My Primary President handed me the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time today! Hooray! If you don’t have yours yet, you can get it a few different ways:
- Ask your Primary Presidency if they have received their copies from the Bishopric (or ask the Bishopric directly!)
- Head to your local Distribution Center (if available)
- Download the outline HERE
I’ve been thumbing through it to get my 2015 CD song list ready go to (our primary hands out CD’s as a Christmas present from the Primary each year. See what I did last year HERE. You can also make a DVD. Find that HERE!)
Here’s a quick summary of next year’s songs:
- January: I Know that My Savior Loves Me, 2015 outline p. 28 – find my lesson plan HERE
- February: He Sent His Son p. 34 – find my lesson plan HERE
- March: Follow the Prophet p. 110
- April: The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77 – find my lesson plan HERE
- May: Faith p. 96*
- June: The Holy Ghost p. 105 – find my lesson plan HERE
- July: Come, Follow Me hymn #116 – find my lesson plan HERE
- August: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57*
*These are my “song of your choice from the Children’s Songbook” choices.
When we sing in Sacrament Meeting for Easter, I think we’ll perform January’s program song, I Know that My Savior Loves Me, as it’s totally appropriate. For Father’s Day I think we’ll sing February’s song He Sent His Son, as it fits well too. I’m all about killing two birds with one stone!! And come program time, the congregation will never remember that we sang two songs earlier in the year ;).
Tips & Teaching Advice:
As I’ve been looking through the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time, there are some great tips and teaching advice:
Page 1 has a “Singing Time” section which gives simple instruction on how singing time should run, how much time you get, etc. Also are guidelines for the Sacrament Meeting Presentation.
Page 3 has “Helps for the Music Leader” for teaching I Know That My Savior Loves Me.
Page 5 has “Helps for the Music Leader” for teaching He Sent His Son.
Page 9 has “Helps for the Music Leader” for teaching The Church of Jesus Christ. It also has a “Tip” that says, “Include Primary songs in your teaching. This will help the children remember what they’ve been taught. ‘We are able to feel and learn very quickly through music…some spiritual things that we would otherwise learn very slowly.’ (Boyd K. Packer, in TNGC, 46)” Isn’t this the entire reason we have singing time in Primary? Love it!
Page 15 has “Helps for the Music Leader” for teaching Come, Follow Me.
Page 26 – 27 is entitled “How to Use Music in Primary” and has some great information on using prelude as teaching time, using music to teach gospel principals, how to teach a song, reviewing songs and engaging children through appropriate movement.
I’d say a really valuable tip is on pg. 27…PRACTICE AT HOME: To teach a song effectively, you must know the song yourself. Practice at home so when you teach the children you can look at them, not at your book.
Page 28 is a copy of this year’s theme song (to be taught in January), I Know That My Savior Loves Me.
Anyway, there you have it, a brief outline of 2015’s Sharing Time Outline. If you haven’t looked through it yet, you should!