Monday, July 14, 2014

Activity: Now We Know Our Primary Songs

To encourage the kids to master the program songs for this year, tell them that you are going to write a song.  On a piece of poster board or large paper, draw a musical staff- five parallel horizontal lines 3" apart.  You can add the treble clef (the symbol on the left) if you like, but it's not necessary.

Print the document at the bottom of the page and cut out each of the images.  I've created a music note for each song the children should have learned this year.   As the children master each song, let them add the corresponding music note to the staff.   Make sure to keep them in order, but let the children decide on which line or space they'd like to place the note.  When the children have learned all of the songs and placed all of the notes, have the pianist play the song for them.  Sing the words "now we know our pri-ma-ry songs" to the tune they've written.

May (write in the song of your choice)

June (write in the song of your choice)

July (Baptism)

Song: Seek The Lord Early

I'll seek the lord early, while in my youth,

And he will help me to know the truth.

I'll search the scriptures and find him there,

Then go to our Father in fervent prayer.

I'll seek the lord early, and I'll obey
His living prophets in all they say.

I'll keep his commandments; his love will abound.

I will seek the Lord early, and he will be found.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lesson Plans: July 2014

  • For the first time since I started blogging, I have chosen not to illustrate the monthly song, "Baptism."  I didn't feel that I could create original clipart that would be reverent enough for the subject matter.  In addition, as I tried to think of a unique way to teach this song, I had a "stupor of thought"-or, in other words, I kept coming back to the same idea.  What I came up with was very similar to those ideas which can already be found on or Camille's Primary Ideas.  Therefore, I decided to instead use my time in creating a review activity, which can be used to repeat the song many times once it has been learned.  As it is slow and flowing, this song is a perfect fit for review with ribbon wands!
  • When the children have learned the song, review with the rock, paper, scissors activity by asking the children to identify which of the three verses several words or phrases belong in.
  • If you are in the USA, try the 4th of July fireworks review activity.  Or, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, try the snowflake activity.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 of this month focus on the Holy Ghost.  Support that theme and review difficult lines from the program songs with the Still Small Voice Chain.
  • To further emphasize the theme of the Holy Ghost, review the song "As a Child of God," which the children learned in 2012.  It's short and easy but because it is not in the Children's Songbook, it often gets forgotten.
  • Or, to go with the theme of Baptism in weeks 1 and 2, review the song "When I am Baptized."  

Any other ideas?  Share with us in the comments!

Activity: Still Small Voice Chain

This activity is particularly useful in reviewing songs about the Holy Ghost, Prophets, or Scriptures.  Explain that the activity shows that a message can be distorted as it is passed from person to person.  That is why it is important to have a direct line from Heavenly Father to ourselves.  We can find this direct line through the Holy Ghost, the Prophet and even the Scriptures.  When we seek guidance from these sources, we can be sure that the answers we receive have not been misinterpreted or mistranslated by others.

1.  Choose about 10 songs (or verses of songs) which you would like to review.  List the line in each song with which the children have the most difficulty.  For example, if you were to choose the song "Baptism," you might choose this line from the second verse, "Now we know that we must also witness faith in Jesus' word."

2.  Choose five to ten children through whom the message will pass.  If convenient to your seating arrangement, you might divide the children by classes or rows.  Whisper the chosen line to the first child, then have that child whisper the line to the second child and so on.

3.  When the message reaches the last child, have him or her say the line out loud.  Ask if the children in the line is correct.  Ask if they can identify the song or verse to which the line belongs.  Briefly discuss the line and what it means.  Have all of the primary children repeat the line with the correct wording.  Sing the song or verse.