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Directions 1. Introduce upper and lower case H by showing visual examples of printed letters and modeling the beginning sound. 2. Show pictures for the words hello, happy, hippopotamus, and hooray and demonstrate the sign or action that goes with it. 3. Wave for hello, sign for happy (i.e., upward motion with fingertips on chest), shake hips for hippopotamus, and hand high in the air for hooray. 4. Sing the song and ask the children to sing and move as directed.

Hooray for letter H! Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC Private Practice Cleveland, Ohio

Adaptations Announce that when they hear a word that starts with H, they will jump up and shout, “hooray!” followed by the singing of Ha Ha This Away (adapt words). Mix in words that do and do not start with H so that children can practice listening for the beginning H sound.

Description The purpose of this activity is to introduce the letter H and encourage children to use pre-literacy skills by listening for, moving to and singing words that begin with letter H. Goals to reinforce the connection between word and letter to identify the beginning letter of a word to practice producing the sound of letter H Behavior Observation The child will: move in a particular way for the words “hello,” “happy,” “hippopotamus,” and “hooray” name pictures or actions that begin with the letter H Sing words that start with H Materials Pictures to depict action, feeling, or animal that begin with the letter H. ( e.g., waving hand to depict “hello,” smiley face for “happy,” hippopotamus, cheering crowd for “hooray!”) Instrument for accompaniment

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Hooray for letter H! Recorded 2014 by Brenda Calovini

About the Authors Brenda Calovini has been a music therapist for Toddler Rock at the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH for the past ten years. She is currently an adjunct supervisor for music therapy students at Cleveland State University. Contact: bcalov@sbcglobal.net

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imagine 2014  

The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...

imagine 2014  

The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...