With this being the kickoff week for college sports (it also seemed to be the kickoff for all of my kids sports as well-busy week), :) I thought it would be fun to pull our football field back out for a little friendly competition between the "Moroni's Musettes" (girls) and the "Army of Helaman Harmonics" (boys). We will continue to work on the program songs, as well as I may throw a few other songs in there as well to give a little variety.
This game worked wonders with the boys earlier in the year. Some of the oldest boys are my biggest challenge in Sr. Primary (challenge meaning that they don't love to sing, they are REALLY great kids though). I was lamenting over this with one of the teachers. She has a son who falls into that same age group. She suggested that it wasn't that the boys didn't like to sing but that the biggest issue is that the songs are so high. Light bulb moment! Truth be told, I even have a hard time with some of the higher songs as I am very much an alto. I remember my brother not loving to sing at that same age for the same reason, his voice was trying to get a little deeper and so it cracked at any given moment. I'm sure that's uncomfortable and embarrassing for those boys. Oh the joys of getting older! :) I will say that these boys sit so reverently though so at least they aren't disruptive in any way. Hopefully pulling the football field back out may encourage a little more participation tomorrow.
To give credit where it is due...long ago, I got the football field idea here.
here's the clip art I made for the teams if anyone wants them. Just right click on the images and you can save them to your computer. They are nothing special but they work.
I have a ref shirt that I will have one of the teachers put on. The girls will sing the song and the ref will determine how far to move them down the field. We'll do the same thing with the boys. Each time we sing the song, the ref will move the football further up the field, depending on how well the kids sing it. When someone score a touchdown, mission accomplished!