Boogie Mites are delighted to be supporting Achievement For All’s Summer of Literacy initiative.
Achievement for All (AFA) is stepping up with their Summer of Literacy to support all children and young people to catch up and be school or work-ready, building the skills and resilience through learning activities that engage them to explore all areas of literacy (speaking and listening, reading and writing…even singing!).
Boogie Mites are contributing by supporting early years children via settings and parents, providing 3 songs that will support the development of foundations for literacy, ready for starting school in September.
We are providing 3 songs from our School Ready Music Programme to be practised as regularly as possible from now until October 31st, in time for the AFA November Conference, when winners will be announced. The songs can be linked to a theme, with a story or rhyme being told in the middle of the session making a 20-30 minute musical literacy session. You should record your musical and reading minutes and submit them each week on the AFA website. There will be prizes for the settings and parents recording the most minutes. There is also a video competition – see below.
The following 3 Boogie Mites songs are available on our Customer Hub, along with training videos, for everyone who signs up for the Summer of Literacy Challenge. Here is some information about each song.
Song 1: Bean Bag Hello
Sit the children in a circle and use this song to signal the start of music time. The song encourages group skills, taking turns and co-operation, as they pass the bean bag or soft toy around the circle. They take turns to share their name or name of the soft toy, singing the chorus and clapping between turns. Once familiar with the song you can play around with names, e.g. using rhyming, alliteration names or linking names to the chosen theme of the session.
Following this hello song you could read a story relating to the chosen theme or recite a rhyme, try to use as many actions, sounds and expressions as possible to make the story engaging and to role model good storytelling. Then reflect on the story and ask the children to pick some chosen words from the story or rhyme.
Song 2: Let’s Tap a Word
Four of the chosen words will be clapped out, or tapped out if you have rhythm sticks. Clap/tap the rhythm of the words (syllables), repeating several times so that they can hear how you clap/tap the syllables. Before long they will be able to hear the rhythm of the word themselves and be able to clap/tap it out without your lead. Then practice the action sequence chorus before singing the song and putting one of the four words into each verse.
Song 3: Goodbye, Hasta Luego
Learn the signs for each of the words in the song, practice the signs until the song can be sung through with signing from start to finish.
As well as recording your musical and reading minutes there is also a challenge to submit a video of your children clapping/tapping along to Let’s Tap a Word, using their chosen words. The winner will receive a free Boogie Mites School Ready Music programme pack and licence (25 songs) supporting the development of strong foundations for phonics. Details will follow – for Autumn submission so get practising!
Sign up to the Summer of Literacy Reading Challenge here: https://200millionminutes.org/signup/
Find out about all upcoming online training dates here: https://www.boogiemites.co.uk/online-practitioner-training-2021/