Songs of Writing
A new release by from featured singer Jeff Schroeder, this joins his first release, Explore New Worlds, as a CD/DVD to enjoy listening to and learning at the same time. In Songs of Writing, Jeff works in partnership with Nicole Peterson. They are both teachers at Ridgeview Elementary in Sparta, Michigan. "In an effort to discuss and share with students what makes 'Good Writing' turn into 'Great Writing' we spent time on instruction with the 6 +1 Traits of Writing.' As a literacy coach, Nicole wrote many lessons that included kinesthetic movement and song. These lessons were used to capture the bodies and minds of the students at they continued to learn practices that would improve their writing. With the help and creative musical talent of colleague and second grade teacher Jeff Schroeder, the songs have transformed from crude sketches into magical music that can be enjoyed by all. Children of all ages will find as they listen to the CD, or watch the DVD, that they are tapping their toes, wiggling their bodies, joining in with the hand motions, and singing out loud. Please watch, listen, learn, and enjoy!" This project has three unique features. First, there is the CD that includes the 11 songs for learning and then each of the songs is repeated with only the background music, allowing for every child to be their very own Karaoke star! Secondly, there is included an instructional DVD. This allows for children to watch and learn the lyrics and kinesthetic movements to help them remember the songs. The DVD is colorful and engaging for children of all ages. Finally, by accessing an on-line resource, you are able to download the lyrics to the songs and lessons plans for ideas of how the songs can be used in classrooms and with children. This project was a great endeavor; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We are so thankful to Bill Jourdan and ADA-BOY Productions for the graphic designs; Rob Genter from Jaguar Music for CD production; David Fix, Tyler Bedgood and ICONIC PRODUCTIONS.tv for producing the DVD; and to Sparta Area Schools for their support. To all a BIG thank you!