Story-telling and Music

Music is a great tool for learning! Just listen to a child singing the ABC song–music is so  effective in teaching children.  In Aqua Class, teacher Miss Janie has found an idea that makes story time fun and interesting with music.  Combining story-telling with music also helps the meaning come alive for the students.

The stories from the Little Light House’s Bible Based Curriculum (BBC) each have repeating lines. When listening to a BBC story, our students anticipate the line coming up in the story and are anxious to participate by saying the line at the right time.  Students who are nonverbal enjoy activating a voice output switch to be able to “say” the line.

Miss Katherine reads a BBC story to Isaiah and Eleanor. Isaiah is about to use the switch to say the repeating line!

Miss Katherine reads a BBC story to Isaiah and Eleanor. Isaiah is about to use the switch to say the repeating line!

To add music to the story-telling, Miss Janie makes up a tune to go with the repeating line, then records that on to a voice output switch such as a Big Mack. When it’s time for the line in the story, the children can play the song and sing along.  Oftentimes,  when children, especially those on the autism spectrum, can “sing” the line they are even more engaged in the story.  Adding music also helps students to remain attentive and it effectively reinforces positive behavior, as children anticipate getting a turn to play the song.

If you’d like to add music to your story-telling, you don’t have to have an expensive voice output switch!  Some small picture frames come with recording devices.  We’ve also found a small inexpensive voice recorder on Amazon.com that looks like another great alternative. What songs and stories will you pair together?

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