Picking songs can be quite a feat! You pour over the lists of all of the monthly songs and your hand jotted notes of what songs they kids have already learned and try to piece it all together and come up with a plan.
Suggested 4-Year Rotation
of Primary Songs
for Come, Follow Me
To help simplify the process, I poured over my two different Come, Follow Me Printable Primary Song Rotation Lists and came up with what made the most sense to me for each of the songs. I picked one song per month for each of the 4 years with NO overlap in the songs. This way, I would be able to teach 40+ songs after 4 years, and then repeat those again to help the kids remember the songs anew.
This is just a framework that I created to help simplify my process for picking songs. It should be used as a guidepost only to help you in planning and preparing your song lists each year. Of course, use the Spirit as your guide to help fine tune and make any needed adjustments to pick the right songs for your Primary!
Along with the rotation of song selections, I use the other songs from the monthly list as wiggle songs, where there are songs that are a perfect fit for that! It’s a great way to add in even more of the songs in the year, and you can see how I did that with my singing time outlines, here, for an example!
Primary Song Selection Chart Key:
- Month: You’ll notice the first column is the Month. This is the specific month the song was selected from. However, I mix and match my songs throughout the year prior to the program.
This isn’t necessarily the month we will work on this song. This post on how I plan my songs for the whole year can help explain this concept! Plus, also see an example singing time for how I add a few short activities each week!
- Song Title & Hymn Number: This lists the song name and where to find it in the next two columns. If there is a “-” dash symbol, that means it is not available in the Children’s Songbook or Hymn book. It may be available on LDS.org under the additional Primary songs or may be available for purchase for a nominal fee.
The letter “H” used before a number is there to represent that song would be found in the Hymnal. All other numbers are specifically referencing the page number within the Children’s Songbook.
Finally, if there was not a specific Christmas or Easter song, I have added a recommendation that suited my needs. Of course, you can adjust your song selections to fit your ward.
- Letter: The final column has a single letter next to some, but not all, of the songs. The letters correspond with song selections to use during the Primary Program (P), Easter (E), and Christmas (C).
Your Primary may or may not be asked to sing for these 3 occasions throughout the year, but it’s a good idea to have something in mind in case you are asked! From my experience, the ward music leader or Bishopric tend to only give a couple of weeks notice.
New Testament Primary Song List
|Jan|| Come, Follow Me – Hymn|
*8 Singing Time Ideas for Come, Follow Me
*8 Singing Time Ideas for Baptism
|Mar||I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus||78||P|
|May||I Am a Child of God||2|
|Jun||Did Jesus Really Live Again?||64||E|
|July||I’ll Walk With You||140|
|Aug||I Will Follow God’s Plan||164||P|
|Sept||I Know That My Redeemer Lives||H-136||P|
|Oct||The Church of Jesus Christ||77|
|Nov||Search, Ponder and Pray||109||P|
|Dec||Choose the Right Way||160||P|
|(Consider: Stars Were Gleaming)|| 37 || C |
| (Consider: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus)|
*9 Singing Time Ideas for Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
| (Consider If the Savior Stood Beside Me)|
*7 Singing Time Ideas for If the Savior Stood Beside Me
|(Consider Love Is Spoken Here)||P|
Book of Mormon Primary Song List
|Jan||The Iron Rod||H-274||P|
|Mar||Dare to Do Right||158||P|
|Jun|| We’ll Bring the World His Truth |
*8 Singing Time Ideas for We’ll Bring the World His Truth
|Aug||Follow the Prophet||110|
|Sept||Samuel Tells of Baby Jesus||36||C|
|Nov||Stand for the Right||159||P|
|Dec||I Will Be What I Believe||–||P|
Doctrine & Covenants Primary Song List
| Joseph Smith’s First Prayer|
*Or Praise to the Man, Hymn 27
|The Priesthood Is Restored||89||P|
| When I Am Baptized |
*8 Singing Time Ideas for When I Am Baptized
|I Want to Be a Missionary Now||168|
|When He Comes Again||82||P|
|Reverence is Love||31|
|I Feel My Savior’s Love||74||P|
| The Holy Ghost |
*8 Singing Time Ideas for The Holy Ghost
|I Will Be Valiant||162||P|
|The Spirit of God||H-2||P|
|Families Can Be Together Forever||188||P|
|Hark! The Herald Angels Sing**||H-209||C|
|(**Or Consider: Picture a Christmas)||50||C|
|(Consider: On a Golden Springtime)||88||E|
| (Consider An Angel Came to Joseph Smith)|
*7 Singing Time Ideas for An Angel Came to Joseph Smith
Old Testament Primary Song List
|Jan||I Know My Father Lives||5||P|
|Feb||Choose the Right||H-239||P|
|Mar||Love One Another||136|
|Apr||Keep the Commandments||146||P|
|May||Seek the Lord Early (Dec List)||108||P|
|Jun||A Child’s Prayer||12||P|
|July||I Love to See the Temple||95|
|Aug||Teach Me to Walk in the Light||177||P|
|Sept||I Will Walk with Jesus||–||P|
|Oct||I Hope They Call Me on a Mission||169|
|Nov||We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet||H-19||P|
|Dec||Away in a Manger||42||C|
|He Sent His Son||34||E|
| (Consider My Heavenly Father Loves Me)|
*7 Singing Time Ideas for My Heavenly Father Loves Me
|(Consider Our Time to Shine)|
*6 Singing Time Ideas for Our Time to Shine
Download the 4-Year
Primary Song Rotation
Suggested Song List
You are welcome to use this printable for your own planning and preparation as a resource. This printable shouldn’t take place of your own review of the annual song lists to determine what songs would be best for your Primary. It is simply another resource and starting point that may be helpful in planning for a 4-year span of time to keep variety in your song selections.
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