Monson, Eyring, Uchtdorf, Packer…

It’s that time again! Help your kids know who’s talking during General Conference! I read somewhere, or someone told me once that the tune of “Books in the Book of Mormon” will almost always work for saying the names of the 12 apostles in order! Isn’t that amazing?! I just tested it for myself [I had to peek at the list!] and it works! Try it with me! š¯„˛ Monson, Eyring, Uchtdorf, Packer, Perry, Nelson, Oaks, Ballard, Scott, Hales, Holland, Bednar, Cook, Christofferson, Andersen š¯„˛ If you just use their last names, and don’t add any extra words at all, they fit perfectly. Cool, right!? I’ll be using this PDF that I found on lds.orgĀ  to match the pictures to the names of the apostles. (You can get it here, too.) But, these pictures are really tiny, so I’d recommend checking out big versions of the pictures from your library, or you can print them.

I will use the bigger pictures to show them to the whole primary, and we’ll learn their full names, and then how to sing them in the tune. (sort of like we did with Latter-Day Prophets) I’ll have a “super singer” come up and put the right picture in the right chair. At the end, we’ll sing it all together and the best singer will win the game to take home and use during Conference!

We will also be reviewing Latter-Day Prophets! I already promised my primary a prize if they listen really closely for any of these names during Conference and write them down in order when they hear them! If their lists match mine (or are really close) then they’ll get something really cool (like a set of Articles of Faith cards on a keyring to hook onto their scriptures!) We’ll see how many of them can process that, I’m thinking a few of my older kids will come up with something at least! I promised them when we learned it that they would hear those names quoted by our current prophets, and we talked about how basic doctrines and teachings don’t change no matter what era we live in!

I’ll have to be listening really close to all those sessions of Conference!



I Am A Child of God { A Poster }

I am so excited about the 2013 Primary theme! “I Am a Child of God” it’s so simple and so important. If you don’t have a hard copy of next year’s outline, you can get a PDF here. All the songs we’ll be learning are what I think of as ‘classics’! Which is great for us, because we have so many kids with non-member and recently converted parents who have probably never heard these beautiful songs that teach such basic truths.

I have been so inspired, in fact, that I’m creating a little “poster” for each song (just regular paper-sized) that you can use in your primary! We use similar posters for each month’s sharing time theme, and I thought next year we could add these to go with the song we’re learning. I know it’s early, but I’ve already finished a couple of them! ( I may even create more than one version, so if you have suggestions let me know!) Here’s the one I created for January, “I Am a Child of God.”

I am a Child of God Poster PDF

As usual, there’s a couple of months where you choose a song that goes with the monthly theme, so if you have specific requests for those, let me know! I think I will do “The Golden Plates” for April, and the outline suggests “We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet” for May, so I will have posters for both of those. I’m excited to hear what you are planning to use these for in your primaries!

Do you like these posters? Tell me below!


Being on the Same Page

As music leaders, we rely heavily on our pianists and its important to stay on the same page, literally and figuratively. So here’s a sheet I made to help me do that. I have 2 of them, one for me and one for her. I put them each in a sheet protector (the glossy kind) and write on them each week with a transparency, or wet erase, marker. This makes it super easy to keep up with and it only takes about 5 minutes so I can do it between sacrament meeting and when the kids come in, just wipe it off and write the songs and page numbers we’ll be using that day!

Today in Primary Weekly Song List PDF


Flip Chart: The Church of Jesus Christ

This was one of my favorite songs when I was in primary! We used it our program this year, right after “When I Am Baptized” and it really fit in with our themes and script. This is a great last minute addition if you need a little more time filled. (Our primary is so small, we fit 11 songs in this year!) It’s a quick learn, just one verse and it’s peppy which I find always motivates the kids to learn it faster! The message is simple and clear, I know who I am, I know what I have to do, and (once I’ve been baptized) I belong to Christ’s church and will follow him.

Here’s a way to introduce the song: (this was inspired by the book “A Children’s Songbook Companion”)

The Church of Jesus Christ Intro – Body PDF

This looks really complicated at first, but keep in mind this is the finished product. So how do you get here? First, have a poster or a big piece of paper ready with the outline of a person (or if you have a piece of paper big enough, trace one of your kids!). Start with singing the first words of the song “I Belong” and write them right across the middle of your person. Next, draw an arrow to the side and write the words to complete the line “to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” (I put in numbers so you could follow it more easily, but you don’t have to do that if it gets too crowded!). Continue like this with each line of the song, putting those action words on the parts of the body they go with (follow on the feet, know on the head, proclaim on the mouth, etc.) Connecting the visual with the verb will help them to see what they are pledging to do when they sing this song. You may want to talk about what it means to “honor his name” (great opportunity to talk about the baptismal covenant and standing as a witness of Christ) and what it means to “proclaim”, most of my kids didn’t know that word, so connecting it to missionary work helped. If you’re working with just junior primary, you could use pictures for the second half of the phrases instead of the words. In fact, you could cut them right out of my flip chart:

The Church of Jesus Christ Flip Chart PDF

As you can see, I modeled the chart after the same concept as above, so the action words are really highlighted. These pictures would be great on your body maps next to the words, or in place of the words. My kids learned this song SUPER fast, they had it down in 2 weeks. And they still love to sing it, post-program. I love when they really connect with a song that has such an important and central message of the gospel and living our lives righteously!


Ways to Sing Cards

After writing my last post on ways to make repetition more engaging, I realized I started making a set of my own Ways to Sing Cards once, and decided to get them finished. So, without further ado, here’s a set of 10 cards you can add to your rotation!

Ways to Sing Cards {PDF}

These are safe in the pocket of my primary binder, just waiting to be used on Sunday! I printed mine on card stock so they will hold up for years to come. You can use these as a whole review activity, as a time filler at the end of a lesson, or they fit right into the “How” in a “Who, What, How” review game. Or do something completely different! I’d love to hear how you use them in your primary!