Monday, October 27, 2008

Different is Good

I am so sorry it took me this long to actually post a real idea. We had stake conference last week...and the entire month of October was all devoted to the Primary Program...but, I'm back. Here's what I'm doing this coming week. It goes along with the suggested songs for sharing time.

Songs to be taught:
“We Are Different” (CS, 263)
“I’m Thankful to Be Me” (CS, 11)


As many different "play" musical instruments that you can bring. Such as a rattle, tambourine, bell, maracas...etc.

I am going to start by showing the children the different instruments and what they sound like. I am going to explain that each one is different, but brings a new and great sound to our primary. The song, "We are different" can really have a fun beat that goes well with a soft rattle sound or tambourine played softly. I'll teach the kids one line at a time with the piano, and then we'll slowly add a new instrument playing a fun beat to it. I don't expect the Junior Primary to really get the beats down...but they will like the idea of participating. The older kids I think will find it really neat that when combined, the instruments compliment each other and enhance the song.

After that, I'm going to tell them that like the instruments, we are all different from each other, but special. I will teach them the words to "I am thankful to be me" and allow some different children to try some different sounds for certain parts of the song. I will make sure to tell them that we are all different and unique, but that helps us to make life beautiful.

A bit cheesy, but it works.

*Originator: The Crazy Chorister


galbraiths said...

I am glad I found your blog. I just became chorister and Am struggling to find things to do. I'll keep checking back. ;)

Teryn said...

I used this last week and tied in to Thanksgiving. It was perfect! I loved having a fun song and a reverent song tied together- I'm really excited for more of your ideas. Can you maybe post some of the places you get your ideas also? Thanks!