Building Visual Literacy through Music with Miss Carole

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4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

VISUAL LITERACY is the ability to interpret, negotiate and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Nowadays our little learners are asked to demonstrate this skill prior to reading. A LEITMOTIF is a recurrent theme in a musical composition. A wide range of information surrounds the diverse ages and levels of our children – from computer screens to books, toys to television. How do they gain the skills needed to make sense of all this input? With our help! Let’s start learning to ask helpful questions, present a variety of visual stimuli, and take time for observation and reflection. AND, let’s do it with musical activities that promote a developmentally appropriate introduction to visual literacy skills for 2-5 year olds who display a wide range of skills and abilities.

Participants should come ready with a favorite song or book to share. Think about why your selection resonates with children. We'll pick a few to brainstorm how to add visuals or music to enhance learning and differentiate instruction. What's the PLUS? For the final 30 minutes Miss Carole will share music to start off the new school year with a bang! This will be fun – because learning should be fun for adults and for all children!

Learner objectives

Participants will:

1. Be able to define Visual Literacy and its applications in Early Childhood curricula.

2. Be able to identify when adding a visual will enhance learning.

3. Examine a sample song or book and brainstorm how they could add a visual literacy component to it.

4. Have a list of questions to ask about visual stimuli to promote a child's observation and cognitive skills, and increase vocabulary.

Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Early Intervention Personnel, Family Educator, Family Member, Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher Assistant
Contact hours
State Performance Plan Indicator Alignment
SPPI 7 - Early Childhood Outcomes
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Early Literacy, Early Music, Interactions with Children
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments