Published DatePLYMOUTH — "Songs, Singing Games & Simple Instruments" is the subject of a lively, participatory — and fun — Arts in Early Learning workshop on Tuesday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Plymouth Elementary School.
The free workshop is designed for early-childhood educators (pre-K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre-school and child-care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents and college or high-school students.
Presenter Deborah Stuart will lead an exploration of the rich repertoire of early-childhood music, rhymes, counting-out chants, and traditional circle and playground games. The links between music and language, self-expression and literacy skills will be discussed, but participants will primarily learn by doing, and will take back to their children lots of new ways to introduce rhythm and music into daily activities. They will also learn how to use simple rhythm instruments.
Singing games are also an effective tool for social learning, Stuart notes, and offer children ways to use these traditional rhymes and games on their own, at school and at home, with their friends and families.
The workshop is part of the Arts in Early Learning collaboration between the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire, supported through a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The workshop is free and professional development credits are offered. A light dinner will be available; participants are encouraged to bring a potluck item to share.
Deborah Stuart (Courtesy photo)