Saturday, September 5, 2015

2016 Outline Songs

Yes, as you may have heard, the 2016 Outline for Sharing Time is now available and therefore the songs are out!
You can find the Outline HERE

However, you might notice that I did not say "new" songs because they aren't new. They are the same exact songs used in 2011, when we had the same theme. In fact, (as far as I can tell, because I think I only went through January to May), the entire Outline is the same. Word for Word. Picture for Picture. Song for Song. (The only different thing is the picture on the cover - which I think actually looks like the same model used for the 2011 cover, just older)
(so cute, huh?) (You can decide if you think they look like the same child)

If you can't tell, I really wasn't excited by this discovery. Actually I was quite disappointed. The new outline form started in 2010, so I can't be 100% sure that this pattern will continue, but if I were in charge, I would definitely see the advantage in just recycling the material. 

Because it is GOOD material. And they are GOOD songs. And in my ho-humness discouraged state, I went to one of my favorite sites, that I know has been going on for more than 5 years - Sofia's Primary Ideas. Each month (for YEARS) she goes over the monthly theme and week by week, she expands on the theme presented in the manual. It is an EXCELLENT resource for the primary presidency. And occasionally, she also goes over a song (which I love!!!!).

And I tested her: I went to September of this year and September of 2010 (same exact monthly and weekly themes) AND HER ACTIVITIES FOR THE SAME EXACT THEMES WERE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How super amazing is that!!!!!!!! So if she can do that for 3-4 weekly themes EVERY MONTH for the last 5+ years (not completely sure if 2008 and 2009 are repeats of 2013 and2014, because the new format started in 2010 - haven't researched that completely), I can totally come up with new ways to teach the same songs.
(I haven't hit my 5 year turn around point yet, but I was getting kind of bummed by the impending redundancy)
But no more! I am going to embrace this knowledge with fervor! I am going to remember a hallowed teaching mantra: Repetition encourages Retention! I am going to realize that this is inspired! This is what the Lord wants us to do! This is the direction He wants us to go!

However, this does encourage me to remember to not use ANY program songs from previous years as my pick your own songs. Which shouldn't be difficult, because I went through the 5 year rotation and realized that there are 18 songs from the songbook that are used for all 5 years. There are 5 "in the back of the outline" songs. And there are 4 Hymnbook songs.

HERE is my 5 year plan outline. Now, keep in mind, I wrote this for myself and it includes the songs that I personally chose for 2013, 2014 & 2015 but if you would like a reference for the next few years and to know which 18 songs are used, you might like it.

HERE is Sugardoodle's list of primary songs from 1998 to 2014 (Sugardoodle has become difficult for me to scroll through lately, but it is worth it and this is a nice list and there are a number of different songs on there - in fact, I may have to exhume "I'll Follow Him in Faith" from its buried in obscurity status: It's really cute!)

And after ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL this reading, here is the list!

2016 (I Know the Scriptures are True)
January – If I Listen with My Heart – Outline
February – I Will Follow God’s Plan – 164
March – Stand For the Right – 159
April – Song of Choice (Jesus Christ is My Savior and Redeemer) Beautiful Savior 64
May – Praise to the Man vs. 1 and 3 Hymns 127
June – Song of Choice (The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ make it Possible for me to live with God Again) Search Ponder and Pray 109
July – I Love to See the Temple – 95
August – The Lord Gave Me A Temple – 153 

Italics indicate my personal choices towards which I am currently leaning. June is more of a "song that goes with the yearly theme" than one that follows the monthly theme (basically because I missed Search Ponder and Pray)

Don't forget to check out the post on 2016 songs from the OCD Chorister (yes! She's back!!!!) - she has several links to some of the songs for which she has done lesson plans/visuals.

After our primary progam, I may delve into yearly planning! Get excited for 2016! Woo Hoo!!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 2015

How did introducing "Come Follow Me" go for you today? We had a great time! I used two different things from the Come Follow Me page on sugar doodle. I used the second file listed by Maria Johnson. Then I scrolled down to the bottom and clicked on the file that had the footprints.

I sang through the song with the flip chart then had a few kids gather around one the footprints and everyone would sing when we got to their footprint (I have a small primary, so I can do that sort of thing) and it worked SO WELL!

I am really at a loss as to what to do for the next two weeks, but that is why I look forward to each and every post from Camille's Primary Ideas.

The last week, we will be doing the pioneer activity that I have been doing for a couple of years. I will not be here, so it's a nice sub activity to just hand to someone

My plan for July can be found HERE

Monday, November 24, 2014

2015 Yearly Planner

It's not really like me, but when it comes to planning for singing time, I like to knock out the whole year in one or two afternoons.

I am normally quite the "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of girl and rarely plan for anything. But maybe the thought of occupying myself with something worthwhile that lets me avoid housework for one or two afternoons (without feelings as guilty if I still avoided work for one or two afternoons just playing solitaire) is what ropes me in.

Because I am quite the thief when it comes to planning singing times geared towards the year's sharing time songs, of course those activities are not included (because they have not appeared on the internet for me to steal them yet).

I do however, have several seasonal activities already plugged in.

This calendar includes monthly birthday and welcome songs and then the weekly opening songs that I try to match to the different weekly themes.

I do not list Reverence or Closing songs simply because I almost never have time to include them.

Often, our first counselor will sing some of the books of the Bible or Book of Mormon songs, but because I am quite busy trying to wrangle my nursery child into her class, I just let her deal with that.

Here is my latest version on google docs.

And don't forget to check out my other singing time blog: Would You Like to Sing a Song? I update it much more often than I do on this one.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lego derby for fifth Sunday in August

So, August ALSO has five Sundays in it. This past fifth Sunday I did a simplified version of the 4th of July poppers (without the cardboard tubes) and somehow it didn't seem as fun, but it occupied the whole time, so I guess I can't complain.

While I wouldn't call last Sunday an EPIC FAIL, it did make me think that I would have to work extra hard to come up with something awesome for the ridiculously soon next fifth Sunday.

I hope I have found it - although it will require some buying of lego wheels for me.

Here it is - completely plagiarized from Hum Your Favorite Hymn

My son was a new Cub Scout so I had Pinewood Derby on the brain -- I decided to do a LEGO Pinewood Derby! I made a very very simple cardboard ramp (and in the Primary room, I just propped it up against a chair at the back of the room).

For both Junior and Senior it was the same.
I put together bags of LEGOs beforehand, one per class. The same exact number and type of LEGOs. Also beforehand, we made 5 basic LEGO cars (Junior and Senior each have 5 classes) -- wheels and a base for them to build on.

I also prepared papers that listed their song choices.

So we began by singing one song together.
Then I handed out the bags of LEGOs to each class, and one of the cars, and told them they had a couple of minutes to work together to add the LEGO pieces to their car.
We then chose two classes to go first -- they raced their cars, and the winner got to pick the next song from my list of songs.
Then another class raced the winner of that race.
And so on until everyone raced.
It was kind of rowdy but fun!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's HeeeEEERRREEEeee!

It's here, it's here, it's here, it's HERE!!!!! I don't know why, but I have been anticipating the 2014 Outline for Sharing time for WEEKS

2014 Outline for Sharing Time: Families Are Forever

I wonder how much in common there is with 2009's theme: My Eternal Family

But here is the list (and just in case you're wondering I totally snatched this list from Lesson Plans of an OCD Primary Chorister and let her dig through each page for each month to find the songs - thanks OCD Primary Chorister!!!!!!)
January:  He Sent His Son (34)
February:  I Will Follow God's Plan (164)
March:  I Stand All Amazed (hymns 193)
April:  The Family is of God (back of manual)
July:  Baptism (100)
August:  Seek the Lord Early (108)

The pdf is not out yet: but you can get the entire contents online

Thoughts: I  have no idea how I am going to get through this program! These are beautiful songs, these are wonderful songs, some of them are my very favorites. But they make me CRY!!!!! (I still am not sure how I will do when we sing "A Child's Prayer" {for heaven's sakes ----- I can barely type it without choking up} because at the suggestion from the facebook page, I have asked the Youth to sing with them [most inspired idea EVER] and there is one sweet YW that I KNOW I can't look at while directing because this song gets her as well - but it's last - so at least that is good)
May's Theme is "Families are Blessed When they Follow the Prophet" (I am not sure if I want to sing "Follow the Prophet" - again - but we just may

June's Theme is "Priesthood Ordinances and Temple Work Bless My Family" (The Priesthood is Restored would fit and we aren't singing it this year and I happen to LOVE IT! However, it IS rather short - so I guess I will just have to pray very seriously to find the right ones) I am very frightened with the prospect of having a pick your own song in June- during vacation time. I guess I will have to pick an easy one ( I could make it easy on myself for once, maybe)

I am actually quite surprised about the addition of "I Stand All Amazed". Delighted, but surprised. Some serious praying again, but I may limit it to one verse: many difficult words such as "proffers" "tremble", "descend", "rebellious", "sufficient", "redeem", "devotion", "adore" . But, because I KNOW this is inspired, I trust it. And upon second thought - how on earth could I ever not sing all verses. But I can't ever get through verse two. Ever. I guess I will have to pray for strength.

I am most excited about doing "The Family is of God". I love it and it reminds me of Finding Nemo, which also makes me cry. (In case you're wondering - since I told that to someone else and she thought I was hearing things - in the intro - those first two stanzas - but most specifically the first five notes)[I just went to hear the theme on youtube and I still hear it - but maybe that is just me].

I really hope our pianist does not get called to do something else, because I fear for anyone who isn't vastly experienced (as she is) when it comes to playing "Baptism"

Monday, May 27, 2013

June Planning

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You: Hey, Henckelhouse, what's going on? Why have you stopped posting all of the sudden (with, of course, the exception of your very boring planning posts)?
Me: Well, basically I am lazy. But I want to say that Would You Like to Sing a Song is also by me, so most of my (actually everyone else's - I am a manic "borrower") other exciting stuff stays there.
You: Oh, okay. But didn't you used to post the same thing on both blogs?
Me: Yes, but hence the recent lazy remark, I must admit that I am truly lazy and have just stopped the cutting and pasting to both sites (with, of course, the exception of my very boring planning posts).
You: So, what you are saying is that I should just start checking out Would You Like to Sing a Song?
Me: Probably, since I am so very lazy AND Would You Like to Sing a Song is actually getting more views than this page (it's actually quite exciting) and the title of that blog is much cuter. However, I might continue the very boring planning posts simply because I like scouring google for different monthly graphics.
So Here is said very boring planning post:

Monday, April 29, 2013

May 2013 Schedule

image from shutterstock
Here's my schedule for May

May – Song for the Month: Can a Little Child Like Me CS p.9
Theme: “Prophets Teach Us to Live the Restored Gospel”
Scripture: Amos 3:7
Birthday Song: You’ve Had a Birthday p.285
Welcome Song: Our Door is Always Open p. 254
Scripture/AOF Song: The Ninth Article of Faith p.128
May 5 – Week 1: The living prophet leads the Church under the direction of Jesus Christ.
Opening: Mother Dear p. 206
Practice Mother’s Day Song: My Mother Dear 203 for next week
May 12 – Week 2: Mother’s Day! The living prophet leads the Church under the direction of Jesus Christ.
Opening: Mother, Tell Me the Story p.204-205
Introduce Can a Little Child Like Me p.9
May 19 – Week 3: Prophets teach me to pay tithing.
Opening: I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth p.150
Review 2nd and 3rd verse of If the Savior Stood Beside me (I know, weird, but the Senior just reads my poster when I have it and the Junior doesn't know it at all so we need some review time)
May 26 – Week 4: Prophets teach me to live the word of wisdom.
Opening: Stand for the Right p.159
Hula Hoop Review from Camille’s Primary Ideas
I will do individual posts on each activity later -- HAPPY MAY!!!