Boogie Mites is proud to announce that they are supporting 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge, a campaign organised by the non-profit organisation Achievement For All (AFA), to engage more children and young people with reading.
About the campaign
The campaign plans to engage early years settings, schools, colleges, parents, carers, child-minders and other care providers across England and Wales, and challenge them to collectively reach the ‘100 Million Minutes’ goal. They have a host of prizes that will be up for grabs for those schools, groups and settings taking part.
According to AFA, ‘up to two in five children in disadvantaged communities across the UK have difficulties with literacy’. This is an issue that we feel passionately about here at Boogie Mites. AFA call this disadvantage the ‘unacceptable gap’. Extensive research proves that regular participation in active music making significantly benefits brain development at this stage, building strong foundations for literacy, maths and learning generally – and this could hold the key to narrowing the gap.
In an interview with Boogie Mites, Anita Collins, University of Canberra, identified “Children who undertake regular active music making at this [Early Years] stage have significantly higher cognitive capability – specifically in their language recognition and numerical problem solving skills.”
Register and receive free Boogie Mites Resources
You can register to take part in this AFA 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge which starts on 1st March 2018 here.
Boogie Mites will contribute FREE resources to every early years setting that registers to take part in the Challenge. This will include a tester of resources from our music programme supporting school ready literacy including downloadable MP3s of the songs, training videos, lyrics and teacher notes.
One of the songs is our original song Munch, Munch, Munch that links to the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, the renowned book by Eric Carle. Using our resources, you can make the Hungry Caterpillar book part of your contribution to the challenge, and further explore the life cycle of the butterfly through music and outdoor activities. A perfect theme for March when we are all looking forward to spring and exploring the garden to find mini beasts!
So don’t delay register here now. See how Boogie Mites use music to bring a story alive and contribute to a great Challenge aimed at raising awareness to support closing the attainment gap.
Boogie Mites will also be hosting an event to support the Challenge in mid-March in Portsmouth – look out for the photos. Happy Reading!