Speech Practice with Song and Movement

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speech-therapy-song-activitiesSometimes being a little silly and singing can help kids to be more engaged during speech and language sessions. Kids of all ages like to sing and dance, although older kids may be more reluctant to admit it, so embrace this in sessions from time to time. Music is a great way to incorporate singing and dancing while working on fluency, building confidence levels, and continuing skills practice. There are a variety of familiar songs that you can use or adjust for each child you work with to have maximum results.

Old Mac Donald Had a Farm

Songs that allow children to use puppets or other props when singing help to make the process interactive on another level. Old MacDonald Had a Farm is a great starting point. You can talk about farms, animal sounds, and act out being the animals. Prior to doing this with children, determine if you will make animal finger puppets, stick puppets (they can be laminated clip art on crafting sticks), felt sets, or toys that you are able to collect. Have several animals like a cow, sheep, horse, pig, chicken, and others. While singing the song as a group, have kids participate and dance around with the items while acting out the song in their own way.

The Ants Go Marching

Another song that may not be as familiar works on rhymes within it. The Ants Go Marching could be done in a group while marching along in a circle together. If you need to freshen up on the lyrics, you can view them at KIDiddles. To go from one by one to ten by ten, you will need the following props or work with your group to make up dance moves:

  • one – suck a thumb
  • two – tie a shoe
  • three – climb a tree
  • four – shut the door
  • five – take a dive
  • six – pick up sticks
  • seven – go to heaven
  • eight – shut the gate
  • nine – scratch his spine
  • ten – say the end

Remind everyone to be an ant, act out their part and sing along. If you are ambitious with older children, try to switch out the verses with other rhymes that may work and test them out.

Additional songs like The Wheels on the Bus, The Farmer in the Dell, and If You’re Happy and You Know It are more great options. Chat with families to see if they can share a tune that they sing at home in another language. Use the opportunity to tie in pride for their culture and embracing multilingual learners.

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