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.
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.