Study Proves ABC Music & Me Program Boosts Literacy Development

GREENSBORO, NC –SEG Measurement, an independent research firm, conducted a national study of nearly 300 preschool children, aged three years through five years, to test the ability of Kindermusik International’s curriculum ABC Music & Me to affect students’ literacy development.

 

During the study, students in both the treatment and control groups were tested with the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) Pre-K Assessment at both the beginning and end of the school year.  Results indicated that students in the treatment group showed a 32% higher gain in PALS scores over the control group, indicating greater gains in student’s literacy as a result of the curriculum.

 

“Students using Kindermusik showed significantly greater improvement in literacy and language skills than students who did not use Kindermusik,” said Scott Elliot, president of SEG Measurement.

 

ABC Music & Me is an early childhood literacy and language curriculum from Kindermusik International that uses music and movement to engage young children, while teaching a variety of skills critical to later school success. With ABC Music & Me, age-appropriate activities are designed to develop and strengthen each student’s early literacy skills, fine/gross motor skills, and social-emotional skills through theme-related songs, poems, stories, dancing, and instrument play.  A vital and effective learning component of the program is monthly home learning materials intentionally designed to encourage parental involvement.

 

“The results of this study, which used the highly respected PALS test, reaffirms that ABC Music & Me meets the direct needs of students and teachers for fostering language and literacy skills,” said  Scott Elliot. “Survey results indicated that preschool teachers found the ABC Music & Me curriculum, delivered in 30-minute weekly lessons, easy to teach with no prior music background and to promote social & emotional development in addition to literacy gains.”

 

Parents received home learning materials for use with their child including a monthly literature & activity magazine, a monthly music CD, and an instrument every other month. Nine out of 10 parents said they would be “highly likely” or “very likely” to recommend the program to other parents.

 

“The most effective aspects of ABC Music & Me are that the children all participate and have fun doing the different activities each week. The lesson plan is easy to follow. The assessment forms from fall to spring show growth in many areas…Overall I feel that ABC Music & Me has now become a daily part of my lesson plan and I am looking forward to using the program next year,” said a preschool teacher who participated in the study.

 

Click here to view entire research study and learn more about ABC Music & Me.

 

About PALS

PALS is a scientifically-based phonological awareness and literacy screening that measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, among other skills.

 

About Kindermusik International

Kindermusik International is the world’s leading provider of music, movement and literacy programs for young children, enjoyed by 2 million plus families in more than 70 countries. For more than 30 years, Kindermusik has helped children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific educational programs for children ages newborn to seven. Kindermusik curriculum is taught by the best educators in the best schools and studios world-wide. Visit Kindermusik.com to find out more about Kindermusik music classes for kids and early childhood curriculum.

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Mimio Announces Live Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Technology to Create Collaborative, Interactive Learning

 

Hosted by Educators for Educators, New Webinar Series Presents Tips for Creating Fully Integrated, Interactive, Collaborative Classrooms

 

Cambridge, MA – Oct. 21, 2013Mimio, developer of the MimioClassroom™ family of interactive teaching technologies, today announced its fall 2013 professional development webinar series designed to help customers make optimal use of its technologies. Teachers who have gained expertise with Mimio’s collaborative technologies host the webinars. Two of the live 30-minute sessions will be presented on two different days to accommodate educators’ schedules.

“All of us at Mimio are so grateful to have this team of wonderfully dedicated educators who are experts when it comes to Mimio solutions, and who are willing to help others make the most of our interactive learning systems and content,’” said Paget Hetherington, Mimio’s vice president of marketing. “They all have extensive classroom experience, so they know what session attendees are dealing with and can give solid, practical advice.”

The fall 2013 series includes the following sessions:

What’s New with MimioStudio and MimioMobile?

This webinar examines the teaching opportunities presented by the new features in the recently updated MimioStudio™ 11 classroom software and MimioMobile™ application. The presenter is Travis Rink, an educator advocacy leader at Mimio and a former high school science teacher. He will take attendees through the numerous ways that the software and application can be used on Apple and Android mobile devices, from creating collaboration opportunities to formative assessment options.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-10-24-overview to register.

The session will take place again on Tuesday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-12-10-overview to register.

Classroom Collaboration with Mimio

Webinar attendees will learn how to enhance students’ collaboration skills with MimioStudio 11 software and the new MimioMobile app. The presenter, Paul Gigliotti, is a high school social studies teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. He will provide tips and suggestions for using the many features of the enhanced tools to facilitate and encourage collaboration in the classroom. Attendees will also be introduced to some of the new collaboration lessons and activities that are available at no charge on mimioconnect.com, Mimio’s online community for educators.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-7-overview to register.

The webinar will also be held on Thursday, December 5, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-12-5-overview to register.

Seamless Integration of Curriculum and Technology

In this webinar, attendees will learn how curriculum and technology work together seamlessly in the Mimio classroom. Sarah Coughlin, a high school math teacher at Hingham Public Schools in Hingham, Mass., will share the latest on new Mimio products that work with Apple and Android mobile devices to create an engaging and collaborative learning environment to support student achievement.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 21, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-21-overview to register.

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. Our award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms.  For more information, visit mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

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Actress Kathy Kinney Brings Mrs. P.’s Literacy Roadshow to Minneapolis Schools

Along with myON, a partner in literacy, Mrs. P visits elementary schools around the twin cities

In addition to the literacy road show, Mrs. P made an appearance on the Education Talk Radio Show with Larry Jacobs on Oct. 16, and you can access that broadcast here.

(MINNEAPOLIS) Oct. 21, 2013 –An eccentric, education-loving lady named Mrs. P. delighted children at three Minneapolis schools with her Literacy Roadshow last week.

Actress Kathy Kinney, best known as Mimi on “The Drew Carey Show,” brings Mrs. P. to life every day on her award-winning website, MrsP.com, where she reads classic stories to children from her magic library.

Minneapolis-based public relations firm, PR with Panache!, took Mrs. P and her magic library on the road to kick off her fifth annual “Be a Famous Writer” contest for kindergartners through fourth graders.  Local Minnesota company myOn is a leading sponsor for the nationally known writing contest.

Mrs. P wants kids to understand that when they read, they are cool, because reading is cool. Kinney is a master of improvisation and her quick wit and quirky personality kept each group of students laughing and clamoring for more.

Kinney capped off her visit to Minnesota as the celebrity guest on “Twin Cities Live,”a midday talk show on KSTP, the local ABC affiliate. In addition to highlighting her performance at Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary, she talked about how important it is to get children reading.

In addition to the literacy road show, Mrs. P made an appearance on the Education Talk Radio Show with Larry Jacobs on Oct. 16, and you can access that broadcast here.

To find out more details about how to enter the “Be a Famous Writer” contest, visit https://www.smore.com/wpt6.

For more about Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P and her Magic Library, go to http:// www.mrsp.com

To learn more about Mrs. P.’s Literacy Road show go to: Mrs. P and KSTP

About PR with Panache!

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