Archive for December 2011

One of our brilliant CTR teachers was saying that she taught her 5 year olds a lesson on Fasting.  She dedicated the entire lesson to the principle of fasting, along with some hands on activities on the subject.  The next Sunday she reviewed what they had learned the week before.  “Can anyone tell me what Fasting is?”  None of the children answered.  She asked again “Anybody?  Does anyone know what fasting is?”

One child piped up “It’s when you run really, really fast!”.

(Hehehe all that effort put into the lesson, and she got that response.  LOL!)

I found a site called Kadenscorner.comthat has some fantastic printables.  You can sign up for free to access 3 downloads (a month, I think), and if you require more, you can pay for a subscription.

I came across these cute gift tags: http://kadenscorner.com/634/printable-snowy-christmas-tags-mini-cards/ and thought a lovely idea for Singing Time would be to prepare a ‘present’ (a box wrapped up nicely), possibly with a scripture inside to read out at the end.  On the outside you could attach a whole heap of the gift tag cards, each with a song to sing.  Plough your way through the songs to get to the present inside.

Great if you want to hand out mini candy canes or lollipops to the children as well, but I like the idea of just having a scripture to read about the Saviour inside.  He is, after all, our greatest gift!

My adorable Primary Children sang in Sacrament Meeting today.  We had a bit of a hiccup – our Primary pianist didn’t get up to play, and I couldn’t see him sitting waaaaaay up the back (what a cheeky man he is! ;D) so I had to ask my husband to hold up the words so that I could play.  We have a great bunch of children who all got up, stood together and didn’t even giggle when one of them got a fit of sneezes right in the middle.

I’m so proud of them!

For Junior Singing Time, I got a large laminated Christmas Tree and labelled laminated ornaments from 1-13 (weird number, I know!).  I gave our Primary Pianist a list of the numbers with songs to go on the back. Here’s what they were:-

  1. (star) I am Like a Star #163
  2. (bell) Christmas Bells #54
  3. (angel) I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus #78
  4. (stocking) Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes #275
  5. (gingerbread man) My Hands #273
  6. (snowflake) I Wiggle #271
  7. (present) Picture a Christmas #50
  8. (candle) Little Jesus #39
  9. (wreath) I am a Child of God #2
  10. (holly and berries) Once there was a Snowman #249
  11. (drum) Fun to Do #253
  12. (bow) Sing a Song #253
  13. (candy cane) Hinges #277

I got the tree and ornaments out of a book I purchased titled ‘Super Singing Activities’. 

You could print out your own tree and ornaments, or use a miniature ‘real’ tree with decorations.

Alison over at her Oopsy Daisy Blog has come up with some fantastic looking ‘Christmas Action Cards’.  You can use them with your little ones at home, or for Nursery, or for Singing Time in Primary. 

I will use them in between our ‘serious’ songs that we are learning for upcoming events.  I can show a card or two during an action song – something like ‘Book of Mormon Stories’ or Popcorn Popping…you know the ones.  I can even use them for more upbeat Christmas songs like ‘Christmas Bells are Ringing’.

The link to Alison’s site is here: http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2010/12/book-advent-day-20-christmas-action.html  They’re about halfway down her post with a download link to them.

Thanks so much Alison!

for my copy of the new 2012 Outline to arrive.  If you have ever wondered just how long it takes for something like that to travel from the USA to Australia, it has been two months since I ordered it on the day of this post: http://denleymusic.com/primaryblog/?p=282 and it hasn’t arrived as yet.

Perhaps it was shipped by boat and it’s going the scenic route (jokes!…although thinking about it, it was probably shipped by boat).

Thank goodness for the internet, because I have printed out the information I need, including the song for January.  Oh how I love to see it in booklet format though.

Have you gone through and highlighted exciting parts in the new Outline?  Have you read it cover to cover and gotten all excited about the songs for next year?  At this point, I am LOVING the 2012 songs :D