Monday, June 17, 2013

BYU Women's Conference - Primary Singing Time Ideas

I had the opportunity to create a Sharing Station for BYU Women's Conference this year.  I was beyond thrilled when I received the topic, "Primary Singing Time Fun".  I had never been to Women's Conference before so I wasn't sure what to about a wonderful experience!  It was so great to chat with all of the amazing women who strolled through my booth.  I met many choristers and was able to share my ideas with them as well as hear some of theirs.  One thing that remained consistent with every chorister was the LOVE they all had for their calling.  It truly is the best calling in the church.  We are so blessed to teach these sweet children about the gospel through music each week & to learn from their testimonies.

You can view my virtual sharing station & handouts here.  I shared ideas for the following topics:
Seasonal Activities
Wiggle Songs
Program Review Activities
New Children
Singing Motivators
How to Teach a Song
Song Ideas for the Weekly Themes (correspond with the Sharing Time Outline)
Monthly Planning Worksheet

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dress A Father

This visual was made by my mother YEARS ago.  It is truly vintage Primary!  It’s a classic that I continue to bring out each year and the children love it as much as I did as a child.  Display the father visual and tell the children that you are going to help him get ready for work/church…be sure to make his hair look extra messy.  Assign a song to each item and place them in a small suitcase.  Choose a child to select an item and place it on the father.  Sing the corresponding song.  Items are as follows:  a comb to straighten his hair, a razor (remove the blade or keep the cover on) to shave his face (remove the sandpaper), a hat, a shirt, a tie, and a jacket.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Week 2: If I live worthily, the Holy Ghost will help me choose the right.

Hop To It - This idea was originally seen here.  I did this a couple years ago and the children LOVED it.  You will need 6-8 plastic leaping frogs...I bought mine at the dollar store but I have also seen larger ones at JoAnn's.  Number each frog.  Place a start line with tape on the floor. Begin by asking the children what gift we are given when we are baptized.  Ask the children what the Holy Ghost helps us do.  Call 2 children up at a time and have them each share a way that they can live worthily.  Next, have them each pick a frog and place them on the start line.  As you say, "On your mark, get set, GO" the children press down on their frogs to make them leap. Whatever frog leaps the farthest is the song that you sing.

Close by bearing your testimony of the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Explain to the children that if they live worthily, the Holy Ghost will help them make correct choices.

Other songs for practice this week could include: "The Holy Ghost" p. 105, "Listen, Listen" p. 107, "The Still Small Voice" p. 106.

Listen to the Still Small Voice - The Friend magazine this month (June 2013) has a darling activity that teaches how the Holy Ghost helps us choose the right.  It can be found here.

Place the pictures in a bag and the words on the table.  Choose a child to select a picture from the bag and find the words that match the picture.  After a match is made, sing a song.

*This could also be done as classic memory.  Tape the pictures and the words to the chalkboard with the backs facing out, creating a memory game.  Have a child try to make a match.  When a match is made, sing a song.

When I Am Baptized

Hello!  Sorry for my lack of posting.  Life in the month of May was a little crazy around here...I am sure many of you can relate!  But now summer is upon us & I welcome the slower pace that accompanies it.  I am sure most of you have already made a visual for "When I Am Baptized", but I thought I would still share mine.