Tag Archives: Sign Language

Friday Faves: Fall Edition

7 Oct

Lately, my sessions have been filled with songs about apples, pumpkins, and all things fall…and I CAN’T GET ENOUGH! Can you feel the sweater weather, fluffy scarf, pumpkin spice love? Today, I’m sharing 3 resources that have been making their way into most of my early childhood and school based sessions.

  • Pumpkin Counting Cards from The Kindergarten Connection. Laminate these babies, put them on a clip ring, and you’re ready to roll! Add clothespins for some extra fine motor fun. I like using these cards with improvised songs & familiar tunes like 5 Little Pumpkins. Bonus: the version below is great for counting AND emotion identification.

  • Singing “Button Up Your Overcoat.” I love singing this song acapella with my kiddos on the first chilly day of the year. We have fun making up our own finger play movements, like putting on a coat, signing “apple” and pretending to sleep. This song is especially great for parent-child duos, because it’s fun to give each other a big hug and sing “you belong to me!”

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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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