Welcome to Your New Calling!
If you are new to this calling and searching for any help you can find to get started, you’ve come to the right place!
For starters, make sure you keep this quote by Elder Bednar in mind:
My main goal with this blog is to post weekly lesson plans so other music leaders can simply implement them into their own primaries. Join my email list to get my upcoming monthly agendas (aka “Singing Time Schedules”) and other random items that may pop up with this calling!
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Here is a great lesson idea for your first week: Here We Are Together
When to prepare for your weekly singing time…isn’t that the weekly question you often ask yourself? If you wait until the last minute to prepare you may find yourself hating your calling and your weekend!! You’ll also find that your primary kids may not be too happy as they usually
I have simple steps for how to effectively teach a primary song during your singing time lesson plan! This is probably the most common question asked by primary music leaders! I had a reader contact me with the following question and wanted to share my response just in case it
Occasionally, we have to miss singing time due to family functions, vacation plans, illness, emergencies, the list goes on. So what do you do when you are in need of a sub, either last minute or something that has been planned out well in advance? Well, you get one, of
Cleo Madison (my FAVORITE singing time dress supplier!!)
UPDATE: I’m now selling these Music Bag Starter Kits in my shop! (includes almost everything you’ll find below but better!). Check out details HERE. There are 14 songs that we sing in our Nursery (but scroll down to the bottom where I have BONUS songs listed too!). We do them
I’m a HUGE advocate of using handbells in primary during singing time! They provide tons of movement, repetition and FUN when singing and reviewing primary songs! There are several types, qualities and companies that sell handbells and here’s what I use and HIGHLY recommend getting for your primary! There’s a
In a previous ward, I loved our choosing sticks…as opposed to my current ward. So I decided to make some. And since it’s January, I thought it was perfect timing…They are super simple and pretty self explanatory. I wasn’t very particular if they were painted evenly so it took me
Each week in primary, before I delve into my primary lesson plan, I spend a few minutes singing a scripture song. When we study Doctrine & Covenants with the new Come Follow Me curriculum, we’ll work on the Articles of Faith songs. You can see what I’ve done for the New
I found these DARLING Article of Faith punch cards HERE. That whole website is FABULOUS. I spent an evening browsing her work! Love it. But when I went to print them, the file was way to small. So I recreated them! Download mine using the access button at the bottom of
I’m returning from a 2-week vacation with my family…so, needless to say, this Sunday is going to be VERY low-key! But don’t get me wrong, low-key doesn’t mean low-fun or low-level of learning! I’m just going to be utilizing the good ol’ chalkboard and play Pictionary! Find details for it
One of my absolute favorite props for singing time are ribbon wands! I use them in several lesson plans through the year (find all my lesson plans using wands HERE) and in nursery (details on music in nursery HERE). The ones I have pictured are from a company that is no longer
I finally got a new PRINTER! I’m pretty stoked about it (this excitement over a printer is adulting at it’s finest, folks!). But my main reason for sharing (even though I really do love this new machine and want to shout it from the rooftops) is I know the question
I keep myself organized in primary with my singing time schedule. It’s very simple but works for me, any substitutes, my pianist and those conducting Primary. First up is my “Singing Time Schedule.” The last 5 minutes of our transition time will incorporate singing. It doesn’t take 10 minutes for
As promised (and I know everyone’s totally excited, right?), here’s how I keep myself together for singing time in Primary….my Singing Time Binder. I’d be lost without it. It’s funny though because it’s not very full and it’s not huge (it’s the 1/2 inch size). It contains only the essentials. The
I thought I’d focus my Staying Organized series on how I schedule my weekly singing times. Someone asked this question on Yahoo Groups so I thought I’d share what I like to do. Obviously I use the songs scheduled in the outline as my guide but I feel there is
It’s been a while since I added anything to my “Staying Organized” Series. You can find the other posts in this series by going HERE (Part 1 – Singing Time Schedule), HERE (Part 2 – Binder) and HERE (Part 3 – Scheduling). Back in February, reader Ben commented and said: “…I like your
Since I have no lesson plan to prepare this week, I thought I’d pass along some information about the type of equipment & supplies I always keep on hand in order to prepare my weekly lessons. You can assume the obvious – computer, printer, paper, Internet, etc. But I get
There was a discussion on the Facebook Chorister’s group about magnets! Kind of crazy the topics that come up, but it was a GREAT discussion on magnets! If you missed it, do a quick search for “magnets” on the group! Anyway, I wanted to share my two bits about my
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I stumble into Primary a tad late (ya know – me getting my 5 little kids ready for church alone while the hubby has early morning meetings and we have primary FIRST!). Sometimes the primary counselor is just handing the time over to
Tips for navigating my site
At the top of my website are several “tabs” I’ve created (that apparently you have found if you are reading this!) that I feel will be the most beneficial to you. Here are a few more details about those tabs:
SHOP: If I’m being biased, this is my favorite. Find out where I purchase the supplies I recommend and use most with my lesson plans.
Index tab: This will help you navigate through my website. Use the drop-down!
- Posting Words: This is a tool I use that saves me from singing solos and gets more kids and teachers singing
- Review Activities: This is a list of my go-to activities to review any songs(s)
- Lesson Plans: Easily find what I have posted over the years throughout my blog all organized by song titles and categories.
Take a look around! If I can be of further assistance, contact me thru the “Contact” link above (hover over the “About” tab to see it) or by leaving a comment anywhere, anytime and I’ll respond as soon as I can. Hopefully there’s something here that can help with your awesome calling!
Make singing time easy!
Follow my monthly schedule!
It is simple, but it works! Keep yourself, your pianist, any substitutes and those conducting primary on the same page.