Old MacDonald Looking for a great way to encourage the beginner speaker? This is one of the most popular children’s song that is perfect as the song has vowel sounds featured as well as consonant-vowel sounds (animal sounds). It is also great for the beginner reader as they can point to each picture/word as they sing the song. As the child can make choices of the animals being sung it gives them some independence.
To use this product:
Laminate the two cards (verse, animal choices and sentence request).
On the verse card put a piece of soft Velcro on the open square.
On the second card, cut the bottom of the card so that the sentence “ I want the ____” is together.
On the _____ put a soft Velcro piece.
On the second card, cut out and separate each of the animals and put a hard Velcro piece on each.
Have the child choose the animal they want, place it on the sentence card first, then acknowledge the choice and place the animal in the verse card and sing the song.
I always have the students ‘read’ the sentence encouraging them to go from left to right reinforcing the words and pictures. This not only is a precursor to reading but aids in expanding the child’s mean length of utterance going from talking in single word sentences to four-word sentences.
Why use this song or product?
Easy melody for children to learn
The repeating chorus helps students who are either English Language Learners or Language Learning Disabled as there is less language complexity to learn these lines allowing them to join in quickly.
The animal sounds are very easy for a child to make as the majority are consonant- vowel combinations.
Animals are a favorite topic
Choice making in this song is great as there is no need for one animal to be sung before another.