Tuesday, February 24, 2015

And then there were two!

That's right...I have a good excuse for not posting in over two months!

Things have been more than busy around here with my usual work and mommy schedule.  A week before this past Christmas, we added an addition to our family-a golden retriever puppy!
(I know...the title of this post made you think something else was going on) :)

This is our puppy Oakley.







He loves my son and gets excited over just about everything.
He also loves the snow we received today!

So, we've been busy with crate training (which is going really well!), house training (going great-thank goodness for the bell hanging on the back door!), puppy classes and lots of attention for the puppy himself.
(Did I mention this pup does not like violin music?  Let's just say it has been a learning experience and we've adapted many things around here to make things work and flow.) 



So, all that aside, I'm still around.  :)







Stay tuned tomorrow for another blog post!  I'll be sharing a song to go along with a book that helps students learn positional words!

Stay warm!



Monday, December 8, 2014

Making sense of numbers

In any given day, I work with a variety of students who are working on making sense of numbers.
Counting, rote counting, sequencing, identifying numbers, identifying quantities, sets and the list of goals and objectives goes on and on.  
Today I want to share a song that I wrote for students working on identifying and counting the numbers one to five.
"Clickety Clack" is all about trains and counting.  I purposely chose the train theme because many of the younger students love trains (especially the boys!), and they already have numbers on them (the Thomas trains do).  
When singing this song, there are several different visual aids you can incorporate to make this song even more fun.  You can use real Thomas trains, train stickers or clip art images which can easily be found online.  Felt board train cutouts would work too.  When learning how to count and identify numbers, visual aids are a must.  They provide the student with visual and/or tactile input and help them learn these concepts more easily.
The song and lyrics are below.


Clickety clack, coming down the track
Find the number of the train on the track (Repeat)

Number one-having fun.
Number one-here it comes!

Number two-chugging right to you.
Number two-chugging right to you.

Number three-coming right past me.
Number three-coming right past me.

Number four-pulling more and more.
Number four-pulling more and more.

Number five-coming down the line.
Number five-coming down the line.

Clickety clack, coming down the track.
Find the number of the train on the track. (Repeat)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Lights


The winter holidays are quickly approaching and I've been busy rounding up all of my favorite songs for the holidays as well as writing some new songs too.  

Today I'm sharing a song that I've already been singing with students this week.  
"Christmas Lights" features the following colors:  red, green, yellow and blue.  
It is sung to the tune of "London bridge is falling down", and I added a violin part to make it extra special. :)  Every December, this song is a serious favorite to many of the students I see each week!

The repetitive lyrics and tune make this song one that students will quickly learn and sing.  Students can work on color identification, spelling of color words, and sequencing skills (which color was first, second,etc. in the song?), all in one simple song!  This year I've also incorporated a little bit of sign language for the words bright and night.  The students are doing so well incorporating the signs and singing along!

The song and lyrics are below.


Christmas lights are shining bright,
shining bright, shining bright.
Christmas lights are shining bright all through the night.

Red lights are shining bright...
Green lights are shining bright...
Yellow lights are shining bright...
Blue lights are shining bright...

Christmas lights are shining bright,
shining bright, shining bright.
Christmas lights are shining bright all through the night.

Have a great weekend and check back soon for more holiday songs!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Turkey Trot

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, my music therapy sessions have been full of songs about being thankful, Pilgrims, Indians, lots of foods we like to eat on Thanksgiving, and of course turkeys.

Today I'm sharing a song about a turkey.  It's called, "The Turkey Trot".
This song is one of my favorites for November sessions.  It has been especially helpful with students who need to get up and move and get their wiggles out.  :)

Some of the goals I had in mind when putting this song together were looking at the teacher/therapist, following a one step direction, and imitation with movements. 
The song lyrics are fairly simple and they repeat as the song progresses and the tempo increases.  Before the end of the song, the tempo slows and allows students to calm back down (this is important if you want them to focus on anything else when you are finished with this song! :))


The lyrics and suggested actions are below:

Put your turkey feathers up. (Arms stretch up high)
Put your turkey feathers down.  (Arms down by sides or reach down to touch toes)
Now do the turkey trot, round and round.  (Stomp feet and turn around)
The turkey, he says, "Gobble, Gobble".  (Say "Gobble, Gobble" and/or do the sign for turkey)

The students I work with have really enjoyed moving and grooving to this song.  After I teach the motions and we sing the song a few times, I also enjoy picking a student leader to lead the movements in front of the group.  Sometimes students who don't always look at the teacher for directions will more eagerly watch one of their peers.

What are your favorite turkey songs?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!


Happy Veterans Day!
Today's song post is dedicated to all the veterans who served in the military to protect our country.  

I wrote the song below so students could say, "Thank You" to veterans for their service.  In some of the classrooms, we incorporate sign language for the word, "Thank you" and the students sign every time we sing/hear that phrase.  You can see the lyrics below.



Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!
Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!

You served in the military.
You fought for our freedom and our country.
You served in the military.
You fought for our freedom and our country.

Veterans, Veterans
We Thank You!
Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!


The Army, the Air Force, the Navy and Marines.
The Coast Guard and the Reserves,
Watching over our country.

Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!
Veterans,Veterans,
We Thank You!

You served in the military.
You fought for our freedom and our country.
You served in the military.
You fought for our freedom and our country.

Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!
Veterans, Veterans,
We Thank You!



What songs do you sing on Veterans Day?

Stay tuned for additional song posts and have a great week!