Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus

I love this Christmas song!  I think I will either save these images to my iPad and use it as a flip chart or connect it to a larger screen as we learn this song.

Said Samuel, "Within five years, a night will be as day,"

"And Baby Jesus will be born in a land far, far away."

Hosanna!  Hosanna!  Oh, let us gladly sing.

How blessed that our Lord was born; let earth receive her King!

Across the sea, in Bethlehem, Lord Jesus came to earth

As Samuel had prophesied, and angels sang His birth.

Hosanna!  Hosanna!  Oh, let us gladly sing.

How blessed that our Lord was born; let earth receive her King!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Picture a Christmas

Picture a stable in Judea

Picture a sacred, silent night.

And can you hear the angels, near

And see the stars so bright?

Picture the little baby Jesus.

Picture his life and words so dear.

Sing praise to him, remember him

as you picture Christmas this year.

Picture a kind and gentle Joseph.

Picture the mother, Mary, fair.

And can you see, so reverently, the shepherds kneeling there?

Picture the little baby Jesus.

Picture his life and words so dear.

Sing praise to him, remember him

As you picture Christmas this year.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Primary Song Snowflakes

UPDATE:  Click HERE for an editable Word version of both years' snowflakes.  Adjust margins and image size to suit your printer if the documents below don't work.

Every winter, I love to make Snowflakes with songs on the back for the children to choose from.  This year, I decided to design snowflakes that go with the theme of several songs.  I'll let a child choose a flake from the board and see if he or she can guess which song it might go with.  Here are the flakes I've come up with, along with my suggestions.  I'll be adding more soon, so check back before you do the activity!

Snowman and Snowflakes:  
Once There Was a Snowman #249

I am Like a Star  #163
Stars Were Gleaming  #37

Love One Another  #136
Jesus Said Love Everyone  #61
Reverence Is Love #31

I Love to See the Temple  #95
Families Can Be Together Forever  #188

"CTR" Letters and Shield:
Choose the Right Way #160
Dare to Do Right #168
Choose the Right #239, Hymns

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam  #60

Rainbows, Clouds, 8 and Raindrop:
When I am Baptized  #103

10 Commandments:
Keep the Commandments #146

Children Holding Hands
Holding Hands Around the World
Children All Over the World #16

A Child's Prayer

Scripture Power

On a Golden Springtime

To make these snowflakes, download the document below.  Fold along the grey lines, first diagonally in half, then diagonally into fourths, and finally fold each fourth into thirds.  Be sure that the folds line up as closely as possible.  Precise folding is far more important than precise cutting.

Carefully cut out the shaded areas.  Unfold the snowflakes and either laminate them or glue them to dark paper for stability.  Write the name and page number of the song you've chosen on the back.

Sister Crazypants

Occasionally, when I am having a hard time getting excited about reviewing songs, I'll let Sister Crazypants substitute for me.  To prepare for the activity, gather silly things to wear.  I found inexpensive items from the Dollar Store, Thrift Store, or Halloween market.  These might include such things as:

a scarf, apron, tutu, lei, necklace, hat, shower cap, headband with bunny ears (or hearts, pumpkins, shamrocks, etc.), big buttons/pins, fuzzy slippers, bow tie, bracelets, handcuffs, gloves, large clip-on earrings, a clown nose, false teeth, leg warmers, ugly vest, wig, over-size glasses, a wand with which to direct the music, bright lipstick and so on

Place these items in a bag near the front of the room.  

Begin by telling the children that you have a guest who wants to sing with you today, but she is very shy and only likes to visit when the children are reverent.  Explain that you will be choosing good, reverent singers to help bring her in.  Choose a song to start with and as you sing, watch for one or two children to help.  When the song is over, ask those children to choose an object out of the bag to put on you.  Continue until you run out of time or run out of items to wear.  I often have Sister Crazypants sing a wiggle song with the kids before she leaves.  

You MAY have to work hard to maintain reverence during this activity.  I've had some classes with whom it worked well and some classes with whom I just couldn't do it.   Here are some variations on the activity which might better fit your primary:

-To keep the focus on the message of the songs, rather than choosing good singers, you may ask questions about the song and choose children who can give thoughtful answers

-If you don't have enough dress-up objects handy, you can try letting the children cover you in stickers, pins, hairbows, etc.  

-If your teachers are interested in participating, you may have the children choose a sticker/hairbow/object to place on his or her teacher.  The kids really enjoy this variation, but I wouldn't try it with a competitive group of children.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Christmas Song Nativity

Put together a nativity scene on the blackboard as you sing Christmas songs.  Print and cut out the document below.  Write a song name and page number on the back of each one (my suggestions are listed).  One by one, have the children choose a piece to place on the board.  Sing the songs as you go.

If your kids don't know enough songs, you can bring Hymnals in for the older children. Ask younger children to sing "ooooh," like an angel if they don't know the words. Many children will know the words from home and almost all of the children will recognize the melodies enough to sing along. 

The First Noel, Hymns 213

Away in a Manger 42

With Wondering Awe Hymns #210

Once Within a Lowly Stable #41

Stars Were Gleaming #37

Angels We Have Heard on High, Hymns #203

When Joseph Went to Bethlehem #38

Shepherd's Carol #40

you choose

NOTE:  By request, I've added a male angel (I don't know why I didn't have any?).  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to add him to the document.  If you want to use him, just right click on the image above, copy and paste into a document, then size as necessary.