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Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Center for Music at Your Local Library

Free Family Fun Day: Natural Toys

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Jackson Street Roundhouse

Jackson Street Roundhouse


Minnesota Transportation Museum /Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsylvania Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55130


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Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Center for Music at Your Local Library

What is Sing, Play, Learn
MacPhail Center for Music - Sing, Play, Learn

Chances are, if you’ve taken your kids to storytimes at libraries and bookstores around town, you’ve noticed that many spend nearly as much time engaging the children in singing and music as they do reading aloud. Music is a wonderful tool that can be used in early childhood to enhance literacy. I took advantage of MacPhail Center for Music’s free outreach program at my local Ramsey County Library branch today, bringing along my youngest daughters (ages 3 and 17 months). Titled “Sing, Play, Learn”, the class is a full 45 minutes of connecting the rhythms of music and language.

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MacPhail brings their lineup of six themes to libraries throughout the seven-county Twin Cities Metro. During our class, we explored ways in which musical play promotes body awareness. Naming parts, moving them to the beat and playing simple start-and-stop games with them highlighted both literacy skills and impulse control. It was also just plain fun watching my toddler daughter try to imitate the instructor!

How to Sign Up for Sing, Play, Learn

The program is free and, consequently, very popular. Advance registration is required at some locations, strongly suggested at others. Make sure to call ahead. Classes across the Metro are also winding down as the school year draws to a close. Check with your local library for upcoming dates

About the Author: Anne Kingston is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

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