Growing a Reader

November 26, 2012

Fill in the blanks:

Harold and the ____Crayon.

One Fish, Two Fish, ____Fish, ____Fish.

___Eggs and Ham.

There’s a reason that so many children’s books incorporate color and rhythm.  Books with vibrant illustrations, tied with repetition, rhyme, and engaging sounds help to make the reading process a more memorable experience. After all, can you imagine The Very Hungry Caterpillar eating his way silently through a black and white apple, cake, or pickle?  Some of the magic just might fade away.

Even with some of these fabulous reads, we all know that not everyone learns the same way. Not all kids take to the written word, or picture books, or have the desire to sit while being read to…no matter how vibrant the page, no matter how fun the rhyme.

That’s why we at  Young Audiences tie the literary arts to the learning experience.  Programs and Workshops like Lara Troyer’s “Suess in Song,” Susan Weber’s “What’s Inside a Story: Structure and Key Details” and George Woideck’s “From Books to Art: Reinforcing Childhood Literacy” help with differentiated learning and early academic success.  They bring the written word alive and encourage collaboration and creativity. Kids can learn through the song, dance, rhyme, repetition (and so much more!) that these programs embrace.

Susan Weber’s Programs Bringing the Written Word to Life

Our hope is that we can help all teachers and parents grow readers. Join us.


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Take Action Against Bullying with the Arts

November 8, 2012

Once upon a time, bullies at school may have been thought of as “just a part of growing up.” Young Audiences believes that nothing should be further from the truth.

We’re not alone. Schools and state legislators have enacted zero tolerance policies and laws and school counselors have risen to the challenge. Why?

It could be because, as the National Crime Prevention Council states, “Parents, educators, and community leaders now see bullying as a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, isolating them from their peers, causing them to drop out of school and even promoting health problems and suicide.”

The National Institute of Health provides the following statistics:

  • Every 30 minutes a teenager attempts suicide due to bullying.
  • About 47 teens are bullied every 5 minutes.
  • 71% of students report bullying as an ongoing problem. Read the rest of this entry »