Teaching Primary Music: Seek the Lord Early

July 23, 2014 in Family Room

We’re getting ready to go camping, so this is going to be short and sweet.

If you’re following along with the sharing time outline, you’re probably teaching Seek the Lord Early in August. I was asked to start teaching this song to our primary kids a few weeks ago, so I put together these cute little visuals to help.


I cut each page in half so each picture represents a phrase  and put them up on the board. As we learned it, I had the kids take down a sign or two at a time until they could sing it without any help. Senior learned the whole thing in a day, and we covered about half with junior. Of course, I’m not sure how much they actually remembered when the real chorister was back the next week…

Find the files to download at this link.

Teaching Primary Music: To Be A Pioneer

July 19, 2014 in Family Room

If you’re looking for some help with primary music time tomorrow (could this be any more last minute???) and want to teach a great pioneer song, let me be your lifesaver.

To Be A Pioneer teaches a great lesson about what it means to be a pioneer – and it’s simple enough to teach in one try! It might take a little longer to sing the two parts together, but it’s so fun and the kids love it.


The first verse is full of “You don’t have to…” things that the old-time pioneers did. Since they’re “don’ts,” those are all shaped like stop signs.

The second verse is full of “You do have to…” things that we can do today to be pioneers. Since they’re “do’s,” those are all shaped like green lights. The picture cues for the second verse gave me a great chance to talk about Nephi’s courage, Daniels’ faith, and David’s fight with might for a cause that’s right.

Each verse ends with “To be a pioneer,” so there are 2 identical signs for that.

I thought I would only have time to teach the second part to senior, so I just wrote out the words for them. The last line is only sung the first time through, so it’s a little lighter to remind them it’s different.

I cut these out, laminated them (because I am completely addicted to my laminator), and stuck them to craft sticks. Simple to make, great to work with, and easy for the kids to help hold.

Find the files to download at this link. Happy singing!

Teaching Primary Music: Love is Spoken Here

February 24, 2014 in Family Room

I am the primary song leader at church, teaching music to all of the 3-11-year-old kids. We sing their favorites over and over and over again, and I teach them at least one new song every month. Naturally the older kids are much easier to teach. They can read, they catch on faster, and they remember what we learned from week to week. The younger kids are much more challenging, but that makes it even more rewarding when they finally get it! 🙂

With the younger kids (junior primary) we sing a lot of action songs so the kids can get up out of their seats and move around. Church is loooooong for those little guys. The older kids (senior primary) love to sing some of the fun, harder songs they have learned in the past, although I have been known to make them sing some of the little kids’ action songs, too.

I taught them how to sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes in Japanese, and now they request it. They want to learn it in more languages, so if you happen to be bilingual in body parts, hook me up!

This month I taught the kids one of my favorite primary songs, Love is Spoken Here. To help them learn the words, I found pictures that went along with key words in each phrase, printed them on white cardstock, and cut them out in heart shapes. Laminating them means they’ve lasted longer than a week, and sticking them to craft sticks gave me perfect handles.

It's so easy to teach Love is Spoken Here to the primary kids with these cute {FREE} printables from FortyEighteen.com

If you would like your own copy of these cute, cute signs to help you teach your little singers this beautiful song, you can find them on my Printables page. Clicking on the small image or the link underneath will take you to the full-size image. Then just right click and save it.

One last thing… I printed the last page (the ending) twice so there is a copy for each verse. I taught it at the end of each verse with the appropriate notes (the first verse goes higher and the second verse stays lower). That way, they’re used to singing the right notes when we put the verses together, and it’s easier for them to know which version of the ending to sing when it’s time to harmonize. I love it when it all comes together!

Get them HERE. Happy singing!

It's so easy to teach Love is Spoken Here to the primary kids with these cute {FREE} printables from FortyEighteen.com

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