On Thursday the 15th March, Boogie Mites Portsmouth Licensee Nicole Heard lead music story time sessions in support of Achievement For All, and their mission to reach the ‘100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge’ goal. According to Maureen Hunt (Early Years, AFA), “Literacy levels are one of the greatest drivers of social inequality in the UK today.”
Boogie Mites’ event to support AFA’s goal took place at Eastney Community Centre, Portsmouth. Nicole hosted two music-making sessions. And along with local politician Flick Drummond, the attending group opened with a warm up song and dance, followed by story time and a role-play musical version of the song.
Shortly before story time, Milli the AFA Mascot arrived! She waved and interacted with the children, introducing the book. Then left, allowing the book to be the main focus for their attention. Nicole read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, using animated actions and altering the tone and volume of her voice.
What followed was a Boogie Mites Original song – Munch, Munch, Munch – which tells the story of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. The children were encouraged to get into a cocoon shape, pretending to be the caterpillar before emerging with their scarves and fluttering them up and down as if they themselves have become a butterfly. This really gave them the opportunity to understand and engage with the story.
We encourage anyone working in early years to register their minutes of reading to the AFA website here, to help raise parents awareness of the importance or reading to children from an early age, starting a love of books that can last a lifetime. This Challenge runs throughout the month of March so it’s not too late to get reading and submitting!Here at Boogie Mites, our passion is to support literacy through high quality music making that develops rhythmic and melodic awareness, vital foundations for strong literacy skills. We also use music to enliven stories, making them more engaging and encouraging the sharing of books as part of the extended activity.
Don’t forget to submit your reading minutes! In the words of Maureen Hunt, “we must work to build brighter futures for all children and young people and the evidence shows that developing good literacy skills can have a huge impact on life chances and this journey starts in early years!”
For enquiries, contact Sue Newman, Boogie Mites Director on 023 92 817274 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org