Song Hospital, Part 1

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Our Song Hospital. Where sick songs go.*waiting room side*discharge side
I added smiley faces so the kids would know this was the “happy side!”*Looking inside the Song Hospital.
It’s posterboard wrapped around a big cereal box (the 3 variety kind from Sams Club. Recycling is awesome.)
The Doctor needs credentials.  Here’s his framed M.D.
(printable doc at the end of this post)Germs on the songs.
(printable doc at the end of this post)
*I plan to do this lesson with the entire Singing+Sharing Time**And the doing parts 2 and 3 in the subsequent weeks. For me this is not a one-week lesson (it would be, but not the way I’m doing it – I plan to stretch it out for a while…, It’s our big review right up to our Program.*
EXPLAIN:Fall is coming and it’s almost cold and flu season, and unfortunately, some of our songs have gotten sick! So sick that we’re going to have to send an Ambulance out to bring them to our Primary Song Hospital. This is Dr. Smith. He’s a Doctor. See his Doctorate Degree? [show a degree with M.D. …which stands for music degree ;)].

OK. Before we can send out the Ambulance we must receive some training on what is making our songs sick. Some of the things that have made our songs so sick is our lack of performance value – *Performance value is a combination of a bunch of things. It is what we do and how we act when we sing. Good performance value is:

  • sitting up tall
  • watching the Leader
  • enunciating the words
  • singing loudly, but not screaming
  • happy faces

*PRACTICE GOOD AND BAD PERFORMANCE VALUE WITH THE SONG IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT 266* (the kids think it’s fun to sing sick, happy, sad… just let them try it).

Okay, we know what Performance Value is, it’s time to send out the Ambulance;
1. Carry toy ambulance. Have children reverently “wee-woo” and have “flashing light hands” while you ‘pick up’ the ‘Patient’. 2. Explain again;- A song is Healthy when we’re: sitting up straight and tall watching the leader singing loud and reverently (sing, not scream) singing ALL of the words smiling while we’re singing- A song will either be Healthy enough to go to Discharge, or we’ll have to put it in the Waiting Room and try it again later.
“Look at how sick this song is? See all of the germs on it? If we sing well, with good performance value, the germs will go away! Let’s get this song better again!”
3.  Sing that song
4. Doctor’s Evaluation(Remove the GERMS based on what the kids did well. If a song still has germs on it send it to Waiting Room. If song is germ free it can go home and be sent to Discharge)
5. AMBULANCE PICKS UP NEXT SONG *6. After all songs have been Admitted, go through the songs still in the Waiting Room again. And again. Until done and all songs are in Discharge. (may need to make this a 2 week activity)

Music Degree by Ashlie Johansen of PN29. Find it HERE on GoogleDocs.
*It would be fun to have it signed by the Bishop, Primary President, or a Counselor of the aforementioned.

Song Hospital Germs.
*Rather than have the DR fill out a form (the original way to do Song Hospital), I made the germs to stick on the song papers that are hanging around the room.This way when the song is brought up by the ambulance and after we sing everyone has a visual during the DR’s evaluation of what we did good (when they get taken off) and what we still have to work on (the remaining germs still stuck on that song.
Germs by Microsoft Word Clipart and Ashlie Johansen of PN29 can be found HERE in this Google Document
If you’d rather do the form version, here is the Song Hospital form by PN29’s Ashlie Johansen.  :)
*Any Song that gets under a #4 has to stay in the Waiting Room
*All 4s and 5s means the Song can go to Discharge (and go Home in Song Hospital part 2)

***We will continue to work on songs and then Discharge the song in the optional continuations of this lesson;

—–> *Green text optional information to include in the lesson if you want to:

Did you know that Dr. Smith works at our 29th Ward Primary Song Hospital? Yep! But did you know there is an actual Primary hospital? Yes! It’s in Salt Lake City and it’s called Primary Children’s Medical Center. Have you ever been there? Do you know anyone who has had to stay there? It was started in 1911 as a part of the main Hospital in Salt Lake City. Primary Association Officers Louie Felt and May Anderson started the children’s part of the hospital after seeing a child on crutches in the street and realizing the need for a Children’s Wing of the Hospital. In 1922 Primary Children’s opened as a child-only Hospital in a building all by itself. In 1975 the LDS Church donated Primary Children’s to Intermountain Healthcare. In 1990 it was moved to the building it is in now. A while ago Primary Children’s used to ask Primary Children just like you to help them pay for the costs of keeping the Hospital running. They used to keep cans in the Primary Room for collecting pennies and put on penny parades. Children loved being able to donate their pennies to help the sick kids at Primary Children’s. Today we can still donate to Primary Children’s through a program called Pennies By The Inch. [insert personal story, which includes my son’s stay at Primary’s] Thousands of children are helped at Primary Children’s every year.
My son in PICU at Primary Children’s Medical Center

*Idea greatly modified from Primary Singing Ideas.


  • My JR Primary LOVED this. They ate up every idea from “weewooing” sirens to the ‘germs’ to the ‘doctor’.
  • Mr SR Primary was in “we’re too cool for this” mode. It was OK. *Suggestion; involve SR by giving each Class the opportunity to be a “team” of “doctors” for the songs. (this statement right here is what sparked Song Hospital Part 2. Parts 1 and two could be combined).
  • Both JR and SR were very respectful as I told (and cried through) my personal story.

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