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!
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Do you Hear What I Hear?

instruments

Today in my medical fragile classrooms I sang the traditional Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”  As I sang the song, “Ms. Shae style,”  I introduced different sounding instruments to my students. First singing “Do you hear what I hear?  I repeated this several times while I played the selected  instrument.  As I walked from student to student I looked to see if the students were tracking the sounds, and if they were able to focus on the instruments.  I then sang, “A bell, a bell, do your hear the bell. Do you hear the bell as I play… now let me hear Megan play.”    The students LOVED this activity and love when I put their names in the song we are singing.   I was able to introduce the following instruments in one session; wind chimes, bells, castanets, finger cymbals, drum, tambourine, triangle, cabasa (I did change the words during this verse to feel and rolled the cabasa up an down the students arms and legs) and a vibrotone.  The students and the teacher loved the activity so much I may just have to pull this one out at other times of the year.

After the session I shared with the teacher how she could change up the words even more to say do you see what I see, what I feel etc.
Later in the day, I tweaked the activity a little more and used the song to facilitate choice making.  I started out with “Do you hear what I hear?” A bell a bell, who wants to play the bell? Who will play the bell for me? Who will play the bell for me?”  I then had the student play the instrument one time and put it under his/her chair and fold their hands.  We repeated this until everyone had an instrument.  Once everyone had an instrument I accompanied the students on my guitar as we played through a medley of carols.
I wish I could take full credit for the idea but I can’t.   I recently purchased a book called Sensational Songs and Activities by Amy Kalas, MM, MT-BC and one of her song suggestions was my springboard for this suggestion.  Her ebook is packed full of great ideas to help jump start your creativity!!  You can check out her blog and her book @ www.WHmusictherapy.com

I do hope you have a wonderful day!!