• May 15, 2018
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm

A Joyous Way to Learn: Music Play to Promote Readiness, Literacy, Math Development, and Inclusion

Learning Level 1: Introductory/Awareness

Intended Audience:  Administrators, ECSE and General Educators, Teacher Assistants, Family Members, and Family Educators.

In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels. Early childhood professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children that they care for. Even more, they will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting. When we define our teaching as helping children learn, we not only provide joyous challenges for the children. We also keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.

Continuing Education – This workshop will provide 3.0 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area D (Org. ID# B40093)

Full participation is required to receive a certificate.



5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois, United States

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