Morpho Literacy

Bilingual Literacy-Based Programming with Amy Olson

Bilingual BoogieBeats / BoogieBeats bilingüe January 6, 2011

Filed under: Bilingual Programming for Children — Morpho Literacy @ 2:57 pm

Wiggle like a penguin, drive a fire truck, ride a horse named Joe……Children will use their imagination, dance and play rhythmic instruments while singing songs in English and Spanish.  BoogieBeats has been featured in the KET Art to Heart Program, The Herald Leader, and La Voz.   This is appropriate for children ages 0-4 and Head Start/Early Start programs and works best when parents and/or caregivers are able to attend and participate 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)