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Jim Gill Early Childhood Educator Workshop

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Thursday, August 2    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Adrian District Library and the Lenawee District Library present a joyous way to learn music play to promote readiness, literacy, math development and inclusion. This free workshop is presented by musician, author and early childhood educator Jim Gill.  See below for a more detailed description. 

Registration required  Space is limited.  Scroll down for the registration link. Registration is now open to educators, child care providers, librarians, etc. outside of Lenawee County.  Note: this event is for adults only. No children please. 

In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.

Early childhood professionals will leave the session inspired to share a new repertoire of songs and playful literacy activities with the children that they care for. Even more, they will leave the session understanding that what is most challenging about the nature of early childhood education is also what makes the profession so exciting. When we define our teaching as helping children learn, we not only provide joyous challenges for the children. We also keep ourselves engaged and rejuvenated by watching their excitement as they learn.

Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill’s unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families.





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