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Camille's Primary Ideas: 2021 Primary Music CD singing time idea

Every year for Christmas, our primary hands out a primary music CD as our Christmas gift.  It contains the 36 suggested songs found in the Come Follow Me Music for Singing Time 2021.

(find more information on Music for Singing Time 2021 HERE).

Camille's Primary Ideas: Music for Singing Time 2021 Come Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants

Digital Playlists

If you feel CD’s are a thing of the past, I’ve seen other primaries create digital playlists and email them out to families (creating YouTube playlists like this one HERE created by Allie for 2021 or a Google Drive folder that contains all the songs to download, to name a few ways).

Natalie shared on the FB group HERE what she did for her primary last year!  If anyone creates something similar, let me know!

UPDATE: I’m working on creating something similar to what Natalie shared using Kelsey’s list Kelsey song list HERE. and Allie’s YouTube playlist…stay tuned!!

If you’ve created something for your primary, please feel free to share the details on how you did it!  My preference has always been a CD – simply because it’s a more tangible gift.  But as a parent, I’m beginning to prefer digital.  A great idea is to suggest to families is to put the CD in their cars as most vehicles still have a CD player and a captive audience ;).

Another option instead of doing a 2021 Primary Music CD is a DVD (or a YouTube playlist of videos).  They would be similar to the lesson I did HERE for our 2020 Sing-Along Videos.

To start making the CD’s, I created a document that contained all the songs I’d like to teach in singing time next year.  You can find my list using the access button at the bottom of this post.  I submitted it to my primary president to get everything approved.  But for easy viewing, below is my song list:

2021 Primary Music Song List

January

  • Joseph Smith’s First Prayer Hymns #26
  • Search, Ponder and Pray p. 109
  • Family History – I Am Doing It p. 94 

February

  • The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
  • I Want to Be a Missionary Now p. 168
  • I Stand All Amazed Hymns #193

March

  • When He Comes Again p. 82
  • The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
  • When I Am Baptized p. 103

April

  • Jesus Said Love Everyone p. 61
  • Jesus Has Risen p. 70
  • I Want to Be a Missionary Now p. 168

May

  • Have I Done Any Good? Hymns #223
  • When He Comes Again p. 82
  • Choose the Right Hymns, #239

 June

  • Reverence is Love p. 31
  • I’m Trying to Be like Jesus p. 78
  • Help Me, Dear Father p. 99

July

  • Have I Done Any Good? Hymns #223
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives Hymns #136 
  • I Feel My Savior’s Love p. 74

August

  • The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
  • The Holy Ghost p. 105
  • I Am a Child of God p. 2

September

  • Reverently, Quietly p. 26
  • I Am like a Star p. 163
  • I Will Be Valiant p. 162

October

  • The Spirit of God Hymns #2
  • I Love to See the Temple p. 95
  • The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77 

November

  • Family History – I Am Doing It p. 94
  • Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
  • Praise to the Man Hymns #27

December

  • I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164
  • He Sent His Son p. 34
  • Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Hymns #209
(program songs are bolded)
 
Once approved, I create a playlist using iTunes with these songs.  I have all theses songs on iTunes.  You can download all the songs from the Children’s Songbook HERE.  Hymns can be downloaded HERE
 
I bought these CD-R’s and jewel cases from Amazon:
 
 
(note, these aren’t the cheapest that Amazon sells but I prefer the Sony brand compared to the no-name.  For some reason, it makes for easier burning and I have less “non-usable” cd’s – just my experience!)
 
These are both affiliate links and I make a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase.  I only share what I know and love.
 
Then I started burning {what seems like a million} CD’s!   Once burned, I simply took a Sharpie marker and wrote “2021 Primary Songs” on the actual CD.  I did take a few random CD’s and put them in my CD player to make sure they burned correctly.
 
We give one CD per primary family.  For our Primary it’s about 30 so I’ve burned 35 to have as a few extras to keep in the cupboard just in case we have move-ins, someone loses theirs, or sometimes a few families ask if they can have another copy, etc.
 

CD Cover

Camille's Primary Ideas: 2021 Primary Music CD singing time idea
I have a few  options for for the cover:
  • A list of the 36 suggested songs for 2021 including bolded songs that I chose for the program.
  • A list of all the 36 suggested songs for 2021 without the bolded songs for the program.
  • A blank one (without the song list).  To use this blank one, I suggest typing up a list that looks similar to mine (the font I used it just Times New Roman, font size 8), trimming your list so it will fit within the blank square space and taping it on.  When you make photo copies, you will never know that you literally copied and pasted.
I do like the black and white cover only because I can make free copies at the library.  I also tell the kids they are welcome to color their CD cover to make it more personalized.  The artwork I chose is from the church’s website found HERE from the Doctrine and Covenants coloring book (which would also make a great gift!!).
Camille's Primary Ideas: 2021 Primary Music CD singing time idea
Once I have my copies made, I cut around on the black lines with the exception of down the middle. I fold it there and simply slide it into the cd jewel case.  The size, once cut out, measures 5 inches and 5.5 centimeters both across and down, making it a perfect square.
 
I then tie on Christmas ribbon and attach a treat of some sort for each child (we’ve done ring pops, tootsie roll suckers, Now & Laters, etc.).
 
I thought this year, these light up rings HERE from Oriental Trading or from Amazon would be fun (this is an affiliate link below where I make a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase.  But know that I only suggest what I love!):
The light up ring correlates to the Christmas Star Poem tag that I’ll tie on:
Camille's Primary Ideas: 2021 Primary Music CD singing time idea
So A family with 4 nursery/primary aged kids would receive one CD tied with 4 rings with one poem/tag attached (signed by our ward’s primary name just at the bottom).
 
Or I’ve made lots of Christmas tags in previous years:
You can print all my tag options (including the Christmas Star Poem) at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
 
Cut out, hole punch the top, slide it onto a ribbon and tie.  Here are a few from past years:
We will hand these out the 2 Sundays before Christmas hoping singing time is back in session!  Otherwise, we’ll deliver them to everyone at their homes including the less-active primary kids.

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  Access to my Resource Library is sent to you via email and not linked here.  If you need initial access to my Resource Library or need access sent to you again, click on the button below, fill out your information then check your email.  Instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.  Check out my email tutorial HERE for more help.

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > CD > 2020.

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