Do your Primary children know there’s a right way to live to be happy? Make sure they understand that by teaching Choose the Right Way using these Primary singing time ideas!
Children innately know right from wrong. I recommend testing their knowledge by using the choosing activity. It that presents choices for them to decide what will ultimately make them the most happy!
Teach the Primary song, Choose the Right Way using these various singing time methods (click on the link to quickly jump to that section):
Choose the Right Way Lyrics and Sheet Music
Find the sheet music to Choose the Right Way on the Church’s website. I love how the lyrics clearly define how choosing the right way makes you happy!
There’s a right way to live and be happy;
It is choosing the right ev’ry day.
I am learning the teachings of Jesus;
They will help me and show me the way.
Choose the right way and be happy.
I must always choose the right.
2. Through the gospel I learn to be prayerful,
To have faith, to repent, to obey,
And I know if I live by his teachings,
I will truly be happy each day.
Choose the Right Way Flip Chart
Find Choose the Right Way lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!
Also available is Jolly Jenn’s flip chart with pictures for Choose the Right Way:
Singing Time Ideas and Activities for Choose the Right Way
1. Choosing Activity
For this Choose the Right Way choosing activity, let your Primary choose which activities ARE and are NOT choosing the right! They’ll quickly discover that choosing the right way will make them the most happy!
2. Right, Left, Stomp
Have children turn right, left or stomp when certain words are sung in the song:
- Turn to the right every time the word “right” is sung.
- Turn to the left every tine the word “Jesus” and “happy.”
- Stomp every time the word “choose” is sung.
3. Teach Choose the Right Way using A Children's Songbook Companion
A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Choose the Right Way. This book is now available to download in its entirety all for free only on Camille’s Primary Ideas!
Access this in my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
This handbell chart for Choose the Right Way plays the melody with the exception for the last 2 notes. Those 2 notes play the melody and the harmony together.
BONUS – only the 8-note handbell set is needed! No sharps required!
Access these printables at my Resource Library under Song Title > Choose the Right Way. Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Find more details for using handbells in Primary including where to purchase yours.
Choose the Right Way Song History
Words and music: Clara McMaster (1904-1995) LDS
While serving on the Primary general board, Clara Watkins McMaster was asked to compose a class song for the CTR Primary age children. Her ability as a singer helped her create a song everyone loves to sing.
The message is appropriate to all ages, and the initials CTR have taken on a life of their own.
Clara McMaster was the eleventh child in her family and sang and accompanied others on the piano as she grew up in Brigham City, Utah.
For twenty-two years she was a member of the Tabernacle Choir. Sister McMaster feels that “Music is a rich gift of God, and it is in the world to make the lives of His children happier and better.”
Leave your ideas for teaching Choose the Right Way
How will you teach Choose the Right Way in singing time? Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Choose the Right Way.