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!!!! 


My Heavenly Father Loves Me

Today was our Stake Conference, so I didn't get to teach today. The confrence was a broadcast and it was really beautiful! The spirit was so strong! It was such a great spiritual recharge!

Here is what I am planning to do for Junior primary on Sunday. After I talk about the song and what it means to me I am going to give them a coloring page and crayons that I made for each verse. I am going to tell them to color the picture when I sing about it in the song. This way they have something do while I sing and are listening to the words of the song. I know they really like it when I do this activity.


  Then I will tell them to color their own picture and we will put it  up on the board for everyone to see.
If you would like me to send you these feel free to email me handcraftingharmony@gmail.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

Key Word Game

Here is a game that I have been playing with kids for a really long time. The kids ask for it all the time! I have recently come up with a few fun variations.

This game is to draw attention to key words in a song. It is also a good way to sing a song over and over without the kids realizing they are singing it over and over again.

Prep: Laminate a card, key, mustache, Santa beard or anything that you can write and erase. Here are a few pictures of the things that I have done. I cut them out on the Cricut and then laminated them. (The key was in the Disney princess cartridge and the mustache and the beard were both on the paper doll dress up cartridge.) 

Crazy hat and a key. Hence the name "key words"
 Santa Beard
The mustache is a favorite!!!

Here is how to play:

Choose a key word that is in the song and write it on the key (or whatever). Choose a child to be the guesser.

Directions: The object is to get the guesser to guess what is written on the key, so the group should sing all the words in the song except the one written on the key.  Now in Junior Primary I will have the guesser step out of the room for a moment since not all the children can read and I will tell the group what is on the key. Also if a child doesn't know the word they can silently raise their hand and a teacher will whisper it in their ear.

In Senior primary once they have a pretty good grasp of the song I will pick a really minute words like "a" or "the" or something like that. It makes it harder to guess and they think it is really funny. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Am a Child of God

PREP:
Print off the words to the 3rd and 4th verses of I Am Child of God and cut up each word and on the back number them so that I easily put them in order again. I will then laminate the words as well. (this isn't necessary but makes it so that it will last) Or if you are really lazy like me or don't have time, sometimes, I will just write the words on the chalk board and then the kids will get to erase them. Either way is fine just you will have to write the words up twice if you have junior and senior primary. 

Junior primary prep :You need to bring a pair of dice (I got a fuzzy dice from the dollar store and cut them apart)
Senior Primary prep: Have a bag of laminated paper letters or fridge magnets would work as well.

HOW TO PLAY:

Junior Primary: Stick up the laminated words or pictures on the board.  Have a child come up and roll the dice. The number on the dice tells the child how many words they can take off the board. Sometimes if the number is only one I will let another child come up and roll the dice again. This song is familiar enough that I might let two kids roll two dice at the same time. Then see if the children can sing the song with the missing words. Sing until they have the entire song memorized.

To change things up sometimes, I will have the kids not sing the words that are there and sing the words that aren't on the board. The kids love it when the teacher messes up, which I do a lot. They think it is really funny plus it keeps them paying attention to the right words.

Senior Primary: The game is played the same as junior primary  but usually with senior primary I will have a bag of letters and they erase the word that starts with the letter that was chosen in the bag. If I want to erase words faster I will say that any word that has the chosen letter in it will be erased. So, if the letter is an "a" you can either erase all the words that begin with "a" or erase all the words that have an "a" in them.

This activity can be used for any song that you need to sing over and over again to learn the words.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I am a Child of God

I had a really hard time figuring out what I was going to do to teach, I am a Child of God. I read a lot about the song and other people's ideas on what they were planning on doing. I came up with a combination of a few ideas. Please forgive me, I read so many different websites last night I might miss one to give them credit.

Here is what I did.

For Junior Primary I talked about the song a little and about how this song really sums up the gospel in its simplest form. We are all children of God and we are learning how we can return to live with him. I think that is why this song is always so powerful.

So, after we talked a little bit I told them there are a lot of things that can lead and guide us to our Heavenly Father. Before primary I cut out a bunch of footprints and laminated them. On the back of the footprints I put a piece of masking tape and wrote on them a bunch of ways that lead us to our Heavenly Father. Now I can't remember where I saw the footprint idea but I thought they were so cute. I then chose a child to walk on the footprints and we all sang I am a Child of God while the child walked around on the footprints. When the music stopped we looked under the footprint to see what would lead us to our Heavenly Father.

Now this next idea came from http://sunbeamsinging.wordpress.com/. She then had the child make up an action and lead the primary in "Do As I'm Doing." So if the footprint said read your scriptures we would open and close our hands like we were reading the scriptures. This was really nice because it broke up singing I am a Child of God over and over again. Towards the end I even let two children walk on the footprints and had two kids leading Do As I'm Doing. The kids really seemed to enjoy this game.

As for Senior Primary we worked really hard on the descant. I just taught them the descant for the chorus. It actually went really well.  First I talked to them about the importance of the song much like Junior Primary. I also talked to them about the word harmony and the definition is when two people are singing two different notes at the same time. I asked them to listen as I sang and see if they could hear when we started to sing harmony. I then sang a duet with another member of the primary presidency. She sang what was written and I sang the descant so the kids could hear how pretty it was. They thought that was really cool. They could all tell that we started singing harmony at the, "lead me, guide me," part. I always think that it is important that the children always have something they are doing or listening for.

After the duet I then taught the descant a small section at a time. I also did the ever popular pitch leading where I hold my hand level and when the pitch gets higher then I raise my hand higher and so on and so forth. Sunbeamsinging had the cutest idea to instead of using her hand she used Popsicle sticks and held them between her hands. She even gave one to each child so they could follow along. I wished that I would have remembered my Popsicle sticks. Oh well. :-)


After we learned the descant we split into groups and I lead the descant and someone else lead the normal  group. Then we switched. The kids were so excited to be singing harmony. It was really beautiful and it gave me goosebumps every time.

We had a little extra time so I played the footprint game with the senior primary but this time we didn't read out loud the footprint. The kids had to guess what the leader was doing when we sang Do As I'm Doing.

All in all it was a really awesome day.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Primary Preview

Today at church I did a Primary Preview. It was awesome!!! I got the idea from this blog http://afprimarysingingtime.blogspot.com/ I love this blog. It has really great ideas. I read her blog on a regular basis.

This is what happened in my primary. I asked a bunch of different people to come in and sing all the songs that we will be learning this year. One of the things that I needed to tell people was that singing perfectly was not a requirement for singing in primary. One women (who is on the more mature side) brought in her guitar and sang, "I am a child of God." It was really awesome.

So we had our opening exercise just like normal. I talked to the kids about proper audience etiquette. I told them that at church we don't usually clap after a performance because it can distract from the Spirit. I told them that they could do the sign for clapping or they could do a marshmallow clap. They thought that was really fun. Then I had the kids file out the back door and gave them tickets for the show. I set up a red carpet (I used felt but you could probably get a cheap red plastic table cloth.) I had the presidency usher the kids to their seat and took pictures of the kids on the red carpet. That part was really funny. Each of them felt pretty special. Even the ones that are generally really shy. Then I started the show.

The kids were mesmerized the entire time. So were the adults. It was nice for the kids to see and hear different people singing. They were so good and the spirit was so strong. The kids seemed really excited about the upcoming year. I am really excited as well. 
Pose for the camera!
Even the teachers got into posing for the paparazzi. 

Let me tell you a little about myself and why I am starting this blog. I am a wife and mother of 3. I teach music to preschoolers and at the elementary level. I also teach primary music at my church. I have also started a craft shop on Etsy called Handcrafting Harmony. So I love family, kids, music and crafting.

On this blog I am hoping to post what I did at church on Sundays and new crafts that I am making and working on.