Words, Beats, and Rimes with Quynn Johnson

This lesson uses elements of tap dance and basic tap steps as a tool to build students’ understanding of onset and rhyme.

Sliding into Syllables with Quynn Johnson

This lesson offers educators tools to introduce the tap dance element of beat and use it to enhance and build student understanding of syllables.

Pitter-Patter Patterns with Quynn Johnson

This lesson uses the tap dance element of beat and choreography, along with four basic tap steps, to introduce patterns in the classroom.

Zipper Songs with Marsha Goodman-Wood

This lesson will introduce two examples of zipper songs—songs where you change the words and “zip” in new words at a designated part of the song. In these examples, we’ll zip in words connected to actions and movements that help develop gross motor skills and explore how a zipper song can encourage creative thinking and creative musical play.

Animal Songs & Speech Sounds with Marsha Goodman-Wood

This lesson will introduce two animal songs that can be used to help children practice speech sounds. Learning how to produce these sounds encourages phonemic awareness in preparation for reading. These can also be particularly helpful for children who might have delays due to pandemic masking and lack of proper modeling who need feedback about proper speech sound formation.

Animal Movement Songs with Marsha Goodman-Wood

This lesson will introduce three animal songs with movements that help to develop gross motor skills including balance and coordination, and the contrast of fast and slow movements.

Let’s Get Moving! with Shianne Williams-Brown

Research shows a link between cognitive development and movement. Children need opportunities to move to strengthen neural connections. Join Ms. Shianne as she demonstrates movement and sensory-based activity for Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.

Where Is Everyone? with Laura Schandelmeier

Learn a song that helps infants learn about object permanence – the understanding that people and things are still there even if they can not be seen or sensed.

Total Physical Response with Laura Schandelmeier

Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts using physical movement In conjunction with expressive language. Teachers will learn TPR, a movement-based strategy, to improve language acquisition.

Seed to Plant Dance with Laura Schandelmeier

Dance the life cycle of a seed to a plant with tactile stimulation. This science strategy also aids in the development of sequencing, decoding, and recall.

Gross Motor Movement with a Drum with Laura Schandelmeier

Working with a drum and a mallet (drumstick), pot and wood spoon, or any homemade percussion instrument can encourage fine and gross motor movement, syllabication, one-to-one correspondence, self-regulation, patterning, and more!

Dance Box with Laura Schandelmeier

Dance Box is a variation of Coffee Can Theater. Coffee Can Theater is simply telling a story with objects as they come out of a container. To add movement to this storytelling strategy, whatever is in the Dance Box leads to a movement-based experience that connects to a book. This strategy aids in developing many skills including anticipation, prediction, following directions, and verbalization.