Education is Imagination

Making Language Kinesthetic

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.

Words Lush & Lingering

The Three R's of Marmoo Works

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.

Imitation as Art

Children dance like sea creatures from A Hero at Three.

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.

Literacy as Lifestyle

A young brother introduces his baby sister to his favorite book.

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.

Scientific Thinking

A mother reads Christopher Counts The Constellations to her son.

Surround your children with books

& embrace their curiosity. 

Exploring the world with them 

begins the process of scientific thinking. 

Rising Stars, Rising Readers

Using chalk, children draw constellations, after listening to Christopher Counts The Constellations.

By actively engaging children  

in the story, you are enhancing 

their reading experience and planting 

the seeds necessary for becoming 

life-long learners.

Listen to the Children

Preschoolers talk about the illustrations in When the Camel Sneezed.

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. 

Figuratively Speaking


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.


Spread illustration from When the Camel Sneezed

"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.

Teacher Engagement

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.

Figurative Language LIVE

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.

As Strong as an Albatross

A book of original writings, drawings, & photographs by students enrolled in the Reading through Movement Program MLK Center in Erie, PA. 

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


Being Christopher

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. 

Christopher Counts: An Oral Reading

First graders form a chorus 

and surprise their teacher

when they read Christopher Counts

The Constellations in assemble.

Constellation Poetry

At Creating Landscapes, K - 4th grade students read Christopher Counts The Constellations 

and wrote original poetry as part of their Language Arts & Science Units.