Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Introduction Sunday: When I am Baptized pg 103

Howdy Folks!  Every now and then I get the phone call of my dreams and someone asks me to substitute as Primary Chorister for a day.  So, I thought I'd include what I taught on Sunday just in case it would help any of you out there.  It's been so long since I posted....I truly hope this blog is still helping some of you out.

PREP:

1 colorful umbrella (or just an umbrella)
1 jacket (I brought my rain jacket..but any jacket will do)
1 Rain Stick (there are several DIY on how to make a rain stick.  Just keep it simple)
Colorful Popsicle sticks (you can get these at the craft section of Walmart)
Four different color streamers (I chose Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green)
Red, Yellow, Blue, Green card stock with one line of the song on each one...for example, RED would have the line "I like to look for Rainbows", Blue would have "Whenever there is Rain"....etc.
White Card stock that has the chorus on it.  I used four pieces of White card stock for the chorus'.

Before hand, attach small strips of streamer to the Popsicle sticks.  Match the color of streamer with the color of the Popsicle stick.  The idea is to make small banners the kids can wave around.

PRESENTATION:

Begin by having the kids guess what song you will be learning about.  Show them the umbrella, put on your rain jacket (if you have rain boots that could be fun too)....have them silently raise their hands when they think they know.  Pick up the rain stick...let them hear the sound a couple of times.  When you have the majority of the children raising their hands, have the pianist begin to play the music softly.  Ask the children to hum the melody with you.  You could even point out that the rhythm of the music is similar to the rhythm of a soft rain.   Pass out your banners.  Try to spread the different colors around the room.  Have the children say the words of the song with you as you hang up the different colors of papers on the board.  Explain why rain cleaning the Earth can be symbolic of our own baptism.   Tell the children to listen for the rain stick sound to start the music.  Encourage them to be reverent.  Then, have each group stand and wave their banner in coordination with the color of paper on the board.  Ex,..the red group would stand, wave their banner, and sing.."I like to look for rainbows"  then the blue group would stand and sing.."Whenever there is rain....etc.  All groups stand and wave their banners and sing the chorus.  Have them do this exercise twice.  Then, if there is still time, repeat the exercise with the second verse.  I simply had the second vs words on the reverse side of the colored paper.

Hope that sparks some ideas of your own.  Happy Chorsitering!  I'm jealous of all of you.

Love,  The once upon a time Crazy Chorsiter

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Gift of Christmas

Howdy folks,

I substituted for the chorister on Sunday and thought I'd post the idea I used.

Prep:

1 picture or toy of Jesus in the manger (I used my Fisher Price manger set piece)
1 small box for the toy to go into
8-10 different layers of wrapping paper

Put the picture or Toy of Jesus into the Box, then wrap it in different layers of wrapping paper.

Presentation:

Tell the children that you have a special gift of Christmas you want to share with them.  Tell them that the pianist will start to play a song...as soon as they know the song and start singing it...they will begin to pass the present.  The pianist can play the whole song or stop whenever...but when the music stops the child holding the gift will unwrap one layer of the present.  You continue to do this until you get to Jesus.  Then bare your testimony about Heavenly Father's gift to the world was His Only Begotten Son.

It went really well, and the spirit was present.  Merry Christmas.

-thecrazychorister

Friday, January 11, 2013

TWO HOURS OF FUN

And....I'm back.  Well, at least for two hours this coming Sunday.  And, I have to say...I'm totally excited.   I've been in RS now for just over half a year, and I miss the fun of Primary.

Still trying to get my ideas together...post coming soon. :)

-thecrazychorister "just for a day"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

It had to happen sometime...

Well, after over four years in primary...I was called into Relief Society again.  Strange trade off, and many tears.  I love those kids.

So, as much as I hate to say it...The Crazy Chorister is offically retired.  I will keep the blog up for all of you who still desire to gather ideas.

Thanks for all the kind comments over the years.

-Melanie

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy News

Hey ya'll,

My dearest friend was called to be the chorister yesterday in our ward!  I'm totally thrilled beyond measure because she's a zany as I am and I know will come up with some GREAT chorister ideas.

I'm going to see if I can talk her into blogging her ideas here.  We'll see....I might just have to be that primary spy that writes all her great ideas down.

Have a great week!

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Sub for the Sub

Hi guys,

Well....I'm up for sharing time this month so I had to pass the chorister hat to another fantastic sister.  Thanks Dee!

I had a few ideas that I'm going to use for sharing time that you could also use for a singing time if you wanted...so I'll see what I can do to post them.

Hope you all are having the best time each week!

-Melanie

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Captain CTR--Choose the Right

Howdy folks...

Still filling in for the chorister position.  My primary kids have learned our song really well, and after a short review I plan on moving to the Feb. Song..Choose The Right.  Here's my plan.

Prep:

1 willing adult volunteer who would like to dress up as Captain CTR (Green Cape, CTR Badge or Tie, The CTR shield from last week.....nothing major)

Enough small CTR signs for each child (these can be printouts from your computer)

Words or Flip Chart for "Choose the Right"

Presentation:


Review January song.  Then tell the children that there is a special guest today.  Have your pianist play "Choose the Right" vigorously as Captain CTR comes into the room.  Have Captain CTR tell the children why it is so important to always choose the right...and perhaps why he loves to choose the right (it makes him happy).  Have him give the children each a CTR sign to hold.  Then have him exit to the pianist playing the song again.   Proceed to teach the children Choose the right....and each time they Sing "right" have them lift up their CTR sign.

Sounds like fun...can't wait.

*thecrazychorister

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SNOW!

Hello,

We finally are getting snow here in the Inland Northwest!  Sure took a while this year, but I'm actually really enjoying it....as long as I don't have to drive in it.  :)

Anyhow, I thought I'd post a version of Pop Corn Popping that I sing with the kids when it snows...it's kind of fun....

I looked out the window and what did I see?
Snow has covered my Apricot Tree!
Winter has brought me such a nice surprise
Snow is falling right before my eyes!

I can take an armful and make a Man.
I'll build him up just as fast as I can.

It was a lot of snow,
and it seemed to me!
Snow had covered my Apricot Tree!

Author Unknown.

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