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.