Sunday, October 25, 2009

An Amazing Program!

Well, it's finished! We presented our program today for our ward, and my little primary kids sang their hearts out. I was so proud of them. I want each of them to know how much I love them. I am grateful to be a part of their lives, and that we have so much fun learning the gospel together. We received many kind compliments from ward members. Everyone seemed to comment on how well the children knew the music. I was happy the kids did so well.

So, on to the rest of the year and a start to a whole new theme. I will begin to post my ideas weekly beginning after next Sunday. We have Stake Conference, and I'm glad I have a week off to get back into the creative thinking mode. It's been a good two months since I've had to plan this will be a nice change.

Just to give you a heads up... With the approval of my Primary President, I have finally chosen the two songs we will sing for May and August. May's song will be "Choose the Right Way" from the Children's song book (pg 160). It included all of the main ideas of the monthly and weekly themes for that month, and I felt really great about it. August's song will be "I know that My Redeemer lives". Again, this Hymn speaks of the daily miracles that Jesus Christ, in His mercy, affords each one of us. I wanted the children to understand that miracles are in their lives everyday because of the Savior. In the program outline booklet it says to choose the songs from the Primary songbook. Due to this, I did ask for special permission to use this Hymn for August.

So, I look forward to having a great time the rest of the year in Primary, and I'll let you know how I plan on doing that in about a week or so.


Becky said...

Congratulations on a job well done. Our primary presented their program yesterday as well. As usual, it was unique and wonderful.

P.S. I ran into a friend of a friend who mentioned this blog received wonderful compliments at the stake auxiliary training as a great resource for Primary music directors. You're making a difference.

Ash and Christian said...

Isn't it a relief that it's done and was wonderful? I feel like I just finished a marathon and our kids did great.

Quick question, any ideas for Christmas? We are going to be singing a few songs in the Christmas program and wondered what you guys are doing.

Melanie said...

Ash and Christian-

Thank you, and's a big relief.

This year we have not been asked to participate in the Christmas program, but I can tell you what I ended up doing last year...

I taught the children "Picture a Christmas" and "Samuel foretells of baby Jesus"...I'm sorry I don't have the page numbers.

To teach "Picture a Christmas" I wrapped up a nativity set piece by piece that coincided with the song. We built the "Picture" as we sang the song. You can either do this with a set or just pictures as well..but the kids liked to open the "Presents". It went very well, and the kids learned the song in one singing time.

The "Samuel song" as I call it...I had simple picture prompts, but I brought along some dress up cloths to dress up a small boy in the primary like Samuel and had him act out some simple actions to the song as we told it. I also took the time to explain the story behind the song. This worked very well and the spirit was felt by all...which is what I go for.

Good luck..hope that helps.