Tuesday, August 15, 2017

School Supply Song Pick

School starts next week for our ward so I wanted to do something with a school theme but still continue to practice the program songs. 
I came up with a school supply song pick and the game 'Red Rover' (it has been on the LDS Chorister FB page and several blogs before).

Here's my plan: (very easy and low prep)
Click HERE to download the plan and pictures.

Happy Singing!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I'm Trying to be Like Jesus

Beautiful song, Primary classic!
The Senior kiddos know it pretty well except for the 2nd verse but the Junior kids stumble with so many words.
I used the 2017 Sharing Time Outline idea to teach it. You can check it out HERE. But my Junior needs more work. They got a little bored so I wanted to make it a little more engaging this week.
I'm going to springboard off an idea I read on the LDS Chorister's Facebook page and of course I can't find it again to give credit to the original person. 
But THANKS whomever you are!
It's a spin on Hot & Cold. She called it 'Gathering'. You make about 50 little cards (like stars, flowers, or CTR shields, etc). You place them around the room. While everyone sings, one child goes around gathering the cards (one at a time) and brings them up to the front.

So last night as I'm trying to fall asleep, I get my much needed inspiration.
I'm calling it 'SCATTER & GATHER'.
I made cards for the things that the Savior taught. I will scatter them around the room and a child will gather them as we sing. 
Here's my plan with a few rules to keep things orderly.
Click HERE to download the cards and directions.

I hope this will help us learn the song better but most importantly bring the spirit and learn how to be like Jesus.

Happy Gathering!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pioneer Day Singing

Pioneer Day is coming up.
I know some choristers go all out for this day from making butter to dressing-up. And I know some of you don't do anything at all because of various good reasons. 
This year I needed something very simple. (I'm tending 6 grandchildren for 5 days and a little overwhelmed!)
I'm doing a simple song pick with pictures.

Click HERE to download my pictures.

I love the song 'Pioneer Children' and have a word flip chart that I use.
Click HERE to download flip chart.

Last year I made cards for 'Fun To Do' with a Pioneer theme. 
You can check that out and download them HERE.

Also, last year I taught the song 'When I Hear of Pioneer Children'. You can check out that post HERE.

I hope everyone has a Happy Pioneer Day
 and keep singing as you walk and walk and walk and walk...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I Want to Live the Gospel

Our pick for the month of July is 'I Want to Live the Gospel'. I LOVE this song. It goes so well with the monthly theme of  'I Choose the Right by Living Gospel Principle.'
(We haven't decided yet if we will sing 'The Wise Man and the Foolish Man' in the program. Everyone knows it and I thought it had a great message so we did it last week. You can see my lesson plan and ideas I collected HERE.)

 Anyhow, here is my lesson plan for teaching this great song.

Click HERE to download my plan and rainbow cards.

An interesting fact I learned about this song. Sister Naomi Randall wrote the words. If she sounds familiar it's because she also wrote 'I Am a Child of God'. A quote from her about this song:

"It is my hope that the children will make a personal commitment to live the principles of the gospel more today than they did yesterday and that they may experience the joy and happiness that comes from living the gospel."

LOVE that. It's something I'll have to tell my kiddos!
Happy Singing!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

I know some choristers are NOT singing this song for the program and some are. But regardless, it is a great, fun, popular song with a wonderful message. You all know I'm all about NOT re-inventing the wheel so here is what I've found from other bloggers for teaching this song. I've thrown in my lesson plan too.
Nalani over on 'In the Leafy Treetops the Birds Sing Good Morning has fantastic helps to teach this song. I used most of them in my lesson plan.

Click HERE to link to her blog. 

She took the pictures of the Wise and Foolish Man from THE FRIEND magazine and made them into 3 sizes for us to copy as well as colored or black/white. 
Click HERE to link to the pictures. 

Here is my lesson plan (most of the ideas are from Nalani). 
THANKS Nalani for such wonderful ideas and saving me tons of time!!


Click HERE to download the lesson plan. 

I got the label idea from 'Teaching LDS Children's blog HERE.
I made my own labels and action cards to tape to my blocks. You can download those too.


Click HERE for labels and cards.

Some other great ideas you might want to try:

Camille has a fun idea using paper houses HERE.

Sugardoodle has some great ideas with a 3rd verse as well as using actual rocks and sand HERE.

Terri Hutchings has written a great arrangement for the song with a more reverent option HERE. You can download the sheet music as well as view a video.

I hope this helps having all the resource together in one place.

Happy Singing!

Monday, June 26, 2017

4th of July

Happy Fourth of JULY!
It seems I always have a sub for this holiday. So here are few of my go-to plans.
This is a fun and easy matching game. Just assign a song (I am reviewing program songs) to each matching picture. For my SR, I like to have them tell me facts about the picture. Example: How many red stripes on the flag, white stripes, how many stars, who made the first flag? etc. They really like showing me how smart they are!

Click HERE to download the matching.

Here is a post I did last year. It was a big HIT! It is very easy, low prep and great for a sub.

Click HERE for this activity.

The easiest one of all is 'PASS the FLAG'.
Image result for US flag stick
Buy a small flag on a stick. Pick a song to practice. Start passing the flag as you are singing. Have the pianist stop suddenly. Whomever is holding the flag tells something they love about our country or a freedom they enjoy.

I LOVE the song 'My Flag'. It's a great one to teach or just sing on the Sunday before Independence Day.

Here is the flip chart I use to help everyone remember the words.
Click HERE for the flip chart.

Camille has some cute ideas over on her blog for the 4th of July. She does poppers or glow sticks.
Click HERE to go to her blog.

Sugardoodle.com also has some cute ideas. You can check those out HERE

Whatever you choose to do GOOD LUCK and Happy 4th of July!
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Nephi's Courage

I've been trying to figure out how to teach this great song. My SR knows it well so I will just be reviewing it but most of my JR don't know it at all.
There are sooooo many cute ideas out there for teaching this song. I don't like to 're-invent the wheel' but I do like to put my own spin on it. Here are a few I have added to:

The OCD Primary Chorister made a cute flip chart with pictures that she drew. You can link to it HERE.  I decided to use this with my SR to review but I re-did it and just put one 'key word' with each picture.
There are NO pictures for the chorus.
Click HERE to download a copy.

Camille over on her blog had a darling idea of teaching the first two verses of the song with puppets.
You can check out her post HERE

There weren't puppets for the chorus and Camille does the 3rd verse a different way so I made some puppets for them.
Susan Fitch has some really cute puppets on her Etsy Shop. You can check them out HERE.
I used her puppets but on the church's website there are some there too.
Here's how mine turn out.
When the kids know the verse pretty well I'm going to pull out the 'STAGE'. 

I use a shower or curtain rod with a long curtain attached. I have 2 teachers hold the rod. The kids stand behind the curtain and hold the puppets up over the rod as we sing.
Click HERE to download the puppets I added. 

Happy Singing!