Read With Me

Through our Read With Me program, teaching artists show parents fun ways to create learning experiences for their children at home. These early childhood family workshops give parents and children memorable opportunities to sing, dance and make art together. Children learn literacy skills and receive a free book to take home. Please join us for an upcoming Read With Me workshop!


Read With Me Workshops Calendar

The workshops below are offered FREE of charge.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

Sense of Wonder: Exploring Nature through Songs, Stories and Movement

 Teaching Artists: Magpie

Join renowned musicians Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner (aka “Magpie”) and learn fun, easy-to-sing songs that foster children's innate love of animals and the natural world while supporting early childhood science concepts.  Discover ways to encourage children’s curiosity, and "sense of wonder” with songs that engage through physical movement, such as sign language, meaningful gestures and dance. 

 
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Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, educators and musicians, are mainstays of the Inner City-Inner Child early education program. Terry holds three degrees in early childhood education, including two in special education for children with learning disabilities and emotional disturbances, from Kent State University. In addition to being award-winning, renowned singer-songwriters, Ms. Leonino and Mr. Artzner are Master Artist Teachers for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning and pioneers in the use of American Sign Language to promote literacy for low-income early learners.


SATURDAY, october 28, 2017,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

Sing a Story, Dance a Song: Singing, Moving and Visual Arts

Teaching Artist: Sylvia Zwi

This interactive workshop will give parents the tools to use singing and dancing to develop children’s literacy skills, love of books and passion for reading. Renowned teaching artist, musician and performer, Sylvia Zwi, will introduce story-telling techniques that actively engage parents and children, creating a rich and vibrant learning environment for infants, toddlers and preschool students.

 
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In addition to leading ICIC Family Literacy and Professional Development workshops, Sylvia Zwi is a Master Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Fairfax County Office for Children. At the SITAR Center for the Arts, she is the dean for early childhood learning and professional development. Ms. Zwi is a performing arts instructor, with an emphasis on early childhood music, and has taught at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (DCPS), Levine School of Music, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. A graduate from the Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Zwi also has credits in early childhood education and psychology from Nassau Community College in New York.


SATURDAY, november 11, 2017,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

Toy Stories: Using Storytelling to Promote Early Childhood Self- Regulation and Math Skills

Teaching Artist: Marcia Daft

Marcia Daft, creator of STEAM curriculum, Moving Through Math, teaches the storyteller's art of creating voices, facial expressions, and gestures that bring a story to life. Participants learn to animate small toys and simple objects while leading children in the telling of a story. As the storytelling unfolds, the mathematical concept that underlies the story is revealed. Children then map the story's sequence of events to demonstrate understanding of the underlying math concepts.

 
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Marcia Daft is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Through Math and Moving Through Science. Her company produces and publishes children’s books, instructional materials, and videos that bring arts integrated learning to life in the classroom. Marcia is a national workshop presenter for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  and  a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Ms. Marcia has also developed museum exhibitions and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has written more than twenty children's educational booklets with CD’s for The Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft graduated Phi Beta Kappa in bio-medical engineering from Duke University. She was a Century Fellow at The University of Chicago, where she earned a Master’s Degree in music. She studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics - a technique of integrating music and dance.


SATURDAY, december 9, 2017,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

Art for the Holidays: Using Visual Arts to Promote Early Childhood Skills

Teaching Artist: Karen O. Brown

Enjoy the holiday season with your family while creating winter themed works of art. Your masterpieces can be used to decorate your home or as gifts for the holiday season. The workshop is hands-on, using simple techniques appropriate for children under the age of 5.

Karen O. Brown is a fun, supportive arts educator and loves to collaborate with artists of all ages.  Come, bring your holiday spirit and we’ll explore our creativity together!

 
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Karen O. Brown is a professional artist and experienced arts educator. She conducts 30 to 40 workshops and residencies per year for organizations such as the Kennedy Center, Class Acts Arts, Washington Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and numerous public libraries. Her international travels in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America inform and enrich her teaching residencies, workshops and public art projects. Ms. Brown’s graduate work is in textiles, ceramics, sculpture, 3-D and surface design, bookmaking, and photography. She specializes in differentiated instruction, to meet the needs of children with varied learning styles.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

Winter Wonders: Exploring Winter through Songs, Stories and Movement

 Teaching Artists: Magpie

Renowned musicians Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner (aka “Magpie”) return for a lively winter version of their popular "sense of wonder" workshop. Come and learn more fun, easy-to-sing songs that foster children's innate love of animals and the natural world while supporting early childhood science concepts. Through songs that engage through physical movement, such as sign language, meaningful gestures and dance, you will discover ways to encourage your child's curiosity about the wonders of winter.

 
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Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, educators and musicians, are mainstays of the Inner City-Inner Child early education program. Terry holds three degrees in early childhood education, including two in special education for children with learning disabilities and emotional disturbances, from Kent State University. In addition to being award-winning, renowned singer-songwriters, Ms. Leonino and Mr. Artzner are Master Artist Teachers for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning and pioneers in the use of American Sign Language to promote literacy for low-income early learners.


SATURDAY, february 24, 2018,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

A-Go! A-May!: Using African Songs, Dance and Drumming to Teach Early Childhood Literacy and Math

 Teaching Artist: Sylvia Soumah

Explore ways to use movement, music and rhythm to teach your child crucial pre-reading and early math skills, and learn essential social-emotional abilities. Simple African dance movements not only help develop motor coordination, but also teach sequencing and positional language. Drumming teaches counting, number recognition and one-to-one correspondence. Singing African songs exposes children to the languages of other cultures and promotes community and collaboration. Come prepared to sing, dance and have fun!

 
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An ICIC teaching artist since 1995, Ms. Soumah has been dancing and teaching African dance in Washington since 1992.  She is Founder and Director of Coyaba Dance Theater, D.C.’s critically acclaimed & award-winning African Dance company. Sylvia’s extensive West African Dance experience has lead her to tour with some of the best artists of the National Ballet of the Republic of Guinea. Coyaba Dance Theater performs Outreach/Inreach dance and drumming workshops for the Dance Place, Smithsonian, Washington Performing Arts Society, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Washington Ballet at the ARC. Ms. Soumah has performed and taught in Korea, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and Guinea. She currently teaches at Coyaba Academy, Dance Place and The Washington Ballet at THE ARC. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Pola Nirenska award for Dance and was a Finalist in the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education in DC. Ms. Soumah studied Modern Dance and Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati.


SATURDAY, march 24, 2018,
11 AM - 12 PM

LOCATION: PROJECT CREATe studio
2028 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, second floor
Washington, DC 20020

World Music: Exploring Cultures through Music and Movement

 Teaching Artist: Imani Gonzalez

Families will learn about the rich diversity of cultures through movement based on authentic children’s songs from around the world. Teaching artist Imani Gonzalez will teach songs and dances from India and West Africa and assist students in creating their own movement based on the song’s meaning. Through this process, children will combine gross motor skills with self-regulation and practice their ability to listen and respond to what they hear - call & response.

 

 
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Imani Gonzalez performs and conducts vocal workshops concentrating on traditional world music nationally, from the cultures of Asia, West and South Africa, South America and the Caribbean. She has conducted traditional World Music workshops for the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and offers exciting professional development workshops, residencies, classroom modeling, arts coaching for teachers, and school performances for communities at every level. She has performed traditional African music for the Smithsonian Institute, Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, and the World Music Institute.

Imani has taught in the DC Public School system and in private schools as a traditional world music teacher. In past years, she has received grants from both the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Artist-In-Education Program for the Maryland State Arts Council. She has also served as Consultant for the PDAE Grant Committee of Jacksonville, Florida. Imani is a Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts (WPA) teaching artist and is on the roster with the Maryland State Arts Council, and United Arts Council of North Carolina.

Having received vocal training from New England Conservatory, Berklee School of Music and Howard University, Imani’s performances connect her passion for sharing world culture and her musical profession. She has had the honor of performing,touring, and recording with such renowned artists as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Stephon Harris, Wycliffe Gordon, Hilton Ruiz and Djimo Kouyate. Imani has written two world music books for children entitled Dhimiki andIyipo Ayé.