Monday, November 18 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm

A Joyous Way to Learn with Jim Gill at the Lexington Park Library

A Joyous way to learn: Music Play and Reading Play to Promote Readiness, Literacy and Inclusion in Story Time Presented by Jim Gill
Over the years Jim Gill's music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Library professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill's unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families.
In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work - both books and songs - that can be brought back to story time and shared with children, parents, grandparents and other care providers. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movement...not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word. Jim will share strategies, based on years of experience, to engage caregivers and get them involved in the music and stories. Jim will also discuss how to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.
Library professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and reading play activities with the children and family members they encounter. Even more, they will leave the session with a renewed appreciation for the five practices in the Every Child Ready to Read program and an understanding that a playful story time does more than provide joyous challenges for the children. We, as professionals, keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement
as they learn.
Biography
Jim Gill is a musician and author with singular credentials among children's artists. Jim spent twenty years directing programs in music play for families and children with special needs in the Chicago area. His particular writing style-combining word play and movement opportunities into songs-was developed through this work. Jim completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. His work experience and studies have led Jim to create each of his recordings and books as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.
Jim has released ten award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. Jim is also the author of two children's books. Over the years he has received five awards from the American Library Association for his releases. Over the years Jim has shared his expertise and ideas on music, Play and literacy with organizations such as Head Start, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Association for Family Child Care and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Please register by November 12. St Mary's, Calvert, and Charles counties; please contact the regional directly. All others may be placed on the waitlist via tinyurl.com/y3bsqdkx .

For more information, contact Jennifer Hopwood jhopwood@somd.lib.md.us or by phone (301) 884-0436


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