I do a weekly speech therapy circle time/whole group activity in each of the special education preschool classrooms at my school so I am always on the lookout for engaging books and songs. We All Go Traveling By PB w CD (Sing Along With Fred Penner) is both!
The book comes with a CD that includes the song that goes along with the words and pictures in the book. Each page contains the repetitive text of “I spy with my little eye, you can hear with your little ear” and then adds a new vehicle and the sound that vehicle makes. For each vehicle, I use big gross motor movements for the kids to imitate (stomping feet for the rumble rumble of the truck, arms out for the vroom vroom of the plane).
The book is useful in many ways to address speech therapy goals. Working on requesting is a given because when I let kids pick a song, the “bus song” as we call it is usually the first request. The book has also increased the gross motor and verbal imitation skills of many of my students. The last page of the book shows all the vehicles so we use it to work on question asking and answering (“What’s your favorite?”).
The best part of this book is its amazing ability to capture the attention and bring out more communication from preschoolers of all different skill levels! The song is catchy so don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming it in the shower!