Visual Support Books

Let's Play Tag models the script for a lively, interactive game of tag. “Chase me! Chase me! You can’t get me!” “Run! Run! I’m gonna get you!” “I got you! You’re It!” The kids take turns being ‘It’. and at the end of the song, the music tells us that they are happy and exhausted.

First, Then is a song about everyday sequences. We teach 'first-then' as a way to use kids' favorite activities to help them to learn other things. "First work, then music." But a number of 'first-then' sequences are unchanging and natural in daily life: "First night, then morning." "First socks, then shoes." Here is a happy take on 'First, then,' with an open instrumental verse to talk about another first-then.

Helping at School rolls happily along through daily activities at school, from walking off the bus to cleaning up at the end of the day. There's an open instrumental verse for talking about the extra pictures, or about other ways that kids help out. Syncopated music and sing-along syllables just for fun, create an upbeat attitude about helping at school.

Play At Recess evokes the promise of outdoor enjoyment. Here is a musical invitation to come out and participate in some fun! “Do you want to play ball?” “Yes, I want to play ball.” “Okay! Let’s play!” The lyrics model simple scripts children can use to invite a peer to play, or to respond to an invitation.

Bathroom time may not be the child's favorite, and who could blame him? It is a lot to deal with: the transition, the hard-surfaced room that echoes, and clothing to manage, just for starters. Appealing music and simple, accessible lyrics help to sweeten the story, from waiting for a turn, to washing up.

Ask For Help models this problem-solving strategy for kids. "Uh-oh, my zipper's stuck!" Three frustrating experiences are transformed into proud moments after the child asks for help. And when Dad asks for help, it's the child's turn to be the helper. Bada-boom, bada-boom, bada-boom!

I Can Share models three ways to share with a friend. “I can share my popcorn with my friend.” “I can share the toys with my friend.” “I can take turns playing with my friend.” An open instrumental verse is an opportunity to talk about the extra pictures in the songbook, or about other ways we can share with friends.

I Need A Break models this self-regulation strategy for kids: asking for the break, finishing a little more work first (a step that may be in the child's behavior plan), then taking the break by sitting relaxed and quiet for awhile. At the end of the story, the child feels better at last. "I'm all done with my break!”

Free Time encourages kids who may gravitate to the same activity every day, to think about other choice-time possibilities—and maybe even to pick more than one. This song models thinking about the options. “First blocks, then play ball. That’s what I’ll do.” The open verse at the end is an opportunity to talk about the additional activities pictured in the songbook, or to make a Free Time choice.

Surprise! is an upbeat song about the unexpected. A change from the usual can feel unsettling, but some experience with the concept of a surprise, and knowing that a surprise can be okay, may help. “We have something new to do.” “We are going to the park today.” “It’s a fire drill.” “We have a visitor.” “There’s a party later on.” The open-verse ending is an opportunity to talk about the extra pictures in the songbook, or about an upcoming Surprise.

Down Time is a lullaby about some quiet time, and some ways we can enjoy it. “I can close my eyes and feel quiet.” “I can look at a book and relax.” “I can lean back and listen to music.” I can stretch out and have a nap.” Here is a soothing musical invitation to a relaxed pause in the day.

Transition Song is an upbeat musical segue to 'something new,' with walking music. Short and long versions are available, depending on needs.
Visual support for Transition Song is at the end of every book . . . just in case.