THEY KNOW 71 SONGS!!!!!!
These are songs that they can sing well, without visual aids, at anytime. This is probably about what a primary should be able to sing, but for this primary it's a huge step! I am so proud of these children and all their hard work learning songs!
The trouble with only singing program songs is that ultimately the kids don't know any songs. In order for them to truly learn a song, you have to sing it well beyond the program and keep singing them into the next year. I know it's hard. It takes a lot of planning, and even with good planning sometimes songs fall through the cracks. But consider this, a song taught once, and reviewed periodically, doesn't have to be retaught. The younger kids learn it by hearing the older ones sing it. And that's how favorites and classics are made, and gospel principles are retained.