We are starting Christmas music tomorrow! Our primary has been asked to sing in Sacrament Meeting December 12th, so we have 4 weeks to learn a couple Christmas songs. We will start with "Mary's Lullaby" (CS 44) using the visuals pictured above. I'll have the first verse scattered on the board, sing it through a couple times, then ask discovery questions while children come up one at a time to put the visuals in the proper order. We will do the same for the second verse next week.
The rest of our time we'll choose songs from my "Give Thanks" poster that go along with this month's theme. I plan to talk about how giving service is one way to show gratitude to our Heavenly Father.
I am currently the primary chorister in my ward. It's a fun and fabulous opportunity to learn the beautiful primary music, be creative in a unique teaching environment, and feel the Spirit as we teach gospel truths through song. Three of my five daughters are in primary, which I love, because I can happily sing these songs I love right along with them each week.
I find I have the most success with the children when I follow this recipe:
1. Pray about the kids, pray about teaching the songs 2. Learn the songs backwards and forwards. I rarely use the book when I'm singing in Primary because of the importance of step #3. 3. Eye contact, eye contact, eye contact 4. Smile and sing with love 5. Bear testimony of gospel truths 6. Have fun