Saturday, March 28, 2015

Moving to Learn

I love reading articles and research about how we learn and how the brain works and develops.  I saw this article below and just had to share it.

The article really stresses that children retain more knowledge if they move and connect actions and movements to their learning .

As a music therapist, I strive to find ways to incorporate many different movements within songs I sing with students.  We count with our fingers, we incorporate sign language for certain vocabulary words, we move to the music and we pat the beat on various parts of our body to stay together and engaged.

I think this research is right on the money!  Children and adults of all ages learn more when movement is combined with new content and information.
What do you think?

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Song Post

Welcome back!
While planning sessions over the weekend, I went back into my collection of holiday songs to find a song for St. Patrick's Day.  I love singing about the holidays within our monthly calendar song with the students.   I also write a separate song for most holidays so that we can focus on what those particular holidays represent.
So today's song share is about St. Patrick's Day.  In this song, I was sure to include the color green, leprechauns, shamrocks,  four leaf clovers and  rainbows.
The song is below.  If you would like a song sheet with lyrics and guitar chords for this song, send an email to

Have an awesome week and don't forget to wear something green!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rosie's Walk

Today's song post is about a children's book called Rosie's Walk.
This book was written by Pat Hutchins.
I adore this book for it's simplicity, colorful illustrations and use of positional words.

Rosie's Walk is about a hen, named Rosie, and a fox, who is following Rosie around the farm all day. The students enjoy looking at the illustrations in this book as they show what happens to the fox as he follows Rosie all day. The positional words mentioned in this book are: on, across, around, over, past, through and under.

I incorporated this book in several music therapy sessions recently.
After singing through the book and showing the pictures, I added signs for the positional words mentioned in the story.  The students loved this story.  They were curious to see if the fox would catch Rosie and many of them predicted at the beginning of the story that the fox "would eat Rosie".  You'll have to check this book out to find out what really happens.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned for more posts!

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)