The Song Room runs a number of Early Years Programs for children up to 5 years old and their parents.
Teaching Artists work with facilitated playgroups in structured creative workshops that are designed to:
- Improve pre-literacy skills for children and help parents develop effective pre-reading habits
- Provide a way for parents and their children to positively engage
- Provide professional development to playgroup facilitators to improve their qualities to deliver programs and their skills to deliver pre-literacy
- Connect parents and children with school communities to prepare them for the transition to school by improving pre-literacy, increasing their social connections and by making them more aware of the need to support learning at school and at home
The Song Room Reading Bug program also provides professional development for playgroup facilitators. Reading Bug explores ways to use literacy, songs and dramatic play in playgroups and uses themes to connect everyday learning opportunities to books and reading. The program aims to sustain creative continuity by building the capacity and confidence of playgroup facilitators.
Reading Bug creates resources specific to each community, such as instruments, puppets, CDs, DVDs and books.
“My son has improved his vocabulary just by learning the songs. We attend this playgroup because of The Song Room activities”Mother, Meriwa-Ngala, WA
The Teaching Artist uses these resources in multiple ways. They use them to help children increase their vocabularies, to develop the confidence to join in group activities and to learn to enjoy books, songs and moving to music. The resources are also used to develop deeper bonds between parents and their children to create a positive pathway from early learning to school readiness.
Because of these programs, 80% of parents report they are more confident to sing, dance, play and read to their children.