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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Primary Feud

It's the last Sunday in February, and I want to review both January's and February's songs. We are going to play:
Primary Feud

You will need:
  •       Something to hit the table with.  I am going to use two fly swatters, each decorated with a silk flower.  Children could use their hands instead, slapping them on the table when they know the answer.  Another option would be to have a bell, or two bells. You could also use one object in the middle of the table that a child could grab if they know the answer, like a stuffed animal or even a sock or glove. 

      
  •  A small classroom table 
  • Create questions about the song or songs you are reviewing.  Make them challenging and thought provoking for Senior Primary, but make them extremely easy and obvious for Jr. Primary.  
  • Or use my questions below. Copy and paste them into your own word processor, or open and print this: Trivia Review.pdf    Cut each question/answer/song phrase into a paper strip.  Fold each slip of paper and put them in a hat or a bowl or basket or any container. Make sure you separate the Senior Primary questions from the Junior Primary questions.

To Play:
I plan to sing both review songs before starting. I'll tell the children to listen carefully to the words in the song as they sing, so they will be able to "win" at the game we will be playing! After singing, invite two contestants (two children, or a teacher and a child) to come to the front of the room. Explain that you will read a trivia question drawn from your hat/basket/container. The first contestant who knows the answer will slap the fly swatter on the table. Whichever contestant has slapped first will give an answer. If they do not answer correctly, make a dramatic "Wha-Wha-Wha-Whaaaaa" or "Bzzzzzt!"sound to indicate they were incorrect, and give the other contestant a chance to answer correctly. When the correct answer is given, have everyone sing the part of the song written after the question.  Next, two new contestants come to the table to try to answer the next question. Keep playing until you have about three of four minutes left, and then sing both songs all the way through again. 

Senior Primary Trivia Questions:

Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Your death is not stolen property
My life is a gift
(Sing first two phrases of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Your expiration is random
My life has a plan
(Sing first two phrases of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Your demise has no direction
My life has a purpose
(Sing first two prases of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Out of outer darkness it ended
In heaven it began
(Sing first two phrases of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
You were forced to leave that ugly foreign place on the moon
My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth
(Sing phrases 3 and 4 of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
And run away from the darkness to let me do my own thing until I’m old.
And seek for God’s light to direct me from birth
(Sing phrases 3 and 4 of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
I won’t lead disorganization for you!
 I will follow God’s plan for me!
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)

Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Letting go slowly of my mumbling and my impatience
Holding fast to His word and His love
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
You won’t play, you will not say mean things
I will work, and I will pray
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
You will not ever run off in the wrong direction
 I will always walk in his way
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
Now you will be miserable on Mars
Then I will be happy on earth
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Unscramble this opposite phrase in the song, “I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me”:
And out of your shack below
And in my home above
(Sing chorus of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Recite the first phrase of “If I Listen with My Heart”?
If I had been a little child when Jesus lived on earth
(Sing verse one of If I listen with My Heart)


In the song “If I Listen with My Heart” how does the first verse teach us to listen with our hearts to hear the Savior’s voice?
Searching the scriptures
(Sing verse one of If I listen with My Heart)


In the song “If I Listen with My Heart” how does the second verse teach us to listen with our hearts to hear the Savior’s voice?
Listening to the living prophet
(Sing verse two of If I listen with My Heart)


In the song “If I Listen with My Heart” how does the third verse teach us to listen with our hearts to hear the Savior’s voice?
Listening to the Holy Ghost
(Sing verse three of If I listen with My Heart)


Name four specific things the Holy Spirit does in the song “If I Listen with my Heart”?
·         Teaches truth and right
·         Comforts me in times of need
·         Testifies of Christ
·         Speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace
(Sing verse three of If I listen with My Heart)


According to the song “If I Listen with my Heart” what will happen as you search the scriptures?
As I search the scriptures I can hear His (Christ’s) words of peace.
(Sing verse one of If I listen with My Heart)


According to the song “If I Listen with my Heart” what does the prophet teach us?
How to live in righteousness and peace
(Sing verse two of If I listen with My Heart)


How many times is the word “peace” sung in the song “If I Listen with My Heart?”
Three
(Sing verse 2 or 3 of If I listen with My Heart)



Junior Primary Trivia Questions:

Where did you live before you came to earth?
In heaven
(Sing verse first two lines of I will follow God’s Plan for Me)


Is your life a gift?
Yes
(Sing first two lines of I will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


What does “my choice ” mean?
It means I get to choose.
(Sing lines 3 and 4 of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


Where you once a baby?
Yes
(Sing lines 3 and 4 of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


Complete this phrase: I will follow God’s plan ___ __.
“For me”
(Sing chorus of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)




Where do we find God’s words?
Scriptures/prophets
(Sing chorus of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


Name somebody you know who works and prays.
(No wrong answer)
(Sing chorus of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


How can you be happy on earth?
(No wrong answer)
(Sing chorus of I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me)


What will happen if you listen with your heart?
I will hear the Savior’s voice
(Sing verse one of If I listen with My Heart)


Who is our living prophet today?
Thomas S. Monson
(Sing verse two of If I listen with My Heart)


Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Ghost, Comforter, a member of the Godhead, etc.
(Sing verse three of If I listen with My Heart)


Have fun!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Don't Forget the Lyrics

 My teenagers like to watch the game show,
Don't Forget the Lyrics.  

I am going to modify it to my own taste using the song, I Will Follow God's Plan.

In the game show contestants sing a song, karaoke style, as they read the words to the song from a screen. At any given time in the song the words on the screen turn to blank spaces. To win a round, the contestant must continue singing all the correct words and fill in the blank phrase. The host then asks the contestant if he or she would like to "lock in the lyrics" they just sang. At this point the contestant has a chance to change the lyrics he or she sang to correct them. After the lyrics are locked in, the correct lyrics are revealed, and if the player was correct he or she moves on to the next round.

My version:

Preparation:
  • Open this Don't Forget the Lyrics.pdf and print the words to the song on white card stock. Make sure you print on both sides of the card stock. The complete words to I Will Follow God's Plan are printed in black, and will appear on one side of the cardstock. The same phrases printed in green leave out some of the key words, and should appear on the opposite side of each complete phrase.
If you have problems downloading the PDF from the link above, or the "download" button below, email me at bridgettepatterson@gmail.com and I will zap the PDF to you.
 

  • Set up a microphone with a stand for the "contestant" to use while singing. 
  • On the white board or chalk board write a series of points. Mine will look something like this:


1000
500
300
200
100
50
10
1 

How to play:
Welcome the children to Singing Time and ask them if they are ready to play Don't Forget the Lyrics. Be sure to explain what the word "Lyric" means. Tell them that the goal today is to reach 1,000 points! Explain: A child will come to the front as the first contestant, and will begin singing I Will Follow God's Plan with the piano. They will get to read the words to the song off of the cards. When they see a green phrase on one of the cards they will know that they have to sing the blank words of the song. I will write the missing words that they sang on the white/chalk board, and then ask them if they are ready to "lock in the lyrics". They can change the phrase, or lock it in. After the lyrics have been locked in, the correct phrase will be revealed by turning the card with green font over to reveal the correct phrase in black font. If the phrase is correct, put a check mark or star next to the lowest point value. Continue by selecting a new child for the next round, and adding a star or check mark next to each point level until you reach the top! (Or run out of time!)

The phrase cards are designed so that you can randomly and quickly choose any phrase to flip over and slide into place to begin a new round. And of course, you (or a helper) will need to hold and flip the phrase cards as the child sings.

I will modify this for the Junior Primary by asking my pianist to stop playing when a green card is shown, so the child will know that he or she is to sing the complete phrase after the piano stops.

Have fun!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Warrior Primary Chorister

 Lady Gaga was on GMA this morning. After watching her I realized the importance of my calling as Primary Chorister. 
I barely know who Lady Gaga is. In her interview this morning on GMA, it was mentioned that she raises and donates a gazillion dollars to AIDS awareness and other charities. Wonderful. 

I admit that it was difficult for my eyes to look at her, and I wondered what was really on the inside. And my heart softened because she is also a daughter of God, like me. 

Robin Roberts said, "People really listen to you." That comment rung in my ears, because I believe it is so true! Nine year old girls, eleven year old boys, our sons and daughters, listen to her sing:

Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice your truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth
A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
I love my life I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah (love needs faith)

Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

(From her new hit single, Born This Way.)

*deeep breath*

Music has a way of moving a soul, changing a heart, or teaching a principle. It can be used for good or evil. It is a powerful, powerful tool.
 
Every Sunday in my calling as Primary Chorister I have the priviledge to be a valiant fighter in that war that began in Heaven. I hope that through my love and my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that the children will listen to me, too, when I teach them:
  • I Am a Child of God
  • The Family is of God
  • I Lived in Heaven
  • My Heavenly Father Loves Me 
  • If I Listen With My Heart 
  • I will Follow God's Plan
  • Families Can be Together Forever
What is your favorite Primary song that teaches about the sanctity of life?
 

The Family:A Proclamation to the World

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.












Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mailbox

I received an email from Sydnee R. this week with the darlingest idea! Here it is:

Mailbox

"We have a small mailbox that we set on our small table and before primary starts, the secretary puts in the slips of paper for birthdays, visitors, subs, and the "assignments" for next weeks opening/closing exercises which include the talk, prayer, scripture, and Article of Faith. We sing a song (which I'm still deciding to change every week or to change every month) before we 'check our mail'. It's a fun thing." 

 And here's a cute cute way to decorate your mailbox from All Things Heart and Home! Click here!


Thanks so much Sydnee ~ I love it!

Your ideas and comments are always welcome!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Will Follow God's Plan

This Sunday I will be visiting my mom's ward in Utah, so my awesome pianist is going to lead the music for me and find a substitute pianist for herself. She's the best!  

Thanks Diana!

Diana is going to do some fun songs, and we will wait to learn February's song next week.

However, I have made a flip chart to introduce I Will Follow God's Plan.

I Will Follow God's Plan.pdf



Open the flip chart, print the pages (on both sides) of white card stock. Next, laminate the pages and bind on the left side.


Here's a few pictures of my finished flip chart:






Have fun!

P.S. "ETTE" is short for Endure to the End.