BOOKS IN MOTION PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
June 9 @ 12:00 – Beale Memorial Library “Pete The Cat”
June 12 @ 2:00 – Wilson Branch Library “Pete The Cat”
June 28 @ 1:00 – Mojave Branch Library “Where the Wild Things Are”
June 29 @ 3:30 – California City Branch Library “Where the Wild Things Are”
July 6 @ 1:00 – Rosamond Branch Library “Where the Wild Things Are”
July 12 @ 11:00 – Baker Branch Library “Where the Wild Things Are”
July 18 @ 2:00 – Southwest Branch Library “Pete The Cat”
July 20 @ 2:00 – Beale Memorial Library “Where the Wild Things Are”
July 28 JULY 29 @ 11:00 – Northeast Branch Library “Where the Wild Things Are” (performance rescheduled)
TO REGISTER for BOOKS IN MOTION:
Please call the specific Kern County Library Branch to reserve your spot for Books in Motion. Visit kerncountylibrary.org for contact info.
BOOKS IN MOTION 2017 INFORMATIONAL FLYER
BOOKS IN MOTION 2017 PROMOTIONAL FLYER
Books in Motion is a pilot program that links dance and literacy by focusing on Common Core Standards for Reading Literature for children, K-3rd, commencing summer of 2017. In collaboration with the Kern County Library and Kern Literacy Council, families will have the opportunity to visit Kern County library branches and watch a dance performances based upon a well-known children’s book. Post-performance, children will engage in kinesis by learning choreography and will create a craft that coincides with the book’s theme. At the culmination of the session, children will be divided into groups based upon age/level and posed questions to evaluate their comprehension. Lastly, children will be able to take their own copy of the book home. Books in Motion will be offered for FREE to all participants.
Books in Motion Bibliography:
Pete the Cat by Litwin
Kitchen Dance by Manning
Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Kozikowski
The Lion and the Mouse by Pinkney
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Various Authors
Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak
Books in Motion will be available at 21 Kern County Library branches:
CALIFORNIA CITY BRANCH
HOLLOWAY GONZALES BRANCH
KERN RIVER VALLEY BRANCH
- Create motivation and interest in reading
- Create motivation and encouragement for movement through dance
- Cover Common Core State Standards in Reading Literature for grades K-3rd grade
- Instill a sense of connection and ownership of reading through listening and viewing of well-known stories
- Reinforce Common Core Standards through kinetic learning
- Support literacy development through unified thematic experience of art craft, dance movement, and story-telling
Books in Motion is a program geared for young students in the early literacy stages. These students are in the pre-reading, pre-decoding, decoding, and early emergent reading stages. This program is designed to tap into their imagination and encourage them to continue to read books. For some students, reading is a very difficult concept that is still too foreign and out of reach to understand due to age and brain development. Books in Motion will bypass this intangible feeling for children by allowing them to see the magic of a book laid out on a stage with real characters coming to life through movement. Children do not have to read words to read- they can read the dancers’ movements. By tapping into curiosity, children will be motivated to explore literacy, which leads them back to the written words that brought the book to life. The goal of Books in Motion is to allow every young child the opportunity to read, even if you cannot read the words, you can read through movement. Research shows that kinesthetic learning is a highly effective tool not utilized enough in the traditional classroom. As evident by the KDA SHINE for Girls: MATH + DANCE = SUCCESS program, dance can be successful in teaching complicated applications, from math to reading.
Learning how to read begins at birth and continues through 3rd grade. Once a child enters 4th grade, studies show that those that are not proficient readers will find difficulty in adjusting to complicated English, Grammar, and Literature applications. Children begin to read by learning the sounds of spoken word. They begin to understand written language when they are read to, and their comprehension of reading and writing is increased upon entering a formalized education (K-3rd).
Studies also show that not every child learns at the same pace, nor in the same manner; therefore, offering multiple ways to grasp educational applications is necessary for the growth of every child. Books in Motion will provide a visual, aural, verbal, and physical (kinesis) opportunity to engage in literacy. By utilizing kinesis, movement and action replaces more passive forms of learning, such as listening to a lecture. We have all forgotten facts once memorized in a classroom, but we seem to be able to remember dance moves we once learned. By connecting the different ways in which we learn, Books in Motion enables effective understanding and retention of information in addition to infusing abstract literacy concepts with a physical meaning. Because movement allows a student an alternative approach to the information, students learn when they are receptive.
Locally, only 28% of Kern County 3rd graders meet or exceed grade level standards for English Language Arts (Ca Assessment of Student Performance and Progress 2014-15). 15% of Kern County adults have not attained a 9th grade literacy level (US Census Bureau, 2010). 13.9% of Kern County adults lack the basic literacy skills necessary to perform daily job functions (US Census Bureau, 2010), and 16.2% Kern County adults over 25 years are high school dropouts (CA. Dept. of Education, 2014). Books in Motion was conceived to assist in combatting these dismal numbers. Providing a free, hands-on, innovative approach to assisting children with their literacy journey is the main objective. According to the Kern Literacy Council, one of the top factors for predicting school success for students is to increase the number of spoken words for children in early childhood. Books in Motion celebrates the opportunity to increase accessibility to literacy and the arts, while also focusing on the 34% of Kern County residents that do not have an income sufficient to meet basic needs and whose children growing up in these low-income households hear approximately 30 million fewer words by the time they reach their fourth birthday (Report on the Status of Women + Girls in Kern County 2015).
Books in Motion is an hour-long program featuring story-telling, performance, choreography, and crafting.
- Books in Motion Narration + Performance – Children are invited to sit back and listen to the narration of a well-known children’s book while viewing an accompanying dance performance.
- Dance – Children will learn a dance from experienced dancers based upon the Books in Motion text. They will learn a dancer’s warm up and stretching routine, and choreography reflecting the Books in Motion text/theme. Kinesthetic learning, attitude, confidence, teamwork, and dedication will be emphasized.
- Small Group Crafting – Children will join volunteers to create customized crafts corresponding to their grade level and the Books in Motion text. Children and guardians are encouraged to work together, engage in creativity, and produce a product reflecting the session’s teachings.
- Evaluation – Children will be divided into groups based upon grade level. Children will be prompted to answer questions and details about the Books in Motion text, perform the official Books in Motion choreography, and provide reflection upon the sessions teachings. An exit survey for children will provide quantitative and qualitative data about the success of Books in Motion.
Books in Motion curriculum covers the following Common Core Standards for Reading Literature for K-3rd grade:
RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g. what moment in a story an illustration depicts.)
RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g. their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
RL.3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g. create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting.)
Books in Motion is FREE to all participants and is made possible by generous donations from our community. You can help others to participate in Books in Motion by becoming a donor:
- $100 affords craft supplies for one Books in Motion session
- $250 affords one Books in Motion Dance Organization Honorarium
- $1000 affords craft sessions for an entire summer of Books in Motion
- $3,500 affords free books for one Books in Motion session
- $12,000 affords an entire summer of Books in Motion
KDA and BIM is honored to partner with the following organizations…
Dancer’s Turnout Academy has been established for over a decade providing Kern County with recreational and competitive dance instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Acrobatics. DTA prides themselves with a loving and nurturing staff in a positive and structured learning environment. www.dancersturnout.net
Downtown Dance Arts Centre is a small, family-oriented dance studio in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. Following in the footsteps of Ms. Lenore Smith and Ms. Helane Bean, Downtown Dance Arts Centre offers classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Irish. Since opening in August 2012, the staff has worked with students individually and in groups to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and a strong sense of self-identity through various forms of dance instruction. www.downtowndanceartscentre.com
Mojave Movement Arts Center opened in 1993 with the intention of providing training in classical ballet to residents of Southeast Kern County and the Antelope Valley. The focus is on developing the individual student, encouraging them to be the best dancer, and the best person, they can be. Students aged four to adult, recreational and pre-professional, are welcome. Guest artists, workshops, and performance opportunities are part of the study of dance and an element important to Mojave Movement Arts Center. www.mojavedance.com