For our music time this Sunday I am doing a "Tricky or Treat" theme. :) I was trying to come up with an fun idea to work on the problem spots in some of the songs we are doing for our program.
I decided to make a bunch of little cards that say "Tricky" and some that say "Treat". I will put all of these cards into a pumpkin basket, or witch hat or something like that. I will have a reverent child come up and pull one of the cards out. On the back of each "Tricky" card will be listed the song (or part of the song) that we are having a "tricky" time mastering. We will review the part of that song. The kids love to be able to participate up front so I think while we are singing, I will also have a child up by me holding up the little ghosts I made which say "A little bit Spooky" or "BOOtiful singing" depending on how we are doing (just for fun).
Once we've mastered the area, we will move on and another child will come up to pick a card. I think the kids will work hard at mastering the "Tricky" cards so that they can then have a chance to choose a "Treat" card. For every "Treat" card that is drawn, I will give the kids a candycorn after primary.
NOTE: There are a lot more of the "Tricky" cards in the mix than the "treat" cards. I do want the focus to be on fixing our little problem areas BUT I know that I will need to break up the monotony and I think this will do the trick-at this stage of the game, I am not above bribery to get these songs polished for the program. :)
(Here are the cards I made. If you'd like to copy them, just right click on the images below and you can save them to your computer). Four cards will fit on an 8 1/2" x11" page.
some of our tricky spots...
" work on the 2nd ending of "If I listen with my heart"
"Practice watching the director to stand/sit"
"work on wording on the 3rd verse of "Praise to the Man"
My Ghost Signs- I printed these out on cardstock and I plan on laminating them to make them extra durable. You can save these to your computer as well by right clicking on them. I sized these to be about 6" tall each.