Primary.

I’m not doing this game with Jnr Primary, because it won’t work in my ward at the moment.

The game is like pass the parcel, but there’s a twist.

Set up:

– Have the children sit in a large circle.

– Instruct your Pianist on the song you wish to revise and how to play.

 

How to play:

– Drop 3 or 4 ‘Kisses’ into the hand of a child.

– Start the music.  The children need to sing along to the music.

– When the music stops, tell the child left holding the Kisses “Kiss or Miss”.  The child holding the Kisses can choose to sing the next line of the song, or miss out, and pass the Kisses on to the next child to sing the line.  Once they sing the next line (or mime actions if they are a non-singer or self conscious) they can keep the Kisses.

– Give the child 3 or 4 more kisses to pass around, and begin from the line they just sang (you could repeat that line and keep going).

 

Extras:

– You might have a ‘savvy’ pianist who selectively chooses when to stop, so that everyone gets a turn.

– Make sure you have enough Kisses to hand out to all the children who haven’t received any when your time runs out.

– Think about what you’re going to do if a child/children get a second go.  Do they have to give the kisses to a teacher?  To the Primary President?  Share with other children?  Keep for themselves?  I would haven’t any children sit out for this game.

 

 

Easter Singing Time

Tomb-and-stone-rolled-away-Singing-TimeI’m keeping it really simple tomorrow.  I’m using a picture of a tomb facing the front. On the back is a picture of the tomb with the stone rolled away (they’re stuck together back to back, and laminated).  I will write a song on the side with the stone rolled away.

Reverent children will be able to come up the front and choose a ‘tomb’.  Turn it over, and see what song is on the side with the stone rolled away, then we get to sing it.

We have Invitation Sunday tomorrow, so I think Singing Time will be short and sweet anyway.

Here’s the printout: Tomb and stone rolled away Singing Time

I’m Baaaaaack

My husband has recently been released as the Second Counsellor in the Bishopric, and was called as the Young Mens President.  I was a Ward Family History Consultant, but have also been called as the Primary Music Leader again.  Woohoo!  They’re both really cool callings but they’re going to keep me busy!

I also have a new addition to my family – a just turned 7 month old baby, just because I didn’t have enough to do.

 

Anyhow, looking forward to sharing more music with you, and whatever ideas flow into this brain of mine.

The Olive Tree – Vocal Trio

I was called as First Counsellor in Relief Society at the beginning of this year, and I have to say with all honesty that it is the most depressing calling I have ever had!  Depressing, because when you are in Primary, you get to concentrate on the beautiful children in your care and not have to worry about the cares and concerns of the Ward.  The children are so sweet and trusting and relatively easy to teach.  They have such simple but inspiring faith as well!

Relief Society came as a huge shock to me after spending so many years in Primary (15 years, I think it was).  Each and every sister seems to have something they’re going through or battling with.  We have something like 40% inactivity in our ward, which is crazy!  Completely different from the sweet, trusting and faithful children in Primary who have simple but gorgeous testimonies.  It certainly isn’t my favourite calling, but I’m doing the best I can and trying to enrich the lives of those around me.

My husband has recently been called as Second Counsellor in the Bishopric (another HUGE shock for us!!) and because we don’t have a music chairman in our ward, he has asked me to ‘work my magic’ and help him out with some musical items every now and then.

This song took me 8 hours in total to arrange, but I LOVE it. The story behind this one is that I have been looking for the vocal trio that Felicia Sorensen did for EFY many years ago, but only the solo version is available.  After mentioning this to my husband, he said “Well, you have the skills, do it!”.  So I did.  And here it is, ready for three YW in my ward to perform it in Sacrament Meeting in July:-

The Olive Tree – Vocal Trio

It isn’t the same as Felicia Sorensen’s version, in fact it’s quite different but blends the three parts really well.  The middle part carries the melody for most of the song.

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