Sunday, May 17, 2015

FUN TIPS TO IMPROVE LITERACY SKILLS USING MUSIC

Could a dragonfly really help kids to read?  I think so. Kids love to sing and they love to dance. Why not sing, dance and then read the words to this cute song?


                   

I've had fun creating this new video for a SING-READ-MOVE activity learning song....Great activity with scarves following the movement of the dragonfly.  Perfect for Preschoolers, Kindergartners and First and Second graders studying insects in their science units....
We all know that students retain information and skills better when they learn through music.
When students read the lyrics on the screen and sing along, they are developing their reading skills. Because the words move off the screen they have to move left to right to keep on reading. This practice translates directly to improving reading books. We all learn through patterns and repetition and singing along with the video is another way to "repeat" the skills necessary for reading. It helps too that the song is fun and that the dragonfly is cute, keeping students engaged and learning all at the same time.
Try using the song as an activity first. Students could use pencils, markers, popsicle sticks, or any other simple tool to show the movement of the dragonfly.  Then review the words then read and sing along.  This is a preview of some new products I'm putting together that combine READING, SINGING AND MOVING.  "Dragonfly" READ-SING-WRITE-MOVIE will be available soon at my store.  For now, experiment with the video and use it as a BRAIN BREAK for the end of the school year.  I know the kids will love singing this song.
I thought I'd share some of my favorite FREEBIES over at TPT that use Music to develop Literacy skills.

Kids love bugs and I'm sure they'll love this free SINGABLE
Insects:  I’m A Bug Watcher FREEBIE - Shared Reading Singa

Need a Thanksgiving song? Here's a Free SINGABLE -what a great title for a product.


Thanksgiving Song - Turkey Feast! Shared Reading Singable {CCSS}

I love the way this teacher is helping kids connect music and reading skills. Look at these fun songs for SEPTEMBER.

September Poems and Songs

Remember when you sing and read students will be more engaged, and the material will be more memorable.

Here are some tips to incorporating music in your class room.
Use songs to greet students in the morning circle or meeting time.
Use songs about the weather, months, numbers and letters to help students transition to different academic activities.
And Use songs as transitions to line up, sitting at desks, going to a special class or activity.
Use songs to teach science concepts.
Use songs to remember facts.
Use musical sounds like drums, shakers, triangles or other percussion instruments to get students attention.
Celebrate holidays, birthdays and other special events through music.
There are so many ways to incorporate music in your classroom. You'll find your students more attentive and engaged as they sing their way through the day. And that will put a smile on your face!

I have several FREEBIES at my store that will help you get started:
SITTING DOWN SONG
Classroom Management Song to Sit Down "Criss-Cross Applesa

MOTHER'S DAY SONG
MOTHER'S DAY FREEBIE SONG & WRITING ACTIVITY
THANKSGIVING FINGER PLAY
THANKSGIVING FINGER PLAY FREEBIE
SCIENCE SONG
SCIENCE SONG: "Germination" Plant Cycle *Writing *Mp3's *T
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