Language Castle LLC
Members of NAEYC
Dear Karen and Members of NAEYC interested in Music and the Young Child
I am a special education teacher working for the Elizabeth, NJ Board of Education. As such, I consult with the Early Childhood Education teachers about the Pre-K disabled students in their classes. One goal is to monitor the child's progress in every domain so that I may be able to provide a description of his abilities in each domain for the case manager to put into the IEP by the time of the Annual Review.
Many of the children are dual language learners, learning in classes where one teacher is Spanish dominant, one is English dominant, and the children are learning in both languages. In some classes there is a third language in use: sign language for the pre-verbal children.
I check on the Pre-K disabled students in seven schools every week. In anticipation of Week of the Young Child, which designates Monday as Music Monday, as music facilitates learning, I designed and implemented music presentations for all the Pre-K students in those seven schools, reaching 450 Pre-K students that week.
My music program may be of interest to early childhood educators and music educators, and be appropriate in a description of events that took place in Week of the Young Child in 2017. I would be glad to learn who to contact for that.
For a description of my music program, here is a link to the write-up and photos that appeared on the Home Page of the Elizabeth NJ public schools. If anyone is interested in more information I will be very glad to pursue it.
Donna Messer, M.ED., CALT
Certified Academic Language Therapist Academic language Therapy Association
Certified Dyslexia Therapist International Dyslexia Association
Certified Recorder Teacher American Recorder Society
Teacher – Resource Center
Elizabeth Public Schools, NJ