Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mother's Day

Here is another idea from the Friend May 2004.

I used this a few years ago and it was a great way to introduce the song when the kids aren't too familiar with this mother's day song. I do miss the section in the Friend that used to help music leaders and had sharing time ideas, but I guess with blogs these days it isn't as hard to find ideas.

"We show love for our mothers by listening carefully, obeying, and speaking kindly. Before Primary, hide wordstrips (LOVE US, TEACH US, GUIDE US, HELP US) around the room. Sing the first verse of “Mother, I Love You” (p. 207). Read aloud some of the responsibilities of mothers from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” paragraphs 6 and 7. Have the children listen for what mothers are primarily responsible for (the nurture of their children, which includes teaching, guiding, and caring for them).
 
Play the game “Mother, May I?” to find the wordstrips that describe ways mothers nurture their children. Divide the children into four groups and choose a child from each group to stand anywhere in the room. Make statements that direct each child to find a hidden wordstrip. (For example, “John, you may take 10 giant steps toward me,” “Maria, you may take 6 side steps to the left.”) As you continue to direct each child, he or she must ask “Mother, may I?” before taking any steps. If the child forgets to respond by first saying “Mother, may I?”, choose another child from that group to take his or her place. When all the wordstrips have been found, have the children work in groups to act out ways they can show how mothers do what is on their wordstrip. Let the Primary guess the answers.

Sing the second verse of “Mother, I Love You.” Have the children listen for ways they can show love for their mothers (help you, mind you). Bear testimony of the importance and blessing of mothers in our lives."

I will say that be mindful of the younger children (sunbeams) if you have them play Mother May I? I just noticed that they were a little confused if I would say no. I think they thought they did something wrong or were in trouble. It was interesting. So I stopped saying no to them but the older kids thought it was funny when I would say no. That is just my small tip.

Mother's Day Theme

We will be singing in sacrament meeting next week so we be working on our songs for Mother's Day songs.  The children are generally pretty familiar with these songs, so it more of a review and then working on volume and repetition.

I used this idea last year and the kids really loved it and I think I am going to use it again. The idea comes from The Ordinary Adventurses of a Primary Chorister.

Collect the items and put them in a bag or box. Then let the kids choose one of the items and then sing the Mother's Day song that you are learning.

FRYING PAN-Moms cook and bake for us: sing like bacon- (sing staccato short and choppy, bob up and down on chairs as if they are a hot pan.
BATH TOWEL-Mom’s do our laundry: do the twist while singing
KEYS (or a toy car)- Mom drives us wherever we need to go. Sometimes mom is in a hurry: Sing fast while driving
BOOK-Mom reads us stories: sing through hand puppet
JUMP ROPE- Moms tries to keep in shape: jogging or jumping invisible rope while singing
POM-POMS- Mom goes to our games and cheers for us: clap hands to the beat 
COWBOY BOOT – Mom likes horses/helps on the farm: sing like a cowgirl/cowboy
HEART PILLOW- Mom prays for us: sing reverently and softly with eyes closed
SONG BOOK: Some moms play the piano, some don’t: sing without the piano
BABY DOLL: Mom loves her children: sing like a baby
CLOCK or WRISTWATCH- Mom stays up all night with sick children: Sing without blinking
POWER DRILL-Mom helps solve problems and she can fix anything: pat head and rub tummy
IPOD-Mom likes good music: sing with ears covered like headphones
HANDKERCHIEF – Sometimes moms cry: cry sing
SWIMMING GOGGLES- Mom takes us swimming: sing with nose plugged

Here are a few more that I came up with: 

Sewing Needle - Mom mends my clothes: Sew your close while singing.
Broom - Moms clean our house: Sweep the floor while singing.
My Husband came up with this one but I wouldn't suggest doing it. It would be pretty funny and I'm sure the kids would go crazy.
Diaper- moms do change these all the time with young ones: hold your nose while singing.  

Sunday, April 28, 2013

When I Am Baptized

 Here is another idea for the song When I am Baptized. If you look at the melody in the music the notes go up and down for each phrase much like a rainbow. We will talk about how the notes go up and down and then they will take their scarfs and make rainbows with their scarfs. Very simple but it is a sure way get the kids excited.


I made these wind wands or you could just use colored scarfs. I like that I have rainbow colored scarfs. That will make it that much more fun. I have enough for all the kids to play with one. Now before I pass these out the kids know that there are very strict rules whenever I give them some sort of object to play with. Some kids have a hard time controlling themselves and I don't want them to break my things and I don't want them to accidental hurt their neighbor.
My rules are:
Keep the wand in front of you
Don't hit your neighbor (even if it is an accident)
Only wave it when I  ask you to
If they break the rules I (or the teachers) quietly take it away and they can try again next time. There is no arguing or anything. Just take it away. I have only had to take a wand away once and I have never had to take one away again. 



Wind Wands

 I made these wind wands or you could just use colored scarfs. I have enough for all the kids to play with one. Now before I pass these out the kids know that there are very strict rules whenever I give them some sort of object to play with. Some kids have a hard time controlling themselves and I don't want them to break my things and I don't want them to accidental hurt their neighbor.
My rules are:
Keep the wand in front of you
Don't hit your neighbor (even if it is an accident)
Only wave it when I  ask you to
If they break the rules I (or the teachers) quietly take it away and they can try again next time. There is no arguing or anything. Just take it away. I have only had to take a wand away once and I have never had to take one away again. 

These wands are great tools to sing a song over and over again. The kids love it. I have these direction cards and usually I will coreagraph something for the junior primary kids but I let the senior primary choose their own motions to do.

I will either write on the chalkboard or I will type out the words to the song. Then pick a wind wand card to do for each musical phrase. Make sure that the kids sing a long while they are using their wind wands. I like to remind them that it is singing time. 

When I Am Baptized

I love this song. I am a little confused why we are doing it two years in a row. Oh well, like I said I love this song so I am happy to sing it a lot.

I made this a really long time ago and it can be used for quite a few things. I like to have the puzzle part of this all put together and take pieces away to help them memorizes the words and then when I take the pieces away it will reveal what is underneath. You can tell that this is pretty old because my picture is very pixelated. Maybe I will redo it. I have a while before I teach it.

Or

I will have the kids put the puzzle together to see if they remember all the words and the order.



 

Book of Mormon Stories

Today for my lesson I made my own golden plates. I had some gold spray paint, card stock and a little bit of wire.

I am teaching the children verses 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8. For the last few weeks we have been talking about the stories that go along with the verses. I put pictures up from the gospel art kit (the one in the blue box) on the board and did a quick review of each story.

In junior primary I had a child come up and look at what was written on my gold pates. On my plates I had written the book and chapter they could find the story that we were learning about. I then had them guess which picture went with the book and chapter. We checked by looking at the back of the picture which had the book and chapter on it.  They loved coming up and flipping though my gold plates. When a match was made we would sing that verse.

When I did it in senior primary I had them look up the chapter and read the chapter heading to see what the chapter was about and then they matched it to the picture. Then we sang the verse.



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentines Day Felt Wreath

Okay here is my first craft post. I really love this wreath from The Idea Room . I love this wreath, but I wanted a larger heart and I couldn't find a large Styrofoam heart. We don't have any craft stores in Napa so I had to get creative. I went to Orchard Supply and bought a foam tube that is used for covering pipes when it gets cold. I bought the thicker piece and it was only a couple of dollars which was pretty cool considering the small heart is about $5.00 at Michaels. I also bought red duct tape so that I could wrap the foam to make its shape and give it more stiffness. Here are some pictures that will illustrate how I cut the foam and  put it together.
 I cut the foam in two pieces and slanted the edges like the picture above. The bigger the slant the more exaggerated the the points are.

 Then put the tips together and tape the bottom with duct tape. This next part is kind of tricky because you have to bend the foam to form the heart shape. The shape will look a little funky at first but it will look better once it sticks for a while. I would strongly suggest that after you tape the two pieces together to duct tape the entire heart. The first one that I made sags a little and the second one doesn't.

After the heart is shaped then it is time to put on all the circles. You will need a lot!!!!