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A Joyous Way to Learn - An Early Childhood Development Workshop

A Joyous Way to Learn - An Early Childhood Development Workshop

Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood 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 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.

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 seven 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.

Friday, July 27, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Southeast Polk High School
Registration has closed.

If you spend any time with young children - parent, grandparent, child care provider, teacher - this is an amazing chance to attend a workshop with a nationally known, award winning, awesome professional who is both a recording artist and a highly sought after speaker. At only $5 (SEP staff free), this is a bargain!

Event Organizer

Kim Kietzman