Readers are Goin' Explorin'!

While reading Goin' Explorin', students study story elements and science, and express their understanding through movement, beginning with the eight-patterned Brain Dance sequences.


Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, Brain Dance is a sequential eight-patterned movement that connect the mind and body "that prepares us for learning and helps with appropriate behavior and social skills."


Let Your Brains Dance!

Hip-hop to "A Hullabaloo of Words," 

an alphabet adventure tantalizing 

the tongue for old and young. 

 Based on A Hullabaloo of Hippos: 

A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z


Rickety Words that Bark & Spark shows how the MLK Summer Youth transformed reading into a Performing Art.


Words, Words, Words

Bounce, stretch, slip, & skip 

as you listen to Mary's poem 

about the energy of words.

Figuratively Speaking



A repetition of the same 

consonantsound in a series of 

two or more words: "A Hullabaloo 

of Hippos Hobnobbing along 

in H2O Habitats . . . "



Fourth graders discover a hyperbole in the stor When the Camel Sneezed: "scaring the sloth asleep in a tree whose squealing shriek caused cacophony."



Our teacher is a cat, stalking us
across the playground.


Spread illustration from When the Camel Sneezed

"I mean what I sound,
I sound what I mean":
Crash Boom Bang & Clang-a-lang!
-- illustration by Sam Moodey
from When the Camel Sneezed



"My roof is as steep as a cliff."
An original simile written by
Harding School fourth graders.

Our Teacher, the Cat


After Mary performed 

When the Camel Sneezed 

to fourth graders, the students worked with  their teacher creating original figurative language.

As Strong as an Albatross -- Education at its Best!

A book of original writings, drawings, & photographs by students enrolled 

in the 2017 Summer Reading through Movement Program MLK Memorial Center. 

As Strong as an Albatross(2)_MLK_7-8.17 (pdf)



Figurative Language LIVE

During their performance of When the Camel Sneezed

children used Call & Response to chant the Figures 

of Speech they had found in the story.

Christopher Counts: An Oral Reading

First graders show how imagination & education create

possibilities. Surprising their teacher,

they orchestrate and give an oral reading

of Christopher Counts, The Constellations, 

one of the classroom resources. Free listening, 

fresh ideas.    

Teaching Science through Poetry

 Poets work like scientists, 

carefully & patiently observing 

the world in all its details.

Creating Landscapes from Space

At Creating Landscapes, students from kindergartner through the 4th grade 

read Christopher Counts The Constellations and wrote original poetry

as part of their Language Arts & Science Units.  

Rising Readers, Rising Stars

Young students illuminate their imaginations by exploring constellations and forest of fireflies.

Loving to Read, Loving to Learn

You're Never Too Young

A young brother shares When the Camel Sneezed with his baby sister.

Internationally known literacy expert, Timothy Shanahan says, 

"You simply can't introduce 

litearcy early enough." 

What is TOOLBOX ?

A 4th grade teacher engages students in learning, from decision making to collaboration.

From carpenter to counselor, 

Mark Collins, with the help 

from young students, developed 

a program offering "children ways to tap into their inherent capacities and natural strengths."

Listen to the Rhythm


“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. 

And it moves and it heals and it communicates and does all these incredible things.” — Tom Petty

Rhyme, Rhythm, & Repetition


Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed his 

music pedagogy after observing how infants & toddlers developed their language skills.

Scientific Thinking

A child learns to identify constellations as his mother reads Christopher Counts The Constellations.

Surround your children 

with books & embrace their curiosity. 

Exploring the world with them 

begins the process of scientific thinking. 

Listen to the Children


Forget the words, "Let's Start 

at the Very Beginning," when reading 

to the very young. Instead, let them

guide you to the story pages they love. 

This becomes your turn to ask, "Why?"


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