Singing Time 5th Sunday in July

Our Primary President was released on Sunday as she is moving out of the Ward Boundaries.  We were very sad to see her go, but excited to meet the new President as well.

Our new Presidency has been working hard at working on the Children’s Sacrament Presentation, and emailed me a copy last night.  Now I just have to make sure the songs are up to where they need to be for our ‘performance’.

Because this Sunday will be the fifth Sunday of the month and I don’t have to stick with a topic, I am going to introduce my ‘Singing Stars’.

I found this Singing Stars/Celestial Singing chart on the 2006 Singing Fun CD.  I have typed the words of the songs we are singing on the stars.  The children are going to pick stars out of a bag, we will sing it and I will put the star where it needs to go.  We can use this chart over and over until all the stars are up at the top.

I have one of the Sunbeams asking for the Scarecrows or rather, the crows each week, so I think they will have to make a few more appearances this year too.  They were rather cute!

I can’t put the Celestial Singing chart up because it was purchased, but I can put the stars I used on this site.  You can find them here: Singing Stars with 2011 songs

I Can Prepare to be Worthy to go to the Temple – Singing Time

I have to get my fourth week of Singing Time ready early, because Time Out for Women is heading our way, and I know I won’t have any time to prepare for that Sunday.  It will also be when our Ward Conference is on (not that I ‘put on a show’ for that – I am well organised every week!). 

I am going to put a picture of the Temple up on our whiteboard.  I will explain to the children that there are steps we need to take in our daily lives to prepare us to go to the temple.  ‘Our Gospel Standards’ will help us to be worthy.  I was going to have my ‘footsteps’ in a bag for the children to pull out one by one but I think I’ll put them leading to the Temple and we can see how many we can get through.  There are a LOT of them.

My apologies.  I can’t put up these feet for you to print out (in a pdf) because I purchased them, but I can let you know what I put on them.  You could trace your own foot (or a child’s) or find one on the Internet to write on.

I took each paragraph from the ‘My Gospel Standards’ poster and added a matching song:-

  1. “I will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me” – I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me (CS 164)
  2. ” I will remember my baptismal covenant and listen to the Holy Ghost” – When Jesus Christ was Baptised (CS 102)
  3. “I will choose the right.  I know I can repent when I make a mistake” – I’m Trying to be like Jesus (CS 78)
  4. “I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself” – I Believe in Being Honest (CS 149)
  5. “I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ revently.  I will not swear or use crude words” – Hum Your Favourite Hymn (CS 152)
  6. “I will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ” – Saturday (CS 196)
  7. “I will honour my parents and do my part to strengthen my family” –  When We’re Helping (CS 198)
  8. “I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me” – The Lord Gave Me a Temple (CS 153)
  9. “I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself” – Stand for the Right (CS 159)
  10. “I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father” – I am Like a Star (CS 163)
  11. “I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father” – I Pledge Myself to Love the Right (CS 161)
  12. “I will seek good friends and treat others kindly” – Jesus Said Love Everyone (CS 61)
  13. I will live now to be worthy to go to the temple and do my part to have an eternal family” – I Love to See the Temple (CS 95)

‘The Pioneers worked hard and sacrified to build Temples’ – Singing Time

Here’s what I’m hoping to do this Sunday during Singing Time (fingers crossed I don’t get sick!).  I decided to put some pioneer songs in a game and leave the ‘theme’ of the week to the Primary Presidency for Sharing Time.

I’m going to use one die and one marker and not split up into groups – it would take too long that way.  They are going to all share one marker and take turns rolling the die, and I will move their counter.  I think this game will be good for both Junior and Senior Primary.  We don’t sing Pioneer songs often, so it will be good for the children.  We may not sing all the verses of all those songs for Jnr Primary.

I’m going to print mine out as a poster so it will be bigger, and laminate it (I laminate everything!!).  Just use a simple circle as the marker.  I have a big die that is easy to roll that I’ll use for this game.

The songs are:

  1. To be a pioneer (CS 218)
  2. Pioneer Children Sang as they Walked (CS214)
  3. The Handcart Song (CS 220)
  4. Whenever I Think About Pioneers (CS 222)
  5. I Love To See The Temple (CS 95) – have to get that one in there! ;D

Here’s where you can find the game: Pioneer Music Trek Game

I used an image I found on Sugardoodle that had some pioneers with Handcards just in case you wanted to use them as markers.  You can find them here: Pioneer Music Trek Game Handcarts.  I hope they’re small enough!  I have outlined them in four different colours in case anyone wanted to use them for Family Home Evening.

I Love To See The Temple – Primary Singing Time Ideas

Our song for the month is ‘I Love to See The Temple’.  I’m sure most of my Senior Primary children know it, and perhaps 1/4 of my Junior Primary Children know it.  There is still some work to be done.

I’m going to play four corners with my primary children.  This is how it works and what you need:-

FOUR CORNERS GAME

I have used this flip chart because of the layout.  I need each verse of the song divided up into 4 sections.  Use this flip chart or one of your preference.

  1. Put the four sections of the first verse (or second if you are reviewing that verse) up – one on each of the four corners of the room.
  2. To avoid confusion with your pianist, print out a copy of the music (found here: I Love To See The Temple Sheet Music ) and number each section “1”, “2”, “3” and “4” so “I love to see the Temple, I’m going there someday” will be section 1, “To feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray” will be section 2 etc.
  3. If you don’t want to the put the words up, just type and print giant “1, 2, 3, 4″ numbers on paper and blue tac those to the walls.  I did this as well as the words and it worked beautifully.
  4. I have each class (with the help of their teachers) choose a corner to stand in.
  5. I roll a die (with 5 and 6 blacked out).  The class in that corner have to sing the song up to and including that part of the song.

Variations:-

1. Have only the teachers move around the room and choose a corner. Roll the die and the teacher/s standing in that corner are affected; all the Primary children, or the children of that teacher’s class (your choice) need to sing the song up to and including the corner that teacher has chosen to stand in.  If the children sing it wrong, the teacher(s) in that corner is eliminated.

2. Have the children move to the corners with their class but each corner has to sing ‘their’  words up until the corner that you rolled on the die.

*Post edit* I had the children of the teacher that was ‘chosen’ come up the front to ‘save their teacher’.  I haven’t heard our Jnr Primary sing so beautifully.  They all really wanted their teacher to stay in the game, and the teachers joined in the fun by saying “Save me class”.  There was no calling out, it was still done reverently yet everyone was engaged at the same time.  Definitely one to play again.  Oh, and we didn’t have time to ‘Build a Temple’.  I’ll do that next week when we learn verse 2.

BUILD A TEMPLE PUZZLE

I am also going to have the children come and sit down again if we have time, and we are going to build a temple class by class.  The children will need to sing a section of the song (with their class up the front), and if they are correct they get to put up a piece of the temple puzzle, found here: http://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/lds-magazines/friend-july-2011/2011-07-00-friend-eng.pdf (WOW July 2011?  That hasn’t even arrived on my shores yet!)  I have cut out and laminated the temple puzzle pieces.  They are not numbered, so the children can pick and choose whichever part they want.  The big hint is that the darker grey goes on the bottom!

If we don’t get to this one, that’s okay.  We can do it the following week.

Anyways, those are my two ideas for tomorrow.  If my Senior Primary don’t need to do as much revision, I will pull out one of my ‘emergency’ singing times that I have prepared just for such an occasion.

The Fourth Article of Faith…with a twist

One of our littler Primary members was reciting the Fourth Article of Faith for us during Opening Exercises with a little help from his Mum.  He was doing so well:-

“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are; First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Second, Repentance.  Third, Baptism by Emergency for the remission of sins.  Fourth, laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

Can you spot the part where we all cracked up?

Revision with a scarecrow, corn and a few crows

I am revising four of the trickiest songs for the Presentation tomorrow:-

– Praise to the Man

– Scripture Power

– Search, Ponder and Pray

– If I listen With My Heart

I am using a giant laminated scarecrow, some corn and some crows we are going to ‘scare’ away with out beautiful singing.  The crows will have the songs on the back and if they children sing well, the corn will remain on the board.  If they don’t, the crows will get it.

I may have to stop and review some of the words along the way, but that’s to be expected and the reason for reviewing these songs :D

I can’t link the resources I’m using tomorrow as I purchased them but you could find your own picture of a scarecrow and crows and corn and make up your own.

Baptism Singing Time

I was having to think really hard about what to do for next week’s singing time.  I need to review some of our Presentation songs, but I wanted them to tie in somehow with our Sharing Time.  We did a maze today, so I thought a puzzle may work well for next week.

You can choose what songs you would like to sing.  I have allowed for 4 of them on the back of the puzzle pieces (in a 15-20 min singing time, I think I can fit 4 songs in with this activity).  We will sing:-

– When I am Baptised (CS 103)

– The Fourth Article of Faith (CS 124)

– Search, Ponder and Pray (CS 109)

– Baptism (CS 100)

I love this picture.  It is from this site: http://www.ldsclipart.com/clipart/baptism?bwbps_page_8=2 and the puzzle template is from here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/miscellaneous/puzzle.htm  I have put them together in Publisher, so you should simply be able to print, paste the pages together, cut and laminate if you wish.  Hide the puzzle pieces under the children’s chair, have them in a jumble blue tac’d to the board/wall up the front or scatter them around the walls of the room and have the children ‘look’ for the pieces quietly with their eyes.  The most reverent child can go and get the puzzle piece.

For a copy of the Baptism Puzzle, click here: Baptism Puzzle

‘Repentance Brings Forgiveness’ Singing Time Activity

My singing time this Sunday is going to be based on a story from the Friend Magazine (link is as the end of this post).

You need:-

  • - A copy of the story (found here: Showing Sorry)
  • - A large laminated copy of the maze (I printed mine in poster format then laminated it). The maze is found in the link at the end of this post.
  • - A list of repentance songs to sing and complete maze pictures (found here: Eli’s Maze complete pictures)  I cut out the pictures and glued the ‘matching’ songs or actions to the back of the pictures.  Blue tac these up on the wall/whiteboard next to the maze.
  1. Read the story out to Jnr Singing Time and have Snr Singing Time read out the story in order.
  2. Show them Eli’s map. Choose reverent children to draw their way from Eli to objects on the map, eventually reaching Mum.  The aim is not to knock over any more piles of washing!
  3. As the children reach objects/people on the maze , turn over the corresponding picture and sing the songs or do the actions.  If you don’t like the ones I have chosen that’s easy!  Write your own on the back.

The original idea for this story is here:http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=17f0ad2dbbb94210VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=21bc9fbee98db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD

Post edit: I saved the picture of ‘Eli’ until last, as it was great to finish on ‘I Am A Child of God’.  This singing time worked really well for both my Jnrs and Snrs today.  If you don’t have much time, read the story out to the Snrs instead.  I handed the front row the cut up storyline and they read it one by one.

Giant remote control – Singing Time

Just for something different, I quickly did up a giant remote control (a cardboard box, covered with brown paper and this Singing Time Remote Control stuck on it) to resemble a giant remote control. 

I exaggerated my movements in our Primary’s Singing Time by pressing a button and calling it out.  Really overdo this – they love it.  Calling it out also helps your pianist know what you’ve just ‘pressed’.

  • Stop – stop singing
  • Start – start singing
  • Swap places – teachers, leaders and children need to swap places with someone sitting very near to them.  I am also going to swap with my pianist – poor guy ;D
  • Swap back – the chance for my pianist to get his seat back, and for all teachers, leaders and children to return to their original seats.
  • Fast – sing at a faster speed
  • Slow – sing at a slower speed

The kids loved it when I swapped with out pianist.  I play the piano as well, so he decided to be cheeky and keep pressing ‘fast’, then he made up ‘faster’.  LOL !

Praise to the Man actions and signs for Primary

Next Sunday I’m going to have the Primary children listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing this gorgeous hymn whilst we sing along, do some actions and hold up signs.  Sounds confusing, doesn’t it.

The Mormon Tabernacle sings Praise to the Man on their CD aptly named ‘Praise To The Man’.  The same song can be found here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5id63Twddk

We are going to sing the first verse together.

The men in the MTChoir sing the second verse but as Primary don’t need to learn that just yet (helpful if they could though as it will be a congregational hymn), I am going to have them conduct it along with me.

Then we’re all singing the chorus, the third verse and the following chorus.

Then the fun begins.  We get to tap our (with both hands flat on our laps – me sitting down of course) the fantastic drum part for verse Four and the following chorus.

This version has a coda at the end where the choir sings Verse 4 again, so we’re going to conduct as well.

Clear as mud?  Simpler instructions are found here, as well as signs I’m going to ask children to hold up when they hear certain words.  You can choose how many copies of the words/signs you wish to print up.  Perhaps two or three copies so all the children get to hold up something each: Praise to the Man actions and signs

I am also going to go through the meanings of the tricky words we’re singing.  If you want a copy of that, click here: Praise to the Man definitions  I have written the ‘official’ definition of ‘dispensation’ in small writing, but it isn’t really necessary for the younger children.  We’re going to play match up really quickly.

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