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 (at the bottom of this post) 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.
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!
If you want a break down of each of the activities, we’ve covered them all here! See an explanation on what each of the activities are, by learning style, and with a post to see how we’ve used the activity in our Singing Time Lesson Plans!
- 12 Purposeful Movement Activities
- 12 Word Activities for Singing Time
- 12 Logical Conclusion activities for Singing Time
- 12 Visual Intrigue activities for Singing Time
- 12 Spiritual Connection Activities for Singing Time
- 12 Living Music Activities
- 12 People Interaction Activities
- 7 Nature & Senses Activities
To make your planning even easier, you will also LOVE this additional worksheet I created after a couple questions about when to use each type of activity. Grab this Primary Learning Styles Guide Chart to help pick the best activities to use by your particular song style.
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.
To access the free in-post printables for this post, you’ll just need to create a free account or login with the Grow.me tool. Then, confirm by email and refresh the page and ALL my free printables will automatically unlock in every post!
For more information on why I use a content lock or how to create your account, you can see the FAQ page here.
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!