Choose the Right
Flipchart for "Choose the Right" by Carrie Dziabczenko
Choose the right song chart by Choose the right song chart by Jalee Scott
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In the leafy treetops - flipchart for all three versus
Choose the right: Melody Map
Anonymous writes, "This last week for a review activity for “Choose the Right”, I had my Senior Primary do the Group Day on American Idol. It was so much fun. They had to break into groups of 3-4 and had to have at least 1 boy and 1 girl in their group. I then gave them 5 minutes to prepare either verse 2 or 3 of Choose the Right for the judges. I had two fathers and one of the Primary Presidency be the judges and I had another father be Ryan Seacrest. It was so much fun and they really worked on the song! " (ga02242012)
Choose the Right Path by Michelle Jardine
I just had a thought for a fun review game for Choose The Right...Musical Chair style. Once they have learned the song fairly well I plan to group them with their chairs in a circle (could be a little tougher for larger primaries, so use your best judgement) and then all sing the song. Each time we sing the phrase "Choose the right" everyone will move one chair to the right. Then once they have that down, we can get a little creative, ex: those wearing red have to find the next available chair to the right, boys/girls only move next available chair to the right, etc. I think it will be a fun way to keep them thinking and review the song without it getting monotonous. Just thought I'd share. (Idea by Monica Hudson / ga02022012)
An idea on how to review this song(by Melanie Day) I was asked to substitute in the Primary this last week and thought I would share what I did....in case it might help one of you. (PREPARATION: I have several books called, "Choose your own adventure" (it's a series). If you have one of these at home, bring one to show the children or rent one from the library. However, you don't need any book at all....you can just reference the book as well.)
First I asked some questions….
Reviewing Choose the Right
Choose the right - chorus details
I'm so excited to teach "Choose the Right!" My Primary LOVED "Praise to the Man" and I think they'll love this one too! I'm planning on using Picture Sticks to teach the chorus. I'm glad to have something for all of those cute little Sunbeams to hold. Here's my plan. I'm going to have the children help teach the versus using "Teaching Kits" that I have explained here. I think this song will be familiar to them so I'm excited to have them feel more ownership in teaching the song! (Idea by Cami Kapp / ga02022012)
Flipchart by Lori Criman
I did the cutest singing time with the song ‘Choose the Right’. We played the game “CHOOSE THE RIGHT or not Tic-Tac-Toe”. I had a tic-tac-toe board and had 9 scripture figures to choose from. I had the plastic Book of Mormon figurines, but pictures turned upside down would work too. I purposely had more choose the wrongs than rights like Laman, Lemual, Wicked King Noah, and I used King Lamoni, and Alma the Younger to be X's or choose the wrongs. I had Nephi, Moroni, Heleman, and a Missionary for O's or choose the rights. The idea was that if X's won or choose the wrongs then the piano player would have to play choose the right with a blind fold on. If choose the rights won then she could use her music. Every time a “choose the wrong” figure was picked we sang ‘Choose the Right’ really loud to try and help Laman, Lemual, or Noah to choose the right. When Nephi was picked we sang ‘Nephi's courage’. Helaman, ‘Army of Helaman’. Missionaries, ‘Called to serve’. Moroni , ‘Book of Mormon Stories’. I kind of rigged it up to that X's won on purpose and the pianist had to play with the blind fold while we sang. It was horrible! Then I acted surprised and said, “Wait….. Alma and King Lamoni repented! They are actually O's!” This made it so that choose the rights won. Then the pianist got to use her music to play ‘Choose the Right’. I bore testimony that when we are choosing the wrong we can't have the Holy Ghost with us just like the pianist couldn't have her music. When we choose the right we get to have his help and the music sounded so much better. It was sooooooooooooo fun!! Everyone loved this singing time. (Idea by Sarah Walk / ga02062012)
Cami writes, "I'm going to present them as 8 CHALLENGES to the Primary. They start with CHALLENGE #1 and once they pass it off, they move on to CHALLENGE #2, etc. The goal will be to pass off all 8 CHALLENGES. I'm planning on this taking two weeks and by the end, they should know this song inside and out!" (Click here for more details on Cami's idea.)
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Flipchart by Jolly Jenn
Choose the right flipchart by Kayrena Betts
"For senior primary, I passed out hymn books and told them we were going to sing through the first verse three times in a row using our 'cheat books' and then I would collect them and see how much they learned. After we sang and I collected the books, we sang the song one more time. It was amazing. They had it completely memorized. (never expected that to happen). Then I played a game I called 'choose the right color'. It is an adaptation of something I saw on someone's blog. I put a bunch of different colored refrigerator magnets into a paper bag. There were 5 different colors and about 3 or 4 of each color in the bag. I asked a super singer to reach in the bag and 'choose the red' and if they did pull out a red then they got to choose a song to sing. If they pulled out the wrong color, then we sang through CTR again. Pulling out the right color is nearly impossible so it was a really fun way of repeating the verse over and over. I kept it very fast paced and didn't allow much time to pass between ending the a song and choosing a new color. For us-the 'right color' was only pulled on the very last chance so it was super fun. The children were loving the song by the time we were done." (Idea shared by Kim Zirker / Primary Music Yahoo Group) ADDITIONAL SUGGESTION by Charlene in Texas: "To add on to this idea, I thought of having two bags. One a paper bag, and then a clear bag. The clear bag is like having the Holy Ghost to guide us in the way we should go and in our decisions. You can see the choices, you know what the consequences are to the choice. The paper bag is like those who don't have the Holy Ghost to help in the choices we make. So you could use the paper bag first so they get the repetition in, when they have it down good enough you can bring out the clear bag and show them how much easier it is to make the choice and pick the right color."
I thought others might be interested to know that learning “Choose the Right” is one of the requirements that the children can do to earn their Faith in God award. It is on page 7 of the booklet under “Learning and Living the Gospel”. I am only going to teach my primary verse 1 and 3, but thought I would challenge them to learn verse 2 on their own to fulfill their requirement and then if they will come and sing it to me I will sign it off for them. It is a great way to get them to learn the hymn and work on their faith in God at the same time. (Idea by Rena in Edmonton, Canada)
After visiting "In the Leafy Treetops" blog, and seeing the totally AWESOME Cheat Sheet for "Choose the Right" I decided to send it home with my children and ask them to sing the song every night before bed. So I made up a little CTR chart for them to color each night they sing the song. Complete the chart (by singing and coloring the shields) and bring it back for a treat! Click here for file. (Idea from Primary Music Yahoo Group / Contributor name unknown)
Choose the right shields - Jalee writes, "I will cut the shields out and hold them up. That way whenever I pull out the shields, they will automatically know they are singing "Choose the Right." It has all three verses."
Amy writes, "I cannot claim this idea. An amazing friend of mine came up with it, but I used it and it was FANTASTIC! I had the senior primary singing the whole 1st verse with no mistakes in 10 minutes. Here we go: Wrap one box beautifully w/ ribbon etc. and cover another smaller box with brown craft paper and wrap it so that it's open and they can see that there isn't anything inside. Show them that the smaller, brown one is empty. Ask them which gift they would choose? (Call on the child who won't give the sassy answer. :) ) The beautiful one is the obvious choice. Then stick a sign on the brown one that says "right." Ask them if they would change their mind if someone they trusted told them that the RIGHT choice was the brown one and they would be happier if they chose it. Again, recognize the kids that give the appropriate answer, ignore the rest. Say the words, pointing to two the boxes, "Choose the right when a choice is placed before you." Quickly add these items to the box: A sign that says "the Holy Spirit Guides", a small flashlight, a large paper heart (fold it in half to get it in the box if you need to) that says "CONFIDES." Go over the first line again and then dramatically point into the box and say "IN the right the (pull out the sign) Holy Spirit guides." Go over/repeat as needed. Pull out the flashlight, describe how the Holy Ghost could be a light to guide your choices. Turn it on, shine it above your head and make a circle motion toward the ceiling with it. Explain that the sign language sign for "forever" (actually it's for "always", but close enough, right?) is making a circle as you point up. As you make a flashlight circle on the ceiling repeat "And It's light is forever shining ore you." As you say "when in the right" point again into the "right" box and pull out the heart that says "CONFIDES." Teach them what confides means then teach them the line "your HEART CONFIDES." For the chorus I just had one CTR shield and had my volunteer raise it each time we said "choose the right." for "let wisdom mark the way before" I stroked my chin with a ponderous look on my face and then firmly pointed straight ahead of me. "In it's light" I used the sign language sign for light. It's a good one to know because light comes up a lot. For "God will bless you ever more" I just pointed and looked up for "God" then "bless" was just using my hands like laying on of hands. Simple, but it worked. Yay for that!" (Shared by Amy Greenway / Primary Music Yahoo Group)
(Idea by Angie Rhodes / Primary Music Yahoo Group) - There were a couple of moments that seemed to really connect with my Primary today so I thought I would share because they fit into any verse of the hymn this month. I had the children listen today for a music pattern in the hymn. I wanted them to hear the ascending three notes that happen throughout the song, particularly when we sing the words "choose the right" most of the time. When we had listened and found those, I talked to them about how each time we make a right choice, we become closer to heaven, closer to Jesus Christ, and more like him. During a previous sharing time a couple of weeks ago, a sister had drawn a set of three stairs with a picture of Christ at the top and gave them examples of choices. If they made a right choice, she moved a figure that represented the children up one step. I reminded the children of that visual, but if you hadn't had the same visual in your primary, it would be easy to place on the board now. I challenged them to think about becoming closer to Jesus each time they heard that three-note ascending pattern. I also shared with them a little bit of story from Alice in Wonderland, because President Monson has done so before when talking about choices:
As Lewis Carroll tells us, Alice was following a path through a forest in Wonderland when it divided into two directions. Standing irresolute, she inquired of the Cheshire Cat, which had suddenly appeared in a nearby tree, which path she should take. “Where do you want to go?” asked the cat.
“I don’t know,” said Alice.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”
I reminded the children that we DO know where we want to go and because of that, we are able to choose the paths that will lead us there.
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