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Sue's work with children who have special needs is featured in the video "Beautiful Surprises." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upq6sp-HmDo&list=UUpG6xkCux0enjfy8VI0eD0Q&index=16

Winner of the 2014 "Artist of the Year" Award from Young Audiences of Maryland.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpiUPvgG7jE

Sue Trainor inspires creativity in concert and in workshops. Her participant-centered, experiential programs motivate children and adults to explore new skills and ideas. Sue’s energy and enthusiasm capture everyone’s attention and her sense of humor and down-to-earth approach keep it.

Go to the VIDEO/PHOTO section (below) to see video from Benfield Elementary's songwriting residency closing concert. Three fourth grade classes sing the songs they composed about cells, Maryland history, and summer vacation.

School Assembly Video below, from Roland Park School, Baltimore:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEVewNAy06w

 

NJPAC - March 16, 2016

Hello, Friends!

Thanks so much for your active participation and sharing your thoughts this afternoon! We all benefit when these workshops are conversations.

Here is our repertoire. Please stay in touch and let me know how these ideas are working for you!

Sue

3/16Repertoire

 

 

Thumb Piano     

(descending scale)

Time to sing, time sing

All my friends it’s

(rising scale) time to sing

 

 

Give Me the Beat

Chant by Yvette Holt

 

1.     Set up: Leader taps knees in steady beat.  Everyone taps knees in steady beat.

  1. Leader chants: 

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, give me the beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

 

  1. Repeat; everyone joins the chant
  2. Change motion to clapping hands. Everyone chants.

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, clap your hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

 

  1. Change motion to tapping the head. Everyone chants.

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, touch your head

Touch your head, head, head

 

6. Use other parts of the body.

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Leader’s model, icons of possible choices, leader chair icon, photos of students to choose from in picking next leader

Aural: Chant, leader’s cues and spoken choices (use children’s devices as appropriate)

Movement: Beat movement, change from sitting to standing position, change to bigger movements (jump, twist, punch, stomp), move through space (walk, tiptoe, gallop)

Tactile: Feeling of the beat, teddy bear (to designate the leader), everyone has a doll or a stuffed animal to keep the beat on

Imagination: Pat the baby, rock the baby, bounce the baby, jump the baby

 

 

Slide Whistle

Sequence by Sue Trainor

 

Procedure:

1.  Leader demonstrates the slide whistle. 

 

2. Everyone pretends to play a slide whistle. Pretend to hold the whistle and imitate the sound of the slide whistle vocally. (Discuss why the slide whistle is an instrument we can’t share.)

 

3. Everyone imitates the sound of the slide whistle and shows the high and low movement with their hands  Play low to high pitch, until everyone makes the connection between the vocal and physical representations.

 

4.  Play high to low; everyone imitates the sound vocally and shows the movement of the sound with their hands.

 

5. Play a sound; ask children if it is low or high. Ask them to show you with their hands and sing the answer in their voices. Repeat, alternating high and low.

 

6. Follow the sound with other parts of the body (not vocally). Elbows, head, feet, whole body, etc. Stop moving when the sound stops. Move quickly when the pitch changes quickly and slowly when the pitch changes slowly.

 

How can we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: We see the manipulation of the whistle, we see how others move.  Other visuals. Leader should model the movements at first, but then stop so children have to move from listening and not from watching. Take a video of children so they can see themselves moving. Move in front of a mirror. Play with mirror movement: children face each other and move together to the whistle sound.

Aural: The sound of the slide whistle (or our voices) is the focus. NOTE: if children have sound sensitivity, this strategy should be used with a mellower, metal whistle rather than a plastic one.

Movement: Move to the sound of the whistle. Use a variety of body parts: hand, elbow, head, shoulder, knee, foot, whole body. Use the whistle to walk through general space: toot the whistle in steady beat as children take one step for each toot. If the pitch changes, children crouch as they walk or walk taller.

Tactile: Move an object to the sound of the whistle.

Imagination: Use slide whistle as accompaniment to movement in a role play.

 

Hand-Hand Chant

By Sue Trainor

 

As the leader chants, voice pitch should climb higher and higher, then slide slowly from high to low on “down.”

 

Hand, hand

Reach, reach

Up, up, up, up

Down!

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Because this is a simple strategy, designed for developmentally young children, I recommend keeping it just this simple. Use hand over hand support as needed.

 

Have You Got Your Spot

By Sue Trainor

 

1.  Everyone is sitting on a designated spot. Leader calls; children respond.

Call: Can you sit on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!

Call: Can you sit on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

 

Call: Can you clap on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (clap in steady beat)

Call: Can you clap on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (clap in steady beat)

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Clapping on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Clapping on the spot

 

2. Try another sitting motion or two. If everyone is holding their spot, try standing.

Call: Can you stand on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

3.  Call: Can you jump on your spot?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

4. Ask for children’s suggestions for movement and substitute those actions into the chant.

5. End with:  Call: “Can You Sit on Your Spot”   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Leader’s model, could use picture icons as appropriate for leader to choose the next movement. Another visual component of this is judging one’s own self-space. Can I see that I am in my place?

Aural: Chant.

Movement: Movement in self-space as described. Movement also can be extended to other positional concepts – stand in front, beside, behind, next to, under… Spots could be self-space in the context of a larger game  – like musical chairs

Tactile: Can use spots with a prop or stuffed animal. Is the monkey on the spot? Clean-up – I often ask children to put the spot on some part of their body (head, shoulder, elbow…) and pick up the spots from there.

Imagination: Spots could be self-space in a storytelling sequence; for example, as the character’s “house” or safe space.

 

Here’s What I Learned Chant

By Sue Trainor

Here’s what I learned, oh yeah

Here’s what I learned, oh yeah

Here’s what I learned in our lesson today

Here’s what I learned, oh yeah

Here’s what I learned, oh yeah

Here’s what I learned in our lesson today

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Aural: Chant

Visual: Leader motions, icons for lesson concepts or segments

Movement: Create movements to go with it. I roll my arms and tap my knees

Tactile: Feel of the beat

Imagination: Recall of what we’ve done

 

 

Shake Those Eggs

By Val Carroll

  1. Transition: Hand one egg to each child, singing a transition song  such as (to “Skip to My Lou”) – “Here’s an egg for you and you, here’s an egg for you and you….”

 

  1. Slowly sing the song and model the motions described. Give children time to imitate.  Note the “C*” means C above middle C.

 

G          G          E     E      G       G         C*

Shake those eggs and shake them high

 

 F          F         F         F     A       G        D

Shake those eggs and shake them low

 

G          G          E     E      G       G        C*

Shake those eggs and shake them high

 

D            F     E            D    C        E   C   

Round and round and round we go

 

(same melody)

Shake and shake and shake and stop (3x)

Then we’ll shake and shake some more

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: We see the leader’s model, we could use a song icon

Aural: The song, the sound of the shakers

Movement: Moving with the shakers. We could add other movements and spatial directions. (also, see tactile)

Tactile: The feeling of the shaker and the sensation of the movement inside the shaker. Could substitute other instruments (tap that drum and tap it fast, tap that drum and tap it slow….) or things like scarves.

Imagination: Could be adapted into storytelling. We could be retelling “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” for example:

Giraffes in the circle now, dance up high

Giraffes in the circle now, dance down low

Giraffes in the circle now, dance up high

Now round and round and round you go

Dance and dance and dance and stop (3x)

Then the giraffes can sit back down.

 

Walking Through the Forest

 

 C     C     C    D    E  G   D   G   E   C

Walking through the forest, forest, forest

C    C     C      D   E  G

Walking through the forest

D      D  G  C

What do I see?

(chant) Sh sh sh, I think I see a ____  (Make sound effect and/or motion)

D     G  G   C

Come follow me!

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Show a picture of a forest, show pictures of things we see in the forest, animal props

Aural:  song, animal sounds, recorded forest sounds

Movement: walk around the room

Tactile: Use animal props, costumes, toy cameras or binoculars

Imagination:  Imagine that we have on hiking outfits; imagine we have cameras or binoculars; imagine that some children are (in the role of) animals

 

Adaptation: This song can be adapted for any purpose involving moving through general space.

-Walking through the park, the hallway, to the bathroom, etc.

-Swimming through the ocean

-Walking to the market / walking to our seats

Funky Duck Chant

By Sue Trainor

 

I’m Funky Duck, hey hey

I’m Funky Duck, hey hey

I want to know

Can you find my ___ today

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual:  Puppet duck (or other animal) to which Velcro will stick. The puppet is the visual to draw children’s attention to learning content, such as colors, shapes, letters. numbers, etc.

Aural:  the chant

Movement: Because children are being asked to focus on an object, movement is not part of this strategy, aside from the puppet moving from child to child.

Tactile: the child is asked to take a picture or shape from the duck and replace it.

Imagination: when children have learned the strategy, they can take the role of Funky Duck and take leadership with the puppet.

 

 

 

I HAVE A BOX

Adapted from Katherine Lyons’ version

 

Dramatically, chant:

 

I have a box

The box has a top

Let’s oooooopen it    (open the box slowly and dramatically, pitch rising on “ooopen”

And STOP! (loudly close the box)

 

I have a box

The box has a top

Let’s oooooopen it

And see what we’ve got

 

 

PROP TRANSFORMATION

From Penny Nichols

This is a (box )     response:  It’s a what?

This is a (box )     response:  It’s a what?

This is a (box )     response:  OH, it’s a box!

 

 

FAST / SLOW chant

Collected from MPAC School

 

Clap clap clap your hands

Slowly as you can

Clap clap clap your hands

Slowly as you can

 

repeat for “fast” – substitute other motions

 

 

 

Song :                         AGOO AME

Source:                      Traditional, from Ghana.  Collected from Kofi Dennis.

Objectives:               Steady beat, Call and response  - Taking turns, following routines

Large/small muscle movement and coordination, Auditory/Visual attention 

 

1.  Set-up:  Say, in beat:  I sing "Agoo" -- You sing "Amee"

               G   E                                                       G   E

2.  Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "a-me"

3. Repeat

4. Say: I go first, then you go

  Clap clap clap clap (children echo)

  Clap clap clap clap (children echo)

  Clap clap clap clap (children echo)

  hoo hoo woo hoo (children echo)

  hooo-ey! (Children echo)

 

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "ame"

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "ame"

Say: I go first, then you go:

  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)

  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)

  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)

  hoo hoo woo hoo (children echo)

  hooo-ey! (Children echo)

 

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee"

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee”

Say: I go first, then you go:

  Side side side side (children echo)

  Side side side side (children echo)

  Side side side side (children echo)

    hoo hoo woo hoo (children echo)

  hooo-ey! (Children echo)

 

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee"

Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee”

Say: I go first, then you go:

  Clap clap clap clap (children echo)

  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)

  Side side side side (children echo)

  hoo hoo woo hoo (children echo)

  hooo-ey! (Children echo)

 

 

Extensions:

  • Try other motions, such as stretch up (climbing motions), stretch down,

fly, hop, jump, twist, etc. Always include the “hoo hoo hoo” and “Hoooey!”

  • Invite children to choose motions, from a list (visual or written) or from their imaginations.
  • Invite children to lead motions, either selected by the teacher or motions they’ve chosen.

 

 

Fight for Children - January 29, 2016

Hello, Friends!!

I'm so glad I was able to join you for your PD yesterday. It was my first introduction to your Fight for Children project, and I'm spreading the word already!

Here are the songs and strategies we worked on yesterday. Please remember to check out the Wolf Trap website also - lots more great ideas here: education.wolftrap.org

 

WHO’S A GOOD WATCHER?

  Collected from Mary Gresock

Use steady beat. Presenter models a motion, changes to a new motion on “oops!”

 

Who’s a good watcher,  watcher, watcher?

Who’s a good watcher?

 Show me now!

Ooops!

Extension: On oops, “pass” the lead to a new person.

 

AGOO AME

Collected from Kofi Dennis 

This song comes from Ghana, and roughly translates to "Are You Listening? Yes, I am listening."  This version is my adaptation of the traditional form.

There are two notes in the word "Agoo": F and D on your classroom xylophone. The word Ame is the same two note melody. The rest is chanted. It’s important to keep steady beat in your voice all the time. 

 
Set Up: I sing "Agoo" -- You sing "Amee"
1. Sing "Agoo" -- children respond "amee"  2. Repeat

2. Chant: I go first, then you go
  Chant: Clap clap clap clap (children echo)
  Shoulder shoulder shoulder shoulder (children echo)
  Side side side side (children echo)
  who who who who (children echo)
  whooo-ey! (Children echo)

4. Repeat entire sequence, beginning with Agoo/Amee call and response, twice
 
5. Offer a sequence of 3 new motions, such as climb, down (same motion but toward the floor), fly.
Keep the deep "who" sound and the high "whooey" sound
 
6. Invite the children to add three new motions.

 

SLIDE WHISTLE

1. Invite children to follow the sound with voices and with parts of their bodies. Identify high and low sounds.

2. Toot the whistle and invite children to take the same number of steps as toots – in lines, into a circle, around a circle. Change motions: jump, hop, march, etc.

 

LITTLE FROGS

 by Sue Trainor

 

Objectives:          Moving to music

                                     Identifying on, under

                                     Awareness of one’s body in space

                                    Extended vigorous exericse

Procedure:

1. Spread a green cloth on the floor to represent the lily pad. One by one, take little frogs out of a bag and hop them on to the lily pad, one for each child and adult. 

2. Set-up the song with a phrase to cue the starting note and the beat, such as “Let’s all sing!”

3.

 C  C    E        C       D        G     F   E D  C

Little green frogs jump ON the lily pad,

G     F   E D  C       D     D      G

ON the lily pad, see them jump!

C   C    E         C       D        G     F  E D  C

Little green frogs jump ON the lily pad

G      G       G G    G       G F    D        C

See those little frogs, little frogs jump!

 

4.   Spoken: UH OH! Here comes a big bird looking for a green frog for his supper! (Someone can pretend to be the big bird, flying with arms outstretched.)  Hide, Little Frogs, Hide!

 

5.  Everyone takes their little green frogs and hides them under the cloth.

Sing quietly:

Little green frogs hide UNDER the lily pad,

UNDER the lily pad, see them hide!

Little green frogs hide UNDER the lily pad

See those little frogs, little frogs hide!

 

6. Spoken: That big old bird doesn't see any frogs, so he flies away. Come out little frogs, come out!

Repeat singing the first verse.

 

7. Now WE become the frogs. Repeat the entire sequence.

 

 

 GIVE ME THE BEAT

Source:                                     By Yvette Holt

1.     Set up: Leader taps knees in steady beat.  Everyone taps knees in steady beat.

  1. Leader chants: 

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, give me the beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

 

  1. Repeat; everyone joins the chant
  2. Change motion to clapping hands. Everyone chants.

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, clap your hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

 

  1. Change motion to tapping the head. Everyone chants.

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, touch your head

Touch your head, head, head

 

Extensions: 

  • Use other parts of the body.
  • Invite children to choose the next body part (from a set of pictures or from imagination).
  • Invite children to lead verses, either teacher selected body part or choosing the body part themselves.
  • Focus on action words: Clap, touch, tap, twist, jump, etc.

 

 

 Have You Got Your Spot?

 By Sue Trainor

 

1.  Everyone is sitting on a designated spot. Leader calls; children respond.

Call: Have you got your spot ?   Response: Yes I do!

Call: Have you got your spot ?   Response: Yes I do!

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

 

Call: Can you stretch on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (stretch arms high)

Call: Can you stretch on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (stretch arms high)

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Stretching on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Stretching on the spot

 

2. Try another sitting motion or two. If everyone is holding their spot, try standing.

Call: Can you stand on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

3.  Call: Can you jump on your spot?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

4. Ask for children’s suggestions for movement and substitute those actions into the chant.

5. End with:  Call: “Can You Sit on Your Spot”   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

Mrs. Tin

 Transition that changes from one topic to another. Builds excitement.

G   E GG    E
Hello Mrs. Tin

Place an object related to the upcoming lesson in a cookie tin. Tell children that Mrs. Tin is still sleeping; we have to wake her up. Invite selected children to "knock on her door." In between knocks, invite all children to sing "Hello Mrs. Tin" in order to encourage vocalization and participation from everyone. Depending on your objectives and the con tents of the tin, children may be invited to hold the tin, shake it, and predict the contents. Depending on the children, the eventual opening of the tin may be dramatic. Depending on the children, you might want to offer peeks at this point, inviting children to keep the secret.

 

 

Walking Through the Forest

Source:                                     Traditional

Procedure:

1.  Introduction:  Invite children to imagine that we are going on a walk in the forest.  What kinds of animals will we see? Show pictures,  and review sounds and motions that the animals make.

2. Begin in a line, with each person facing the back of the person in front.

3. Set-up: Cue singing with a phrase that sets the starting pitch and beat, such as “Here we go!”

4. Sing the song as we walk through the room.

 

C      C      C               D    E    G    D   G    E    C

Walking through the forest, forest, forest

C      C     C          D    E   G

Walking through the forest

D          D  G   C

What do I see

(chant) Sh sh sh, I think I see a ____  (Make sound effect and/or motion)

D         G  G   C

Come, follow me!

 

5. Repeat.

Extensions:

  • Use pictures or stuffed animals for children to discover and identify as we walk through the room.
  • Change “forest” to other locations: walking through the city, on the beach, down the hall, etc.
  

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS

By Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier, WT teaching artist

This is a chant that uses words in rhythm. Every stanza has 16 beats, except the last, which has 8.  Movements are as described in the lyric.

 

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers (rest, rest)

Wiggle your FINgers, just like this

 

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

MOVE your elbows

 

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

Pop your SHOULders, HUNH  (rest)

 

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

HANDS in the air – SHAKE ‘em up

 

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up, SHAKE ‘em up

FREEZE!

Drop your hands.

 

EXTENSION: When students have learned the sequence, do it silently.

Texas Region 1 - October 27, 2015

Hola, Edinburg Friends!

I had wonderful day with you - hope your experience was rewarding useful for you in your classroom.

As promised, here are the strategies we used today. Because we were a small group, I threw in a lot, so I hope I remember them all! If there's something you want that I've forgotten, please email and let me know! My email address is SueTrainor@aol.com - please stay in touch!

Give Me the Beat

Chant by Yvette Holt

1.     Set up: Leader taps knees in steady beat.  Everyone taps knees in steady beat.

  1. Leader chants: 

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

Give me the beat, give me the beat

Give me the beat, beat, beat

  1. Repeat; everyone joins the chant
  2. Change motion to clapping hands. Everyone chants.

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

Clap your hands, clap your hands

Clap your hands, hands, hands

  1. Change motion to tapping the head. Everyone chants.

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, head, head

Touch your head, touch your head

Touch your head, head, head

 

6. Use other parts of the body.

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Leader’s model, icons of possible choices, leader chair icon, photos of students to choose from in picking next leader

Aural: Chant, leader’s cues and spoken choices (use children’s devices as appropriate)

Movement: Beat movement, change from sitting to standing position, change to bigger movements (jump, twist, punch, stomp), move through space (walk, tiptoe, gallop)

Tactile: Feeling of the beat, teddy bear (to designate the leader), everyone has a doll or a stuffed animal to keep the beat on

Imagination: Pat the baby, rock the baby, bounce the baby, jump the baby

Social/Emotional: Bear Chair - Invite individuals up front to sit in the Bear Chair and choose which motion to lead. Leader then passes the teddy bear to a friend, which designates the next leader to come to the Bear Chair.

 

Slide Whistle

Sequence by Sue Trainor

 Procedure:

1.  Leader demonstrates the slide whistle. 

2. Everyone pretends to play a slide whistle. Pretend to hold the whistle and imitate the sound of the slide whistle vocally. (Discuss why the slide whistle is an instrument we can’t share.)

3. Everyone imitates the sound of the slide whistle and shows the high and low movement with their hands  Play low to high pitch, until everyone makes the connection between the vocal and physical representations.

4.  Play high to low; everyone imitates the sound vocally and shows the movement of the sound with their hands.

5. Play a sound; ask children if it is low or high. Ask them to show you with their hands and sing the answer in their voices. Repeat, alternating high and low.

6. Follow the sound with other parts of the body (not vocally). Elbows, head, feet, whole body, etc. Stop moving when the sound stops. Move quickly when the pitch changes quickly and slowly when the pitch changes slowly.

 

How can we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: We see the manipulation of the whistle, we see how others move.  Other visuals. Leader should model the movements at first, but then stop so children have to move from listening and not from watching. Take a video of children so they can see themselves moving. Move in front of a mirror. Play with mirror movement: children face each other and move together to the whistle sound.

Aural: The sound of the slide whistle (or our voices) is the focus. NOTE: if children have sound sensitivity, this strategy should be used with a mellower, metal whistle rather than a plastic one.

Movement: Move to the sound of the whistle. Use a variety of body parts: hand, elbow, head, shoulder, knee, foot, whole body. Use the whistle to walk through general space: toot the whistle in steady beat as children take one step for each toot. If the pitch changes, children crouch as they walk or walk taller.

Tactile: Move an object to the sound of the whistle.

Imagination: Use slide whistle as accompaniment to movement in a role play.

 

Hand-Hand Chant

By Sue Trainor

As the leader chants, voice pitch should climb higher and higher, then slide slowly from high to low on “down.”

Hand, hand

Reach, reach

Up, up, up, up

Down!

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Because this is a simple strategy, designed for developmentally young children, I recommend keeping it just this simple. Use hand over hand support as needed.

 

Have You Got Your Spot

By Sue Trainor

1.  Everyone is sitting on a designated spot. Leader calls; children respond.

Call: Can you sit on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!

Call: Can you sit on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Sitting on the spot

 

Call: Can you clap on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (clap in steady beat)

Call: Can you clap on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (clap in steady beat)

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Clapping on the spot

Call: What are you doing?          Response: Clapping on the spot

 

2. Try another sitting motion or two. If everyone is holding their spot, try standing.

Call: Can you stand on your spot ?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

3.  Call: Can you jump on your spot?   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

4. Ask for children’s suggestions for movement and substitute those actions into the chant.

5. End with:  Call: “Can You Sit on Your Spot”   Response: Yes I can!  (etc.)

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Leader’s model, could use picture icons as appropriate for leader to choose the next movement. Another visual component of this is judging one’s own self-space. Can I see that I am in my place?

Aural: Chant.

Movement: Movement in self-space as described. Movement also can be extended to other positional concepts – stand in front, beside, behind, next to, under… Spots could be self-space in the context of a larger game  – like musical chairs

Tactile: Can use spots with a prop or stuffed animal. Is the monkey on the spot? Clean-up – I often ask children to put the spot on some part of their body (head, shoulder, elbow…) and pick up the spots from there.

Imagination: Spots could be self-space in a storytelling sequence; for example, as the character’s “house” or safe space.

 

Shake Those Eggs

By Val Carroll

  1. Transition: Hand one egg to each child, singing a transition song  such as (to “Skip to My Lou”) – “Here’s an egg for you and you, here’s an egg for you and you….”
  1. Slowly sing the song and model the motions described. Give children time to imitate.  Note the “C*” means C above middle C.

 

G          G          E     E      G       G         C*

Shake those eggs and shake them high

 F          F         F         F     A       G        D

Shake those eggs and shake them low

G          G          E     E      G       G        C*

Shake those eggs and shake them high

D            F     E            D    C        E   C   

Round and round and round we go

 

(same melody)

Shake and shake and shake and stop (3x)

Then we’ll shake and shake some more

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: We see the leader’s model, we could use a song icon

Aural: The song, the sound of the shakers

Movement: Moving with the shakers. We could add other movements and spatial directions. (also, see tactile)

Tactile: The feeling of the shaker and the sensation of the movement inside the shaker. Could substitute other instruments (tap that drum and tap it fast, tap that drum and tap it slow….) or things like scarves.

Imagination: Could be adapted into storytelling. We could be retelling “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” for example:

Giraffes in the circle now, dance up high

Giraffes in the circle now, dance down low

Giraffes in the circle now, dance up high

Now round and round and round you go

Dance and dance and dance and stop (3x)

Then the giraffes go sit back down.

 

Walking Through the Forest 

 C     C     C    D    E  G   D   G   E   C

Walking through the forest, forest, forest

C    C     C      D   E  G

Walking through the forest

D      D  G  C

What do I see?

(chant) Sh sh sh, I think I see a ____  (Make sound effect and/or motion)

D     G  G   C

Come follow me!

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual: Show a picture of a forest, show pictures of things we see in the forest, animal props

Aural:  song, animal sounds, recorded forest sounds

Movement: walk around the room

Tactile: Use animal props, costumes, toy cameras or binoculars

Imagination:  Imagine that we have on hiking outfits; imagine we have cameras or binoculars; imagine that some children are (in the role of) animals

 

Adaptation: This song can be adapted for any purpose involving moving through general space.

-Walking through the park, the hallway, to the bathroom, etc.

-Swimming through the ocean

-Walking to the market / walking to our seats

 

Funky Duck Chant

By Sue Trainor

 

I’m Funky Duck, hey hey

I’m Funky Duck, hey hey

I want to know

Can you find my ___ today

 

How could we adapt this to use senses more?

Visual:  Puppet duck (or other animal) to which Velcro will stick. The puppet is the visual to draw children’s attention to learning content, such as colors, shapes, letters. numbers, etc.

Aural:  the chant

Movement: Because children are being asked to focus on an object, movement is not part of this strategy, aside from the puppet moving from child to child.

Tactile: the child is asked to take a picture or shape from the duck and replace it.

Imagination: when children have learned the strategy, they can take the role of Funky Duck and take leadership with the puppet.

 

Seed Grows to a Tree

-Sue Trainor

Use the slide whistle to cue children to a low level to be seeds. I used cut green felt for our green leaves and scarves for the fall colors.

Use sun, cloud/rain props (I use fun foam to make the visuals). The little song goes uses the playground taunt "nyah nyah" notes. "And the sun shines" are all on the first note; "down" is the second note. Same pattern for rain. The next two lines go to the tune of "Green grass grows all around all around, the green grass grows all around."

    And the sun shines down

    And the rain falls down

    And the seed grows into a little tree

    And the seed grows to a little tree

Use the slide whistle to grow us to a big tall tree

    And the sun shines down

    And the rain falls down

    And the little tree grows to a big big tree

    And the little tree grows big and green

    And the leaves blow around and around and around

    And the leaves blow around and around

 

    And the sun shines down

    And the rain falls down

    And the leaves fall down fall down to the ground

    And the leaves fall down to the ground

 

And then we have to rake them up and put them in the bag!

 

Other Ideas came out today (Please help me with these - I didn't write enough down, including your ideas I want to use myself!)

- Use muffin tins and tennis balls as a pre-Braille tactile strategy.

- Gorilla Glue might seal plastic eggs closed when making shakers.

- Grip Strategy for learning to pick up a pencil or crayon:

Begin as though doing a finger play with Daddy Finger (pointer), Mommy Finger (middle finger) and Brother Thumb. The first idea is to just develop the skill of controlling the fingers so that the tips meet. Keep steady beat opening and closing just those 3 fingers - open, together, open, together... while chanting:

Daddy Finger, Mommy Finger, Brother Thumb, too

Play in front in front of you

Daddy Finger, Mommy Finger, Brother Thumb, too

Play in front in front of you

(Substitute over, next to, behind.... etc)

 

Daddy Finger, Mommy Finger, Brother Thumb, too

Hold the pencil in front of you  (grip the pencil with the point facing the palm of the hand)

Daddy Finger, Mommy Finger, Brother Thumb, too

Hold on while I flip it for you! (Rotate the pencil so the point is facing out and the back is resting on the hand.)

 

Instrumental Music from "Aha"

Look for instrumentals at the Wolf Trap website http://education.wolftrap.org

 

 

 

 

 

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