I’m a big fan of using movement and a variety of teaching methods for introducing the Primary songs. I learned many of my teaching methods from a blog that really inspired me, To Teach a Child a Song. The printable Sharla shared, was a basic square grid that outlined the different learning styles you could then fill in. I liked the printable, and found it helpful, but knew I could make it so much easier to use.
I broke down my teaching ideas, which I already had printed out on a master list of singing time ideas, and then broke them down by learning style. I then added those ideas right into the grid squares, so you could easily highlight, circle, or mark in some way your activity for each song, and add any additional notes in the remainder of the square.
Primary Singing Time
Song Planner Printable
How to Use the Printable Song Planner:
1. Print Multiple Song Planner Worksheets:
Print out one Song Planner Worksheet for each song you plan to teach throughout the year. If you don’t plan to introduce the song more than once or twice during the year, I would skip the worksheet for that song. Make sure you scroll down to also grab my UPDATED song planner worksheet, now with 12 different activities per learning style!!
I printed out 10 different worksheets – one for the 10 songs I would be working on for the Primary Program Presentation this year.
2. Write in the Song Title and Style:
Fill in the top box with the title of the song you plan to teach. You can add additional notes here, such as if it’s a slow or a lively beat, the time signature, a little about the song’s message, or any other notes to help you plan during the next step.
3. Pick One Activity From Each Learning Style:
Now, considering the song’s message and musical style, you can easily go down the list of ideas and pick out one activity for each song. If planning for more than one song, try to pick different ideas for each song to increase variety and interest!
4. Plan Your Year:
After you have planned activities for each of your songs, you can then transition those activities into a weekly singing time lesson plan by mixing and matching the ideas. You’ll want to mix learning styles each week to make your lesson plans more engaging.
Pop over to this post to see how I Plan a Year of Primary Singing Time Lessons in just 2 hours!
Activities by Learning Styles
You can find a variety of activities based on the different learning styles by following my menu tabs, above! The drop-down will let you choose the type of learning style, or sort by all learning style activities!
I’m working on a series of posts to help explain the different learning style sections, with examples! I’ll update this post with the direct links, as available.
- 12 Purposeful Movement Activities
- 12 Living Music Activities
- 7 Nature & Senses Activities
- 12 People Interaction Activities
Free Printable Song Planner Worksheet
I’m sharing this song planner to help other choristers come up with their own singing time lesson ideas! I will be sharing all of my lesson plans here on this blog each week for you to follow along, but there may be some song that you plan to use this year that I won’t be teaching.
Click Here —-> to Download the Song Planner Worksheet
Click Here —> to get the UPDATED Song Planner Worksheet with 12 activities per learning style!!
I’d love to hear your feedback! Is this Song Planner helpful?
Leave more easy lesson ideas in the comments below so others can find more ideas to add to the planner!