Utilizing songs, rhythm exercises, chants, rhymes and movement, we will explore music and its benefits in developing early literacy skills. Simple songs will be introduced. Listening skills will be enhanced and various patterns (both rhythmic and melodic/harmonic) will be explored. Because music is processed in both hemispheres of the brain, current research is showing the multi-faceted benefits of music on the child's overall brain development. The program we plan to implement will include classic children's stories, nursery rhymes, poetry and fold songs in order to enter a world of language and learning, beauty and sound with young students to stimulate their minds, bodies and souls. The Community School of the Arts will partner with Marion Community Schools for twenty weeks in the 2018-2019 school year to provide this program in two second grade classrooms at Kendall Elementary School.