Area day care providers will learn to develop singing and rhythmic movement experiences for young children during a free workshop at the Purcell Public Library, 919 N. Ninth, Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and ending by 11:30 a.m. The workshop is titled, “Great Beginnings! Sharing Music with Children.”
Pre-registration is requested and possible by calling the library at 527-5546 or dropping by during regular library hours. Each center represented will receive free books. Workshop participants will receive continuing education certificates and be eligible for door prizes during the morning.
“Kids love music! It's so natural for them to sing, listen to music, move to music, and play with instruments. Music is also very good for kids, with skills such as keeping a steady beat and enhancing their pre-reading skills,” said Beverly Theige, workshop instructor. “This workshop will provide many practical ideas for you to use during a music time at your facility. We will demonstrate sample sessions, make a musical instrument or two, and have several useful library materials ready for you to check out. This is a fun and practical workshop designed to equip you with confidence and ideas as you share the joy of music with the children around you.”
Theige has a bachelor’s of music degree from Baylor University. She has 12 years experience teaching children’s choirs and 8 years experience with her weekly music preschool called Music Time. Theige leads the Rhythm Babies and Rhythm Tykes programs for the Norman Public Library.
“We are excited to provide an educational and meaningful workshop for our area day care workers and center staff. We want to support them as they help young children be ready to learn and ready to enter school,” said Peggy Cook, branch manager of the Purcell library.
“This workshop comes about as Pioneer Library System expands our commitment to support our educational partners—a similar workshop has been offered successfully in Cleveland County for the past few years—and now we are expanding to reach out to McClain County.”
For more information about this Purcell library program call the library at 527-5546.