For Jr. primary, I quickly wrote down each child’s name on the name tag during opening exercises which made it go much quicker. When it was time for singing time, I just handed each child their name tag to put on.Then, I ended up only introducing 4 kids or teachers at a time, then we’d sing the song and repeat with 4 more kids/teachers and sing the song again, etc. Then, once we had gone through the entire primary, we sang the song the one last time to include the entire primary including teachers and kids. It filled the allotted 20 minutes perfectly in both Jr. and Sr. primaries.The kids seemed to have a good time standing to introduce themselves and tell their favorite primary song. In Jr. I changed it to tell us their favorite color – a little easier for them.
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Thank you for all your ideas and effort!
I did the idea of singing “Here we are together” as classes and it was great! The kids really enjoyed it.
Same as above. It was a huge hit. I had each class come up and each person (including teachers) said one thing about themselves then we sang to that class. Then we repeated with each class. It was great!
I also loved this idea. We did the new Sunbeams and then we got a new primary presidency today and so we did them too. It was great!!
We did this, first with the sunbeams a few times, then individual classes. (JR ONLY)
I did this activity in jr and sr and the kids LOVED it. I wrote down their names on labels during sharing time. I also didn’t have them get up and down from their seats since that tends to be disruptive because we have a large primary. So then it didn’t take as long as I thought it would and I wished I had had each class come up! I easily tied it into the theme of we are all children of God and He knows us by name.
I did this today and it was such a hit! I’m still trying to learn the names of all the kids so this was so helpful to me as well. Everyone loved it! The primary president came up to me afterwards and commented on what a success that was. Thank you for your ideas! I would be so lost without them
We did this activity. I just did the new sunbeams because we have SO many primary kids. I think it helped them warm up to primary. Thanks for sharing!!!
Did the Here we are Together song today and it was a huge hit! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!!
I did it today. I introduced the newbies first. And then the rest of primary. I had total engagement. It was great. I used the name labels they worked great. Except when a couple of the kids said their tags wouldn’t stick only to find out they wrote on the wrong side. Lol. Teachers and kids loved it!! I also did hot and cold with the sr primary and they want to do it next week. Wiggle worm jar for jr. Was a success. I bore testimony of the importance of making good friends beginning in primary and wherever we go and bring a good friend as well. I felt success!! Ok I’m done!! Thanks,Camille!!!
It was a hit in our Primary today! Thanks!
I did it today and it was a lot of fun! I didn’t have any labels so we skipped that part. I decided to have each class come to the front of the room and do a silly action when we sang their name. I started with the primary presidency, which the kids all loved, and it got everyone excited to participate. I had the sunbeams go last so they wouldn’t be intimidated after seeing all the other kids do it. I was a little worried how our Sr. Primary would react but they were totally into it! I had all of the teachers come up last and it was a hoot. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!
I did this today with a little difference. I had the name tags for just the sunbeams and we sang the song using their names then I had them go pick a “buddy” to bring up to the front with them. They had to tell me their buddy’s name and then we sang the song again. Then the sunbeams sat down and the buddies picked new buddies until every child was picked and we had sang everyone’s name, they LOVED it! I did the same thing on senior and they loved it too!
I did this with Senior Primary today. We just sang the song once. The pianist kept playing the same line over and over as we sang all of the kids names (about 15 kids). Some of them did a silly pose. They really enjoyed it, and I think it helped the new class feel a little more comfortable for their first day in senior primary. Thanks for the idea!
This worked well in our primary today. The new sunbeams were really quiet and didn’t really like sharing their name and what they like to do but all the kids seemed to enjoy it. Then in senior primary we did it to the new kids who moved up from junior primary and they loved it too.
I preprinted name tags and did it with both junior and senior primaries. It was awesome for everyone because we have a BIG Primary (including 27 sunbeams!) and it’s hard to learn all the kids names. I started with the primary presidency then brought up one class at a time. I broke it up by singing a fun song in between every 2-3 classes (ie popcorn popping, Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, etc.) thanks for the idea!
I tried it with all of the classes and you could tell that everyone liked hearing their name being sung. I probably didn’t need to include the teachers as well, but the kids seemed to like it.
We did it and it went very well! While I passed out the labels and markers I had the pianist play quietly and they were very reverent. We only have about 40 in jr primary and 50 in senior. For jr I called 8 kids up at a time and just repeated the measures extra to fit all the names in, and in sr we pulled 16 up at a time! It was great. It took about half of my time, which was what I wanted- I was able to introduce the new song with ASL for the last half. Thanks so much for your ideas Camille!!!
Did it with my new class that just came up to Senior Primary. They felt so big and their faces were beaming!!
Looking forward to doing this next year. I’ll be out next week with a surgery, so had to get started on our January song right away and didn’t have time for a long welcome. We did sing a quick welcome song to our new Sunbeams and new Seniors, but with over 100 children doing the whole name activity would have taken the whole Singing Time. Love your ideas and use them whenever I can!
Your plan worked like a dream! I did it pretty much as you planned. I always check your site first for my ideas and planning. Know that your work is appreciated and used. ThAnK YoU!!!
I didn’t do this week because my Sunbeams have been visiting for a few weeks already. I did do this one class each week when I first got called though and it really helped me learn their names and they loved it. It only took a few minutes of the beginning of singing time to do one class. Then I’d just quickly say the names of all the other kids to help with my memory.
We did it in Sr and the kids LOVED it. I am newly called and it was a great first day. Thanks for the idea.
The kids loved it. I did it by classes.
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