VideoUnderstanding the concept of syllable is the open sesame to sounding out almost any written word. Developing the ability allow a child to move into the world of reading. This song defines the concept...
Tune Up to Literacy
Tune Up to Literacy encourages literacy using original songs by composer/lyricist/educator Dr. Al Balkin, former Western Michigan Professor and composer who wrote music for The Hobbit as well as several off-Broadway children’s musicals. The programs musically introduce and reinforce concepts such as punctuation and sentence construction with songs like “Get the Point” and “Punctuation Mystery.” This series was produced by the SC Department of Education with South Carolina ETV due to the generosity of Dr. Balkin's desire to share his educational music with the children. (From our Streamline collection)
VideoThis song has a Middle Eastern musical style, clearly stating the concept, "An adjective is a word that describes a noun." It then elaborates on how descriptions might include such characteristics as...
VideoIn this program learn how to use the "period" in a sentence from Dr. Balkin's literacy song, "Get the Point."
VideoLearn about punctuation marks like a period, question mark, exclamation mark, parentheses, dash, bracket, colon or a semi-colon.
VideoLearn about the importance of reading signs from Dr. Balkin's literacy song, "Signs"
VideoThis song will fundamentally improve the ways that children attend to sound patterns in words. Wordplay and word associations invite children to provide words that rhyme. This song offers instruction...
VideoWhat is a vowel? What is a consonant? Learn the difference between the two from Dr. Balkin's literacy song.