Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Singing Time Plan: July #3

This week I'm presenting Silent Video--one of my very favorite activities for Primary music.  Simple yet impactful, it consists of showing a gospel-themed video with the sound turned completely off, while you sing a song.  If I have planned well for the activity, I never fail to feel the Spirit strongly.  See this week's Singing Time plan for how I've incorporated a silent video into the rest of Singing Time.

  Junior Primary

Silent video activity, using The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos
"I Know That My Savior Loves Me"   

"The Holy Ghost"  (p. 105) 
Create actions.  Assign each class a line of the song.  Ask them to work with their teacher to choose an action for that line.  Sing as the children discuss, and then have them demonstrate before doing the actions all together.  This is a great way for the children to think about the lyrics in a concrete way.

"Come, Follow Me"  (Hymns #116) 
Egg shakers.  Use the shakers for soft taps and shakes, to match the feel of the song.

"I Feel My Savior's Love"  (p. 74) 
Silent video.  I will be showing this video, from lds.org, also shown on the left.  After singing the song through twice, I'll intersperse comments about the video as I sing again.

  Senior Primary

Sharla's video for Egg Shaker Pass

"Come, Follow Me"  (Hymns #116)   
Egg Shaker Pass.  I got this idea from Sharla, over at TeachingPrimaryMusic.com. Her video is shown on the right.  I'll be lengthening the pattern some, as my children will need more time to regroup after each pass.

"I Know That My Savior Loves Me"   
Sing vs. sign.  My creative husband (who is also a Primary teacher in our ward) gets the credit for this idea.  Senior primary now knows all the sign language for this song, so to keep things fresh as we review, we'll either sing OR sign.  We'll switch back and forth at a predetermined signal (bell or the like) at unannounced times throughout the song.

"I Feel My Savior's Love"  (p. 74)   
Silent video.  This activity is equally powerful for both Junior and Senior Primary.

Happy singing!

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