Dear Colleagues and Parents:
My passion is teaching children through music, games, rhythms, movement, repetition, technology apps and outstanding children’s literature. Children love to be read to. I have seen the “magic of music, rhythms, chants, steady beat, and songs” in my work with children for many years as a teacher in public schools, parochial schools, home school co-op classes and private studio. The past two decades teaching in a public school music classroom have deepened my passion for integrating music with the teaching of literacy skills. It is my pleasure to share a wealth of practical ideas, strategies, tips, and tools to enhance the teaching of reading and writing through music.
We know that music connections often begin before a child is born. My students have told me that songs help them learn and remember with greater ease. I have to agree with what my students have discovered about music and I look forward to giving you the songs, chants, rhymes, steady beat, rhythms, repetition, and movement activities that work so well in helping students learn to read and write.
All of us in today’s classrooms and homes are working harder and accomplishing more than ever before. In addition, we all compete against the ‘glitz’ of video games, cartoons and the growing attraction of the world of technology. Yet we all recognize that the power of learning through repeated songs, music, games, movement, and rhythms and chants captivates our students’ imagination and attention in powerful, effective ways.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing dozens of practical ideas that will revitalize your classroom, homeschool, and co-op, enhance your teaching repertoire, and positively impact your students’ learning.
Dona Ramsey Kendrick
P.S. Remember, the day will focus on the power of songs, games, movement, rhythm, outstanding children’s literature, and ways to actively involve students in learning literacy skills, with dozens of practical ideas that will energize your teaching and enhance your students’ learning.