Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Singing and Dancing - It's Not Just on American Idol

Imagine over 400 students singing and dancing in a daily program intended to help develop the English language and vocabulary. This summer program is Learning the Language in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Learning the Language is being hosted at Central Elementary this year. 

Since 1985, Bilingual and ESL students in C-FB have been attending Learning the Language during the summer. The purpose of the program is to develop English through the use of fairy tales, songs and movement. 

The Pied Piper visits the students every day for one hour to sing songs that he wrote himself and dance, while developing oral language in kids. Each student receives a CD to keep with all the music they sing to practice at home. 

Teachers use fairy tales, poems, and hands-on activities to engage kids in the learning. Kids love coming to school every day during the summer to learn and sing with teachers and the Piper. The program consists predominantly of Pre-K and Kinder students. Students in 1st-5th grades who are new to the country also attend. Older students participate in a puppet show that correlates with the fairy tale they read that week. The program is four weeks long, starting June 10 and ending July 3.

Through singing, dancing, fairy tales and reading, students in C-FB learn at high levels. 

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