Tag Archives: Back to School

Activity Inspiration: We’re Going to be Friends

14 Sep

The idea to first use this song came from one of my MT BFFs, Kayla Lyles, MT-BC, who you can now find blogging for Noteable Progressions Music Therapy Services. She shared one way to use this song back when we were completing our equivalency program at Shenandoah University, and I’ve since adapted for use with my kiddos! I always pull this intervention out at the beginning of the school year, because it can be a great warm-up/getting to know you song for new groups or clients.

Intervention Ideas:

  • Lyric Analysis: Conversation topics may include friends at school, favorite school subjects, new teachers/classes.
  • Listening/Impulse Control: Give clients an instrument to hold and have them wait to play until they hear a specific word-“friends” is a good place to start! I like using bells or shakers.
  • Basic Signing: For little ones, I use an excerpt of the song (with alternate lyrics) and some sign language visual cards I made using resources from Baby Sign Language.

Here in music, we have fun

Getting to know everyone

Making friends is really nice

So smile wide and be polite

I can tell that we are gonna be friends

I can tell that we are gonna be friends

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Activity Inspiration: Backpack, Backpack

31 Aug

I like to use the simple “Backpack” theme song from Dora the Explorer during the first few weeks of school, which many kids already know and LOVE to sing along with. It has some great /b, p, k/ sounds, plus early pronouns in the lyrics like /me, my, I, you/ for kiddos practicing speech and communication goals. This activity is also helpful for students working on labeling or requisite learning skills such as independently packing and unpacking their backpacks. If possible, we use our actual backpacks and label the items inside as we take them out or put them away.

For music therapists on the go, here’s a simple backpack visual you can download for free…so all you need to do is laminate and add Velcro. We sing the backpack chorus, then make a drumroll on our legs (or a drum) while saying, “Let’s see what’s inside!” When the drumroll stops, encourage your student to pull out and item and label it. Bonus points if they can tell you one way they use the item during their school day!

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Welcome Back: 5 Songs for the 1st Week of School

17 Aug

Songs for Success is baaaaack! After taking the summer off from blogging (and completing the #Musictherapyblogger challenge from Serenade Designs), I’m excited to get back into the swing of posting regularly and sharing activity ideas galore. Be sure to also check out my Instagram, where I’ll be posting pictures of my favorite back-to-school activities and visuals.

To get your school spirit flowing, check out 5 songs I’ll be jamming to with my students to celebrate the start of a new year.

  1. Welcome Back (John Sebastian)
  1. School Days (Chuck Berry)
  1. ABC (Jackson 5)
  1. Be True to Your School (Beach Boys)
  1. We’re All in This Together (High School Musical)

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10 Clean Dance Songs: For Back to School Fun!

18 Aug

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 2.50.36 PMAs I gear up to see my public school kiddos next week and all my teacher friends prepare to have their classrooms full again, I thought it might be time for another list of TOTALLY CLEAN but also {totally hip} dance songs for use in school settings and beyond. For some street cred and mad cool points, play one of these babies in your classroom or music therapy sessions–but don’t blame me if it turns into a full-fledged dance party. You’ve been warned!

For more ideas, don’t miss my original dance song playlists, found here and here.

1. I Will Never Let You Down (Rita Ora)

 

2. Believer (American Authors) **Bonus points: Use for lyric analysis.**

 

3. Ten Feet Tall (Afrojack)

 

4. Rather Be (Clean Bandit)

 

5. Hideaway (Kiesza)

 

6. Shower (Becky G)

 

7. Am I Wrong (Nico & Vinz)

 

8. A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay)

 

9. We Are Done (The Madden Brothers)

 

10.  I Want You Back (Jackson 5) .Okay, fine. This isn’t a new song. But I’m obsessed with the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack…can you blame me? Plus, this video confirms that I need giant fringe scarves for my shirt sleeves.

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