This is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”. You can find the main page for this series here.
Seasons and holidays lend themselves to thematic song choices in the morning circle. While it’s nice to have predictable welcoming songs, this part of the morning circle can offer variety.
Because I base a lot of our activities around seasons and nature, it’s easy for me to find songs to include in the thematic song part of the circle. However, I make sure that my son isn’t passive.
Using song cards on a choice board, I have my son select the song he wants to sing. Then, I place the card back on the choice board, and ask again, “Which song?” Sometimes, he’ll select the same song (with absolute intention) for the entire song segment of the circle. If he does, I sing the same song on repeat! It doesn’t matter. What matters is the that he’s deliberate about his choice and that he communicates it to me.
Ideas for including thematic songs in the morning circle:
- select several favorite thematic songs, print, laminate, cut and add a Velcro to the back to add to choice board
- if your child can’t read yet, add an image that clearly represents the song (ex: 5 apples for 5 Little Apples song) – your child will begin to associate the image to the song.
- begin with two choices on the board and increase when ready for more
- laminate your own repertoire of thematic/ seasonal songs – bind with a ring binder and refer to them as needed (It also makes for portability around the house, for your walk in the park, while waiting at appointments).
- keep this portion of the circle short at first – your child doesn’t want to go through the entire holiday album even though you might! Remember that there is more to come in the circle.
- use ASL signs, PECS, AAC device to accompany words in the song
How do you share thematic songs in the morning circle? How to you keep track of songs?