Getting Ready for 2013!

I’ve fixed up some of my paperwork for the new year! Here’s a link to the page where I keep my updated paperwork:


“Sunday Primary Song Schedule” is the sheet I print out for the pianist. I’ve been thinking about putting it in a sheet protector or laminating one and using wet-erase markers on it instead of printing out a new one each week. I have the wiggle songs we use frequently listed in alphabetical order on this page, so the pianist can find the song I want to do quickly.

“Songs the Primary Knows” is a document I print out and keep in my folder. Whenever we sing a song in primary (learning it for the program or as opening song, etc) then I’ll write in the date and how well they sang it on this sheet. That way I can look at the sheet and easily pick out songs that the kids need to work on. I also highlight songs that I think they should know–and then I work on them until the kids know them. When I get released this will be a treasure to the new chorister.
“2013 year” is my year-at-a-glance. I put this in the back cover of my 3-ring binder and then I can glance at it to see what we’ll be working on for the next few weeks. Sometimes I just need a quick reminder of what next week’s sharing time lesson will be so I can correlate my singing time with it, and sometimes I need the reminder that next week is a holiday and lots of kids will be out of town.

Feel free to edit these, and let me know if you need them in a different format!


Stand up! Sit Down!

To help the kids practice standing up and sitting down we played a quick and simple game.

I had them sit in their chairs with their eyes closed and when the pianist played a note, or the beginning of a song, they would open their eyes and stand up! And we’d see who was fastest 🙂

After they had that down, I changed the rules. Now they would close their eyes and when the piano played they would open their eyes and look at me. Then I would tell everyone to stand up together.

If I had more time it would have been really fun to let the kids take turns deciding when to cue the piano, and being in charge of when to stand up.

But, you can only do so much in four minutes!

You’re the choir!

Since conference is next week I wanted to do something to emphasize that the speakers and choir are real people just like when we have church at home.

I have a simple video camera that I can hook up to AV cables and then watch the feed on a tv.

So, I’m going to set up the video camera and have a teacher be my camera technician (in Sr Primary I may let a kid do it).

First I’m going to use the video camera to show pictures of the first presidency. And introduce them by name. I’ll have the kids say, “Hi, President Monson!” Etc

Then we’ll sing our songs and the videographer will look for smiling faces to put on the TV-just like when the choir sings at the conference center!

Have a great week!

mini words booklet

Here’s a mini words booklet you can edit to fit your songs. CTR words booklet


These are great for teachers who are new to primary, or inactive kids. You fold them in half lengthwise, then accordian-fold it, so it makes a “W.”


then you have a pocket-size book that isn’t obvious to the congregation.

I made this using word. To make your own; open up a new word doc, click on the “Insert” tab along the top, then click on the drop-down menu labled, “Text Box.” I use a simple text box (with the shape outline set to “none”) and paste the text of the songs into it. Then you can edit the size and shape just like you would with clip art, reduce or enlage the text, change the font, etc. The best part, is that by hovering over the green dot at the top of the text box, you can turn it. So, you turn half of them upside down, put them in the same numerical order I have on my page (or test it out using your printer).

Guess the commandment?

Guess the commandment, a review game:

I’ll have 2-3 kids come up front. They will receive a commandment (like, whenever the Primary sings the word “choose,” spin around). As the primary sings the song the children up front will follow their commandment. The kids singing can also follow the commandment, as soon as they’ve figured it out.

To keep it interesting for Sr Primary I’ll have the kid up front do a much more subtle gesture; fold your arms, flick your hair, lean against the table, pull your earlobe, straighten your tie, etc.


Letting them Choose

For Jr primary we are still working on “I’m trying to be like Jesus,” but Sr Primary has it down. So, after a blog I follow mentioned that she has a ‘reminder’ picture for each song in the program, I though I’d let Sr Primary choose the pictures!

I put a lot of pictures on the board with magnets, including the ones I would have chosen for each song, plus lots of others. I asked the kids when the primary program is and was blown away that they remembered the date! However, when I asked them how many songs we were going to sing and none of them had any idea! So I said I thought it would be a good idea to have a picture to represent each song so that when it’s time to sing the song in the program I could hold it up and they would know what song was next.

And that I would like their help choosing pictures that represent the songs. So, we sang each song’s first verse quickly and I reminded the kids to think about the meaning of the song and which picture would represent the ideas of the song best. I had them point to a picture they liked, and then I would pick up two (or three) pictures and have the kids hold up hands to vote for one. I also gave them the option of drawing a new picture.

Here’s what we came up with:

As a child of God


Choose the Right

(you may remember this shield from January)

Stand for the Right/Dare to do Right Medly (link here)

I’m going to have to make a sword with the word “Right” on it… instructions to follow!

When I am Baptized

(the kids’ comment was, “that’s obvious!” But, lots of kids wanted a rainbow…so I said I’ll tape a small rainbow to the picture)


Nephi’s Courage

(there was a lot of debate between this one and the Lehi on the Boat picture)


The Wise Man

I’m Trying to be like Jesus


Our Choice:


I think I’ll choose a picture for each verse of each song, and have someone else hold them during the program.

Still Trying to be like Jesus…

At this point the Sr Primary knows the first verse and understands what they are singing mostly.

Jr Primary knows the chorus really well with ASL keywords.

For Week Two of “I’m Trying to be like Jesus” I’m going to work with Jr Primary on verse 1 and Sr Primary vs 2. I have been racking my brains to find some visual imagery for “Try” and I finally did a Google image search for the word and this is what I came up with:

BRAINSTORM!! I’m going to bring in the book (Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss) and read the appropriate pages (53-62). Then we’re going to have a great discussion about what it means to “try to be like Jesus”

Henry B. Eyring

“Love is the motivating principle by which the Lord leads us along the way towards becoming like Him, our perfect example. Our way of life, hour by hour, must be filled with the love of God and love for others. There is no surprise in that, since the Lord proclaimed those as the first and great commandments. It is love of God that will lead us to keep His commandments. And love of others is at the heart of our capacity to obey Him.”

President Uchtdorf

“Jesus Christ instructed His Apostles at the beginning of His mortal ministry, “[Come,] follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). We need to “follow Him,” and as we do this, the Savior will bless us beyond our own capacity to become what He wants us to be.

To follow Christ is to become more like Him. It is to learn from His character. The Savior invites us to learn His gospel by living His teachings. Ancient and modern prophets described it with three words: “Keep the commandments”—nothing more, nothing less.

The scriptures describe a number of Christlike attributes we need to develop during the course of our lives. They include knowledge and humility, charity and love, obedience and diligence, faith and hope.”

I’ve picked out some pictures of Jesus from the gospel art kit (you can download print out LDS pictures here if you want). I’m going to put them on the board and briefly share the stories that go with each one, emphasizing how Jesus or the other person is showing the love of God or another attribute of Christ. Also on the board I’ll have pictures I printed out from the 2012 outline online (the link is in August) that went with the first verse. Then I matched them together (with a few other pictures):

I’m Trying to be like Jesus

I’m following in His ways

I’m trying to love as He did

In all that I do and say

At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice

But I try to listen as the still, small voice whispers;

I’m going to have the Jr Primary come up and hold the picture that go with the line we’re learning. We may play a matching game if time permits. For Sr primary we’ll continue on with the second verse. Here are the pictures I’m going to use for vs 2:

I had to draw a lot of them myself…