Special Christmas Reading Program for Kids

musical notes and staffReading Music, Reading Words is a hands-on story time for children ages 3 to 5 involving books, stories, activities, and an opportunity for children to experience percussion instruments. Reading Music, Reading Words began at Muncie Public Library in 2003 with the initiative of musical professionals and educators from Ball State University. The program has continued with youth services staff at both Carnegie and Maring-Hunt over the years.

Language and concepts paired with rhythm is not only fun, but helps children develop reading readiness.* Studies demonstrate that music affects many aspects of a child’s learning. Children who frequently listen to and interact with music have better math skills, better language skills and better problem-solving skills than most. Plus, children love music!  Come join the fun and help your child learn how to make books and stories come alive with music! If you have never experienced how music can help children read, visit us during this special Christmas program, December 12, 2007 at Carnegie, 10:15 am in the meeting room. Call  765.741.5158 for more information, or register here.

* “Children who lack reading readiness at school entry have a harder time learning to read in the primary grades. This has been found in prediction studies since 1950.” [From Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children by the National Research Council]

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2 Comments on “Special Christmas Reading Program for Kids”

  1. amy Pappageorge Says:

    Do you have a reading list of the books you use in the Reading Music Reading Words program? How can I find more information about this program.


    Amy Pappageorge

  2. Excellent question. I am the associate librarian who leads this storytime. We have used various picture books with rhythmic verse. Some of my favorites are “Crunch Munch” by Jonathan London and “Tanka Tanka Skunk! rhythm and rhyme” by Steve Webb. Because of your suggestion, we are putting together a booklist that will be listed on our kid’s web page for Reading Music, Reading Words. If you have more questions about the program call 747-8200 and ask for Jody in the children’s room at Muncie Public Library. Thanks

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