Holiday & Winter Parachute Songs for Children

Holiday-Themed Parachute Songs for Children | Listen & Learn Music

The parachute is one of my favorite props to use with children of every age, but especially my early childhood groups. It seems novel to them every time we get it out, and there are so many different ways we can use it to address a variety of important goals while having a lot of fun at the same time.

During the holiday season, there are two songs in particular that I pair with the parachute. I wrote them specifically for this reason, though they also work well with the stretchy band, which I use when we don’t have quite enough hands to manipulate the parachute.

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Listen & Learn at Thanksgiving Time

Listen & Learn at Thanksgiving Time | Listen & Learn Music

Listen & Learn provides unique, fun, and goal-oriented music that can be used in so many different settings! At Music Therapy Connections in Springfield, we offer Listen & Learn classes that specifically utilizes this material. 

I have had the privilege of teaching some of these classes each week. I primarily teach Listen & Learn for Little Ones, which is for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. I also teach Listen & Learn a Little More, which is for children ages 3-5. Our classes typically run in four-week sessions. Each week during this period makes use of the same material because repetition is so valuable!

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The Newest Addition to Our L&L Team!

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Kovachevich and I am so excited to start writing here at Listen & Learn Music each week.

I have enjoyed using the Listen & Learn material in my music therapy sessions as well as leading Listen & Learn classes at Music Therapy Connections. It is wonderful to see people of all ages benefit and learn from these Rachel Rambach originals and adaptations.

Some of you may be thinking, “Who are you?” Well, here’s a little more information about me.

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The December Session Plan is Here!

December 2019 Session Plan

Working with children feels just a little more fun and magical during the month of December, do you agree? The anticipation of the holiday season seems to put everyone into a cheerful mood, and I love all the repertoire that goes along with this time of year.

Admittedly, I am one of those people who starts listening to holiday music in early November, so it’s hard for me to wait until after Thanksgiving to bring out many of the songs included in next month’s session plan.

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Teaching Children to Give Thanks

Give Thanks | Thanksgiving Song | Listen & Learn Music

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year! I love being able to reflect on my life and really appreciate all that I have. I also love being able to discuss this with the children that I make music with. I believe that even young children can begin to understand what it means to be thankful. 

Being thankful and giving thanks are HARD concepts. It usually takes a bit of explaining so that my clients and students can truly understand the meaning of both. Incorporating a song like “Give Thanks” into my November music therapy sessions is the perfect way to begin a discussion about all of the things we can be thankful for. 

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Halloween-izing Your Music Therapy Sessions & Classes

Halloween Music Therapy Sessions & Classes | Listen & Learn Music

Incorporating special holidays into my music therapy sessions and music classes is always fun ⁠— most of all, Halloween! I don’t know what it is that makes it extra special; maybe it’s how enthusiastic the kids are, the minor key that is often used for spooky music, or all the imaginative play, but it is just the best!

Since the beginning of October, I’ve been incorporating Halloween-themed songs into my music therapy sessions and music classes. Between the ideas that the monthly session plan gave me and my own favorite songs, I think my Halloween-themed session plan is so fun and goal-oriented, I just had to share!

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