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'.
It's VERY EASY!
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!

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!