When my youngest students come to speech therapy, we follow a strict routine that always starts our session with a song. Since I have had the chance to preview a LOT of songs this way, I wanted to share my favorites with you!
I look for songs that target basic vocabulary as well as concepts. Color words and descriptives, nouns, and action words are at the top on my priority list.
Here are my favorites right now:
The Kiboomers have a ton of great songs and The Mitten Song is a great one for colors, action words and body part vocabulary. I created a set of colored mittens to match the song and a visual board for body parts to use with it. I can send you an email with those visuals here:
You can use these visuals and sing the song in different ways. As a five minute filler before leaving, let the students choose a color and an action to perform. For example in the song it says if you are wearing yellow mittens to shake your head. They can choose what color mittens they want to “wear” and what action before telling the group what action. Show students the body parts visual and ask them “What do you want to do?”
Another great song for Winter is I’m a Little Snowman by Super Simple Learning. This one targets all the parts of the snowman as well as counting and 1:1 correspondence. Adjectives are included as well as the pronouns this, these, I, me, my, it.
A song that is great for winter action words is Snowflakes by The Learning Station. It uses words like swirling, slipping, sliding, spin, catch and stick. Tie plastic grocery bags on the kids feet for the “slipping and sliding” part! I guarantee laughs!
Please comment below if you have favorites that I may not be aware of. I love singing new songs with my early elementary students, especially active songs with robust vocabulary!
I will share more songs this Spring.
Until then, check out this other post with a snowman free download: