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Music & Movement

From birth (or before), pick up your child and dance--"Let the music weave a spell, Whirl away your worries..." Move to a variety of musical genres.  Waltzes are a lot of fun, but so are many other kinds of music.  Boys as well as girls need to have a sense of position, rhythm, etc. that comes from dancing.  Even football players learn ballet for the skills, balance, flexibility, and strength it builds.

Kid Songs &
Folk Songs

Have fun learning, singing, going through the motions of  action and finger plays, children's songs, holiday and folk songs.

Make Music &
Listen to Sound

Acquire and/or make instruments of sound. Experiment with all kinds of materials and techniques.  Practice listening in every setting.

Broaden Your Background

Play a variety of music in the background, to help develop an ear and appreciation of different genres of music.  If you can't afford to build a library of music, borrow from the public library, or just tune into the radio (or internet)--different stations specialize in different styles of music.


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Experiment with all kinds of media

Get ready for messy.  Cover clothes and surfaces, but have fun! Crayons, chalk, paint, sand, glitter, clay/dough, stickers, stamps, stencils--rock, paper, scissors . . . 

Access to Art

Get great Art.  Picture books are often works of art, calendars . . .  Many museums offer opportunities to walk the exhibits for reduced rates at certain days/times.  Galleries generally don't charge to look.

Practice Seeing

Look for shapes, colors, textures, patterns, all around you--wherever you go, look up, look down, look all around . . . and when you look at art/pictures.

Get a Clue

Watch others create.  Watch and talk about ideas, techniques, styles, colors . . . Creativity is not ex nihilo--it is taking elements of what you know and putting them together in a new way.  Every artist (and other creative folks) has (have) a background and experiences s/he/they draw(s) upon.  It's ok to show a kid some idea of how to portray a 3-D item on paper, for instance. ("Keep Looking Up" by Olivia Gragg, age 11)


Read Fun and Interesting Language

Rhyming, alliteration, silly stuff, real stuff---not too lengthy or involved, "just right" for the attention level of the learner . . .

Make Connections

Literature is not in its own little box, separate and detached from all else.  Connect it with other forms of art, science, math, social and personal experience . . . 

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Be Dramatic!

Read like you mean it!  Play up every part!  ​​Inject some inflection to infect the reading with exceptional direction.

Teacher and Young Student
Make a point of every Word

Point to each word as you read it.    Be an example of a reader--vocalize your thought process as you read the story or information. Let it be seen that you are a reader, and enjoy it.​​

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Build a Home Library

Library and school book sales; rummage, yard, and estate sales; 2nd hand stores and hand-me-downs, can all help build a decent library.  I started mine as a teen--note 3/$1 and $.39 Golden Books :-). Lots of great "Discards".

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Under-table Hammocks
photo  taken by Lori Fredericks

Note:  to assemble Made From Milk fold the pages in half so that the print is right side up.  Put them in order & staple the left side.  Cut pictures from grocery ads and paste them on the appropriate pages.

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