Reading and song choices to encourage choice making and communication for children with special needs

Reading and Song Choices

During Reading and Music, students practice and learn skills of taking turns, making choices, routine and consistency.
Reading is an important subject for children helping to build vocabulary, be exposed to the parts of a story, building speech skills learning enunciation skills, “pre- reading” skills (describing pictures and turning pages), grasping the fundamentals of language, build logical thinking skills and build skills in reading comprehension. Most importantly, reading can be fun while gaining knowledge and skills in learning.
I have created a list of stories and included objects/stuffed dolls and animals. During Reading or Music (song) time, each student is given a turn to choose a song or a book they would like to hear or read to.  It is important to have concrete objects for students with severe special needs. The students are given two choices. The list that is pictured below includes: The Rainbow Fish, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, Are You My Mother, The Little Engine That Could and Stuck In The Mud. Each of these stories include objects or stuffed toys relating to the story used for choice making and storytelling. For students who are cognitively at an “object” level, these objects go with the stories to support understanding and comprehension. Concrete items are better than abstract items. Some of the objects and toys I purchased are from the local Dollar store (Family Tree or Family Dollar), Christmas Tree Shops, Michaels (Arts and Crafts store) and AC Moore (arts and crafts store).
During music, the song choices include: Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Wheels On the Bus, I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee, We are the Dinosaurs Marching, Old MacDonald, Five Little Ducks, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck, Five Little Green Speckled Frogs, The Little Green Frog Song, The Alphabet Song and Row Your Boat. Each song includes an object(s) or stuffed toy/animal to go with each song. Students take turns choosing a song and are given two choices during music time.
These Music and Reading choices encourage choice making, communication, participation and interaction, and more importantly are enjoyable.
Below are the bins where the song and reading choices are kept, the lists of reading and song choices and some samples of both reading and song choices. Below are some samples of what I have. The reading choices include: Are You My Mother?  Hungry Caterpillar, and the Rainbow Fish. The Music choices are the last two images and they include: Old MacDonald and Five Little Ducks.
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photo 3 photo 4 hungrycaterpillar ducksong photo 5

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