Tomorrow I will be a guest on The Music Therapy Show with Janice Lindstrom. She's invited me on the show to talk about the release of my book entitled Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Need a hug? Who doesn't? Here's a song I wrote many years ago that's great for self affirmation and a fun circle time song. Have your children help you think up actions for extra verses. Be good to yourself today and "Give Yourself a Hug"!
Oh my gosh! Where did the summer go? It seems we were just singing about warm weather, swimming and all the fun activities that summer brings. The kids are back in school and the leaves are starting to turn!
I was looking for some new ideas for Fall activities and ran across the DLTK website, which is chock full of activities, games, recipes, poems and even a few songs. I'll be posting some new musical activity ideas for Fall in the next month, but in the mean time you should check out this web page: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/index.html
For those of you who work on speech and communication goals with young children, here is a great resource to add to your bag of tricks! I wrote this simple song to help support skills such as learning prepositions, turn taking, articulation, and using descriptive language. This activity a hit with little ones, it’s very fun and playful and keeps their attention time after time.
I use a wooden frog rasp as a prop. Between each verse, the therapist or teacher hides the frog. The child searches for the frog as the first two lines are sung. After singing, “Where is Fred?” the child has the opportunity to respond, and the therapist can help cue or re-direct the child if needed. The verse finishes with everyone singing together “Fred is under the drum” (for example).
“Where is Fred?”
Funny Fred the funny frog Funny Fred is hiding Where is Fred? (spoken response) Fred is ___________________________ .