Mrs. Gregory's Weekly Update
Important Dates to Know
September 21 One Sole Purpose Shoe Delivery
September 26-30: Book Fair
September 29: Grandparent's Day
September 29: 5:00 - 6:30 Open House
Thoughts to Ponder: Benefits of Music Therapy
So, we started pursuing the opportunity that was available just a block from school. We have now had a working relationship with the Center for Music Therapy and Wellness at Drury for 4 years. Twice a week we walk over and I get to watch some amazing women work with our students. They sing, play instruments, learn to be patient and take turns, learn to follow directions, and work on math and reading skills all while playing drums, cabasas, cocoricos and rain sticks. Personalities come out of these students that may not come out in the classroom. They learn songs that stick in their heads that they use when solving math problems. They relax and find a different avenue in which to learn.
Our students have written songs, engaged in impromptu karaoke sessions in which some deep thoughts about their world have emerged and have learned that music is a valuable way to learn. All of this happens at no charge to us. Grants and fundraising by the Center have covered all our costs.
In an article published on the Benefits of Music Therapy by the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, three benefits of Music Therapy are sited: Pain management and relaxation, emotional expression, socialization and distraction. I would like to add on to that learning in our setting.
I would like you to encourage you to take a look at their Facebook page to learn a little more about the amazing work they do.
Reading and Fact and Opinion Practice pages are coming your way.
Our younger students will continue with the books they read last week. We will be reading about Amazing Animals, discussing adjectives, synonyms, questions words and punctuation.