This week’s video is my first-ever to include the lyrics as subtitles! When a reader requested I add them so that her son could follow along, I thought to myself, “Duh!” Why didn’t that occur to me before? It is called Sunday Singalong, after all.
I introduced this singable story to my students at The Hope Institute this week, and we are having a blast with it. My goal for those with verbal skills to sing the phrase “perhaps she’ll cry” as a starting point, since it is repeated so often throughout the book. Then as they become more familiar with it, I’ll prompt them to fill in more words and phrases.
When I present a singable story to a group of children, I like to turn it into a team effort. The guitar accompaniment helps hold attention, so while I play, I have a teacher or other staff member hold up the book so that everyone can follow along visually. If I’m working with a student individually, I’ll ditch the guitar and use the book alone.
The wonderful thing about singable stories as teaching tools is that you can adapt them to the level of each group or individual student. I can ask “wh” questions, have students point to certain objects, read sight words, and so much more. What singable stories have you and your students been enjoying lately?