Every first Sunday in January, I LOVE to introduce all the newbies (those sweet Sunbeams and new teachers in Jr. Primary and then the Jr. kids who advanced to Sr. and teachers in Sr. Primary). This is also a great activity if you are a new chorister trying to learn the names of all the millions of kiddos in Primary!!
**This song is also a wonderful welcome song to sing to visitors! Have the visitors shake hands with the rest of the primary as you sing all the primary kids’ and/or visitors’ names.
To do that, I pass out a label to everyone:
(there are 3 or so to a sheet in this package and I will cut each label before primary to make passing them out easier)
I bought mine from Amazon here:
I’m sure any office store, or Wal-Mart carries them too.
I pass out markers and everyone writes their name on their name tag and puts it on their chest (myself and all other adults in the room as well). Teachers help where needed.
Then we sing Here We Are Together
and go through each child’s and teacher’s name. To start, I call up 4 children/teachers at a time as the song will fit 4 names pretty well. Before we sing, we introduce the 4 and maybe have them say something about themselves like favorite primary song, hobby , etc. (favorite scripture hero is what I’ll be asking and having our secretary jot it down for my bulletin board and bookmarks found HERE
!!) As we sing each name, the individual can make a funny move (like bowing, or a “rock-on” sign, etc.). For an example I usually start with introducing myself, the pianist and a few of the Primary Presidency members. Make sure to change the word “family” in the song to “primary.”
After you’ve introduced the entire primary you can go through the entire primary at once by repeating the 4 or so measures of music until you’ve gone through everyone – you will probably want to give your pianist a heads up!
If your primary is very large, I’d suggest only introducing everyone new in primary (Sunbeams, new Senior kids, any new teachers, etc.).
Time permitting, repeat several times – try singing it with the lights off or with eyes closed to see if everyone can do it without looking at name tags, or sing it facing the back wall.
For Senior, I’ll tell them that there will be a quiz at the end and they will need to name every child and teacher when we are finished!
To provide added movement, try singing “here we are a”…
- STOMPING and stop your feet
- CLAPPING and clap your hands
- POUNDING and pound your fist into your other palm
- SWISHING and rub palms together
- LAPPING and clap hands on legs
For Jr. Primary I’ll most likely cut the reviewing at the end and pull out my Wiggle Worm Jar (find that HERE
) to introduce it the Sunbeams:
My jar is convenient in the fact that half the songs are the same ones we sing in Nursery (see my singing time in Nursery HERE
If I need more time in senior I’ll pull out my Hot-N-Cold Note (find that HERE
) and sing I am a Child of God
or something else that’s simple
while we play.
You can also find my list of similar, simple activities HERE