Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Primary Singing Time April "Which Class Sings Best?"

I would start working on a Mother's Day Song this week. I usually chose "Mother Dear I Love You So" as it was so easy to learn for the kiddos. Then the other one would be a harder song. I have my favorites but whatever you choose will be heartfelt and darling, even if the kids don't sing it perfectly. Moms will still be sobbing in the congregation, am I right? Yes I am.
Me and my littlest grandbaby on Easter Sunday....
One fun idea I had a while back was getting different classes to sing different lines of the songs. It is a good way to get them to learn fast because everyone will be listening to see if they get the words right. This will be so helpful as you lose so many kids that just can't stay focused unless they are very involved in what's going on.  So try this one of the weeks in April.
Each class sings a different line of the song.

After you introduce the new song and have sung it through a few times to your flipchart.  Then give each class one of the flipchart pages to practice as you sing the song for them along with the piano. When it gets to their part you can point to them and they will start to sing it along with you. Do this several times till you feel like each class is getting the song. And it is so fun to make a big deal of pointing to the class that is singing. They will crack up a little at first and then tentatively sing along.  Everybody gets into this fun activity.

Easter French Vanilla Cream Puffs I made....yummo....check them out  HERE.

The grandkids after the Easter egg hunting was over.....lotsa loot!  

Then have the kids classes do it by themselves while you go around and simply point to the class. They can read the words on the chart. It's a lot of fun introducing things this way. And afterward you can decide which class sang the best and give them a little page of stickers to pass around and everybody put one on their shirt or dress. Kids LOVE stickers and will work hard for one.

The hubs and my oldest granddaughter...she LOVED all those Easter eggs....

Now a variation on this can be done next.  Have the first line people then sing along with the 2nd line people.  The best way to do this would be to have one person from each class come up in front holding the flipchart page. Then when it is their classe's turn they hold it up high and sing along. Then they sing along with the one next to them going around till everyone is singing the last line.  Here is how it would look;
    Primary music is so much fun!
  • The first group to start singing on the first line of the song.
  • The second group joins in singing on the second line of the song.
  • The third group is to join in singing on the third line of the song.
  • The fourth group is to join in singing on the fourth line of the song.
  • If the song then has a chorus everyone will be singing together for the chorus.
Have fun this week!  Hopefully you have drafted out the program songs by now and made all the decisions.  I was released a while ago, but I would try to think at this point of musical instruments you could add, (flutes, violins, etc.) maybe a sign language addition to one of the songs, duets or trios you could have for 2nd verses, that adds a lot the the program. Spice it up a little bit now, while you have the time.  Good luck!

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