As many of you, I had to take a reading class as part of my requirements to become a teacher. I think every music teacher struggles making the class meaningful because we’re unsure how we’re going to incorporate reading skills in our instruction on top of everything else we have to do in 30-45 minutes once a week. I chose to take a different approach to my reading class. I researched music books specifically written for children and authentic strategies I could use to enhance and support literacy in the music classroom.
Because so many of the books I use for my Sing Alouds also happen to be folk songs, I read/sing them twice over the course of two classes. Students love the familiarity of the story the second time around and often times will begin to sing along too.
Do you do Sing Alouds in your classroom? What are your favorite books to sing to your students?
In the coming weeks, I’ll be discussing books for instrument exploration, poetry and composition, and favorite books about composers. Be sure to check back each week!
Oh – if you are looking for a list of children’s books for the music room, check out my “inventory” list. I’m sharing it on Dropbox this month!
- Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa
- Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child
- Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews