Monday, March 12, 2012

Memory for Review

I guess it's been a while since I've posted. I'm really busy!!!! So, I'm trying to remember what I did...oh yeah okay so I knew the kids already were pretty familiar with Stand for the Right so we did some review by playing tic-tac-toe. I asked the kids a question about the song and if they answer right, they get to do a X or O. I set up 3 rows of little chairs and I didn't do teams because I don't like what the competition does to the kids sometimes. But, it was still fun because some kids didn't want to get the tictactoe. We sang the song silly ways and played hot and cold. here's the questions. I got this all from sugardoodle of course! :)

So, this recent Sunday, I wanted to come up with a fun way for the kids to pick the songs instead of rolling a dice or an apron. I got a great idea to play Memory. I put 12 pictures on the board turned around of course and if they got a match, we sang the song. I couldn't believe how much the kids LOVED this game. They were really into it. It's a great one for review. I put in a question mark and a picture of jesus for freebies.

2 bees - Stand for the Right
2 children - As a Child of God
2 CTR signs - Choose the Right
2 New Song - Choose the Right Way (I started teaching them the new song)
2 Jesus - Favorite song about Jesus
2 Question - Silly Song

I will definitely use this again!!!

1. What are the words the prophet has for you? Be true

2. Tell me one place that the song says you should stand for right? Work, play, darkness, light

3. Tell me another place the song says you should stand for the right? Work, play, darkness, light

4. Who said, "Stand for the right, even if you stand alone"? Pres. Thomas S. Monson

5. Tell me one thing you can do at school to stand for the right.

6. Tell me one thing you can do at home to stand for the right.

7. Your friends at school say bad words, what can you do to stand for the right?

8. There is a new boy in your class who has special needs. Some kids in your class laugh at him. What can you do to stand for the right?

9. There is a really cool movie your friends want to see, but you know it isn't appropriate. What can you do to stand for the right? 

10. You find a wallet in the store while shopping with your mom. What can you do to stand for the right?

11. Your little sister has taken your toy without asking. What can you do to stand for the right?

12. You are listening to a song and hear a bad word. What can you do to stand for the right?

13. Why should you stand for the right?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Chews" the Right

"Chews" the Right

While browsing the many chorister blogs one day, I saw the headband game where the kids have to guess the word on their headband when we come to that part of the song....well I did a variation of that and the kids loved it! So this is how it went. I chose a child to come up to the front and put a word strip on their back so they couldn't see it. When we came to that word in the song, I put it up my STOP sign and all the kids had to stop singing and the kid had to say the next word. If they got it right, I had to put a piece of gum in my mouth. If they got it wrong, I didn't have to chew one. And so it continued until my jaw was broken from all the right words and I started getting a headache from all the sweetness! :) The kids though were extremely involved and lauhed as I could barely speak the words or sing for that matter. It was a great way to teach them the harder words in the song and remind them of the right phrases! This could be done with any song really. :) Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Songs of the Heart Variety and a KISS

Happy Valentine's Day! I LOVE incorporating holidays into singing time. It really allows for extra creativity and fun activities. This week I chose a variety of songs in the Primary Songbook that had the word LOVE in it. Then I cut out hearts and put numbers 1-9 on them which each corresponded to one of the songs.
I also cut out and laminated 5 other large hearts and secretly hid them under random chairs. I also bought a giant hershey kiss at the dollar store. So, how did it all fall into place? Well....

I first talked about how we choose the right when we show love to others. I then did the HOT POTATO game with the giant hershey kiss. We started passing it around and whoever it landed on got to come up and two things 1) Choose a Heart on the board that matched the song and 2) Try to unwrap the hershey kiss with a pair of gloves (I only did this one with Senior) The kids loved it and all wanted a chance to try of course...esp. bc they got to eat the kiss after.

But before we started singing I told them to see if they had a Heart under their chair. If so, hold it up when you hear the word LOVE. After the song, I asked them to pass the heart to someone you love! It's always better to give love away! They seemed to really stay engaged and interested. We had a blast celebrating love and kisses! Hope you all had fun too! xoxo! I had boxes filled with kisses that I gave out at the door! If i really wanted it to be perfect I would have them individually wrapped with a cute quote attached but really....who has time for that. I didn't that week. :) I think in the end, they really only care about the chocolate anyways. right?

CTR Wands and Waving

I took a blogger's advice and printed out the CTR signs and attached them to popsicle sticks for the kids to use. The kids LOVED having something to hold. And I learned quickly that the more involved they are, the better they sing and pay attention. In particular for junior, I had a coupld kids that are usually staring off into space who were engaged and singing! I loved it! On a side note, I always wonder if anything I'm teaching is getting into their heads. So, the other night, I was tucking my little sunbeam into bed and he started singing choose the right. It warmed my heart and I knew all the work, effort, pictures, practice and fun is worth it!

So anyways, I had the kids hold up their signs every time they heard the word RIGHT in the song. The loved it and after a couple times of review, it was time to get the tune and rythm ingrained in their little heads! I chose a volunteer to choose how they wanted to direct their choir (In a Rainbow, Triangle or Circle) It was a great way to get the kids to still be involved with thier CTR sticks and learn the beat of the song.

In Senior, I heard they knew the song really well so I wanted to see how well they knew it. Surprise they actually mixed up a bunch of words in the chorus. I took some time to review the words and the main time went to teaching them the second verse of the song. We sang it silly ways and they got to choose what word we held their sticks up on. I taught the second verse with props (watch, book of mormon, knee pads) to help them remember the key words. I think that was it. To be honest, I can't remember it all. it all gets a little fuzzy. :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Choose the Right - The Hymn

Today was simple. Just teaching the words and meaning to the new song we are learning. And, I learned the Junior doesn't know the song at all but the Senior do. So....I'm gonna have to think of some reivew or other songs to teach them, which will be fine. Here's my flipchart for Choose the Right. Oh, but for some reason it's out of order in this format but I think you can figure it out! :) What a great song with a great message. Felt the spirit today while the kids where learning and singing it today. They really are learning how to choose the right. My son, 6, also prayed yesterday to make good choices. It warmed my heart.

"Choose the Right" Lyrics


So since they seem to know the song pretty well, we did Don't Forget the Lyrics or Choose the Right Lyrics. I had a volunteer come up to the front that thought they knew the song pretty well. So I had the primary start singing and then used the stop sign at a certain point and they had to try and continue the song. If they didn't know it they could use 1) A clue - I would turn over one of the flip chart sheets. 2) Help from the Audience or 3) You can choose from 3 phrases (i mixed up the words to see if they would remember the right one) It was quite fun! It's really a good way to see how well your primary knows the song. Next time, i'm going to do this and try it in class form to Really see how well they know it and where we need to work on the song. It was fun! The kids of course, are always great sports. We had some extra time though today because the stake came and I was trying to leave more time for them but things got switched right before so I had to be prepared with more ideas on the spot. I quickly got the cube out and sang a couple songs and then did the Hot/Cold Game. It's always fun and always a good learning experience.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hullabaloo Cake Walk

So I was inspired the other day sitting at the computer trying to think of a fun activity, as always. And I looked over at our games, and saw the Hullabaloo mats. I had an idea to do a musical cake walk. The kids LOVED it!!! So, this is how it all played out. 

We have still been practicing "As a Child of God" However, the kids in Senior have it down really well already. Go them! 

I first  put up my laminated squares of "Fun Ways to Sing" on the board before it started and then covered it up sliding the board. So they weren't distracted with it before Singing Time. 

Singing Time: For Junior, I called up helpers to hold up each page of the flip chart for the song and we sang it all together first. 

Then we did the game. I put 6 mats on the floor and each had a number on it. (This could easily be done with just construction paper cut out) May not stand up as well with kids standing on it though :) Anyways, so then I had our wonderful pianist start playing the song and the kids walked in a circle until she stopped, when she stopped, I picked a number out of my bag. That number got to go the Fun Ways to Sing board and choose how to sing a verse of the song. Wow, we had plug your nose, stand on the chair, oink like a pig. but the very best one was KIDS ONLY! The Senior primary did awesome! I think I'm not going to sing more often because they really know it! It was an easy but fun day and good way to get the song in their head.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Child of God - Choose the Right Words.

I taught the primary kids the new song last Sunday, As a Child of God. I got an idea from The Crazy Chorister
However, I adapted it a bit. I didn't want to find a bunch of items and print out pictueres I would never use again. So instead, I used wordstrips. The kids LOVED it. I really played it up with how silly the words were and the kids played right along.  In preparation, I wrote the song on the board and then put the words strips up in the blanks where they needed to Change the word and "Choose the Right" Word. On the other side of the board I had the word strips to the correct lyrics. Here's an example"

I came to MARS with the Power to MAKE COOKIES. Good Choices bless me me and my STUFFED ANIMAL TOO. As a SUPERHERO, I receive special light, the Holy Ghost helps me to know WHEN DINNER IS READY.... You can fill in your own words. but this idea could be used for any new song you are learning. I did realize that the V-Word should never be used in Senior Primary again. Wow, such laughing and talking and yellling out after I said Video Games. (I feel so SILLY and happy because such feelings of peace come from VIDEO GAMES.) X DANGER!!!! :)

I called up a volunteer from the sticks and they got to choose the right word that fit in its place. Kids liked it. And we sang it all through. Something I would different, would do the Fun Ways to Sing dice still because singing it over and over is necessary but having them sit or stand at different words or wiggling or clapping, would've made it more fun. I'm learning :)

Anyways, I'm slowly understanding the ropes and just realizing that the Opening and Closing songs need to be those that they've learned in the last couple years so it's continual review. Luckily or through the spirit, I happened to choose one of those last week. I do enjoy my calling a lot and I love being with these sweet children. I am really trying to learn all the kids names but it's hard but it's a goal of mine so I'll be working on that. If you have any suggesstions, let me know! I always ask when the volunteer just so it gets in my brain but i often forget!