Monday, September 1, 2014

2015 Songs Have Been Announced

If you have the mobile LDS Library app, you can see the new 2015 Outline for Sharing Time and Sacrament Meeting Presentation.  I haven't seen it on yet, but I would assume that it will be available there soon.

(2010 Outline Cover)

The theme for the year is "I KnowMy Savior Lives" and the songs are as follows

January:  I Know that My Savior Loves Me
February:  He Sent His Son
March:  Follow the Prophet
April:  The Church of Jesus Christ
May:  Song of your choice
June:  The Holy Ghost
July:  Come, Follow Me (Hymns)
August:  Song of your choice

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lesson Plans: September 2014

In September of 2014, most of us will be focussed on Primary Program review.  Try the activities on my page Review Links for the 2014 Primary Program.  There you'll find a list of activities, games, tips and tools for your upcoming performance.  You might even consider trying one of these fun arrangements of the 2014 songs.

Since September 21 is the first day of fall (or spring in the Southern Hemisphere), you could work the program songs into a game of Autumn Opposite Day (or this Spring activity).

Don't forget, though, that the program is not meant to be the the focus of Primary.  Spend some time reinforcing the weekly themes.

On week 1, the subject is "I show my gratitude by offering thanks for all my blessings.  You might want to teach the cute song, Can a Little Child Like Me.  Or, try the gift option of the Gratitude Activity and discuss the blessings we've been given in our lives.  Bring it all together with a short review of My Heavenly Father Loves Me.

On week 3, try teaching one of my favorite old primary songs, "I Believe in Being Honest."  If you want to keep the lesson short, just teach the first three pages.

The week 4 subject is "By living the gospel I set a good example for others to follow."  Start out with a couple of rounds of "Do as I'm Doing" with the help of these adorable cards by Susan Fitch Design.  ?Then teach one of my favorite missionary songs, "The Things I Do."

Alternate Arrangements of 2014 Primary Program Songs

Here are a list of my favorite alternate arrangements of this year's songs.  I've only included those which I think could reasonably be adjusted for a primary choir.  Most of the arrangements below are free for church use, but please double check for copyright issues and clear your decisions with your Primary Presidency.  If you know of other arrangements, please let me know and I will add them!

He Sent His Son,
Sally DeFord with flute/violin
Michael Moody with violin/flute
Betsy Lee Bailey with violin/flute

I WIll Follow God's Plan

I Stand All Amazed
Hamilton and Son Music with options including violin/flute
Ward Choir

The Family Is Of God
Ben Chan with flute/violin

Baptism simplified sheet music (for a child to play?)

Seek the Lord Early

Love at Home

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Song: I Believe in Being Honest

I love this song because it's quick and easy to teach and it's catchy enough to get stuck in the kids' heads.  If I were chorister, I'd be using it for the third week of September, 2014 to go with the theme of "We believe in being honest," and as a break from practicing program songs.  Because I don't want to overwhelm the kids with learning a new song at this time of year, I've included the words in the flip chart at the bottom of the page.  Feel free to copy and paste the pictures into your own document if you prefer flip charts without words.  

I believe in being honest;  
I believe in being true,

That honesty should start with me

In all I say, in all I do.

I'll form good habits in my youth,

To keep my word, to tell the truth,

To speak up in defending right

And keep my name and honor bright.

I believe in being honest;  
I believe in being true,

That honesty should start with me

In all I say, in all I do.