I’ve been on a library kick the past few weeks.
I’ve been having an amazing time planning for my sessions at the library, which include baby and toddler classes and Rockin’ & Readin’ sessions for children of all abilities, including those with special needs.
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These are some very specific things I look for when I choose a book to put to music and use in my music therapy sessions. I look for at least one of these things:
- The book has large, colorful illustrations.
- The pages are not overly cluttered with pictures or words (I’ve found that simple is better).
- There is some way the children can “interact” with the book – by lifting a flap, pulling a tab, or feeling a texture.
- The book incorporates some kind of academic concept (counting, numeral identification, letters, colors, etc.)
- The phrases or storyline allow children to participate (there’s a phrase they can repeat or some action they can do). I don’t ever want the children ‘just’ sitting there and listening – they need to be actively involved in the activity.
The list I created has books that incorporate one or more of the above criteria.
Here are a few more Book ‘n Song Resources for you:
- Read this blog post “Create Your Own Book ‘n Songs” which has more tips for you
- Watch this video where I use the book “Color Dance” to teach my kindergarten class about mixing colors.
I’ve had great success just going to the children’s section of the library and pulling out books to see what I can find. Oftentimes, I’ve found the more interesting and engaging books that way.
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