There are a few factors to keep in mind when working with young children on a specific goal. I want to keep my song simple, singable, repetitive, and low on the novelty scale.
That’s why I often turn to song adaptations, especially when my goal is for the child to execute a movement or other concrete outcome. In this case, it’s demonstrating simple sign language signs, and I chose to adapt the familiar song “This Little Light of Mine” to target that goal.
The foundation of the song is just one short chorus full of repetition. I’m able to change just one word, the name of the sign, in order to teach them, and can do as little as one in a session, or up to 7-8 as the child advances.
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