This is part 1 in my SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES!  It focuses on creating a singing time schedule.  Or maybe better put, how to create a singing time routine so everyone knows what to expect, including you!  I keep myself organized in primary with this singing time schedule.
It’s very simple but works for me, any substitutes, my pianist and those conducting primary.
Camille's Primary Ideas: Singing Time Schedule - Part 1 Singing Time Organization Series

Stay organized with a simple Singing Time Schedule!

The last 5 minutes of our transition time incorporates singing.  It doesn’t take 10 minutes for all the kids to get to primary and if it does take a child 10 minutes, they can miss it if need be.  If your primary won’t be doing this, simply omit the wiggle songs and opening song.

Transition Time (last 5 minutes of transition period)

  • Wiggle Worm Jar –  Check out how I use my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE.  Each child will also be greeted as they enter primary by the primary presidency and birthday children will handed their Golden Birthday Ticket (see details HERE).
  • Opening Song – Depending on what book of scripture we are studying, we sing a song relating to that book:

The Books in the New Testament using my printable HERE

The Books in the Book of Mormon using my printable HERE

The Articles of Faith using my prompts HERE

The Books in the Old Testament HERE

If we are limited on time due other factors, the transition songs will simply be omitted and we’ll begin primary with opening exercises.  That includes an opening prayer, scripture/Article of Faith and talk (see what I recommend for talks HERE).  Then move right into singing time.

Singing Time (20 minutes)

  • Lesson Song(s) – These consist of:
      • one of the suggested songs for each month that we’ve chosen for the primary program
      • review the ones we’ve learned for the entire year
      • something relating to the season or holiday.

Check out any of my individual lesson plan ideas HERE.

  • Other Song(s) – These consist of the suggested songs for each month (found HERE) that we WON’T be learning for the primary program.  Along with any suggested songs from the Come Follow Me – Primary manual that week.  A quick discussion could even be brought up by simply asking the kids how the song relates to what they’ve been learning with Come Follow Me at home and in their classes.  It’s also a great spot to sing miscellaneous songs your primary still incorporates into singing time (i.e. birthday songs, welcome songs, etc.).

Posting Words

So I am not up singing a solo on unfamiliar songs that we won’t be memorizing (i.e. wiggle songs, opening song, scripture song), I make sure to post words like I do HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

I create a monthly schedule with each of the elements listed above that I keep for myself and give to those involved with Primary music on Sunday.  It includes dates, page numbers and any other details needed so we can all quickly get to where we need to be.  I print and distribute a copy to me, our pianist and 3 Primary presidency members (5 copies total) on the last Sunday of each month for next month’s schedule.

Singing Time Planner

I use my Singing Time Planner to create and distribute my schedule.  Find more details on the current year’s planner HERE

Camille's Primary Ideas: singing time planner

I have also a Singing Time To-Go.  The monthly planner is all filled in, complete with to-go lesson plans, visuals, words to post and more!  Better yet, it’s in one spot to easily download and print.  To access it, subscribe to my Singing Time Subscription!  Lots more details can be found here if you are interested:

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Once my planner is all filled in, I put my copy in the front cover of my “Singing Time Binder” that goes with me every Sunday.  Find more details on my singing time binder HERE.  This is Part 2 in my SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES!

I highly suggest staying organized in primary using a singing time schedule!

These posts are part of my Singing Time Organization Series.  You can find all my posts in this series HERE

Camille's Primary Ideas: Singing Time Binder - Part 2 Singing Time Organization Series

I’d love any comments with how you keep yourself organized in singing time!


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9 thoughts on “SINGING TIME ORGANIZATION SERIES Part 1 – Singing Time Schedule”

  1. Camille!! You are my new favorite person haha! Thanks for taking the time to post all of your ideas. I just recently got called as the music leader in my ward and am finding your stuff to be very helpful 🙂 I'm sure it takes some extra time for you to upload everything, so THANK YOU!

  2. Hi terryandkori,

    I sing the scripture song during the first few minutes of my singing time. But it would defintely work during opening exercises, I would think after the opening prayer (the opening song would come before the prayer). I hope that helps!


  3. Camille,

    I just got called as primary chorister about a month ago. We've had Mother's Day and stake conference this month so I haven't had an opportunity to really teach the song we are suppose to learn this month but I have just been feeling like "man I have no idea what I'm doing!" I'm a convert to the church when I was 16 so I skipped all my primary years! I'm pretty excited about my calling, especially since I found your getting organized section. Thank you for giving me and others this resource! I am feeling much more confident in what I will be doing!


    1. Hi Leslie!

      Yes, that’s exactly what that is…when the kids are coming into primary. It helps maintain reverence and lets us sing a little more :).


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