New Years Day Singing Time 2012

Link HERE  for a neat yearly schedule of the main song and a worksheet for figuring out your year. I never was organized enough to do this as a 4 time Primary Chorister. But since a wonderful chorister from Primary Singing Time Ideas did do it we can all reap the benefits. WOO HOO!  I’m sure glad there are organized people in this world. I’m a creative person…. sadly…NOT one of the organized few.


The theme this year is CHOOSE THE RIGHT. I have always loved that song and theme. So for the first song of the year we need to cover “AS A CHILD OF GOD” page 28 from the outline.
A Copy of the song is HERE. The Sharing time will be on Agency and our right to Choose. So let’s let the children Choose snowflakes with song names attached after teaching the P. 28 song first. I would do the Wise Man and the Foolish Man for an activity song this week. The older kids know it and will help the younger kids learn it just doing hand motions.

I have saved lots of snowflake ornaments from my tree before I even begin to think of putting everything away I’m going to take these snowflakes and do a singing time with them.

A flip chart of the song is HERE at Sugardoodle. It just has a few words on each page highlighted so you will have to teach all the other words. Some finger puppets you can use to help kids sing the song are HERE at Enchanted Learning. I love that website and use it all the time as a 2nd grade teacher.

I have a box of these in silver and also a few crystal snowflakes and some  mirror ones.
I will tape them up on the board from the hanging strings and attach small clear tape to each one  with song numbers.

I found some cute rubber wrist bands for 80 cents that say Choose the Right on them.  It might be even better to get a bunch printed up for your primary if it is one of the bigger ones. I think you can get them done at Oriental Trading. It would be a fun giveaway for the kids maybe after giving a talk in primary.  But if you want the link it is HERE at LDS Greats.

2012 "Choose the Right" Primary Wristbands - Junior Primary Size

HERE at  you can see the song list and listen to how the music is played and how the songs are sung if you are a new chorister or don’t know any of the songs.  It’s a very helpful site and I would refer to it all year long.  It also shows the songs being signed for American Sign Language, which is always something I like to add to one of the songs in the presentation. Check it out at the link above.

My little granddaughters at their dance recital last week were….. So cute….
if you wanna
 see a funny clip check it out below….

Song Title MP3 Music Only MP3 Music and Voice
“I’m Trying to Be like Jesus”
(Children’s Songbook, 78)
“When I Am Baptized”
(Children’s Songbook, 103)
“Nephi’s Courage”
(Children’s Songbook, 120)
“Stand for the Right”
(Children’s Songbook, 159)
“Choose the Right”
(Hymns, no. 239)
“The Wise Man and the Foolish Man”
(Children’s Songbook, 281)
“As a Child of God”
(2012 Outline for Sharing Time, 28)

You will probably have LESS TIME tomorrow to sing since it takes awhile to get everybody to their new primary class. In my experience plan for shorter than your normal length of time to sing.  Happy New Year Everybody!

Fun Action DICE for Primary Singing Time Songs

I was browsing around the other primary chorister blogs and found a cute post from Brittney  at Primary Singing Time for Leaders. LDS Primary Chorister Ideas
She made a cute PDF to color print and use with Primary Singing Time. The link for it is HERE.  Another one she made is HERE.  They are both free Google docs. Thanks Brittney!  I had a cute idea for using this PDF document.

At school I have a variety of activities where I use dice. But sometimes you want a GIANT DICE!  So what I’ve done is use 1/2 gallon cartons from Tropicana Orange Juice, which we love to drink at my house. I rinse them out and dry them really good. Then I cut them in the middle just so I have 2 perfect square halves of a whole cube. Then make a corner slit halfway down all 4 edges and then push them together. It makes a perfect, sturdy dice!

Or you could just push one half into the other half. Be sure the sides are perfect squares. It makes for a very sturdy cube with both cartons lending strength and heft to the edges. Then you can cover each of the 6 sides with a different color of construction paper and the little pictures for what to do while we sing.

 Then have kids come up and roll the dice……then do the action that the dice lands on while singing the songs. It’s FUN!

I’m busy finishing up all the wrapping of presents….Check out my post on
cute wrapping designs HERE at Patties Place.

I finally finished decorating for Christmas

Cute plate for the Cookies for Santa….

Snowman and snowballs……

I have a snowman collection….

And my 3 granddaughter’s stockings…I have to put their names on still…(1 more thing on the list…sigh)

Here they are in their Christmas shirts….so cute…
Merry Christmas Everybody!

Ideas on Leading and Conducting Singing

Conducting Ideas from other experts in music:
If you’d like to start out the new year with a few cute conducting ideas to keep the kids learning and interested, check out these posts by some music experts in the trenches of Primary Music.

Leading Sticks by Brooke Wakefield on Sugardoodle
It’s All in the Hands by Ali Katherman on Sugardoodle
A Conducting Wand on Sugardoodle
Conducting Elephant by Tifany Hoecherl on Sugardoodle

Getting Ready for a Wonderful New Year!  Sitting down to set some new goals since I have 2 weeks off from teaching school starting tomorrow!  Yippee!  Happy Holidays!