Brain Dancing to Read

Stories come to life through movement,

making reading a "lived experience." 


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

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

You do not need to start at the beginning of a story and read 

to the end. Let the children guide you to the pages they love. 


Spring to your feet & watch students 

connect reading, science& the arts 

through the energy of words, 

the Power Allowing Us to Move; 

the Power Allowing Us to Think!

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.

Figurative Language LIVE

During their performance of When the Camel Sneezed, children used Call & Response to chant

the Figures of Speech they found in the story.

Exploring Space

Teaching Science through Poetry

 Poets work like scientists, 

carefully & patiently observing 

the world in all its details.

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.    

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.

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)


Words, Words, Words

Bounce, stretch, slip, & skip 

as you listen to Mary's poem 

about the energy of words.