Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Search Ponder and Pray from Facebook

Thank you to Cami B, who posted this on Facebook!
I've finally decided on a song to teach for April. I had gone back and forth between Beautiful Savior and I Lived In Heaven, but today I felt inspired to use Search, Ponder, and Pray. I looked through some files on here and I saw the words SPP stacked almost like a traffic light. I had an "Aha!" moment! I drew an amateur stop sign with the letters S, P and P in each light. I'm going to relate it like this; If you ever have a problem, or if you need some guidance or if you just need some inspiring words, STOP what you're doing and search the scriptures. After you've read, SLOW down and Ponder what you have read. Then, GO Pray about what you have read and Pondered.
As far as teaching the actual song, I have some ideas with hand motions, but it would be really cool to come up with some type of game to match the stop sign. 

I can't copy her pic, so here is mine
And the plan is to hum when the chopstick is pointed at red, whisper when the chopstick is pointed at yellow and sing when the chopstick is pointed at green

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Intro for Praise to the Man

Someone posted on the facebook group, that the Friend published a cute little graphic on Praise to the Man in 2011. HERE is the link for that.
But, if you are like me, you might want something bigger than an 8 1/2 by 11 1/2.

That is where tiling a Pdf comes in. Except adobe has changed, and it appears that there is no longer a convenient little "tile" button.

But FEAR NOT! It is still doable. And I will tell you how.
When you go to print, click on the "poster" button. Then, you will have to adjust the tile scale - I used 300%. (*USE 250% , 300% DOES NOT FIT A STANDARD POSTER BOARD*) At this point DO NOT click "return" or else it will print. Instead, click on the "cut marks" box, and you will have a lovely 12 - 15 page layout - WHICH, will work, HOWEVER, if you unclick the "cut marks" box, the print format will readjust into a lovely 9 page format that you see below (and then you won't have to cut out as much white space as I will, since I realized that you need to unclick the "cut marks" box just a little too late)
I also plan to print the picture that has Joseph Smith standing like this, which you can find HERE, 
just in case the little ones have a hard time getting it .

Monday, April 11, 2016

Stand for the Right in C Major

As, I have stated in earlier posts, it is relatively easy to go to, find your song and then transpose the key (in this case to have a song with no or little accidentals so that it can be played with an 8 bell set){I have also done this for "Once There Was a Snowman to play with my 8 bell set}. Then transposes it, (it almost doesn't look different other than the notes being different) and you hit print.
However, as Camille at Camille's Primary Ideas pointed out, The Friend published a simplified version of "Stand for the Right" which is also in C Major
(and it's cuter than my screenshot of the transposed song from!) (And since it is a full size pdf, it prints in a larger font than when you transpose)

And to go along with Camille's plan for Stand for the Right with ringing the bells on the "be true" part, I made a bell chart:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stand for the Right Boxes

I am planning to do the Stand for the Right Boxes. I looked and looked and looked for a blog post on it, but came up with nothing. So I went to the best time sucker on the internet - The LDS Chorister's facebook page. I typed in  "Stand for the Right boxes" and it took a bit of scrolling, but finally came across Melanie M. B.'s post.(dated March 2) She submitted a file titled: "Stand for the Right Building Blocks" (that you might be able to find under the files tab.)

Took me forever to find that.

But before I delve into wrapping 12 boxes, I will use Camille's Stand for the Right lesson plan with the bells. I have the song transposed into C major (you can do so using the tabs at the top of the song in and then hit the print button. (Right next to the tempo button). I only have an 8 bell set, so I needed to transpose so that I could use my bells. I will have to make a new bell chart since it no longer matches Camille's chart (of course, NONE of her charts match my bells, because my notes are different colors than hers)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Next Year for Easter

Because it is the eleventh hour and I already have something planned, I am posting this for next year. I found it on the Facebook Chorister's page.
 This is the text from Natalie P.
"I'm so excited for tomorrow! I did this same activity a few years ago and the kids loved it. I got this picture from Google, but you can draw pictures on boiled eggs with white crayons and then dye the eggs to see the pictures. I'm going to draw some simple pictures on eggs that relate to a song and then have little containers of Easter egg dye. We will dye the eggs to see which song we are going to sing. (I know this sounds scary, but with the right preparation and control, it works really well.) The kitchen in our church building has some rolling carts with trays on them. I went in ahead of time and got the containers set up with the vinegar in them. During opening exercises (when the halls were mostly clear), I wheeled the cart to the Primary room and put the dye tablets in. I had a separate little basket of Easter eggs ready for both Junior and Senior Primary. I would call a child up and they would choose an egg and tell me which color to dye it. I put the egg in the dye myself so the kids wouldn't risk spilling or getting it on their clothes. On the chalkboard, I had different pictures of Jesus along with the name of the song and the picture that was on the Easter egg. We would match the picture on the egg with the picture on the chalkboard to see which song to sing.

The songs/pictures we are using are:
To Think About Jesus: Draw a little cross
(on a hill!)
Beautiful Savior: A sun
Did Jesus Really Live Again: The number "3"
Picture an Easter : Easter egg
Gethsemane: Heart
The Miracle: The word "Me"
" (we have never sang these last three songs, so next year, I hope to have a list of different songs)

Thank you Facebook!


This is last minute, as Easter is less than two hours in my time zone of the world, but here it is anyway.

As always, I often borrow, and Camille's primary ideas has FABULOUS ideas for Easter. Lots of them. She posted this idea in 2013, and as it required advanced planning, I had a great activity for the next year, if I actually got around to doing it and I surprised myself by actually doing it!
The Easter Footsteps is a page from the friend, that I had downloaded onto a thumb drive and someone took it to Costco and printed it in large poster form and it cost me about 9 dollars. Years later, I had it laminated (I was timid about laminating it since it had an almost photo quality about it, but it came through beautifully).

I can't remember if I used Camille's original 6 songs in '14, but for this year, since we learned In His Holy Name last year, I found a place to put in that song.

And except for Event #3, all this wording (as well as the picture) are all from Camille's Primary Ideas:

Event #1: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 79 (He taught how to be like Him)
Event #2: Hosanna p. 66 (this is how the people praised Christ).
Event #3: In His Holy Name (Jesus healed others)
Event #4: To Think About Jesus p. 71 (Jesus suffered for our sins in Gethsemane)
Event #5: He Died That We Might Live Again p. 65 (just as the title says - He died that we might live again!)
Event #6: Jesus Has Risen p. 70 (Christ was resurrected just like we will be one day)

Happy Easter!
 * I did have an old post about this, and I DID change the a few of the songs (but I didn't label it "Easter" so I didn't find it until after posting this.) That original post is here.
* UPDATE* We didn't know "He Died That We Might Live Again" p. 65 at ALL. Not me, not the kids, not the pianist, so we did "Did Jesus Really Live Again" p. 64 and the kids didn't really know that one either, but if I choose to do this again, I will make sure I have a poster or flip chart. In 2014, (in the original post that I did), I picked "I Will Follow God's Plan" pg. 164 for the first song, simply because we were singing it that year (and this year, too, consequently), but I may pick Camille's first song when I do it next. In my original plan , I picked "I Stand All Amazed" Hymns 193 for the last song, and that is what I sang this time, but if I do it again, I may pick "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" Hymns 200 simply because it is fun (but I would have to warn the pianist)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

2016 Outline Songs!

Yes, as you may have heard, the 2016 Outline for Sharing Time is now available and therefore the songs are out!
You can find the Outline HERE

However, you might notice that I did not say "new" songs because they aren't new. They are the same exact songs used in 2011, when we had the same theme. In fact, (as far as I can tell, because I think I only went through January to May), the entire Outline is the same. Word for Word. Picture for Picture. Song for Song. (The only different thing is the picture on the cover - which I think actually looks like the same model used for the 2011 cover, just older)
(so cute, huh?) (You can decide if you think they look like the same child)

If you can't tell, I really wasn't excited by this discovery. Actually I was quite disappointed. The new outline form started in 2010, so I can't be 100% sure that this pattern will continue, but if I were in charge, I would definitely see the advantage in just recycling the material. 

Because it is GOOD material. And they are GOOD songs. And in my ho-humness discouraged state, I went to one of my favorite sites, that I know has been going on for more than 5 years - Sofia's Primary Ideas. Each month (for YEARS) she goes over the monthly theme and week by week, she expands on the theme presented in the manual. It is an EXCELLENT resource for the primary presidency. And occasionally, she also goes over a song (which I love!!!!).

And I tested her: I went to September of this year and September of 2010 (same exact monthly and weekly themes) AND HER ACTIVITIES FOR THE SAME EXACT THEMES WERE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How super amazing is that!!!!!!!! So if she can do that for 3-4 weekly themes EVERY MONTH for the last 5+ years (not completely sure if 2008 and 2009 are repeats of 2013 and2014, because the new format started in 2010 - haven't researched that completely), I can totally come up with new ways to teach the same songs.
(I haven't hit my 5 year turn around point yet, but I was getting kind of bummed by the impending redundancy)
But no more! I am going to embrace this knowledge with fervor! I am going to remember a hallowed teaching mantra: Repetition encourages Retention! I am going to realize that this is inspired! This is what the Lord wants us to do! This is the direction He wants us to go!

However, this does encourage me to remember to not use ANY program songs from previous years as my pick your own songs. Which shouldn't be difficult, because I went through the 5 year rotation and realized that there are 18 songs from the songbook that are used for all 5 years. There are 5 "in the back of the outline" songs. And there are 4 Hymnbook songs.

HERE is my 5 year plan outline. Now, keep in mind, I wrote this for myself and it includes the songs that I personally chose for 2013, 2014 & 2015 but if you would like a reference for the next few years and to know which 18 songs are used, you might like it.

HERE is Sugardoodle's list of primary songs from 1998 to 2014 (Sugardoodle has become difficult for me to scroll through lately, but it is worth it and this is a nice list and there are a number of different songs on there - in fact, I may have to exhume "I'll Follow Him in Faith" from its buried in obscurity status: It's really cute!)

And after ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL this reading, here is the list!

2016 (I Know the Scriptures are True)
January – If I Listen with My Heart – Outline
February – I Will Follow God’s Plan – 164
March – Stand For the Right – 159
April – Song of Choice (Jesus Christ is My Savior and Redeemer) Beautiful Savior 64
May – Praise to the Man vs. 1 and 3 Hymns 127
June – Song of Choice (The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ make it Possible for me to live with God Again) Search Ponder and Pray 109
July – I Love to See the Temple – 95
August – The Lord Gave Me A Temple – 153 

Italics indicate my personal choices towards which I am currently leaning. June is more of a "song that goes with the yearly theme" than one that follows the monthly theme (basically because I missed Search Ponder and Pray)

Don't forget to check out the post on 2016 songs from the OCD Chorister (yes! She's back!!!!) - she has several links to some of the songs for which she has done lesson plans/visuals.

After our primary progam, I may delve into yearly planning! Get excited for 2016! Woo Hoo!!!!