April 2011 - Song of your Choice

This month the manual states to pick a song of your choice from the Children's Songbook.

April's Theme is:
Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer

Week 1: Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior.
Week 2: Jesus Christ is the perfect example for us.
Week 3: Through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved.
Week 4: Jesus Christ was resurrected and I will be too.

I think just about any song about Jesus Christ is appropriate for this month.
A few suggestions might be:

I Feel My Savior's Love
(pg 74)

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus
(pg 79)

Before I Take the Sacrament
(pg 73a)

March 2011 - Stand For the Right

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#1: Have a picture of President Monson.  Hold up the picture and ask the children who this is? (President Monson, our prophet)  Explain to them that the prophet tells us the things our Heavenly Father wants us to know.  Our prophet is here on the earth to guide us.  Ask the children to listen as you sing Stand for the Right.  Tell them to listen carefully to see if they can pick out the words our prophet wants to tell them.  Continue on like it says in the sharing time manual.  Discuss some specific things our current prophet has asked us to do.

#2:  Focus on the phrase STAND FOR THE RIGHT.  Ask them what they think it means.  Does this mean to stand up (physically)?  Does this mean to stand on the RIGHT, not the LEFT?  You'll (hopefully) get a few responses such as:  "To follow Jesus" or "Follow the Commandments" or "To Choose the Right", etc.  Be sure to be positive about all their ideas.  Ask them if they know what the word COURAGE means.  Explain that courage means to act the way you believe in - NO MATTER WHAT.  Some people may make fun of you, or tell you that you aren't 'cool' if you don't do what everyone else is doing.  Having courage is believing and keeping promises you've made with yourself and your Heavenly Father.

#3:  Invite 2 children to the front of the room.  Have one stand with their feet together, not firmly planted, just lazily standing.  Have the other child really plant their feet firm. (think a football tackle stance).  Gently push his/her shoulder this way and that, and they'll see how if you are standing firm, the little pushes doesn't affect you much.  Relate this to someone who has made a decision to STAND FOR THE RIGHT.  If you make up your mind now about decisions you'll make, it'll be a lot easier to Stand for the Right later on.  Move on to the other volunteer who isn't planted firmly.  If you don't have your feet firmly planted (if you haven't made up your mind on your choices) you will easily get pushed this way and that.  You will easily fall or be swayed by other people.  Emphasize that choices they make NOW may affect the rest of their life.  Good decisions and bad decisions.  Challenge them to choose now how they will act in certain situations so they don't have to choose later.

#4:  Share a personal experience when it took courage to stand for the right.  If you don't have a personal experience to share then consider using a story from the scriptures.  (examples might be:  Nephi ((standing up to his brothers persecution)), Samuel the Lamanite, Joseph Smith, Strippling Warriors, Sons of Helaman, etc.)

WEEK #4: "There is safety in following the prophet"
The outline suggests you make road signs and use them for singing time.
If you don't have a set of these yet, they are real handy for ANY song!  
Perfect for this week's lesson emphasis too.  :)

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There are a few more ideas in the sharing time outline you could incorporate into any of the above ideas... 


February 2011 - I Will Follow God's Plan

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#1  Wrap a present in pretty wrapping paper.  Inside on a piece of paper have "MY LIFE" written.  Explain that inside this present is the most precious of all gifts.  You can't buy this gift.  And, each one of us has this gift.  Tell the children to listen as you sing a song, and see if they can guess what the gift is.  **idea - instead of singing a solo (I always hesitate because I don't have the best voice...perhaps consider asking the Merry Miss girls to sing this song as a group to introduce it to the group.)

#2  In the Sharing Time outline, they already suggest having the person teaching sharing time lesson #1 use the words: WHO, WHERE, WHY, WHAT.  To relate these words to this song.  Ask questions such as:  
"WHO gave you this gift?" (Heavenly Father)
"WHERE did your life begin?" (Heaven)
"WHO made a choice to come to this lovely home on earth?" (We all did!)
"WHAT are you seeking?" (God's Light)
"WHY will you work, and pray, and walk in His way?" (To be happy)

#3  Pick out some of the key words for this song.
Pick a child to come up and help you.
Have the key words in no particular order using magnets or tape on the chalkboard area.  As you sing the song through, see how many key words the child can get in the right order.  This is a great way to keep singing the song over and over.  Just keep picking volunteers until the words are in the right order.  The primary kids won't realize they've just sung the song 10 times.  :)

#4  Don't forget the blobs once they're on week 3 or 4!  Since it is February, use heart shaped blobs.  They always love blobs.  Don't know what I'm talking about by "blobs?"  We use them to cover the poster little by little to encourage memorization.  Let the kids who are singing their best choose where to place the blob on your poster board visual.  Link here: BLOBS


2011 Theme Songs

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August 2010 - Free Choice

Sharing Time Outline states:
Song of your choice from the Childrens Songbook

The theme for the month is:
"Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is a God of miracles."

"For Behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles;...and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith."   2 Nephi 27:23

 Week 1: Jesus Christ is a God of Miracles
Week 2: Jesus Christ can heal the sick
Week 3:  Jesus Christ has power over death
Week 4: Miracles come to those who have faith

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Here are a few song ideas:
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Faith (p. 96)
I Feel My Savior's Love (p.74)

God's Love (p.97)

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (p.57)

If With All Your Hearts (p.15)

July 2010 - Come Follow Me

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The church has some great ideas for this month to teach this song.
I changed the iadea given in the manual just a bit.
We discussed different ways we can 'follow' Jesus to introduce this song.
We discussed attributes that Jesus had, and how we can become more like him.
I wrote their answers on a footpring.
I think picked 2 to use on our visual poster board...
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June 2010 - The Holy Ghost

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1.  In a very quiet voice, tell the children that they need to listen carefully and then echo back to you everything that you sing.  Sing "When Christ was on the earth" (children echo back).  Continue doing this echo game to teach the 1st verse.  Explain that the Holy Ghost doesn't speak to us like we speak to our friends.  Explain that the Holy Ghost usually speaks with more of a 'feeling'.  And, we have to listen very carefully to hear or feel it.

2.  Bring a well used baby blanket.  Show the blanket and ask the children if any of them had a special blanket when they were younger.  Ask them if they needed it when it was time for bed?  Or, if they were sad, would they snuggle up to their blanket?  Explain that your blanket was wonderful because it COMFORTED you.  It made you feel comfortable inside.  Explain that the Holy Ghost is kind of like that blanket.  The Holy Ghost is there to help us when we are feeling badly, or if we need help, or just to help us feel that things will be ok.

3.  As you get up to the front, very quietly whisper, 
"If you can hear me fold your arms."  
"Everyone who can hear my quiet voice, crinkle your nose." 
(even quieter) "If you can hear me ____"
Explain that even though you were speaking very very quietly, when they listened, they could hear and obey your instructions.  Tell them that you are going to sing a song about someone who has a still small voice and who tells our hearts and minds important things.

4.  Begin by asking the children who the members of our Godhead are.  
Explain that there are 3 seperate beings.  Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
Tell them we are going to learn about the 3rd member - the Holy Ghost.
I liked this article about the Holy Ghost, and explaining how he doesn't have a body of flesh and bone, therefore he can dwell with us at all times.  He can be our CONSTANT companion.  
Article HERE.
Ask if they know what the word "constant" means.  Have your pianist play "The Holy Ghost" and as he/she plays, clap the rhythm.  Ask the children to join in clapping the rhythm with you.  Try it again, this time, you sing the melody and clap with the children.  Explain that just as the 'beat' in this song is constant, the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion.  He will stay with you, unless you are making bad choices.

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Father's Day

...and in our ward - since we sing for the Mothers, we gotta sing for the Fathers!
Again, I like to keep it short and simple.
Some of our available Father's Day songs:

p. 201

p. 209

p. 210

p. 211

What do you do for Father's Day?
Please share your ideas!


May 2010 - Free Choice

Sharing Time Oultine states:
Song of your choice from the Children's Songbook

The theme for the month is:
"Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel Lead Me to Jesus Christ"

"We Believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."  Article of Faith 1:4
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I encourage you to discuss with your presidency what they want to focus on this month.
Really teaching the children the Article of Faith #4 song is a great idea.  Putting the articles of Faith to music really helps.  The Articles of Faith don't have rhyming words like a lot of songs do, so the melody can be so helpful to children.

Then, you might want to focus on a different song out of the Children's Songbook for your Theme Song.

Here are a few ideas:
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Faith (p. 96)
Repentance (p.98)

Help Me Dear Father (p. 99)

When I Am Baptized (p. 103) ((Rainbows))

I Want to Live the Gospel (p. 148)
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