Welcome to Goddard School's
Songs, books, learning and FUN.
Let's focus on skills for Threes.
What are the most important things you
want to teach your young children?
Start by teaching one skill. Then add another.
SING.PLAY.LOVE. is as easy as 1-2-3.
Familiarize yourself with your SING.PLAY.LOVE. products.
STEP ONE: Download your SONGS.
Click on DOWNLOAD ALBUM and then DOWNLOAD IN MP3. Your songs will be added to the DOWNLOAD folder of your computer (.ZIP). You can also save the folder to FILES or iTunes on your iPad. Click on this file and it will open as a folder of songs. Drag this song folder onto your desktop so that you can easily access the tunes to play with your children. Make a plan to connect a speaker for optimal enjoyment and listening.
STEP TWO: Click to watch a DEMONSTRATION SESSION.
You will see how easy it is to teach important early learning skills this fun and engaging way. Program creator Anne Meeker Watson, Ph.D., will demonstrate using the visual schedule, transitioning between activities, pre-teaching songs and books, and utilizing the "Take the Music" goodbye routine. She incorporates lots of personal specific praise as she connects meaningfully with children.
STEP THREE: Click to review your VIDEOS.
There are instructional videos for each of your books and songs, as well as fun music videos and music-only videos for each book. Download this movie link document to your SING.PLAY.LOVE. desktop or iPad document folder for quick reference.
Goddard School's Objectives for Development and Learning have been aligned with SING.PLAY.LOVE. targeted learner goals for the age group you teach. You now have a new "tool box" of materials and strategies to support the skills you already prioritize. Print a copy of this document for quick reference.
Your two folders of print materials include supplemental teaching materials, visual schedule directions and song cards. Print copies of these documents as directed. In addition, you will need a cookie sheet and package of magnets to create your visual schedule. (Dollar Store, here you come!)
STEP SIX: Read your TEACHING GUIDES.
Review your SING.PLAY.LOVE. MOTOR SONG KIT to prepare to teach your new songs. The guide provides lyrics, learner goals, and suggestions for incorporating simple props and supplies to enhance the fun and learning.
Read the ACTIVITY GUIDES in the back of each SING.PLAY.LOVE. book. Each guide focuses on the targeted learner goal for the book and provides information and play-based instructional activities across developmental domains for you to share.
SING.PLAY.LOVE. every day to
help your children love learning.
Commit yourself to the SING.PLAY.LOVE.
Fidelity Teaching Practices so that you can reap
all of the benefits of the program as it was designed.
1. SING.PLAY.LOVE. Time is one-to-one "face time" between you and your children. Do not use the music or instructional videos to teach during this precious interval. Music videos are for home use and not to be shared at school.
2. Use a visual schedule for your SING.PLAY.LOVE. Time. Visual schedules help children self-organize and reduce anxiety. They are beneficial for all young children, but uniquely powerful for some children you serve.
3. Sing two songs daily. One song should be mastered and one should be new. In addition, you will always sing your SING.PLAY.LOVE. picture book and the “I Take the Music with Me” song to conclude your session.
4. Always utilize at least one of the following strategies for each song you share:
Add motions, signed words or dancing
Add visuals (Click here for song pages)
Add manipulatives such as scarves, "kitchen band" instruments or other toys or objects to represent key vocabulary words you are teaching
5. Choose a SING.PLAY.LOVE. picture book and targeted skill to share for two months. Read, sing, move to and explore the book and skill daily. Click here for strategies to share your picture books in a variety of ways.
6. Keep your SING.PLAY.LOVE. time to under 20 minutes, then transition to a child-directed activity. Ones and Twos may engage best when you sing one song or book at a time throughout your day.
7. Generalize your targeted learner goals for each book and song across routines and environments during your day with children. Children must practice new skills at snack, outdoor play, table activities, transitions, dismissal and at home for mastery to occur.
Share SING.PLAY.LOVE. with your families.
Invite parents to partner with you to teach the skill. Share this news via email, text, phone or personal conversation.
Click here to find a sample email you can copy and paste to send to your families in order to introduce them to your school's new SING.PLAY.LOVE. program.
Click here to find a sample email you can copy and paste to send to your families each month sharing the new skill and SING.PLAY.LOVE. book.
Here are resources for you to share with parents:
Share the free PLAY & LEARN pages for each picture book with families. You are welcome and encouraged to duplicate and distribute these pages to your families each month, or download the page (PDF) and attach it to an email or text. The pages include links to a live-action music video for each book, as well as a song-only video link so that families can sing and read together.
The music videos are short and sweet, and designed for active participation in the company of caring adults and friends. They are meant to be used as one component of a set of learning experiences that includes singing the text, reading the book, and enjoying the learning activities shared in the developmental activity guide provided.
The music-only videos are a great way to encourage families to frequently sing the book song with their children. (Repetition is good. Repetition is good. Repetition is good.) Ask families to talk about the text and its meaning within in the context of the activities of the child's day with friends and family.
NOTE: Sharing these videos, song recordings or images with multiple early childhood professionals violates copyright law and is strictly prohibited. License to share the content listed is limited to a single purchaser/early childhood professional and represents typical use and distribution for children and families served in one classroom.
Purchase SING.PLAY.LOVE. Little Books to give to your children and families. They fit perfectly in a child’s hand. Your families will be able to sing, play, love and READ at home.Ten-packs of Little Book single titles are available at: www.singplaylove.com/shop SING.PLAY.LOVE. Little Books are an important evidence-based practice for supporting growth in the targeted skill. In addition, a variety of early literacy goals are positively impacted for every book that a young child owns.
Add your own creativity and personality to your SING.PLAY.LOVE. teaching. Create new verses to personalize the tune and text for your children. Add fun visuals or activities involving simple play materials or motor participation. Make up learning extensions, centers, themes and routines around your selected book and skill. Incorporate sensory experiences that help your children learn as they look, listen, touch and taste.
You are my teaching partner.
I am relying on you to work your magic with SING.PLAY.LOVE.,
just as you do daily with all of the
learning experiences you lovingly provide!