Wee Be Jammin': Using Music to Promote Early Childhood Literacy in the Library


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Presentation slides from the 2014 Public Library Association. Gives examples of music programming and classes for children from birth and up from five different public libraries in Illinois. Contributors are: Julie Jurgens, Maggie Masterson, Lora Van Marel, Parry Rigney, Courtney Schade, and Amy Holcomb.

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Wee Be Jammin': Using Music to Promote Early Childhood Literacy in the Library

  1. 1. Wee Be Jammin' Using Music to Promote Early Childhood Literacy in the Library http://bit.ly/1dR0f8x
  2. 2. Let's start at the very beginning.
  3. 3. Why do we care about music? Amy Holcomb, Northbrook Public Library, IL
  4. 4. The theory behind the music. Maggie Masterson, Fremont Public Library, IL ● What is Music? ● Musical Storytelling and child development ● Early literacy ● Bridging to school
  5. 5. Babies A common interaction between parent and child is singing and bouncing a baby on your knee. The child is assimilating the tune, and feeling the beat physically. That bouncing is growing the neurons in the baby's brain to help him become tuneful, beat-ful, and artful. -John Feierabend, University of Hartford
  6. 6. Music for the babes. Amy Holcomb, Northbrook Public Library, IL
  7. 7. Baby Bounce and Baby Jam
  8. 8. Funesies with Onesies
  9. 9. Toddlers Music plays a major role in the lives of young children. They are attracted to music and can use their entire bodies to make musical sounds- singing, whistling, clapping, stamping feet and tapping toes. -"Books to Sing." Nexpeca. Book Links, 2005
  10. 10. Marketing Movement Julie Jurgens, Arlington Heights Public Library, IL ● Mini Movers Toddler time to the extreme!
  11. 11. Preschoolers Children who play with sounds in their preschool years are better prepared to read when they get to school. Reading specialists use the term "phonological awareness" to describe an early literacy skill that involves the ability to hear and manipulate small sounds in words. -"Sound Advice." Arnold and Coburn. SLJ, 2005
  12. 12. Using Music in Storytime Parry Rigney, Park Ridge Public Library, IL ● Incorporate music into your traditional preschool and family storytimes. ● Music is perfect for opening, closing, transitions - really, any time! ● Present songs that are simple and participatory. ● No musical experience necessary!
  13. 13. Make it something special. Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL ● Music Makers ○ 2-3 year olds w/caregiver ○ Music, even through books ○ It's all in the marketing ○ Crazy chaotic fun!
  14. 14. Music Makers
  15. 15. Shake Rattle and Roll ● Preschool/Teen partnerships ● Music and Movement based activities
  16. 16. Shake Rattle and Roll
  17. 17. Make it something special. Courtney Schade, Des Plaines Public Library, IL ● Jams/Wild Times ○ Starting at Fremont with Family Jams ○ Adapted and expanded to different age ranges ○ Quite a Workout!
  18. 18. Wild Times
  19. 19. The world is your oyster. Expanding music programming ● For struggling readers ● For kids with special needs ● For school visits ● For all-ages programs
  20. 20. Music programs for older kids.
  21. 21. Reach out, get support, do it. Image Credit: All Education Matters blog.
  22. 22. Ask us questions. We've got answers! http://bit.ly/1dR0f8x