Friday, November 21, 2014

2015 Organizational Tools

Excuse me for a moment while I put on my Primary President hat.  I'm creating organizational folders to go with the 2015 theme.  As I create new documents, I'll post them below.  They're all in Word format so that you can easily make small adjustments (for example, if you don't want to use A4 paper).  If you have other requests, let me know and I'll see if I can get to it.  Feel free to pass this on to your presidency if you think they could use it.

Near the top will be documents you can use in your music callings.

Monthly Opening/Closing/Birthday/Baptism/Reverence Song Planner
make a copy for the pianist and one for the chorister

Singing Time Monthly Planner
Make one copy for the Chorister.  The first document has my tentative plans already filled in- in case you need ideas.  The second document is blank.

Scripture/Talk Reminder Wrist Bands
Print all pages and cut (leaving the white edge on the right)
Store each weeks assignments in a page protector with the previous week's conducting sheet so that you will remember to pass them out.
At the end of Primary, tape or staple the ends together to form a wrist band

Prayer/Article of Faith Reminder Wrist Bands

Weekly Conducting Sheets
Make one copy for the conducting binder.
Adjust as necessary (add prayers and articles of faith, etc.)
Fill in the week before as you pass out wrist band reminders

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Primary Song Snowflakes

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

Last year's snowflake activity was such a success that I decided to design flakes to go with this year's songs. (For last year's designs, click here.)  Below are my song suggestions, but feel feel free to adjust the song choices to fit your primary.


Child with thought bubble of cross and hearts



Houses and hearts

Nativity Scene

Magnifying Glass and Eye

Below is the pattern document for each of the new snowflakes.  Fold and cut out according to the instructions on last year's link.  For the family snowflake, cut out the darker grey pieces first, then unfold and cut the hair and dress off of every other mother/daughter to make dads and sons.  I've left the document in Word so that you can adjust for your paper size. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lesson Plans: November 2014

-To go with the week 1 theme of faith, teach the song "Faith"
-The Sharing Time plan for the first week involves teaching the story of Samuel the Lamanite.  Reinforce this message and get a jump on Christmas by teaching "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus."
-The second week Sharing Time theme is "Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father."  Explain what reverence means by teaching "Reverence is Love" or teach about Prayer by reviewing the songs "A Child's Prayer" or "Children All Over the World."
-Review types of prayer with this activity.
-During Sharing Time on the third week, children will learn the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehis (Ammonites).  Continue this story by talking about the Stripling Warriors.  Then teach a song which mentions them, such as "Holding Hands Around the World," "I am a Stripling Warrior," or "We'll Bring the World His Truth."

-If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this month, try the Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity or play the Hot Potato Game (maybe with a sweet potato?)
-If you're celebrating Guy Fawkes Day (UK), try the fireworks activity.  Maybe don't mention why you do fireworks on this holiday…
-Depending on which hemisphere you live, try one of the autumn or spring activities.