So, I did a little bit of carefully planned non-planning, which means I grabbed a few activities I have done in the past and let the mood of the class help me decide what I was going to do in Junior Primary and Senior Primary. The classes were great, today!
Junior Primary wanted to make up actions for "Love is Spoken Here," so I abandoned my back-up plans and let them help me make up actions for the whole song. It worked like a charm and everyone was happy.
In Senior Primary, I played "helmet hero" which I have planned for a back-up activity probably three times now, but never really played.
Senior Primary was a bit rowdy, so I ended by having the children sing "Reverently, Quietly" before I had the teacher come teach her lesson.
So what's the point of today's post?
1. You don't always have to have an elaborate activity planned but don't come unprepared either. Keep a few back-up activities in your "back pocket."
2. Don't be afraid to abandon your plans and do something different than you have planned. I've done this numerous times and they have been some of my singing time lessons. I don't think anyone realizes I've changed my plans, either :)
3. I think it's okay for the children to get a little excited once in a while but if the children get a little too rowdy, invite the spirit back in with a reverent song, before turning the time over to the teacher. This has always worked for me, and the teachers always thank me for doing this.
I've been wanting to put together a post of my best "back pocket" singing time activities and the children's favorite singing time classes, ever. I would love your help. I have a lot of readers, but very few actually comment. I would love, love, love it if you would comment this time and share with my your most successful singing time activities or a favorite activity, so that I can compile a Top 10 or Top 20 post.
Up next: I'm working on a new way to teach "I like to look for rainbows" for Junior Primary. If I finish making the props tonight, I'll post early this week ... (FYI for new choristers: Most of the primary learned this song last year so your focus is a refresher for everyone, and a way to help the youngest primary children learn this song.)