Wednesday, January 30, 2013

1st week for My Heavenly Father Loves Me

image from
Well, here is a post for the first week of February! I wasn't sure I would get around to it and then I found this on Singing a Song is Fun to do, so basically all I had to do was cut and paste!:

When I've taught this song in the past I've used objects. See the list below. There are a couple of ways to do this.

1) Put the objects on a table. Sing the first line, have the kids repeat. Choose a child to pick the object that goes with that phrase and stand in line at the front of the room. Continue with the next line. This is great for Junior Primary.

2) Just start singing and handing out the objects as you go. Do the first four lines and then have the children sing with you and the kids holding the objects try to get themselves in order at the front of the room. Sing it again to see if they got it right. Then do the same for the rest of the verse. This is geared more toward Senior Primary.

Whenever I hear the song of a bird             stuffed animal bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,                       blue fabric that can be waved above the head {I'll actually  use the clip art at the top of this post}
Whenever I feel the rain on my face            small spray bottle set on mist
Or the wind as it rushes by,                         hand fan {using my airbed pump}
Whenever I touch a velvet rose                   fake rose {might actually spring for a real rose - nothing compares to that velvety feeling of a live one}
Or walk by our lilac tree,                            fake lilac branch or just a branch  
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world  small globe
Heav’nly Father created for me.                child pointing to himself
He gave me my eyes that I might see          glasses or child pointing to their eyes
The color of butterfly wings.                       toy butterfly
He gave me my ears that I might hear        child pointing to their ears
The magical sound of things.                      small bell or instrument
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:     mirror
I thank him rev’rently                                 child folding arms as if praying {i'll look for clipart: praying lds clipart}
For all his creations, of which I’m a part.  clear container filled with small toy animals, fruit, plants, etc.
Yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.       paper or stuffed heart

Now, I just have to find all that stuff.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Name that Primary Song About Love Mashup

How I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the internet. I particularly LOVE singing time blog ladies. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! Do you know how GREAT you make me look each week? It is truly awesome.
This Sunday before Valentine's Day, I will celebrate that love by mashing up different ideas from different singing time divas. THANK YOU LADIES!!!!
Senior: Almost word for word from Camille's Primary Ideas
Have hearts with songs on them taped on board. (I will actually use hearts from the My Heavenly Father Loves Me, laminate them and just tape the names of the songs onto the laminated hearts.)A boy and girl come up and face each other at the table, hands behind their back. The pianist will play the first song on the list. The first one to ring the bell with the correct name of the song wins that round. For hints, the names of the songs are all posted on the chalkboard.
Her post is much more detailed - go check it out!
Junior: from Primary notes 29
We will play pass the hot heart: Pass a heart (I might actually find a valentine stuffed animal or a fake flower) around - when the piano stops, that child gets to come up and pick a heart with a song on the back. Pianist plays a few notes of the song. Child (or whole primary)tries to guess what song it is. Sing that song. 
I'll use the songs Primary Notes 29 listed:
I Feel My Saviors Love 74
I Love To See The Temple 95
I'll Walk With You 140
I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus 78
Jesus Loved the Little Children 59
Jesus Said Love Everyone 61
Love is Spoken Here 190
Love One Another 136
Mother, I Love You 207
My Heavenly Father Loves Me 228
Oh How We Love to Stand 279
Reverence is Love 31
Teacher, Do You Love Me 178
We Are Different 263
Where Love Is 138

Third Week Presentation for My Heavenly Father Loves Me

This is actually my third week presentation for "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" I will plan on doing a more sensory introduction the first week as outlined in my February planner - I may post a separate post on it, but the first week is coming up quick.
Anyway, I obtained permission from The OCD Primary Chorister to use AND publish her glorious pictures. I'll cut out and laminate each pic, then tape corresponding questions to the back of pic, cover question with heart (which I got from via google). Post all pics on board heart shape facing out, have child pick, remove heart, answer question and place back on board picture side up. (I might have them mixed up for senior and have child put back picture in correct place.)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Singing Time for February

Singing Time Schedule
February 2013

February 3rd:
Reverence song:  The World is So Big p. 235
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! (2nd verse) p. 284
Welcome song:  Hello Friends! p. 254
Article of Faith song: The Sixth Article of Faith p.125
Singing Time:  Introducing My Heavenly Father Loves Me p.228 using this idea from Sugardoodle:
We had fun reviewing "My Heavenly Father Loves Me". I had objects or pictures for each line. The children's favorites were "....I feel the rain on my face..." - a spray bottle sprayed up in the air so the drops fall on your face and "...the wind as it rushes by..." - a balloon pump to pump air as you run across the front of the room. It's fun to involve more of the senses, and it's also hard to find a good visual for the wind!!  (Idea by Elaine in California)
 {I JUST found a manual inflatable bed  pump, so I am totally doing this}

February 10th:
Reverence song:  All Things Bright and Beautiful p. 231
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! (2nd verse) p. 284
Welcome song:  Hello Friends! p. 254
Article of Faith song: The Sixth Article of Faith p.126
                          from Camille's Primary Ideas

February 17th:
Reverence song:  God is Watching Over All p. 229
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! (2nd verse) p. 284
Welcome song:  Hello Friends! p. 254
Article of Faith song: The Sixth Article of Faith p.125
Singing Time:  reviewing My Heavenly Father Loves Me p.228 adjusting the third idea in the post from the OCD Primary Chorister and use the color set, laminate, then tape question to back, then cover with heart. Place on board heart side up have children pick, remove heart then answer question and replace on board picture facing out. (These are absolutely adorable pictures! I am definitely using the last picture for the first verse even if I don't live in Holland - like the artist herself)

February 24th:
Reverence song: The World is So Lovely p. 233
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday! (2nd verse) p. 284
Welcome song:  Hello Friends! p. 254
Article of Faith song: The Sixth Article of Faith p.125
Singing Time :Current plan is using the singing time wheel - that I still haven't made (which sits in the "Projects Not Even Started Yet" corner of my brain - right there with the Nursery Bag still)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Poster Puzzles

A great big shout out again to Primary Notes 29 who put forth the fantastic idea of making little children of god puzzle posters for each verse of I am a child of God. I can't WAIT to use these tomorrow. I took them to a local library where they laminated all 17 pieces for $5.50! Can you believe it? I had them finished, laminated and cut out all before Thursday evening! Wow! I am so never THAT ahead of time.

Look at all that laminating! I personally think that is a good deal (Let me know if you think otherwise) - I put the broom in the shot for size reference {because we NEVER leave things like brooms on the floor EVER} yes, the broom was actually already on the floor, but I did think it would make a nice reference and I DID actually move it into the shot, but you know, with my foot, since the broom was already there

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 4th Week

(Clip art from I COMPLETELY forgot my senior singing time today. So we went with the treasure idea I thought was a bit too young for them. So since it was my only option, I made it work.

So next week, I thought of using my idea for today, but then I found the Children of God puzzle poster displays from Primary Notes 29 and I think (even though this is RATHER ambitious) that I will do this, because I think these visuals will really help retention (which I need as well since I was getting the 2nd and 3rd verses mixed up today)
So I will keep my fingers crossed that I will actually FOLLOW THROUGH. (I STILL haven't made my nursery bag)

(Image from Primary Notes 29)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Practicing I am a Child of God

Again, this super awesome pic is from
So this coming Sunday, I do plan on doing a completely different Junior and Senior primary. And both ideas are completely stolen from other fantastic choristers.

Junior: Totally thefting the treasure idea from the Chorister's Corner. I think I may even use the very same clipart. May post a pdf when I do. I don't have a treasure box, but may print a large one (or even make one out of construction paper) and just use magnets on the white board. I might even find some big coins, put the "treasure" listed in her photo and have the kids come and flip them over.

Senior: I am using this flip chart from In the Leafy Treetops and will mix them up and have10 blank places drawn on the white board: 
1. _________        __________
2. _________        __________
3. _________        __________
4. _________        __________  
Chorus: _________        __________and let them come up, pick a page and then place. (With no correcting! )And we'll sing it just like they placed it and then correct it and sing.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Premiere results

I would absolutely love to say how fabulous our singo singing time went and how the kids had a great time and remained reverent the entire singing time.

I wish I could share with you how spiritual the Christmas Sing a Story went.

I would adore it if I could report how engaged the children were when the "Un - decorate the Christmas Tree" singing time was presented;

but I can't - because I was not there for any of those. Which is quite a bummer seeing as how excited I was to do those things.

BUT I can tell you how touching, sweet and spiritual our 2013 Primary Song Premiere was because I WAS there and even now I am typing through tears. It was so beautiful and I cannot thank Brittney from Primary Singing Time for Leaders enough for posting this idea. I went into Sacrament knowing that all would not go well, as it never does - you can't expect perfection [not even remembering at that point that I totally forgot my laptop to do the video presentation for When I am Baptized] I also realized that things like pitch, tempo and harmony are quite secondary when the Spirit is present (Don't get me wrong, NO ONE sounded bad, it is just that Spirit resonates so much stronger than sound). It was an absolutely beautiful experience. Every single act was important and spectacular and I am personally ASTOUNDED that I kept it together for the entire time both times.

This is definitely something that I will try to do again if I am in the same position next year and would completely recommend to anyone else to do.

 A few pointers though - Start way earlier than I did. Brittney posted her idea the first of December and that would have about been right. I started putting it together AFTER I got back from Christmas visiting (not recommended).

Be flexible. I personally am a kind of fly by the seat of my pants girl, so when people asked if they could be next so that they could go on to the next hour, can I please have my ipad back (you know, because I FORGOT my laptop)so I can teach my class, when my family was not able to show for the second presentation because it was the third hour and they were busier in the third hour than the second, you just roll with the punches, throw the program out the window and invite the nursery kids to sing "Families Can be Together Forever" instead.

 I did not hand out my limited prints of the program to the junior (as most of them couldn't read) and handed them out to the senior {mainly because one of the kids actually asked for it} and then to the presidency. This was a good call as the order of the junior primary presentation was way off due to scheduling. Next time I am not sure I would do a program, but I found such a cute graphic Friday night, I just had to print them out. We are a branch, so I didn't have to print many, but just printing up for the senior seems like an idea to stick with.

This was one of the best things I have ever done in church. Again, I am extremely grateful for the idea and all of the wonderful, fabulous people who helped me pull it off.

On a personal note

I cannot tell you how giddy I get when I log into blogger and go to the stats page and see that so far I have had such and such views. It thrills me to no END to know that other singing time blogs have put my little blog on their blog lists (that is truly a serious compliment - Thank you, ladies). But, it has made me realize that this is no longer my personal little blog.

And that is totally fine with me.

And if you are a singing time reader, (in the words of Sofia from Sofia's Primary Ideas), Scroll on, Brothers and Sisters, Scroll On!

I do realize that as a Primary Chorister you are not necessarily interested in how cute my 21 month old looks in my sister in law's stilettos or the adorable things my four year old says in sacrament. But for those of you (the four of you) that do read this blog because of those things, I am starting a new blog: henckelhouse2 or Another Henckel Blog or whatever silly title I might change it to.

Henckelhouse will remain as it is currently, same address, same title and almost exclusively singing time blogs at this point. I might change some the side bar content, but basically only removing non-singing-time related stuff (this of course, means I have to put forth a concerted effort to do so, so chances might be slim)

Whichever reader you might be, thanks for reading and happy surfing! The internet ROCKS!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Song Premiere

So I set out this afternoon to make a program for the Premiere (yes, I have been spelling that word wrong this whole time )and I found the most super cute clip art to put on the program!!! It is by Jenny Smith and can be found here. How beautiful is that? And I found it with those three super useful little letters---lds! When you google music clip art you get some cute little designs, but when you google "music clip art lds" it all changes and that's how I came up with this beauty. You can find my program here, but it is in PDF, so therefore it cannot be edited. If you would like a copy, feel free to email me at You can comment as well, just be warned that I will get the email much sooner than I will see the comment and can respond quicker

Primary Premiere Progam by Laura Henckel