After several primary programs, I’ve slowly discovered a few helpful hints to running a smooth primary program. These hints include help with practicing in the chapel along with staying organized as you conduct. I thought I’d share. Please add any ideas you have in the comments section!!
When we review in the chapel, I like to bring this big guy:
He’s on a super duper long string. Long enough that he can touch the ceiling of the chapel. I have a presidency member sit in the back and if the kids don’t sing loud enough, he starts to come down. As soon as the kids are loud enough, he goes back up. It’s a fun shake up to the tedious reviewing.
I’ve also had the thought to use him when the kids speak their parts into the microphone. If they speak clearly and slowly, the balloon will stay up high. But if they go too fast or are too soft, he’ll fall down.
I use the little flags to get all my songbook pages in order:
This way I can quickly get to the next song without fumbling over pages. For our program, songs 1 and 2 are photo copies of As a Child of God and Choose the Right that I’ll just have on my music stand.
I know it’s not for everyone but I post the words of all my songs and hang them over the back of my music stand during the program (find the details on how I do that HERE
if you don’t already know). I like how I get all the kids looking my way. It also really helps the teachers sing. The congregation has no idea they are there. I put all the songs in order and quickly flip them.
I also like to stand below the pulpit, just off to the side near the front row (between songs, I sit on the front row). Our chapel has a little stand that is big enough to fit my music stand and myself! Works great because I’m not blocking any of the kids and we always have kids filling the seats where the Bishopric sits. This way everyone, including the pianist can see me.
After Sacrament meeting, our presidency made up “award certificates” with a candy bar attached to pass out to all the kids (I even got one too!). Here’s what they looked like:
Please leave any comments on things you do to help make your program flow better! Good luck to everyone with their primary program this year!
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