Sunday, March 16, 2014

April Planning

My April plan - thanks to Primary Notes 29 mostly - Easter being from Camille's Primary Ideas from last year.
Here is the plan and here is the songs for posting and songs for posting in word.

Let me know if they don't work! Happy April Planning!

Super Sub Activity Cut and Paste: Egg Carton Coin

Found another thing to stash away for substitute situations!

Thank you Primary Notes 29!

Egg Carton Coin

Have an empty egg carton with numbers written in each egg hole. Each number represents either; 1) a way to sing, OR 2) a song to sing. Put a small bead or coin in the carton. Ask a child to shake the egg carton. Open it. Whatever number the coin landed on is what you do.
Think I just might whip one of these up this week!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Would you like a yearly planner?

One with Opening, Scripture and Birthday songs all picked out?

I don't have any activities (except for recurring yearly ones - you know - from last year) listed, but all of the opening songs have been selected based on the weekly theme.  I also included the songs I picked for May and June.

I went on the chorister's facebook group (on the facebook page, if you're a member, there is a tab labeled "files" right beneath the group title) and someone posted a doc of the suggestions for May and June songs.

I picked these
May: Build an Ark from Sept 2010 friend (never heard it before - but KNEW as soon as I heard the kids when they started singing [I listened to it on the music site] that THIS was the song!)

June: The Hearts of the Children p. 92 (It's right next to 'The Truth from Elijah' and I often get those confused, but this one is also THE ONE)

So there you have it. It's editable, so feel free to adapt to your own needs. And happy singing!

2014 Planner with opening, scripture, birthday and welcome songs

*Edit* I can't seem to get the planner with opening, birthday and welcome songs to open, but the bare bones planner IS working, so here's the link:

Monday, November 18, 2013

2014 blank calendar

(I think I picked this pic because of the mountains: there are none that look like that where I live)
I have finally FINALLY finished the bones for my 2014 calendar! I used Sunbeam Singing's monthly planner that I downloaded last year. I adjusted some things for my own use. Such as the upper box is completely different than hers as I pick a birthday song and welcome song for the whole month, rather than switch it up each week.

So, again, I can take no credit for the beautiful arrangement of the calendar. But, I am sure you'll find plenty of mistakes, so those are mine and I apologize. Fonts, font sizes and formatting glitches are all over the place. Again, apologies.

Here is the link:

Have fun planning this FABULOUS program this year! I may download my "not so blank" version with my song choices (oh! the song choices! have you picked your May and June songs? - It made me cry - but I guess that is a good thing) and possibly opening songs.

And I have noticed lots of problems already, but I do think it is editable, so hopefully you can fix at least some of them

Monday, November 11, 2013

Children All Over the World tutorial

So this is one of those "after the fact" posts. I just presented this song this past Sunday.

So at this point, I can interject "It went GREAT!" And the posters have been dutifully stored to use for next year (it really was fun).

This time last year: I had just been called to this position and had been serving as the music leader for about 5 or 6 weeks. We had just finished our program. And I was really confused as to what to do next. And then I found the music leader's secret weapon:
Singing time blogs! And it was a glorious moment indeed.

I found Camille's Primary Ideas and saw her Children All Over the World post. And I SO wanted to do it. I am not positive, but I might have even bought poster board. But it just didn't pan out.

So, in my attempt this year, I decided that even though I couldn't post templates (because as how Camille did it, I did draw them by hand using her pictures as a guide), I could go through it and post some of the steps I took in making these.

As Camille said " I won't lie, they were kind of a bear to make but that may be just because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist."

I am most definitely NOT  perfectionist and it still took me 3 1/2 hours to do all 6. That was with very limited interruptions (thanks to school and Team Umizoomi - I will admit - that t.v. can be a great babysitter sometimes). I second guessed myself on the width of the arm of the first one  I made and the left arm is ridiculously larger than the right, but I still didn't change it and no one noticed. So, I'm just going to stay mum on that subject.

I began by printing out each one of Camille's pictures of her boards. That is actually the best advice that I can give someone attempting this, because they truly were the best help.

I started by going to the top of the poster board. When placed in a portrait position, the width of my poster boards was 22 inches. I measured out to 11 inches. At that point, I took my ruler and put the two inch mark on the middle of my board. I marked two inches on each side of the middle, and that became my neck hole.  

I then measured about 12 ½ inches down on the side. I (not until the last poster did I realize this trick) took a newspaper edge and made a straight line from the right neck point to the right arm end 12 ½ inches down the board. 

At this point, I measured 12 cm down from the first arm point and made my second line to make the underarm outline. I didn’t have a protractor or anything, so I couldn’t tell you what degrees the arms slanted at or anything. I just tried to make sure my underarm line was straight and didn’t angle inwards or outwards

For the skirts and the sleeves for France, I free-handed one side with a pencil. I then used the marker to outline my pencil mark. I then took a blank piece of paper and copied the marker line
I thought that I could freehand the design in the German outfit easily, but was quite wrong. I ended up cutting out a template. I took paper and folded into quarters and even though the picture is fuzzy, I think you can get the gist of the shape from this pic. I also used a paper plate to trace the upper and lower parts of the top part of the overalls (or liederhosen, if you prefer)

I thought I was being uber organized by writing the foreign phrase, language it was and its placement in the song along with title and page number on each one.

Forgetting, of course, that then if I give the posters to the kids in senior primary that I can no longer make a game of "where does this one go and which phrase do you think it represents"

I did still do that, but the kids had to stay sitting and teachers held the posters as they guessed. If I had to do it over again, I WOULD skip this part

I Started with the Spanish one, which was the easiest. I didn't take pics of all of them, as Camille's pictures are much better than mine. But I will tell you, I switched the direction of the veins of the leaves on the sarong that were pointed down.

The French one by FAR was the hardest. But it ended up as my absolute favorite. 

Of course, as aforementioned, it did take 3 1/2 hours. So even though Team Umizoomi occupied a lot of her time, I still had a fantastic mess to clean up.

But worth it! So much. My favorite visual aide so far

Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's HeeeEEERRREEEeee!

It's here, it's here, it's here, it's HERE!!!!! I don't know why, but I have been anticipating the 2014 Outline for Sharing time for WEEKS

2014 Outline for Sharing Time: Families Are Forever

I wonder how much in common there is with 2009's theme: My Eternal Family

But here is the list (and just in case you're wondering I totally snatched this list from Lesson Plans of an OCD Primary Chorister and let her dig through each page for each month to find the songs - thanks OCD Primary Chorister!!!!!!)
January:  He Sent His Son (34)
February:  I Will Follow God's Plan (164)
March:  I Stand All Amazed (hymns 193)
April:  The Family is of God (back of manual)
July:  Baptism (100)
August:  Seek the Lord Early (108)

The pdf is not out yet: but you can get the entire contents online

Thoughts: I  have no idea how I am going to get through this program! These are beautiful songs, these are wonderful songs, some of them are my very favorites. But they make me CRY!!!!! (I still am not sure how I will do when we sing "A Child's Prayer" {for heaven's sakes ----- I can barely type it without choking up} because at the suggestion from the facebook page, I have asked the Youth to sing with them [most inspired idea EVER] and there is one sweet YW that I KNOW I can't look at while directing because this song gets her as well - but it's last - so at least that is good)

May's Theme is "Families are Blessed When they Follow the Prophet" (I am not sure if I want to sing "Follow the Prophet" - again - but we just may

June's Theme is "Priesthood Ordinances and Temple Work Bless My Family" (The Priesthood is Restored would fit and we aren't singing it this year and I happen to LOVE IT! However, it IS rather short - so I guess I will just have to pray very seriously to find the right ones) I am very frightened with the prospect of having a pick your own song in June- during vacation time. I guess I will have to pick an easy one ( I could make it easy on myself for once, maybe)

I am actually quite surprised about the addition of "I Stand All Amazed". Delighted, but surprised. Some serious praying again, but I may limit it to one verse: many difficult words such as "proffers" "tremble", "descend", "rebellious", "sufficient", "redeem", "devotion", "adore" . But, because I KNOW this is inspired, I trust it. And upon second thought - how on earth could I ever not sing all verses. But I can't ever get through verse two. Ever. I guess I will have to pray for strength.

I am most excited about doing "The Family is of God". I love it and it reminds me of Finding Nemo, which also makes me cry. (In case you're wondering - since I told that to someone else and she thought I was hearing things - in the intro - those first two stanzas - but most specifically the first five notes)[I just went to hear the theme on youtube and I still hear it - but maybe that is just me].

I really hope our pianist does not get called to do something else, because I fear for anyone who isn't vastly experienced (as she is) when it comes to playing "Baptism"