Counting Time: Baseballs

There are a few things that really epitomize my favorite season (summer, of course) and one of them just happens to be baseball. I come from a long line of St. Louis Cardinals fans, and although I married a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, we are able to live in harmony thanks to our mutual love of the game :) But I digress. It’s counting time, and since America’s favorite pastime is at its peak right about now, we’re counting baseballs today. Batter up!

Counting time, it’s counting time,
So let’s all sing this simple rhyme.
Ten little baseballs in a row,
Now let’s count them nice and slow:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Again!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

How many baseballs?
Ten little baseballs.
All lined up in a row!

I’ve been to a couple games so far this season, and hopefully there will be at least a few more before the summer’s end. In fact, I was invited to one of my students’ baseball games this evening. Just one of the many joys of summer…they are countless!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

I really enjoy blogging about the resources I use most often, especially books, and apparently, people enjoy reading about them! My two top posts in terms of hits (usually as a result of Google searches) are I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and Is Your Mama a Llama?, which just happen to be two of my favorite books.

I have another book to add to the vault…one you’ve probably read or heard time and again. This particular version of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is colorfully illustrated by Pam Adams and is from the Books with Holes series, published by Child’s Play International. You can find a link to the book on Amazon here. I love that this book has thick (but not overly so) pages and is rather large – it gets the attention of my student and keeps it for the duration of the story.

Each phrase in the book ends with “perhaps she’ll die”. I don’t feel that this is appropriate for young children (though it is the traditional verse), so I always substitute “cry” for “die”.

This book is a wonderful tool for animal and color identification, memorization skills, attention to task, reading sight words, and more. It is effective because the illustrations are visually stimulating, and the story is just plain fun :)

New Challenges

I have to say, it feels great to be back in the groove of things. Vacations are always nice, but there come a time when you start to crave routine and normality. I was back in my element today as I worked with quite a few returning students, many of whom present new challenges. But the biggest challenges are my new students, the children whose favorite school subjects, biggest pet peeves, strengths and difficulties I have yet to discover. The fun has begun :)

It was so much fun seeing my music therapy students’ reactions to new songs and activities, like Colors in the Morning and The Shakin’ Song. But I think the best reactions I got all day were to little Sadie! I couldn’t believe how well-behaved my sweet puppy was as children and parents filed in and out of the house all day. And of course, each and every one of them had to stop and pet her. She handled all that extra attention like a champ!

Tomorrow’s schedule is a little more laid back, which will be nice after my jam-packed Monday. I have a songwriting session planned for the morning, and then I’m heading to The Autism Program for my last two music therapy classes with the younger groups. Next week, the 9-11 year old class begins. I know I say it a lot, but I can’t resist…I love my job!

Back to Work

It’s been a great two weeks, but all good things must come to an end! Actually, I’m really REALLY excited for this week, as lessons and music therapy resume tomorrow. I have a full day ahead of me: Mondays are my longest, with 9 lessons, 2 individual MT sessions, and 1 group. Just thinking about it makes me exhausted, but happy :)

I thoroughly enjoyed my last day of vacation, which began at 5 am with the dog crying to be let out (the everyday norm). Luckily I got a couple more hours of sleep after that, and then Zach and I set out with Sadie the wonder pup for some playtime in the park.

Turns out Sadie is a fan of the guitar…she is my puppy, after all :) Sadie also displayed her fearlessness, playing with a couple of dogs who outweighed her by 200 pounds. I was more scared than she was! After a jaunt through the fountains, Sadie was exhausted and so were we. I came home to do a bit of recording before hitting my parents’ pool (my personal vacation spot). Follow that up with a delicious meal courtesy of mom, and my day was practically perfect!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a report on my music-filled Monday, which will begin with lots and lots of coffee. I think I’m going to need the extra caffeine…wish me luck!

The Shakin’ Song

Yesterday as I was making plans for summer music therapy, I decided that I needed a new song to rock out to with shakers. Because you can never have enough of them, you know? I wanted something upbeat (obviously…we’re playing shakers here!) and fun; luckily this tune came pouring out.

Shakers are for shakin’,
Shakin’ right along,
This song is all about shakin’,
You might call it the shakin’ song.
Ba-doo-ba dop, dop, da dop dow,
Shake-a those shakers now!

We’re gonna shake shake shake
Like a puppy’s tail.
Side to side, it never fails
To shake the whole day through, ooh, ooh ohh!
Shakin’ like me and you.

CHORUS

We’re gonna shake shake shake
Like a scaredy-cat,
Who’s scared of this, and scared of that.
He shakes until he’s blue, ooh, ooh ohh!
Shakin’ like me and you.

CHORUS

We’re gonna shake shake shake
Like two hands that greet,
And say hello, it’s nice to meet,
‘Cause that’s the right thing to do, ooh, ooh ohh!
Shakin’ like me and you.

CHORUS

I had all kinds of ideas for how I was going to spend the weekend, but here it is, Saturday morning, and I’m right back in my office, blogging away. What can I say; I just can’t resist!

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