Rockin' Readers

Did you know that students who don’t learn how to read by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school? Did you know that 85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are illiterate? Did you know that two-thirds of all students who cannot proficiently read by the fourth grade end up in jail or on welfare?

The United States Department of Justice states “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure”. Infinity uses music to provide an accesible way for children to learn and practice reading skills.

Music and literacy skills are wound tightly together. Rhythm, rhyme, and story-telling are reflected across different genres of music throughout time. Because music is naturally motivating and regarded as play, it is an excellent way to teach young children reading and reading comprehension skills. Our Rockin’ Readers program infuses music into children’s books to make them interactive through call and response singing, instrument play, and body percussion. We use books as a jumping off point in every session and we reinforce concepts such as spelling, “wh” questions, rhymes, letter identification, and more through other music-based activities. Each activity is designed according to research based methodologies to help the brain organize and store information learned in each session. We use drums, shakers, parachutes, toys, puppets, and other materials in every session to keep each child motivated and engaged.

Our Rockin’ Reader program is so popular, we have presented on it at the local and national level and have utilized components of the program in library groups, daycares, preschools, and private sessions across the state. We often offer this group in our clinic (contact us HERE to find out when the next series will run) but we also travel throughout most of Connecticut.

This program is most appropriate for ages 6 months-7 years old.

Sample Session Plan

Hello Song: Your music therapist will enthusiastically greet everyone while playing guitar and singing. The participants will be encouraged to sing along and will be engaged in singing a variety of consonant and vowel sounds during “silly song sections” to help orient them to the music. Each child will have the opportunity to take a solo on instruments shaped like various letters. (letter identification and letter sounds)

Raindrops Fall on the Ground: The participants will be led through a movement intervention that will transition from using body percussion to using small frame drums. Drum playing will mimic the sound of the rain. The words rain, thunder, and wind will be introduced on large printed cards that will correspond to different playing styles. Pretend play will be incorporated as they turn their drums into umbrellas and a spray bottle rains on down.  (sight words, syllable recognition)

Itsy Bitsy Spider: The book “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Iza Trapani will be set to song and picture cards will be used to represent characters and settings in the book. The children will be challenged to answer “wh” questions through song while matching appropriate pictures to the story to target reading comprehension. The children will be challenged to retell the story with and without picture cues. (reading comprehension, story retelling, visual attention to books)

We have to feed the spider!:  A giant poster of a spider will be introduced with a wide, hungry mouth! The song “I like to eat apples and bananas” will be used as a foundation for this exercise. Each child will receive a food shaker. As the song progresses, they will be challenged to feed the spider by spying foods beginning with specific letters. (letter sound association)

Spiders crawl up and down!:  Each child will receive their very own spider (ew!!!) that will climb all over their body. The words “up” and “down” will be introduced. As the book is read, they will have to identify if the spider is crawling up or down. Each time the spider crawls, the correct word will be spelled rhythmically.  (listening skills, prepositions, sight words, spelling)

Goodbye: The children will rock out to an interactive guitar song that helps them work on rhyming (See you later, alligator! In a while, crocodile!).  (rhyme)

Clinic Location

Main Office:
196 Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489


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