Monday, November 2, 2009

Tag Team

In our primary, we decided to take November and December to experiment with combining sharing and singing time as the new program guide for 2010 suggests. I am super excited about the possibilities. For those of you who already do this, I hope to be able to help you out more. For those of you who still will be separate I want to assure you that my monthly method will remain pretty much the same with a few tweaks here and there..and there will still be many ideas to help teach the program songs. I will not be including the sharing time portion (I just don't have time in my life for that). My hope is that the combining of sharing and singing time at least twice a month will help us unit in the lessons we are teaching and actually allow for singing more songs throughout the year than just the program songs.

We do plan on handing out Cds of all the program music to the children for a Christmas present. There will be an attached letter for the families. I know this will help us be able to learn the songs faster and we can focus on the message more then the technical aspects of learning the song.

Okay...enough chit's what's up for this week...

Theme: I am thankful for my families and I can serve them

Opening song: " Where Love is"

First time up (I plan on only taking 4-5 min)

1 poster board with the words to the 4th verse of "A Family is of God" written out with 4 key words missing.

8 word strips (4 of them will be the correct words..others will be silly words.)

Your poster board could read:

I'll Love and ______ my Family, and be
A Good ______ to each Family member
And when I am a Mom or ______, so glad
I'll help my family ________....

Word choices would be: Serve, Example, Dad, Remember, Smile, Dance, Fish, jumprope.


Bring your poster board to the front of the room. Have your word strips visible on the board. Quickly have the children fill in the blanks with the correct words. Sing the song correctly. Express the gratitude you feel when your family works together to serve each other. (note: if a silly word is picked, you can have the kids sing that line to hear the silly word sung once...but then quickly move on..)

Second Time up (10 min)


Learn how to do the simple signs to "Love one Another" on the church web site.,17631,7231-1,00.html.


Display a picture of Jesus Christ. Have the pianist play the music once through while you sing to your primary kids. If that makes you uncomfortable to do it alone, invite the teachers to sing with you. Explain that their are lots of ways to sing and song, and for those who have a difficult time hearing or cannot hear...they sing with their hands. Proceed to teach the children the song in sign. Do not concern yourself if they are not perfect at it right away. Just use your entire 10 min to go through the signs as many times as possible.

Third Time up (5 min or remaining time)


Go through "Love one Another" another time to review what they learned. Have them stand up and combine the spoken words with the signs. Explain that service is the using your hands to help others. You show love for your family when you serve them, and just as they are singing a song with their hands....they can express love through service as well. Share your testimony that they will feel happy in their lives and more peace in their homes if they serve their families. Challenge the children to share "Love one Another" in sign language with their families.

I hope that made sense. When I am not up, the presidency member will have an introduction, a story, and then an activity to also teach this principle to the children. I am so excited to see how this goes.


Scooterdoodah said...

Melanie! So glad to have you back! I needed this - especially because this is a song I want the kids to learn! Yea and thanks!


Jennie said...

I guess I'm not sure where it suggests to combine singing and sharing time. I looked through the Outline and could not find it. Where did you find this instruction?

Thanks, Jennie

Melanie said...

Hi Jennie--

There is a small statement on the very first page in the outline under "Instructions for Sharing Time". It says that the sharing time person should work with the music leader to help prepare the lessons.

I'm sure this can be taken many ways, and I'm not saying that they are totally changing the way singing/sharing time is for the entire church...but in our recent stake leadership primary training..we were directed to try and work together more and have the music and activities etc match the message. This is how our primary decided to go about it.

I believe we will do this for sure on introduction Sundays and Program review Sundays...Repeat week and Test week will probably be separate. Anyhow, I hope that helps.


Jennie said...

Okay. Thanks for the ideas!


Layne Bushell said...

I was trained by a general board member about 8 years ago (in CA), and again about 4 years ago (in OR) and they both suggested that music/sharing time be combined. In the primary section of the general handbook of instructions it states that 15 minutes of sharing time should be music. It never specifically states they are to be separate.

They struggle I found is that when you integrate, there is no time to teach the program music. And when the topic is say "tithing" and the children don't know the tithing song, there isn't time to teach it and the chorister sings a solo. I also struggled with the presidency member talking too long and music was cheated valuable minutes.

So if you can help overcome that struggle and provide ideas I would welcome them sooo much. My ward does not integrate, but having been taught that in the past, I know we are supposed to.

You are amazing and I appreciate your talent that you share! Thanks for your help each week!

IlvPrimary said...

Hi Melanie,
I just used your idea today. It went so well. Thank you sooo...much for sharing your ideas. I was wondered which two songs you are going to use for the free of choice for 2010 Secrament program?

Many Thanks,

Melanie said...


I will be using "Choose the Right Way" for May. It incorporates all of the ideas taught that month. For August I will be using "I know that my Redeemer lives."