Singing games carry a long and respected tradition of joyful music activity for children, adults, families, and communities. Singing and moving together in simple or complicated forms is, simply, contagious joy. Appealing to all ages—whether at home, in a classroom, or at a faculty meeting—singing games provide healthy opportunities for the lifting of spirits, sensory integration, and community building. In this active workshop designed for teachers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and friends, participants will receive an introduction to the wisdom contained in singing games and learn a repertoire of singing games to be enjoyed in early childhood and early grades settings.
Instructor Anna Rainville has been mentoring the creative spirit in children and adults through dynamic play, movement, nature, and the arts for over 30 years. A former Waldorf class teacher with 15 years experience in Los Altos, CA, and Lexington, MA, and an award-winning public school kindergarten teacher in the Santa Cruz Mountains (CA) where she taught for 11 years, Anna currently mentors teachers in public, private and charter schools and is a guest instructor, workshop leader, and consultant throughout the United States and abroad. She also co-directs the Kindergarten Forum in Saratoga, CA, and since 1992 has facilitated teacher renewal and integrated arts curriculum development at the Public School Institute of Rudolf Steiner College and in the Philippines. A founding board member of the National Kindergarten Alliance and a past delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, she is the recent recipient of grants to develop outdoor play and nature programs in an early childhood center in a low income community and to mentor an inner city school in San Jose, CA. In 2012, she completed three years of post-graduate training in remedial education with an emphasis on kinesthetic learning.
Anna is the author of Singing Games for Families, Schools, and Communities, about which Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling and the Art of Imagination, Storytelling with Children and Body Eloquence, wrote: “If you are a teacher and wish to invite the children you teach to find balance and gleeful kinesthetic skill, there can be no more enjoyable way to go about it. If you are a remedial specialist, there’s much to be learned from the old wisdom weaving in these tunes and dance steps. If you are a family member who wishes to warm the core of joy hidden in daily struggles, choose a song in this book and take hands to find the buoyancy that has lifted generations. If you are baffled by community dynamics, look for a new and refreshing pattern in the pages of this book. Find your voice and put on your dusty dancing shoes. Here is a panacea that works!”
Please join us for this lively spring workshop.
9am-4pm, Saturday, April 25
Workshop fee is $95 (includes $25 non-refundable registration fee) when registering in advance here.
NOTE: Online registration closes 9am, Friday, April 24. Walk-ins on the day of the workshop are welcome; walk-in fee is $110, payable at the door via credit card, cash or check. (Bring a water bottle!)
This event takes place in the Green Meadow Waldorf School gymnasium. The gym is located off Chestnut Ridge Road, near the intersection with Hungry Hollow Road. Just turn at the school sign right into the gym parking lot. Click here for a map.
Questions? Contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20.
Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time.