Iowa groups use music to teach children environmental literacy


Iowa groups are using music to teach children about environmentalism. Ames Public Library, Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Learning Farms partnered together to create a CD entitled Dogs, Frogs and Nature Songs. The Iowa group Joyful Hearts created the music for this CD.

Wallaces Farmer reports that the songs also serve as a learning aide:

The music CD is much more than some cute kids’ music. Comito carefully chose songs that had nature themes and rewrote lyrics to meet at least one of the six criteria of children’s literacy that the Library’s Project Smyles strives to highlight: print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, narrative skills, vocabulary and phonological awareness.

For example, the song “BINGO” helps kids to identify with letter knowledge and “Too Soon for Goodnight Moon” offers print awareness and print motivation. The song is an original piece and names many popular children’s books in the lyrics.

Many efforts have been made around the nation to promote environmental awareness to our youth. The Natural Resources Defense Council offers an extensive list of websites designed to get children involved.

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