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Dynamics and Italian Terms for Singing Time

I have one child in Primary who loves to torment me (why is there always one?).  Anyways, he said “Why don’t you teach us actual music?”  So I thought “Okay, I will”.  So I quickly made up these Dynamics and Italian Terms cards to use whenever I want to revise a song with the children.




I did do them quickly, and added to them as I went so they’re not consistent.  Here are the secrets:-


The Dynamics cards are not back to back on each sheet.  Rather the first side of page 1 goes with the first side of page 2.  The second side of page 1 goes with the second side of page 2…if that makes sense.  Etc.


The Italian Terms cards are easier.  They’re on the same page.


Cut each little half page out, match it up and laminate.  I stuck a giant paddle pop stick onto one side of a page with sticky tape.  Then I stuck the matching side on with more tape.  Simple but effective.


If I were to print them out again, I would do all the Italian Term cards one colour, and all the Dynamics cards a different colour, but I’m not going to waste paper at this point.  Besides, it keeps the children on their toes :D


Just to avoid confusion, here are what the fronts and backs of each card is supposed to say:-


P – Piano/Soft

F – Forte/Loud

(Rectangle hanging from a line) – Semibreve Rest/Whole Bar Rest

Sfz – Sforzando/Strong Accent

(Looks like a greater than sign) – Crescendo

(Looks like a less than sign) – Diminuendo



Staccato – Short and Separate/Detached

Legato – Smoothly, Well Connected

Calando – Gradual decrease in volume and tempo


The children absolutely love these, especially Snr Primary.  I generally use two at a time for each verse of a song I want to revise.  I might throw in an extra ‘surprise’ in a verse.  Use Sfz sparingly.


Here are the pdf’s of the cards:

Italian Terms for Singing Time 1

Dynamics for Singing Time1

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

Noah was Blessed for Choosing the Right

This is what Phil is doing tomorrow in Singing Time:-

Animal match-up with pictures from here: http://www.christianpreschoolprintables.com/Pages/FileFolderGames/NoahsAnimals.html

Concentration/Memory is really easy.  He thought this was a safe activity to do after teaching the children ‘Choose the Right’ for 10 mins.

The crazy thing is that he is useless with laminating, so I get that job.  Lucky me!  We cut around the animals and lightly pasted them onto*paper, then laminated them.

The *paper was yellow A5 sheets cut in half so that the children can’t see through and cheat.

Happy New Year with a Truth or Consequences Game

I spent about 10 mins teaching the Primary children our 2012 song.  I had them learn the chorus.  Then I sang the verses, and they joined in each Chorus.  The children didn’t find it an overly exciting song, but I’m sure it will grow on them.

Our poor Primary children are coming off their sugar high from Christmas, so I gathered they were going to be a somewhat rowdy bunch today.  Yup, I was right.  Good thing I had organised to do a Truth or Consequences game that I found here: http://basicprimarymusic.blogspot.com/2010/10/truth-or-consequences.html

I adapted the game a little in this way:-

You need:-

  • Truth or Consequences action cards
  • Printout of questions to ask with songs (don’t forget to give a copy to your Pianist so they can find the songs easily)
  • Whiteboard Marker or chalk if you have a chalkboard
  • Co-operative and enthusiastic teachers/Primary presidency

How to play:-

  • Ask a child to come up the front to play.  Ask them a really easy question.
  • If the child gets the question correct, draw a smiley face up on the whiteboard.
  • If the child answers the question incorrectly, they have to choose a consequence card.
  • Sing the song (with the consequence action depending on the outcome).
  • Ask a teacher to come up the front.  Ask them a really hard question.
  • If the teacher gets the question correct, draw a smiley face up on the whiteboard (no teams – it’s just fun to collect smiley faces).
  • Usually the teacher will need to choose a consequence card, or they can have on of their class students choose one for them.
  • Do the song with the consequence action.

We had an absolute blast playing this game.

It is a game that could be played any week this month as it goes fairly well with the theme.

Gift Tag Singing Time

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!

It’s Christmas in Primary!

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.

Christmas Action Cards

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!

Christmas is a-Comin’

Oh WOW.  Are we at that time of year already?  I LOVE Christmas time, but it is seeming to come around a bit too fast for me this year.

I’m on top of the main things though. Our Primary music! *big grin*

We are learning an item to sing for our Ward Christmas Party next week, and we have been unofficially asked to sing in Sacrament Meeting.  Unofficially, because it is yet to be confirmed.  We don’t have a Ward Music Chairman at present.  We haven’t actually had one called since I did it – perhaps I scared them ;D (jokes!).  So my husband has been asked if he can assist with some musical items.  He thought it would be great for Primary to sing, but I’m the only one he has told.  Hmmm… *raises eyebrow and looks sideways*

Anyways, we’re having some fun learning some gorgeous Christmas songs and doing some fun songs as well.  I am asking the children, the teachers and our Primary Pianist if they have any favourites.

I also have a container with topics (such as “rain”, “pioneers”, “Spring”, “Reverence” etc).  A child of my choosing takes out a topic and tries to come up with a song to go with that topic.  If they can’t think of any then we suggest some and they choose from those suggestions.  It’s a good break from the ‘norm’.

Have you been asked to sing any musical items with your Primary for Christmas?

Reverence During the Sacrament Helps me to Remember Jesus Christ

Continuing the subject of Reverence…

I printed out the instructions to make a felt Mr Potato here: http://www.sewdangcutecrafts.com/2010/02/felt-mr-potato-head.html.  Combine it with this idea found on Sugar Doodle:

From Barbara Dolman 24th September 2011

For Junior Primary: Materials Needed:
Potato Head with arms, feet, ears, hat, eyes, & lips

Help your children understand that we show our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus by using our hands, arms, feet, eyes, lips, and heads in a reverent way when we are in sacred places and when we pray. It is easier to think loving, reverent thoughts when we are quiet.

Have a child come up and pick a part off the potato head & explain:
Hands and arms-Fold during prayer, keep quiet in our laps, raise to take part.
Feet and legs-Walk quietly, remain still.
Ears-Listen to what is said, listen to the sacred music.
Heads-Bow when prayers are being said and think about Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Eyes-Watch the teacher, bishop, or anyone who is speaking.
Lips-Speak quietly, smile, sing songs, pray, remain closed when someone else is praying.
Source: Family Home Evening Resource Book, Lesson Ideas, Reverence, 216

Have some quiet songs that go with each Mr Potato ‘part’.
(Note: Mini Mr and Mrs Potato Heads are available at KMart for $5 each- Australian dollars, that is.)
You could go over the cards used in last week’s Singing Time (the pictures of hands, feet, head etc) found here: http://www.finchfamilygames.com/games/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=reverent and discuss how important they are during the Sacrament, when everyone is thinking about the Saviour. 
We could sing:-
  • To Think About Jesus (CS 71)
  • Reverence is Love (CS 31)
  • Kindness Begins with Me (CS 145)
  • I’ll Walk With You (CS 140-141)

Reverence is love and respect for God

Brainstorming for the first week in November:-

– You could print this out, create your own Reverence jar, and write songs of your choice on the back of some of these.  Check that this activity isn’t being used as a Sharing Time one though http://lds.org/friend/2011/11/reverence-is-love-and-respect-for-god?lang=eng&query=Reverence+Love.

– Hand them out to reverent singers as ‘rewards’ stapled to a wrapped lolly (such as a mentos – they can come individually wrapped).  The children choose a word strip out of the jar and they need to do that activity during the week before they can eat their reward.  I’m hoping all your Primary will be reverent singers!

– Another idea is this one: http://www.finchfamilygames.com/games/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=reverent.  This has a Reverent poem, and some pictures that go with the poem.  This is a great printout to laminate and keep, and point to when the children are not being as reverent as you like.  Also fantastic to print out in miniature, and use as Personal or social Rule Cards for children with Aspergers.

– Use the above cards and play a game of Concentration/Memory.  Sing a song when they match them up.

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