Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Program Idea

At my Mom's ward this week they passed around the Primary Program outline. It was unlike anything I have seen before and so I want to share. The program goes like this:

CTR 5 class: I am a spirit Child of Heavenly Father
Song: I lived in Heaven
Family: I came to earth as part of a family
Song: How Firm a Foundation
Family: Family members have important responsibilities
Song: My Eternal Family
Girl: Jesus Christ made it possible for me to live with my Heavenly Father again
Song: I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
Family: Baptism and confirmation are ordinances that bless my family
Song: Baptism
Class: Faith, prayer, repentance and forgiveness strengthen me and my family
Song: Seek the Lord Early
Family: I will strengthen my family
Song: Give said the little stream
Family: temple blessings unite families
Song: Families can be together forever
Valiant A: Prophets teach me how to strengthen my family
Family: My family is blessed when we remember Jesus Christ
Song: As I have loved you (English and Spanish)

As I looked around their primary I realized that with just 20 kids most of them had siblings in the primary and they had divided most of them up into speaking parts that they write with their families, and their family presents their parts together. The few kids who didn't have siblings spoke with their class. I thought this was such an interesting idea especially because this year's theme is about the family. Instead of individuals they will have families speaking. I think it's a great idea! We have way too many kids to do that, but it's a great thing to note for the future.
They sang the Eternal Family song all through singing time and they really struggled with it. They haven't sung it since they learned it a few months ago and that's probably why. It's so important to keep singing the songs, even last years songs and from the year before. It's repetition that helps them learn (okay, I'm off my soap box now).
Enjoy General Conference!!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Great thing about my Mom

The great thing about my mom is that she is always sending me ideas that they are doing in their primary. (Of course, there are lots of great things about her). This week we have all but two birds in the nest, and the Sr. Primary have just six marbles before the jar is full. We reviewed the program songs and had a great time, but this idea was lots more fun.

Sister Webb reviewing a song using a balloon. The children sing the song. She says the words and pauses and they say what comes next. If they are correct, she blows some air in the balloon. If they are wrong, she lets air out. When the balloon is full (or at the end of the song or verse) she chooses a child to decide whether to let the balloon go, or pop it. The kids chose popping it about half the time. She had the child hold the balloon and use a push pin to pop it. Very popular activity. They loved it.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

3 Sundays and counting.......

We have 3 Sundays left. Two singing times, and the last Sunday is the program review. The Sr. Primary is coming along nicely. The Jr. Primary has a little more work to do.
The idea with the birds is to get all of them into the nest. They all started at the top and have been working their way down. We have two in the nest.
I'm not super huge on endorsing products but these have been wonderful! I have been using the double sided permanent tape to affix the marbles. They stay on and I don't have to make loops of tape during singing time. The removable tape is for the birds - this way I can move them around the board easily. It seems to be about the tackiness of a post-it note and so it's easy to peel and stick where I want them. They made this job easy! All I had to do was sing.
Now, I just have to think of my next trick, for next week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Have a Very Happy Birthday

I taught a new birthday song this week. I used four pictures to represent the four parts of the song. It's a really short song and since we only did the first verse the kids picked it up really quickly. I also wore the birthday cake hat, so did Shannon, and the kids thought that was wonderful.

I wanted something to conduct with that was a little different so I used a wrapping paper tube and covered it with scrapbooking paper. Then I made a flame out of yellow paper, stapled it all the way around and stuffed it with batting. I made my own giant birthday cake candle so that I could point to the different parts of the song. The Jr. Primary used the candle for conducting. The Sr. Primary wanted to the hide the candle so that we could sing loud/soft while another child found it. That way we sang the song over and over until they had it down really well. We reviewed the other birthday songs and ironed out some kinks that some of them have and overall it was a really nice Sunday. It's good to review the songs they know and just make sure everyone knows them. It was nice to go over Feliz Cumpleanos again, some of the younger ones really benefited from the review.

And now, it's time to get ready for the program.....