Sitting On The Farm by: Bob King

Sittin on the Farm

Oh how I love to sing books!!!  I am not sure how many I have in my music therapy collection but you can be sure I will be sharing some of my favorites over the next few weeks. 

Sitting on the Farm is a great book by Bob King.  I love to use this book in the springtime during my Farm week.  This book is a great way to teach animal identification, and can be used as an  introduction the food chain. 

I love the repeated lines throughout this book. Especially the “Munch, Munch, Munch.”

Over the years I have used this song/book simply as a book that is sung.  As I sang through each verse I had my students name the animals on each page.  For my students who used adapted switches, I recorded the “Munch Munch Munch” on a big mack and had them push the button at the designated spot in the book. Oh the out break of giggles we received!!

At the completion of the book I asked questions:

Where does this story take place?

What was on the farmers knee?

What did the farmer say when the animal got on his knee?

What did the farmer pick up?

What animal the biggest/smallest?

Was the first picture an animal or an insect?

How many of the pictures are mammals?

Who did the farmer call when the dog got on his knee?

If my students had a hard time recalling the information,  I sang the part of the phrase that gave them the answer.  “I picked up the….”

To meet the continuing  needs of my students, I have created a few adapted books ABSittin on the Farmand visuals to go along with this book/song.  First I made a file folder game where the students had to identify the animal in the song and place it in the number block where it belongs.  My goals for those students were animal identification and ordinal positioning as well as following directions and increasing focus and attention.

I later had a few students who needed strategies to label word to picture. So I created a book where the students were given a “word bank” and were asked to find the animal word that went along with the picture in book. Last year I created an interactive computer program using Promethean Planet so the students could independently play the song and label the pictures during computer time.

For those students who needed to work on impulse control I gave them a drum and told them they could ONLY play on… “Munch Munch Much.” For other groups I had them clap on “Munch Munch Munch” if I needed to work on motor imitation.

Last but not least… I have also used puppets for this song.  I have passed out the various puppets to my students and when they heard their part… they were asked to come to the front and put the puppet on my knee.  For this group I was looking to see if my students could follow 2 step directions, transition from one place to another, take turns, and increase eyecontact with peers.

The ways to use this one song could go on and on!!

I love how one song can work on so many skills!!

On a side note, I like to sing all my songs “live.”  However, if you need a recording, Bob McGrath, has a great upbeat recording of the song I would recommend!! 

If you use this song or have this book.. how do you use it?

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Rudolph Rudolph


Rudolph
Even though Christmas is just around the corner, I am still creating new songs and visuals for my students.  One of my co-workers remarked today, as I was standing by the laminater, “why are you making something new! We only have 2 days left this week.”  At that moment I realized, as I was commenting on her question that making new and exciting visuals for my students is more like a hobby than a job.  I LOVE creating new songs and visuals.  Yes, I know I have a huge box of music therapy strategies for the month of December I could have pulled from . However,  none of them “spoke” to me this year.
 So, I decided to add a few new strategies to my repertoire. One of the strategies that worked great with all my groups was a parachute game.  I used Martina McBrides version of “Let it Snow” put cotton balls in the middle of the parachute and “made it snow.”  We found it to be quite the challenge to keep all the “snowflakes” in the parachute.  What a great way for our kids to work together to get a job done.

Another fun activity we did this week was putting cut out snowflakes in an 8 pattern on the floor.  I sang “Walkin in a Winter Wonderland” as the students used a reciprocal pattern to walk from one snowflake to another.  We even mixed it up and tried jumping, hoping, and stomping through our winter wonderland.

Finally, I added a new color song this year.  Rudolph!! Rudolph!!  I found this cute little poem on pinterest and thought Hey,  this would be a great song!!  I used the  piggyback tune “Twinkle Twinkle”  found some clipart on google, drew a few circles and shazam we have a new strategy.  Please email @ shaemtbc@gmail.com if you would like the visual.  I would be more than happy to share it.  Just put “visual for Rudolph” in the subject line.

Here is the Poem/song I used!!  Enjoy!!

Tune of
Twinkle Twinkle
Rudolph! Rudolph!
What will you do?
You can’t guide Santa
If your nose is blue!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
You’re such a silly fellow!
Who will know it’s you
If your nose is yellow!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Your way cannot be seen
Through the wintry weather
If your nose is green!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa gave a wink.
But what will Santa think
If your nose is pink!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
It’s time to fly at night.
But you’re quite a sight
Cause your nose is white!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
It’s time to go to town.
But Santa’s wearing a frown
Cause your nose is brown!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa has his sack.
But you’re not ready
If your nose is black!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
The children are in bed.
And now I know you’re ready
Cause your nose is red!