Enhancing Early Literacy Skills Through Music: Motivating Students to Learn
(Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
Presented by Jennifer Fixman
Specifically Designed for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Teachers; Music Specialists; Reading Specialists; Literacy Coaches; Special Education Staff; and Administrators
Valuable strategies, tools and techniques for helping emergent readers/writers acquire essential language skills by using songs – even if you don’t consider singing as one of your strengths!
- Innovative ways to engage students in the joy of reading/writing through sounds and songs, rhymes and rhythm, voice and vocabulary
- Easily used songs, chants and creative approaches that spark your children’s interest in literature and reading
- Classroom-proven activities, fresh ideas, an extensive resource handbook, and a standards-based, 36-song CD you can use immediately with your students
Practical Ideas and Strategies
This outstanding, new seminar is designed to help you enhance your early literacy program through the use of songs, music and children’s literature. Jennifer will give you dozens of musical ways to help all your students learn the complex skills of reading and writing. She will show you how to strengthen your children’s phonemic awareness and their phonics skills. She will demonstrate how to improve their vocabulary and comprehension through the magic of songs, chants, rhymes, and rhythm.You will discover that all the music in the seminar is quickly learned and easily used, even by those who have little background or experience in music. Best of all, you’ll find that all the creative ideas and strategies you’ll receive are practical and classroom-tested.
Jennifer has focused this seminar on concrete, hands‑on methods that improve students’ acquisition of literacy skills while increasing participation, and developing a life‑long love of language. In addition, you will find that this delightful seminar will nourish your spirit so you can be even more effective as you teach.
This seminar clearly demonstrates that music doesn’t need to be one of your strengths in order to use music effectively in your classroom. Along with this discovery, you will leave with new insights, innovative teaching strategies, an extensive resource handbook, and a 36-song CD used in the seminar.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Build Strong Skills for Emergent Readers
Increase student engagement and motivation for learning about words and language with a variety of innovative, motivating teaching strategies that incorporate songs and music – even if singing is not one of your strengths
- Strengthen Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Skills
Learn proven ways to teach highly effective lessons in phonics and phonemic awareness through adding songs, chants and easy-to-use music activities
- Increase Vocabulary and Comprehension Skills
Use songs as “memory hooks” to build students’ vocabulary and deepen their understanding … Learn to use the power of oral language to increase reading skills
- Strengthen Reading Skills Through Literacy Centers
Involve your students in reinforcing literacy activities by incorporating songs and music into your literacy centers … Learn simple ideas that capture the interest of all students
- Integrate Songs into Guided Reading Instruction
Enhance your guided reading instruction through sounds and songs, rhymes and rhythm, voice and vocabulary … Learn small group teaching techniques that support and inspire young readers
- Learn High-Frequency Words the Easy Way
Discover classroom-proven techniques that grab students’ interest and help them master high-frequency words … Make learning easy, fun and lasting
- Make the Connection Between Songs and the Best of Children’s Literature
Connect songs and verses with outstanding books … Learn classroom-proven ways to extend new and familiar stories while increasing your students’ confidence to become capable readers
- Nourish Your Students’ Reading/Writing Connection
Use simple song-writing strategies to reinforce the connection between reading and writing … Integrate literacy skills in motivating ways through music
- Connect Literacy Skills to Math and Science Through the Power of Music
Learn to use songs to teach all subject areas, including mathematics and science … Improve reading and vocabulary skills as you sing about any subject
- Increase Your Teaching Options
Unlock the power of music to motivate and challenge every student in your class … Dozens of innovative, classroom-ready ideas will be demonstrated (Each participant will receive a 36-song CD used in the seminar and an extensive resource handbook specifically designed to enhance the teaching of early literacy skills)
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Strengthen early literacy skills in your classroom by incorporating easy-to-use teaching strategies involving songs and music
- Enhance your teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness and print concepts through motivating activities that excite young learners
- Reinforce the learning of high-frequency words through the power of oral language and repetition
- Extend your guided reading instruction through sounds and songs, rhymes and rhythms, voice, and vocabulary activities
- Incorporate a variety of music activities to build effective literacy centers
- Motivate and challenge every student in your class through the power of music
- Help students absorb the power and fun of words through singing, chanting and playing with rhythm
- Integrate lessons across the curriculum with songs that connect math, science and life skills to literacy
- Build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills through the power of oral language
- Instill confidence in your students as readers by connecting songs and verses with outstanding children’s literature
- Expand your teaching options and strengthen your students’ reading/writing connection with dozens of classroom-proven ideas you’ll be able to implement immediately in your own classroom
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
“Kids learn more with music.”
I still remember hearing those words at a seminar I attended during my first year as a teacher. At the time, I was not a singer and had never learned about the value of singing with children. However, I certainly did have a passion for becoming the best teacher I could possibly be.
I returned to my classroom to try out the techniques that I had learned. I began writing songs and chants about everything I wanted to teach and was amazed at the results. My students were reading and understanding higher‑level concepts at a greatly accelerated pace. I became convinced that children certainly do learn more, remember more, and finally, LOVE learning with music!
When my state first drafted its standards, I wrote a song to teach each standard. Other teachers in my district wanted to use the music. I piloted my songs with 80 teachers, in 80 classrooms. My colleagues gave me tremendous feedback on using songs with all children — from Pre-K through 2nd grade, in Special Education classes, with English Language Learners, and with the most advanced students as well. I used their ideas to create more and more educational tunes.
I continue to write my “edu-tunes” to meet Common Core and state standards while teaching full-time in my own classroom. I feel truly honored to make a difference for so many teachers and children as “Miss Jenny” the singer, while I work with my own wonderful students each day. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to pass my ideas on to you.
Don’t worry if you’re not a singer — songs work for children even when they’re out of tune! If you have a passion for teaching, and if you want to add new ideas to your curriculum, please join me for a fun-filled, energetic seminar. You will learn tons of practical strategies that you will be able to use immediately with your own students. As you return to your classroom, you will see that children learn more, remember more, and LOVE learning with music!
I look forward to meeting you!
P.S. Remember, the day will focus on the power of songs to help you teach literacy skills, with dozens of practical ideas that will energize your teaching and enhance your students’ learning.
Who Should Attend
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Teachers; Music Specialists, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive a comprehensive resource handbook and a 36-song CD specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
Original songs and music you can use immediately in your classroom
- Outstanding children’s literature lists and resources
- Suggestions for incorporating music into your teaching of literacy skills
- Strategies for engaging students in the power and joy of reading and writing
- Techniques for using the unique power of music throughout your day
- Included on the CD are words and music for songs from the seminar and musical accompaniment so your students can create original words
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their early literacy programs through the use of songs, music and children’s literature.
Jennifer Fixman will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own classroom program.
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