When children discover the rhythm of language,
they improve their comprehension and recitation
skills. Watch how students transform reading
into dance, usingWhen the Camel Sneezed.
Rhyme, Rhythm, & Repetition
After watching infants and toddlers
develop language acquisition, world renown musician and philosopher Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed his pedagogy for music education.
When performing a story, Mary uses
gesture which enables children "to see
words," feel the rhythm of language,
and grasp meaning. By following
her movements, they experience story
(and reading) as a lived event.
Why read to infants? By five months,
a fetus can recognize the cadences
of his/her mother's voice. Introduce
and use new words every day.
Surround your children with books
& embrace their curiosity.
Exploring the world with them
begins the process of scientific thinking.
By actively engaging children
in the story, you are enhancing
their reading experience and planting
the seeds necessary for becoming
You do not need to start at the beginning
of a story and read to the end. Rather,
let the children guide you to the pages they love.
A repetition of the same consonant
sound in a series of two or more words:
A Hullabaloo of Hippos Hobnobbing
along in H2O Habitats . . .
Fourth graders find a hyperbole
in the story 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.
"I mean what I sound,
I sound what I mean":
Crash Boom Bang and 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.
After Mary read When the Camel Sneezed
to fourth graders, students work alongside
their teacher creating the types of figurative
language they found in the story.
Using Call & Response, children chant Figures of Speech
during their 2017 performance of Making Language
Kinesthetic with Jovial Readers, based on the children's
book, When the Camel Sneezed.
A book of original writings, drawings, & photographs by students enrolled in the Reading through Movement Program MLK Center in Erie, PA.
Working with the writer in poetry, science, & space exploration, 3rd graders experienced education as thimagination. One of the resources they used was Christopher Counts The Constellations. By becoming Christopher, they entered into the story and saw the world from his eyes. This helped them become better writers, as they wove together fact, perspective, and the art of poetry.
First graders form a chorus
and surprise their teacher
when they read Christopher Counts
The Constellations in assemble.
At Creating Landscapes, K - 4th grade students read Christopher Counts The Constellations
and wrote original poetry as part of their Language Arts & Science Units.