Saturday, February 22, 2020
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9:30 AM-

Registration open through 2/22/2020 8:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada)

Promote Readiness, Literacy, Math Development and Inclusion Through Joyous Active Play
Thirty-five years ago Jim Gill picked up a banjo excited by the idea that music, apart from the joy it brings, is a great way to play and a great way to help young children learn. In this energizing session Jim shares examples of his award-winning songs and musical books that combine opportunities for active movement with word play and rhymes. Teachers and care providers will appreciate the finger plays and singable songs that they can share with children immediately after the workshop.

These practical ideas inspire play, but Jim also reminds early childhood professionals why we play. Jim discusses:
• How music play inspires young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements . . . not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers.

• How music play can help to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs and from all different backgrounds.

• How a music video can be initially used to inspire play, but that the best early childhood practices are implemented when caring adults are actively involved in sharing music play with young children.
Early childhood educators will leave the session inspired to celebrate with new songs and playful literacy activities. Even more, they will leave the session thinking about new strategies to help children learn!


 Jim Gill is a musician and author with singular credentials among children’s artists. Jim spent twenty years directing programs in music play for families and children with special needs in the Chicago area. His particular writing style—combining word play and movement opportunities into songs—was developed through this work. Jim completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. His work experience and studies have led Jim to create each of his recordings and books as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Jim has released seven award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. Jim is also the author of two children’s books. Over the years he has received five awards from the American Library Association for his releases. Over the years Jim has shared his expertise and ideas on music, play and literacy with organizations such as Head Start, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Association for Family Child Care and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

About Us
The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.


Free of charge 

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Credit - 2.5 Hours

Professional Development Hours or CEU credits will be sent electronically within 5 school days. Please be sure to sign in!


CASE is an approved provider for the following IDFRP licenses:
PT #216.000034
SLP #202.0000102
SW #159.000366
OT #224.000018

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