Music in Nursery

Music invites the Spirit, making the nursery class a loving, happy place to be!


Ways to Use Music

 

WELCOME THE CHILDREN

music note  Hello Song, Children's Songbook, 260
music note  Thanks to Our Father, Children's Songbook, 20
music note  The Chapel Doors, Children's Songbook, 56

 

 

TEACH GOSPEL PRINCIPLES

music note  Baptism, Children's Songbook, 100
music note  Did Jesus Really Live Again? Children's Songbook, 64
music note  Family Prayer, Children's Songbook, 189
music note  Follow the Prophet, Children's Songbook, 111
music note  He Sent His Son, Children's Songbook, 34
music note  I Am a Child of God, Children's Songbook, 2
music note  I Feel My Savior's Love, Children's Songbook, 74
music note  I Know My Father Lives, Children's Songbook, 5
music note  I Pray in Faith, Children's Songbook, 14
music note  Jesus Has Risen, Children's Songbook, 70
music note  My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Children's Songbook, 228
music note  On a Golden Springtime, Children's Songbook, 88
music note  The World Is So Lovely, Children's Songbook, 233

Teaching Helps for Nursery Music

  • Use only Church-approved resources in the nursery class. In addition to activities found in the manual, Church magazine resources can be used.
  • Prepare a special place in the nursery room where you can gather the children close to you for music time. It may be on a blanket or mat on the floor or with chairs arranged in a circle.
  • Sit or kneel so that you are at eye level and close to the children.
  • Consider preparing a box of music resources to keep in the nursery. It could contain simple musical instruments, a list of songs, and activity verses with simple pictures for the children to hold.
  • To teach the children a song, sing a short line a couple of times and then invite them to sing it with you.

 

 

Prepare for Different Activities

music note  I Will Try to Be Reverent, Children's Songbook, 28
music note  If You're Happy, Children's Songbook, 266
music note  Jesus Said Love Everyone, Children's Songbook, 61
music note  Quickly I'll Obey, Children's Songbook, 197
music note  Reverently, Quietly, Children's Songbook, 26

Gathering Activities

Begin each lesson by gathering the children with a Church-approved song or other activity. As you use the same gathering activity each week, the children will recognize the gathering activity. It can be as simple as clapping your hands rhythmically and inviting the children to clap with you. Almost any Church-approved song or activity will work if it is simple and you use it consistently every week. Here are some examples of gathering activities:

Sing a song the children enjoy, such as “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2-3) or “Love One Another” (CS, 136).

Sing “If You’re Happy” (CS, 266) using the following words:

  • If you’re ready for our lesson, come sit down,
  • If you’re ready for our lesson, come sit down.
  • If you’re ready for our lesson, it will surely be a blessing
  • If you’re ready for our lesson, come sit down.

 

 

Give Opportunities to Move

music note  A Happy Family, Children's Songbook, 198
music note  Do as I'm Doing, Children's Songbook, 276
music note  Fun to Do, Children's Songbook, 253
music note  Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Children's Songbook, 275
music note  Once There Was a Snowman, Children's Songbook, 249
music note  Smiles, Children's Songbook, 267
music note  The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, Children's Songbook, 281

 

Familiarize Children with Primary Songs

music note  Families Can Be Together Forever, Children's Songbook, 188
music note  Happy Happy Birthday, Children's Songbook, 284
music note  I Love to See the Temple, Children's Songbook, 95
music note  I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus, Children's Songbook, 78
music note  Love Is Spoken Here, Children's Songbook, 190
music note  Search, Ponder, and Pray, Children's Songbook, 109
music note  The Church of Jesus Christ, Children's Songbook, 77

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