Sunday, December 15, 2019
Today's activity is inspired by a Christmas story I read to my children each year entitled "The Last Straw" by Paula McDonald. In it, a family decides to do secret acts of service for each other during the weeks leading up to Christmas. For every act of service, they get to add a piece of straw to the manager...the goal being to make his bed the most soft and comfy it can be by Christmas.
In our 20 min of singing time, we will do the same thing, but instead of "service", we will earn straw for his bed as we review our Christmas songs for Sacrament meeting next week and make sure we are singing our very best.
Several pieces of "Straw": You can use anything to represent straw. (Yarn, rafia, ribbon, paper, or draw the straw on the chalk board and use pictures for the manager and Jesus)
A Manger: If you do not have a manager, you can use a basket or any container you could tape a picture of a manger to it. Or, if you have an artist friend, have them draw you one on the chalk board.
Baby Jesus: You could simply use a little baby doll, a figure from a nativity set, or a picture.
Song list for your Pianist
Tell the children that we have a special job to do today as we put the finishing touches on our Christmas songs for next week. We will earn a piece of straw for every time we sing and act our best as we work on the songs. We want to make baby Jesus' bed the softest it can be for him.
Review the songs you have selected. Be generous with your straw giving. Never use it negativity...never take any away that they have earned. Work on Reference, standing and sitting, loud and soft, watching the chorister.....etc.
Have a wonderful week!
-The Crazy Chorister
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Remember the kids game "Guess Who"? Loved that game so much. This idea is based off of that concept. I taught the kids "Who is the Child" last week. If I were able to teach this week, I would have reviewed that song and also had a few more songs in the mix for variety. This would work well especially if you wanted to sing Christmas songs.
6-8 pictures of different people or objects that may be sung about in Christmas songs. Example: A picture of Joseph, Mary, Jesus, A star, An angel, The stable, a lamb, a shepherd, a wise man, a present...etc. One picture should coordinate with each song. (I will just find free "clipart" and label each picture so there is no confusion as to what or who it is) Let me know in the comments if you would like me to send you the clip art file of the songs I choose and the pics. I'll eventually add it here, I just don't have it done yet since I'm coming up with this on the fly.
Words to songs your kids may not know
A song chart with pg numbers for your pianist.
Have the pictures displayed on the chalk board. Tell the children that we get to sing Christmas songs today and that if they listen carefully, they will hear clues as to who the song may be talking about. Sing the first song. Have a child ask a yes or no question to begin to eliminate the other pictures to see if they can come up with who you have chosen to highlight in the song (such as, is this a person? Is this a place? Is this a boy? Is this a girl? etc). Sing the song again (perhaps in a creative way) and have someone else ask a question of elimination. Continue this pattern until time is up. Give the kids a point for every one of the pictures they eventually get correct.
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-The Crazy Chorister