Tag Archives: Dr. Seuss

3 Ways to Seussify your Sessions this March

1 Mar

As you can tell from some of my previous blog posts, I’m all about using the brilliance of Dr. Seuss in my sessions every March for Read Across America Day. Check out these 3 fun ideas I’m using in sessions this month to celebrate Dr. Seusss

 

  1. Singable books! Some favorites are Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb and My Many Colored Days.  For “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb,” I have a cute monkey stuffed animal that we’ll use to work on body identification and following directions by having him play the drum like the monkeys in the book. “My Many Colored Days” works great for little ones learning about colors, so I love to have my kiddos search for instruments to play that match the colors on each page.Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.25.41 AM
  2. “Green Eggs and Ham” from The Learning Station. I’ve used these fabulous visuals from Mommy Lessons 101 and an adapted version of “Green Eggs and Ham” to target anything from sight words to music note learning. I laminated the eggs and use dry erase marker to write targeted concepts, activities or conversation starters on the backs. Sing the song, flip over an egg, and complete the task on the other side!

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3. Dr. Seuss rhyming. I made some basic picture/word cards for some IEP students working on rhyming goals, and find they work GREAT for simple rhythm or songwriting activities. You can either use the cards as a jumping off point and have students draw one card and rap or drum rhyming words they can think of, or have them look for the sets of matching rhymes. Simply download them for {FREE}, laminate and use! There are also other great Seuss-themed cards available for free at Sweet Rose Studio.

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{MORE} Dr. Seuss Inspiration: Silly Sound Song

1 Mar

Monday kicks off Read Across America week, and boy oh boy do I love me some Dr. Seuss. I wanted to share a little song I wrote that works great for speech, impulse control, engagement and self-expression goals (and if you use an iPad, finger isolation/fine motor skills).

You can find the visuals & sounds I used for my choiceboard (plus more activity ideas to Seussify your sessions) in this previous post. Download the images and either: print and put on big macs or load them into an app like Sounding Board or Choiceboard Creator and add sounds. When the music stops during the song, have your kiddo press their desired button to sing along. If clients are able, I have them come up with their own sounds and use their voice or instruments to make them. This can get really silly, especially if you have a group of kids making sounds at the same time OR waiting and taking turns.

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For even more Dr. Seuss inspiration, check out my springtime Pinterest board and the Read Across America website (full of worksheets and coloring pages!).

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Activity Inspiration: Silly Seuss Sounds

4 Mar

Oh, the places you’ll go…when you let Dr. Seuss inspire your music therapy activity planning! In honor of his birthday (March 2) and Read Across America day, my music therapy groups are having a jolly good time this week creating silly Seuss sounds to work on goals like positive peer interaction, decision making, following directions and self expression/creativity.

Seuss-sational Activity Ideas:

Download the Dr. Seuss Band App for $.99. If your clients are able to play, the game is a great way to practice color matching and fine motor skills! But something I love about this app is that you don’t HAVE to play the game as intended…simply select a song (each one is so delightfully goofy sounding) and have clients press the buttons to play the instrument.

For the suggestions below, I usually open the app, select a song and have clients layer silly sounds over the music.

photo-1 Use instruments to create silly sounds! Throw some unique instruments in a bin (or drum, etc) and have students choose one to play. Some ideas:

  • Vibraslap
  • Frog Rasp
  • Clatterpillar
  • Thunder Tube
  • Rainstick (bonus points if you have a colorful one!)
  • Wind Tube
  • Canary Whistles
  • Boomwhackers

photoRecord silly sound effects on communication devices.  Find some sound effects that strike your fancy (thank you, youtube!) and record them on a choice board on your iPad or on communication devices like big macs. I had access to a Cheap Talk 8 at school, but individual buttons would also work great.

Fun Sounds to Try:

Boing        

Smash     

 Tuba (hehehe)

Slap (Don’t have a vibraslap, so I improvised!)

Don’t miss this FREE DOWNLOAD(!!!!!!): a visual I made for use with those sound effects. Just cut out and attach to communication devices or use as a choice board.

Build your own silly Seuss instrument. Divide students into teams or work together as a group to make a unique instrument that can be played in many ways. Provide students with a box of items (instruments, tin cans, boxes…the possibilities are endless) and encourage them to assemble a never-before-seen instrument. Have students describe their instrument to the group and demonstrate how to play it. Don’t forget to name it when you’re finished!

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