Friday, November 21, 2014

2015 Organizational Tools

Excuse me for a moment while I put on my Primary President hat.  I'm creating organizational folders to go with the 2015 theme.  As I create new documents, I'll post them below.  They're all in Word format so that you can easily make small adjustments (for example, if you don't want to use A4 paper).  If you have other requests, let me know and I'll see if I can get to it.  Feel free to pass this on to your presidency if you think they could use it.

Near the top will be documents you can use in your music callings.

Monthly Opening/Closing/Birthday/Baptism/Reverence Song Planner
make a copy for the pianist and one for the chorister

Singing Time Monthly Planner
Make one copy for the Chorister.  The first document has my tentative plans already filled in- in case you need ideas.  The second document is blank.

Scripture/Talk Reminder Wrist Bands
Print all pages and cut (leaving the white edge on the right)
Store each weeks assignments in a page protector with the previous week's conducting sheet so that you will remember to pass them out.
At the end of Primary, tape or staple the ends together to form a wrist band

Prayer/Article of Faith Reminder Wrist Bands

Weekly Conducting Sheets
Make one copy for the conducting binder.
Adjust as necessary (add prayers and articles of faith, etc.)
Fill in the week before as you pass out wrist band reminders

Friday, November 7, 2014

Activity: 2014 Primary Song Snowflakes

Last year's snowflake activity was such a success that I decided to design flakes to go with this year's songs. (For last year's designs, click here.)  Below are my song suggestions, but feel feel free to adjust the song choices to fit your primary.


Child with thought bubble of cross and hearts



Houses and hearts

Nativity Scene

Magnifying Glass and Eye

Below is the pattern document for each of the new snowflakes.  Fold and cut out according to the instructions on last year's link.  For the family snowflake, cut out the darker grey pieces first, then unfold and cut the hair and dress off of every other mother/daughter to make dads and sons.  I've left the document in Word so that you can adjust for your paper size. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lesson Plans: November 2014

-To go with the week 1 theme of faith, teach the song "Faith"
-The Sharing Time plan for the first week involves teaching the story of Samuel the Lamanite.  Reinforce this message and get a jump on Christmas by teaching "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus."
-The second week Sharing Time theme is "Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father."  Explain what reverence means by teaching "Reverence is Love" or teach about Prayer by reviewing the songs "A Child's Prayer" or "Children All Over the World."
-Review types of prayer with this activity.
-During Sharing Time on the third week, children will learn the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehis (Ammonites).  Continue this story by talking about the Stripling Warriors.  Then teach a song which mentions them, such as "Holding Hands Around the World," "I am a Stripling Warrior," or "We'll Bring the World His Truth."

-If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this month, try the Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity or play the Hot Potato Game (maybe with a sweet potato?)
-If you're celebrating Guy Fawkes Day (UK), try the fireworks activity.  Maybe don't mention why you do fireworks on this holiday…
-Depending on which hemisphere you live, try one of the autumn or spring activities.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Activity: "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"

The Sharing Time theme for the first week of October is "'The Family: A Proclamation to the World' came from God to help my family."  Because of General Conference and other scheduling considerations, your primary may or may not be covering this lesson.  The Outline for Sharing Time suggests giving a sentence from the Proclamation to each class and asking them to think of a song which relates to that sentence.  If your Primary Presidency is teaching this lesson, consider working with them.  If the lesson is being skipped, you can use the activity on your own for Singing Time.  

-If your primary is familiar with the pictures in the Matching Game, you might print a picture to go with each of the chosen songs.  Post them all on the board at the front of the room.  As you read each quote, ask the children to decide which song they feel fits.  

-In larger Primaries, or those which are split between Junior and Senior, this activity might be too difficult for the younger kids.  Along with the quote from "The Proclamation," you might give the children three song suggestions and ask which they believe fits best.  

Below, find my suggestions for quotes and songs.

"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children."

Latter-Day Prophets - 134

"All human beings -male and female-are created in the image of God.  Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life."

I Lived in Heaven -4

"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."

Truth From Elijah - 90
The Hearts of the Children - 92
Family History, I am Doing It - 94
I Love to See the Temple - 95

"Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live." 

The Twelfth Article of Faith - 131
Love One Another - 136
Love is Spoken Here - 190

"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ." 

How Firm a Foundation - H85 (Senior Primary should remember this from several years ago)
A Happy Family - 198
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man - 281

"Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." 

I Pray in Faith - 14
Faith - 96
The Fourth Article of Faith - 124
Family Night - 195

"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families."

The Family is of God, verse 2 - 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Daddy's Homecoming - 210
My Dad - 211

"Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children."

The Family is of God, verse 3 - 2014 Outline for Sharing Time
Mother, Dear - 206
Mother, I Love You - 207

"...we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."

Keep the Commandments - 146

"We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

Dare to do Right - 158
Stand for the Right - 159