Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One of my masters... Michael Rosen!

Music gives a soul to the universe,
Wings to the mind,
Flight to the imagination...
And life to everything.

Plato

"Establishing a sense of rhythm can be used to increase a student's awareness of rhyming patterns and alliteration in other areas of reading and writing. Through music, memory skills can be improved, and aural discrimination increased (Chong & Gan 1997). Music can focus the mind on the sounds being perceived and promote learning through an interactive process. It is important in teaching early childhood students to be conscious of auditory and discrimination skills. Music and songs help increase these listening skills in a fun, relaxed manner. Listening skills are key in singing, language and expressive movement, and later reading and writing (Wolf, 1992)".
From the article "Promoting Literacy Through Music. Laura Woodall and Brenda Ziembroski http://www.songsforteaching.com/lb/literacymusic.htm


One of my favourite stories (and songs!) is "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen (former Children's Laureate), with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.


It is not only an excellent reading but also a great chant because it is musical, rythmical, repetitive and VERY FUNNY!

Have a look to this Michael's fabulous performance of the story. Enjoy him as well as I did!


You also can get a video version of the book in You Tube.



References
If you like to know a bit more about Mr. Rosen, visit his site: http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/
More Michael Rosen's performs in http://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign
Chong, S. & Gan, L. (1997). The Sound of Music. Early Child Development and Care, 323.
Wolf, J. (I 992). Using Song Picture Books to Support Emergent Literacy. Young Children, 56-61.

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