Do You Like Pie?
Songs help young children learn speech and language skills. Songs encourage children to participate by speaking up and speaking out. Songs help children remember vocabulary and concepts. Songs help children practice their speech. Each song on 'Do You Like Pie?' has two different types of children in mind: those who speak very well and those who don't. All children will love the rhythms and the rhymes. Children who speak very well will learn all the words over time. Children who are challenged in speech and language will have fun singing the parts specially designed for them - the parts with repeating phonemes, syllables and words. This CD has songs that can be used in individual or group speech-language practice. Use them at home, in the car, in the classroom, in school assemblies, in music classes, in English classes, or in speech, occupational or physical therapy. Sing along with the CD, then sing the songs, or the choruses, later without the music. We hope you enjoy using these songs in your work with children! The Characters Little Sweet Pea is young and innocent Mrs. Peabody is a music teacher who thinks she can sing Gruff is a smart little guy who boldly speaks up whenever he can Professor Dauby is intelligent and educated, but very boring Baby Bobbie is just learning to talk Gary is a Baby Bobbie's dad, and he sings Cajun-style music Ronnie thinks he's Elmo (but he's not) and he loves pies Shanti is a beautiful young woman who sings everything The Island Sisters sing calypso-style tunes during beach parties Jo-Jo has a frontal lisp, and she substitutes W for both R and L Mr. Peabody loves his out-of-tune wife and sings along with her on occasion Mr. Mann is a grandpa from Alabama who used to be a famous blues singer how to use this CD with kids Why Use Songs When learning songs, preschool children usually pick up on the repeating parts first. For example, when learning The Wheels on the Bus, young children usually sing the 'round and round' part first. This natural ability can be used to help children with their speech-language skills. The songs on 'Do You Like Pie?' each have repeating parts that encourage basic speech-language skills. How to Use the Songs At first, play the songs for the kids during times when they are not expected to sing. Just let them listen while they are doing another quiet activity like drawing. Talk about the characters that sing the songs, and talk about the sounds or words they are saying. Over time, encourage the children to sing the repeating parts suggested in the chart below. Don't expect any of the kids to learn all the words. The rest of the words in each song are there just to get the kids interested in the repeating parts. The songs are not instructions about how to say this or that phoneme or word - that's your job. The songs are intended to give young children a fun opportunity to listen to and practice certain speech-language skills.