Monday, November 13, 2017

Scatter and Gather

We are busy with Christmas songs. We've been ask to sing at the ward Christmas party, which is only 2 weeks away. Plus we are practicing to sing in Sacrament meeting just before Christmas. But I still want to do something with being thankful and showing gratitude. 
An idea hit me this morning how I can do both.
Back when I taught 'I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus' I found an idea called 'Scatter and Gather'. You can read that post HERE.

I'm going to use that same idea as we practice our Christmas songs only with turkey cards and the gatherers will have to tell us what they are thankful for.
This is a GREAT activity that is kind-of like hot and cold so you can sing the songs over and over in a fun way.
I've made a download with various cards so you can scatter and gather throughout the year.

Click HERE to download.

Happy Gathering!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When He Comes Again

Now that Halloween is over it's time to start thinking about Christmas and what we'll be singing in Sacrament Meeting. There are some very beautiful songs out there. We did one last year called 'Could I Hold the Baby' by Rachel M. Goates. It was an all time favorite. You can read about it HERE and HERE.  
This year however, We have decided to go with a song from the Children's Songbook. We are doing 'When He Comes Again'. Now some may not think this is a Christmas song but it has a very wonderful message that we think applies. 

Here is my lesson plan:
Click HERE to download lesson plan.

I have made PICTURE cards for my JUNIOR kiddos.
Click HERE to download pictures. 

I have made a flip chart for teachers and SENIOR Primary.
Click HERE to download the flip chart.

And I wanted a little fuller accompaniment with some variations in it so I wrote a fairly easy one for my pianist.
Click HERE to download accompaniment.

That just about does it. I start to teach it this week. Wish me luck!

Happy Singing!!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Teach Me About The Temple 2

The more I read about this song the more I LOVE it!!
I found an article in the Meridian Magazine that Sister Christofferson wrote about the inspiration to write this song. You can read it HERE

Here is my lesson plan for teaching this beautiful song.
The picture above is only the first page.
Click HERE to download the whole plan including pictures.

We are also doing a block building activity to practice it several times. The directions are in the lesson plan. But basically, we will build a tower with large Lego blocks as we sing. When we see great singers they will be given a block. They will reverently come forward and add their block to the tower. We'll keep singing until the tower is built or falls down. For Senior, I'll use Jenga blocks instead of Legos.
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I have another post about this song. There is also a flip chart on that post. 
If you'd like to read or download the chart click HERE

I hope this is helpful.

Happy Singing!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Teach Me About the Temple

I live in Lehi, Utah and 21 years ago this month the Mount Timpanogos Temple was dedicated. It was a monumental event in our family's lives. I was a young mother with 4 children and we were all involved with the Open House and Dedication. 
My husband did ushering and parking. I took a shift playing the organ in a tent while visitors filed through displays explaining the temple. My daughter and I got to usher in the celestial room and my Primary kids got to sing on risers as the visitors entered the temple grounds. 
I was the Primary President at the time and they asked the Primaries in different wards to prepare several songs and come for about 15-20 minutes and sing outside the temple for the open house.
The whole building of a new temple was an exciting, memorable, and sacred experience for our family.
For the new temple a new Primary song appeared in a special Commemorative Edition of the local newspaper. 
It was by Sister Lynne Perry Christofferson. She had written it for the Lehi North Stake Conference the fall before the dedication to help the children prepare for the temple open house and dedication. We taught it to our Primary children and it quickly became their favorite for many, many years.
I am elated to see it finally in 'The Friend' this month!! There is even a Sing-Along video!

Click HERE for the link.

I've made a flip chart for those of us that like to use them.
Click HERE to download flip chart.

I am so EXCITED to teach this beautiful song again!

Check out my lesson plan to teach this song HERE.

Now that a new temple has been announced in Saratoga Springs, Utah, I'm grateful my grandchildren will get to experience the special spirit that comes with an open house and dedication.
 THANK YOU Sister Christofferson for composing such a wonderful song for the children!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Program Review

We are in full Program Review mode. Our PP is October 15th and my JR needs lots of practice. I want the review to be fun but not too distracting. I also get to take up ALL the sharing and singing time this week. I had a great idea come to me in the middle of the night (that's when I get most of my inspiration lol) I'm calling it 'The Super Singer Game'. 
You play it like 'The QUIET Game'.
Click HERE to download my directions.

I will also be using Balloon Bugs for a fun way to choose and pass off each song.
I thought I had shared this before but I couldn't find it. So here it is... maybe again!
Click HERE to download the BUGS!

I hope this can be of help to someone.

Happy Singing!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Choose the Right Simplified

As a piano teacher, I like my students to learn to play the Primary songs and Hymns. I love that the Church has their 'I Can Play It' series but sometimes these are still too hard. My students have learned to chord and I've looked all over for some of the hymns with just the melody and chords but they are hard to find. So I arranged some of my own. 
With the Primary program coming up, I thought I'd share the hymn for the year.
Here is 'Choose the Right'.
This uses the I, IV, & V7 chords for the key of C. 
There are 2 versions: 
Just melody with chords
Click HERE to download Melody.

 Or harmony with chords
Click HERE to download with Harmony

My students love these versions until they are skilled enough to play from the hymn book.

I hope this is helpful.

Happy chording!

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!