Morpho Literacy

Bilingual Literacy-Based Programming with Amy Olson

Musical Bilingual Storytime / Tiempo de cuentos con música (bilingüe) January 5, 2011

Filed under: Bilingual Programming for Children — Morpho Literacy @ 10:29 am

Storytimes are taken to a new level….incorporating music with the physical storybook.  These tales and music are performed bilingually; kids will really enjoy this multicultural experience.  If you have specific books you would like to have incorporated into this program that, too, is possible.  This program may be adjusted for any age group and can accommodate larger groups as well.

Basic Concepts and Music and Literacy:

Music is fun and plays an important role in a child’s development of language and of literacy.   Children respond strongly to the stimulus of music through:

  1. singing
  2. rhythm
  3. movement

With music children are encouraged to:

  1. participate cooperatively
  2. share the same space
  3. build strong social bonds
  4. develop confidence and self-esteem

A child’s involvement with music allows auditory and discrimination skills to improve naturally in a fun and relaxed manner.

Children instinctively listen to music in order to identify familiar melodies and rhythms, just as beginning readers will look for words that sound alike, that have patterns, or contain rhyme.  Music and melody allows children to discover:

  1. variances in pitch or tone
  2. differences between sounds,
  3. describe sounds accurately
  4. articulate personal responses to what they hear

Listening skills are not only essential for singing, but are a prerequisite for reading and writing as well.  Children have to listen in order to learn.

A child’s introduction to text often occurs through songs, chants, jingles, or rhymes that are repeated over and over again.  Lyrics allow children to:

  1. explore their language
  2. learn about different ideas
  3. discover emotions
  4. identify repetition and patterns
  5. memorize

Lyrics teach:

  1. the concept of story and sequence
  2. phonemic/graphemic awareness
  3. vocabulary
  4. basic spelling and grammatical rules

Also, children experience language through rhythm – good readers need good rhythm.  Rhythmic concepts are learned through:

  1. singing
  2. chant
  3. movement
  4. learning about volume, tempo, duration, and pitch
  5. anticipating rhythmic patterns (onomatopoeia and alliteration)
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