Anytime you are at a loss for what to do just have the kids choose a song and a fun way to sing it and have them help you do the fun actions and lead the primary and it’s an instant hit.
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4 Stake Workshop “In Tune” Primary Chorister Training 2011 Presented by Kayrena Betts
Kayrena Betts• Green River Ward, Auburn Stake• Grew up in White Mountains of Arizona• Attended Ricks College and ASU• Lived in Washington State for the past 7 years• Married for 12 years• 2 girls ages 6 and 2 years• Spent most of my time serving in the Relief Society but have recently spent my years in the primary.• I love love love music, I was trained classically on the piano and also know how to play the flute and was a member of many a capella and show choirs in high school and college
Song of the RighteousIn a revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord said, “My soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (D&C 25:12).The First Presidency said:“Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.“Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end” (Hymns, ix).
Primary Calling Official Description• Under the direction of the Primary presidency, Primary music leaders and pianists have the following responsibilities:• They plan, teach, and direct the music for sharing time, including songs that will be part of the children’s sacrament meeting presentation.• They help with music for the nursery class and other Primary classes as requested.• They may organize and direct a children’s choir as requested.• Members of the Primary presidency help the ward Primary music leaders and pianists understand how music contributes to Primary. The melodies, words, and messages of Primary songs can teach children the doctrines of the gospel and stay in their hearts throughout their lives.• Music in Primary should invite reverence, teach the gospel, and help children feel the influence of the Holy Ghost and the joy that comes through singing. While the children sing some songs, music leaders give them opportunities to move physically and stretch appropriately.• The Children’s Songbook and the current sharing time outline are the basic resources for music in Primary. Hymns from the hymnbook and songs from the Friend and Liahona are also appropriate. Occasionally children may sing patriotic or holiday songs that are suitable for Sunday and for the children’s ages. The use of any other music in Primary must be approved by the bishopric.
“The purpose of music in Primary is to teach the children the gospel of JesusChrist and help them learn to live it. Primary songs makelearning more enjoyable, helpchildren learn and remember gospel truths, and invite the Spirit into Primary.” -from Sacrament Program Outlines 2010 & 2011
Music in Primary should invite reverence, teach the gospel, and help children feel the influence of theHoly Ghost and the joy thatcomes through singing. While the children sing some songs, music leaders givethem opportunities to move physically and stretch appropriately.
Additional Calling Descriptions“The purpose of music in Primary is to teach the children the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to live it. Primary songs make learning more enjoyable, help children learn and remember gospel truths, and invite the Spirit into Primary.” – from Sacrament Program Outlines 2010 & 2011Question: Can supplemental books and pictures from bookstores and the Internet be used in Primary?Answer from lds.org “Counsel with your priesthood leader.”I make sure to always seek counsel from my Primary president and then she counsels with the Bishop before using any materials that may need approvalI recognize that each stake has different goals and each ward has different styles of doing the same thing. I know that not all things presented in this workshop will work for everyone. Please be obedient to your leaders and seek to always follow the counsel and guidelines you have been given. Obedience is always the best option.
Helping Children Develop Appropriate Behavior• Children respond to a positive and smiling • Reinforce good behavior or responses leader or teacher. A positive leader by using positive comments such as creates a learning environment where "Great," "Wonderful idea," "Good each child feels loved and accepted and response," or "I appreciate your where the Spirit of the Lord can be felt. attention."• Teach correct social behavior by instruction and by example. • Plan for a short attention span by• Establish a few simple rules, and help providing activities and involvement every child understand what is expected. and by being flexible and sensitive to• Be realistic in your expectations. Be the child’s needs. Keep it simple. consistent, patient, loving, and firm. • Reinforce appropriate behavior by• Always seek to build self-worth when allowing the child to help mark the responding to a child. roll, gather or dispense materials,• Provide a great deal of recognition and hold a picture, and so on. praise for good behavior, and avoid • Encourage the child’s peers to ignore pointing out the negative. A good rule is inappropriate behavior and to give at least six positive statements to a child for every negative statement. compliment the child when he or she does contribute in a positive way.
Teaching Children With Disabilities • When the child’s behavior is highly disruptive or unacceptable, move him or her to a "quiet room," or a small vacant room in the church. A member of the "What power, what presidency or another leader will need to stay with thetenderness, what compassion child. Do not reinforce the child’s behavior with excessive eye contact, smiling, conversation, or discussion of the did our Master problem; it is a quiet time. When the child is in control. . . demonstrate! We, too, can again, bring him or her back into the group. bless if we will but follow His • As the child returns, let him or her know that he or she isnoble example. Opportunities loved, accepted, and an important part of Primary. are everywhere. Needed are • If this plan does not seem to be effective, please reread the information in this section to be certain the procedures eyes to see . . . and ears to are being followed correctly. hear the silent • Find out if the child’s family is using a successful behavior pleadings. . . . Yes, and a soul reinforcement plan, and if appropriate, use similar methods. filled with compassion, that • Never give up on a child who is having problems. Even if it we might communicate not seems like the child is not getting anything out of Primary,only eye to eye or voice to ear he or she is having the opportunity to be with loving but, in the majestic style of teachers, leaders, and friends; to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ; and to be touched by the Spirit. the Savior, heart to heart" (Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Nov. 1993, 71).
In particularly challenging situations, praising good behavior and ignoring inappropriate behavior may not be sufficient for dealing with a child Teaching Children With who has severe acting-out problems associated with a disability. The following suggestions may be helpful in managing difficult Disabilities behaviors and ensuring that the learning experiences of other children in Primary are not disrupted: The Savior taught, “All thy children shall be taught of the • Pray to seek the guidance of the Spirit.Lord; and great shall be the peace • Arrange some time to talk privately with the child about his or her behavior and what is expected of him or her in Primary. Help the of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). child understand the rules and the plan you will use if inappropriate behavior occurs again. You may want to counsel with the child’s parents about the plan. • If the child becomes disruptive in Primary, speak in a calm, pleasantElder M. Russell Ballard taught, voice. Anger, sarcasm, threats, punishment, and critical remarks are“Clearly, those of us who have not helpful.been entrusted with precious • Make a "please" request, such as, "John, please sit down"; praisechildren have been given a the child if he or she complies. If the child does not comply, make a "you need to" request, such as, "John, you need to sit down"; praisesacred, noble stewardship, for we the child if he or she obeys. If the child still does not comply, useare the ones God has appointed whatever procedure has been agreed upon in your rules.to encircle today’s children with • Be consistent and always follow through on rules. Be firm,love and the fire of faith and an immediate, and kind.understanding of who they are” • Recognize and praise the child’s efforts to improve.(“Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy • When the child is disruptive, a chair may be moved to the side of the room away from other children; the child may then be told thatChildren,” Ensign, Apr. 1994, 60). he or she must sit there and watch the other children for a short period of time, such as two minutes. During this time, do not interact with the child but continue to praise the children who are behaving appropriately. The child should be invited back into the group if he or she has been quiet for the assigned time. Immediately praise the child’s appropriate behavior.
Keeping a List of Songs Kids Should Know for Yourself and Your Substitutes 2008 2010• I Am A Child of God • He Sent His Son• Tell Me the Stories of Jesus • Come Follow Me• If the Savior Stood Beside Me • Follow the Prophet• We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet • The Holy Ghost• Home • I Know My Savior Loves Me• I Love to See the Temple • Heavenly Father Loves Me• Called to Serve 2011• When Jesus Christ was Baptized • If I Listen With My Heart 2009 • I Will Follow God’s Plan• I Lived in Heaven • Stand for the Right• How Firm a Foundation • I Love to See the Temple• My Eternal Family • Praise to the Man• Baptism • The Lord Gave Me a Temple• Seek the Lord Early • Scripture Power• Families Can Be Together Forever
Specific Disability Helps• On lds.org you can find additional helps for specific disabilities such as:• Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)• Autism• Behavior Disorders• Deaf and Blind• Intellectual Impairment• Language and Speech Disorders• Learning Disabilities• Mobility and Movement Impairments
Attention Getters and Calming Tactics Let’s face it, getting the kids to pay attention, control their chatter and participate is often the biggest part of our job. This can be frustrating stressful, and sometimes overwhelming, especially if your primary group is huge like mine. Chatty, wiggly kids can be the result of sugar from those “keep them reverent” sacrament snacks, excitement (holidays, school year, etc), hunger (think every possible church block), boredom (dont blame yourself), personality or just the need to test your boundaries. Here are some ideas that have worked for me in my primary, some are my own and some are borrowed. Jr. Primary Sr. Primary• “If you can hear me” (now add in a progressively • Quiet Coyote (hold it up and wait, it usually softer voice any of the following:) “touch your doesn’t take too long) eyes, zip your lips, touch your elbows, say Jesus, • Turn around and say – “who will be the last etc) to notice me” (whoever is last to notice say,• Rhythm clap “welcome back to primary Ryan” or whatever• Bubbles in mouth their name is)• 1,2,3 eyes on me • More complicated Rhythm claps• Yoga Breathing (blow up like a balloon and fold • Simply standing near the “chatters” will stop into a box) them usually.• “Open them, shut them, open them, shut them, • Touch your nose, touch your chin, Thats the Give a little clap.” way this game begins. Touch your eyes, (Now your voice gets progressively softer till you touch your knees, Now both hands we all are whispering) will squeeze. Touch your hair, touch one ear, “Open them, shut them, open them, shut them, Touch your two red lips right here. Touch Fold them in your lap…” your elbows where they bend, Thats the way this touch game ends. (If they touch both elbows, they will end with their arms folded.)
Opening/Reverent Song Ideas• Utilize the previous month’s theme song as your reverent song.• Make a poster board with each Article of Faith and sing one each month. Repetition is a great way to learn.• Sing an unknown classic reverent song every single Sunday in the month and by the end of the month most kids will start to pick up on it. Use a flipchart or pictures. Some songs I use are “Chapel Doors,” “Reverently, Quietly,” and “To Think About Jesus.” I tell them to go home and practice the song because I really want to see who knows it next week.
Welcome Song Ideas Jr. Primary Sr. Primary• Hello Song (pg.260) – Write Hello in several languages on popsicle sticks. Have visiting child • “Hello Song” (pg 260) – split choose a “language stick” and sing song using that version of “hello” the room in half and sing using – Hawaiian – Aloha two languages, switch halfway – German – Guten tag through the song. – Swahili – Jambo – Swedish – Hejsan (HEY-sun) • “Come With Me to Primary” – Japanese – Konnichiwa – Hindi – Namaste (pg 255) – sing as a round, – Hebrew – Shalom have a volunteer lead one of – Chinese – Nei Hao (Knee How) the groups – English – Hello – Italian – Ciao (Chow) • “Our Primary Colors” (pg 258) – Spanish – Hola – French – Bonjour Have people wearing red, – Russian – Privet (preev-YET) yellow, and blue stand up when you sing their color.• “Here We Are Together” (pg. 261) – This one is great because they learn the • “Here We Are Together” (pg visitors names, include non visitors from the same class and then the visitor will 261) learn new names as well.
Birthday Song Ideas So Im always trying out new ideas to make our birthday • Something fun I like to do when singing kids feel extra special and “Your Happy Birthday” it’s the one that maybe a little silly too when says"zippidy a and heidi ho), I insert thewe sing to them. I invested in birthday kids name in a silly fashion. So if an awesome party hat, some the kids name was James Brown wed say "James-idy a and Brown-ee-YO" and on the Mardi Gras sparkly glasses, YO I do a really dorkified like gangsta hand birthday candle glasses and motion . . .and if there are two kids we singsome Happy Birthday tiaras at one kids first name in the first slot and the the dollar store and I let the other in the second. It always turns outbirthday kids sport whichever really silly and the kids think its hilarious. they want while we sing to • Sr. Primary really likes to sing “You’ve Had a them. They love it and very Birthday” because it’s a round!rarely does anyone turn down • Do the hand jive to “You’ve Had a Birthday” the opportunity to wear (pat knees twice, clap hands twice, swish them, when they do I just hands on top twice, swish hand underneath volunteer to wear them for twice, point over right shoulder, point over them!! left shoulder, repeat)
Special Birthdays• Eight Year Olds (or any newly • 12 year olds and children moving baptized child) away – We always sing “I Belong to the – We sing “Your Happy Birthday”, but Church of Jesus Christ” for eight we sing it like so: year olds and others that have "This month is such a special one its chosen to be baptized. We sing it goodbye time for you. with exuberance. Wed really like to celebrate this happy day with you John-ee-ay and Jenny-yo (substitute names or first and last name if 1 child) Theres something we must do Well sing a song that we all know Goodbye to you!" We wave every time we say goodbye. I also utilize these children throughout singing time more than others because they are leaving.
Favorite Wiggle Songs I covered a soup can in paper and colored it to look like a worm garden. I cut out several pieces of paper toresemble worms, glued on googly eyes and wrote each of these wiggle songs including their page number. This Wiggle Worm Can comes in super handy on really wiggly days or when the particular song we are learning is difficult and we need a little break!• Do As I’m Doing (p. 276) • Follow the Prophet (p. 110)• Fun to Do (p. 253) • “Give” Said the Little Stream (p.• Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes 236) (p. 275) • I Am Like a Star (p. 163)• Hinges (p. 277) • I Have Two Little Hands (p. 272)• I Wiggle (p. 271) • I Hope They Call Me on a Mission• If You’re Happy (p. 266) (p. 169)• My Hands (p. 273) • In the Leafy Treetops (p. 240)• Oh, How We Love to Stand (p. 279) • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (p.• Once There Was a Snowman (p. 60) 249) • Popcorn Popping (p. 242)• Stand Up (p. 278) • Smiles (p. 267)• Birds in the Tree (p. 241) • The Wise Man and the Foolish Man• Book of Mormon Stories (p. 118) (p. 281)• Daddy’s Homecoming (p. 210) • Two Little Eyes (p. 268)
Do As I’m Doing Ideas• THE CHICKEN DANCE (Favorite) • Flex Your Muscles• Disco Dancing • Granny Dance• Orchestra Conductor • Wave Like a Queen• Kung Fu Master • Twiddle Your Thumbs• Race Car Driver • Paddle a Boat• Racehorse • Tip Toe• Rock Star • Russian Dance• Rub Head, Pat Stomach • Tap Dance• Swimming • Speed bag Punching• Baseball • Tightrope• Football Throw • Skiing • Jump Rope
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Ideas Sr. Primary Jr. Primary• Use popsicle sticks or whatever • Sing it slow, then fast, then works for you and write each body part for the song. (Head, shoulders, super slow, then super fast knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.) Pass them out randomly and • Sing it backwards have them come stand in a line up front and put the popsicle stick on • Sing it in different styles like the body part it represents. We opera, cowboy, staccato, then attempt to sing it in that order! etc.• For ever further advance line them up in correct order up front and choose something that goes on that body part, i.e., “head=hat,” “shoulders=coat”, etc. Then sing the items, they love it.
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam• To avoid that loud yelling of “sunbeam” on this song, have them avoid singing the word “beam” and instead jump up out of their seat each time. Remind them we are in Heavenly Father’s house and still must be reverent. If a child cannot contain themselves appropriately just tap them on the head and they have to sit out that song.• Have the older kids face the sunbeams and have them sing it to each other. Tell the older kids the sunbeams are really super good at this song and want to teach them it. They will play along usually.
Sr. Primary’s Favorite Use any song with repeating words. Wiggle Activity My favorites are “Popcorn Popping,” “Follow the Prophet,” and “Give Said the Little Stream.”This is something you On the repeating word have the have to really prep kids move over one chair each them for and help time. You can do it in a snakelike them remember fashion using the whole room orwhere we are at, but you can have them move left then right then left then right. It’s greatdone properly it is so to see them try to avoid someonemuch fun and a great end up in their lap. I always allowwiggle activity for the people to come up and stand by older ones me if they do not want to participate as some of the older girls are too “dignified” for this rowdy game!
Ways to Sing a Song• Quiet as a Mouse • One big breath• Ready, Set, FREEZE • Open mouth• Spin around in circles • Eyes Wide Open• Hide and Seek• Sing Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir • Stand on Chair• Play the Drums • Lights Out• Swing your leg like a soccer player • Oink Like a pig• Go Swimming • Colors• Pedal a Bike • Sticky Arms and legs• Hula• Sing Backwards • Eyes Shut• Hold your tongue • Kids only• Clap • Every other word• OOOOO like a ghost • Buzz Like a Bee• Hum • Teachers Only• A capella• Plug Your Nose • Whistle• Stop/Go • Shiver• Boys/Girls • Stand on one foot• Stomp to the rhythm • Jump Up and Down • Hand Jive
Music in the Nursery• Keep it nearly the same (same • Props that work order, same actions, same songs) – Prophet Sticks every single Sunday, these little – Sunbeams on a stick ones thrive on repetition. – Finger puppets• Bear your testimony and sing the – Bells month’s theme song complete – Hand clappers with flipchart pictures every – Pictures of Prophets Sunday, they are part of Primary too.• Start with everyone in a circle sitting and do all the hand action songs then do the standing songs last. Always finish with “Little Seeds” it is an amazing ending number and calms them back down after all the singing and wiggling fun!
Songs That Work Well In Nursery Sitting/Hand Action Songs Stand Up/Wiggle Songs• Book of Mormon Stories - #118 • The Wise Man & the Foolish Man• Daddy’s Homecoming - #210 • Follow the Prophet (chorus)-#110• Mother Dear- #206 • I am a Child of God - #2 (hold hands and• Grandpa circle)• A Happy Family #198 • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes -• Birds in the Tree - #241 #275• Give Said the Little Stream - #236 (use finger puppets and have them mimic your actions) • Stand Up - #278• Hello Song - #260 • Do As I’m Doing - #276• Hello Friends - #254 • Fun to Do - #153• I am Like a Star - #163 • Hinges - #277• Popcorn Popping - #242 • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam - #60• Jesus Said Love Everyone - #61 • Little Seeds Lie Fast Asleep - #243• Rain is Falling All Around - #241 • My Hands - #273• Smiles - #267• The Chapel Doors - #256 • O How We Love to Stand - #279 • Once There Was a Snowman - #249
• This year when teaching “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” the theme of the week was aboutTeaching a Song Using the dressing modestly and acting modestly. I printed Weekly Theme out pictures of clothing choices from a popularEvery week in the Primary children’s clothing store. I put them on the walls around the primary and we went on shoppingSacrament Program there trips! As each child chose clothing items thereis a theme presented and was a scripture on modesty or a phrase from thespecific ideas of what is to For Strength of Youth Booklet about modesty.be taught. These are We talked about the items and compared theirgenerally the theme of the modesty to the standards set. The girls were soSharing Time portion of creative with modification to make tank topsprimary but if you modest and were brave in realizing they couldn’tcoordinate well these are wear all the “in style” clothing and be modest.amazing jumping off points The boys learned how sayings on their shirt that may be funny may not be the bestfor your singing time ideas! representation of a disciple of Christ and ripped up jeans are not particularly modest. We sang the song after each shopping trip and mixed in some fun songs to break things up. This worked really well and was so easy.
• Use flipcharts; several appropriate ones can be found on the internet, you can also make your own with gospel art and key words or phrases. If you don’t have access toTeaching a Song using the gospel art pictures draw your own! My kids get a real kick out of my homemade drawings. Visual Learning Style • Use Singing Motivators on popsicle Sticks. Have a Loud Lion and a Soft Mouse, a Stop Sign and a Go Sign, a Hum orKids learn best when we use Buzz Sign, etc. This makes them pay attention to where all their learning styles they are in the song while singing and what is upcoming. If you can’t use those signs use church pictures thatsimultaneously. Kinesthetic represent those items such as a picture of a chapel to tell learners need movement them to sing quietly, etc. . . • Put key pictures and words on poster board and add themand touch to learn, auditory as you learn them. Make a game of taking a few pictures learners need to hear the and words off the board and have them see how well they can sing it. Sometimes we spin a spinner or roll a dice to song and your voice, visual see how many words/pictures to remove. Another way is learners need pictures and to have one side of the room sing the words still on the board and the other side sing the missing ones. visual cues. Mix all three • Make a rebus storyboard. Like stories for beginning together and you have a readers these picture stories are easily understood and “read” by most ages.definite winner! Letting the • Have a picture that represent each phrase of the song,kids peer teach is also really have children hold the picture and stand up front or in front of their chairs when the phrase is sang. Hand out effective. Here are some pictures and have them work together to put them in ideas for visual learning. correct song order.
• Copy cat or parrot singing is a fabulous method for teaching a song. You sing a phrase then the children sing aTeaching a Song using the phrase. It is much easier for children to copy the notes sung by a human voice than notes played on a piano. Auditory Learning Style • Another way to teach by singing is to hand out a phrase orSing more, talk less. During singing a picture that represents a phrase to a row, class or grouptime, SING.. SING a lot. Sing standing and then give them and their teacher a few minutes toup, sing sitting down. Have the really get the words down. Get their attention back andchildren stand and face the back door then have them stand up and sing their phrase when it’sto sing to their parents down the hall their turn. Remind them that they better pay attention toin Gospel Doctrine, have them sing to the other groups because you’re going to mix them up in aeach other and try not to giggle, havethem sing the pianist. minute. • Sometimes I have the boys sing the verse and girls sing theAs a director, don’t be afraid to sing in chorus and then switch it up.front of the children. Remember • Sing a song a million different styles. Sing soft like aprimary is not about being perfect mouse, in a whisper, with your nose plugged, like thesingers, it’s about sharing our Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with a western twang. Sing ittestimonies through music. I’m pretty staccato, legato, largo and presto. Kids love learning thesure most kids won’t know if you’re actual music terms associated with these styles. Have funon key or not. . .just do your best and with it and of course always remind them we are inthe Lord will make up the rest. Smile Heavenly Father’s house and must be reverent. If theyand sing and laugh when you make cannot be reverent they lose the privilege of participatingmistakes. that round of singing. I hardly ever have problems getting kids to be appropriate because they understand the boundaries.
• My favorite thing is using actions. On LDS.org you can find Teaching a song using videos to learn the sign language to many primary songs. Both Jr. and Sr. primaries can effectively learn basic signKinesthetic Learning Styles language and these actions can be used in the chapel for the primary program. You can leave out some of the signs and just do the signs for the major words if the kids (orKinesthetic learners require motions, you!) are having a hard timetouch and movement to learn • Make up actions that fit the song such as using a hand cupped to the ear for “listen” and drawing a heart on youreffectively. There are several ways to chest for “heart” in the song “If I Listen With My Heart.”reverently utilize movement to help • For Sr. Primary a really great and effective teaching tool isthese children. Most of these children to hand out a phrase of the song and then give them 5-7are the ones that wiggle and squirm minutes to work with their teacher to come up withevery week. When we help them stay actions that represent that phrase. Then they come upinvolved by teaching them through one group at a time and teach the rest of the primary theirmovement their wiggles will become actions and words to their phrase. It works amazingly.their greatest assets. • Any of the singing style cards provided in this handout help kinesthetic learners learn easier. March while singing “Praise to the Man” sway back and forth while singing “I am a Child of God,” and jump up and down to “Give Said the Little Stream.” • Use rhythm sticks or two finger claps to clap rhythms and beats. • Teach the kids how to lead the song and have them all lead with you.
How to Teach a Song • Set clear expectations and praise the children when they are meeting those expectations. If• During Singing Time, rehearse more you say “good job” every time the kids sing any than one song. Learn a couple song, any way they choose, they’ll tune you phrases of the new song and then out. The kids will either think you don’t care or you’re just plain clueless and didn’t realize that sing some of their all time favorites they really sounded horrible on that last as a reward. verse. Set the standard by teaching them to sing with gusto but without shouting, I call it “never louder than lovely!”. Teach them to stand still with their hands to their sides. Teach them to watch the director. Teach them to memorize the words. Teach them these things then expect them to follow you as the director. When they meet your expectations really praise them, with lots of enthusiasm, to reinforce their fabulous singing and behavior. ”Primary Choir, give yourselves a pat on the back…that was fantastic…you followed my directions exactly…you sang like angels.” They’ll know you really mean it.
• My primary presidency has twoHow to pick your helpers! cans full of popsicle sticks. One for Jr. Primary and one for Sr.When you need to use childhelpers, let the children know Primary. Each child’s name is onyou’ll be choosing someone them and there are extra stickswho is sitting up straight andtall, someone who is watching with “visitor” on them. There isthe director, someone who issinging, etc. This reinforces a green end and a red end. Iappropriate singing timebehavior. simply pull a green popsicle stick and see if that child is beingRemember that “reverent”does not mean sitting reverent, when singing time iscompletely still and quiet, it’sabout the feelings felt and done I put all the used popsicleabout the individual child. Be sticks back in the cans with theaware of each child’sprogression into learning red side up! It’s fair, no onereverence and reward them bypositive reinforcement. I am complains and everyone gets anever bothered by littlewiggles! turn eventually.
Review IdeasFor specific instructions and ideas for these review games go to www.primarysingingintherain.blogspot.com• Jeopardy • Mr. Potato Head• Singing Bee • Sing the Jack O Lantern• Doing Laundry • Musical Measles• Primary Playground • Scripture and a Song• Primary Land • Back to School• Memory Match • Dig In• Missing Words • Hot and Cold• Unwrap the True • Life Size Tic Tac Toe Meaning of Christmas • Pictionary
5th Sunday Music Share • This year with approval from my Primary Presidency and the Using Instruments in Bishop I started what we call “5th Sunday Music Share” in Sr. Primary. All kids are given a chance to share their musical Primary talents on the 5th Sunday of any month as long as they use the Children’s Songbook or the Hymnbook. This has turned out to be one of the most spiritual experiences we have ever had in According to the LDS Church primary, it’s literally my favorite Sunday. I remind the kids that we need to be respectful to each performer and sit quietly andHandbook 2: Administering in listen and when they are finished we “golf clap” and “silent the Church, “Organs and cheer” to show how much we love it. It’s been really fun to see what they come up with, thus far we’ve had clarinet duets, a pianos, or their electronic saxophone solo, piano duet with a Dad and daughter, an older equivalents, are the standard girl accompanied her friend on the piano, and upcoming this month we will have a Bass solo, recorder duet, and hopefully a instruments used in Church trumpet duet! I love seeing the kids recognize the worth of their musical talents in sharing the gospel. meetings. If other instruments are used, their Mix Up Your Program with Instruments and Groupsuse should be in keeping with • Be creative when planning the music for the Sacrament Meeting Program. Get small groups or soloists to sing the 2nd the spirit of the meeting. or 3rd verse of a song. Have a child play an obbligato part on aInstruments with a prominent flute or violin. Have a group of children sing harmony for one of the songs, perhaps the chorus of a song.or less worshipful sound, suchas most brass and percussion, Using Instruments During Singing Time are not appropriate for • Hand bells work really well during singing time. Write out the words to the song and color code the words to match where to sacrament meeting.” play the bells. Have a teacher or other adult volunteer to help the kids stay on track while you lead the primary in singing. We did this during “Christmas Bells are Ringing” last year and it worked amazingly, the kids loved it and they sang the song over and over again without complaints knowing they were going to get to play the bells!
– The following Subjects are covered - • Handbook 2: Administering the Church Booklet Resources • Teaching No Greater Call BookLDS.ORG Official Resources can befound at the following link • Worldwide Leadership Training Bookhttp://lds.org/service/serving-in-the- • 2011 & 2012 Primary Sharing Timechurch/primary/leader- Outlineresources?lang=eng#music • Children’s Songbook • Downloadable Songs from Primary Programs • Music From the Friend and Other’s Children’s Music • Music from 2006-2010 Primary Programs • Frequently Asked Questions • Primary Training Videos • Teaching All Children, Especially Those With Disabilities
Organizing Your Stuff File Box Weekly Box• I have a file box alphabetized • Files of Songs we will be singing • Container with necessities like tape, by song name. I include all the chalk, scissors, string, board clips, etc. pictures and lesson plans for • Birthday and Silly Song Props that particular song so it’s easy • Wiggle Worm Can to grab and go when we’re • “How to Sing a Song” and “Fun to Do” cards reviewing. • Motivator props (Loud Lion, Soft• I also include a file of songs we Mouse, etc.) know including page numbers. • Nursery container with all their props • Binder full of flipcharts for this year• I have folders with review • Any items needed for that particular ideas alphabetized in the back, Sunday i.e., “doing laundry review” or • I can carry this box and a foam board or poster board pretty easily each Sunday! “Service Scarecrow Review”
My Favorite Resources• I have created a blog to share my ideas and get ideas from others who hold this calling. My ideas have been approved by my particular Primary Presidency and Bishop, but I realize that all the ideas I have used may not be approved for use in your own wards. Hopefully this can be a tool that will help inspire new ideas that you can tweak to fit the guidelines of your particular ward. On the right side are links to other primary chorister blogs that may give you additional ideas. These are not official church websites but have so many useful ideas from faithful and diligent choristers. Once again I urge you to always follow the counsel of your leaders and make sure to get everything approved that you may feel uncertain about. Most of all have fun.• http://primarysingingintherain.blogspot.com/
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