A mix of new and borrowed ideas for primary choristers!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I read about this idea on another site but have since been unable to locate it again. (please forgive me for not giving the author due credit) Anyway, i love this idea and i've used it a few times. It works for either a new song or an already learned song. Here's the idea: Assign each class a line or phrase from the song. When it is their turn to sing, that class stands and sings their line. (if there is a chorus, i have all the children stand and sing that part all together) After singing it once this way, tell the children they have 10 seconds to sit with a new teacher. (be sure to clarify rules for this, i.e. no climbing over chairs, NO TALKING, no running, etc.) The pianist plays while they are "shuffling". After the 10 seconds is up, give the teachers a few seconds to tell their "new class" the line they are singing (hopefully the teachers remember the line you assigned them earlier, if not, be prepared to remind them) Then, sing the song again with each class standing when it's their turn. You can do this as many times as you want but be sure to give them 10 seconds to return to their original class when you are done with the activity. It's a great way to get them to remember the words to a song they haven't sung in awhile or learn the words to a new song. Have fun with it!
Remember the old primary songbook called, "Sing With Me" from eons ago? That orange book has many fond memories for me and is the namesake of my blog. In memory of my mom who was chorister way back then and taught me many things that I am trying hard never to forget now that she is gone. In this calling, I learn something new each week and have loved the resource of so many chorister blogs out there and thought i might chronicle a few of my own adventures. I'm a relatively new chorister and my blog is for us "greenies" who are experts at gleaning ideas from others and still learning the ropes of primary. I hope you find something useful on this site. Happy Singing!