I am crazy about a new Group I just created in MackinVIA!
It is for all of my Cantata Learning eBooks that were just added this week.
I must say this is a wonderful place to be.
Cantata Learning books combine engaging stories, delightful illustrations, and fun songs to captivate young learners, build literacy skills and instill a lifelong love of reading.
They shine on in your library and also online with the eBooks and songs. You do not want to miss bringing them to your students in the library, classroom and at home too.And you don't want to miss the brand new Harmony Project from Cantata Learning that we kicked off in September!
Harmony Projects are inspired by Cantata Learning books and songs but are an opportunity for your students to showcase their creativity in a variety of ways from writing stories and poems to creating videos, songs, recipes, artwork, stories and more!
This Harmony Project, Give A Shout Out To Your Community, encourages children to celebrate communities of all kinds and gives them a voice in sharing what is special about their community too!
Please watch this short message from my friend Kat and I as we tell you a little bit about this very special global project.
The Give A Shout Out To Your Community not only celebrates communities but teaches students important social and emotional skills like sharing, listening and cooperating along the way.
There are lots of ways your students can give a shout out to their community.
They can make up a dance, write a story, create a wooden or virtual model, write and sing an original song or rap, and work with the local news station to produce a commercial promoting things around town.
The ideas are unlimited and we can't wait to see how creative you and your students will be with this Harmony Project.
Just in case you need a few ideas, we have created three different projects too. They include...
How I Help My Community,
Meet Someone Special and...
A Community I'm Curious About.
You will find all three of these projects here with ideas and resources to help you get started.
My friend Tracy Ferguson is a 2nd grade teacher in Van Meter, Iowa. When I told her about the Give A Shout Out To Your Community project, Tracy and her new 2nd graders sent me a few video clips that we put together in a short video using iMovie.
You can watch our 2nd grade friends giving a shout out to Van Meter, Iowa above.
I know this will inspire you and your students as these projects are being are planned so please feel free to share this with them and others.
This is just the first project to be shared. Soon there will be projects being completed all over the world.
You might be asking what you do once your project is complete.
That is easy!
You go to the bottom of that page and click on Submit Your Project. This will take you to the Google Slides presentation we have set up.
The directions are included on this first slide.
You will add it to a new slide. Please make sure you include where you are from, the age of the students, and what you teach.
You can add as many slides as you need for your project.
Please be careful not to make any changes to the format or others slides.
When the project has ended, I will take this presentation and upload it into FlipSnack to create a flippable eBook that we will publish and share online globally.
Also, don't miss out on the People In Your Community Meet and Greets we are hosting for 6 weeks during the project.
Our special guests are meeting libraries and classrooms around the country in LIVE Google Hangouts each week. They include....
You can register for each one here.Our first Harmony Project Winter Around the World was a very special experience.
We had over 250 schools around the world contribute to the global story celebrating winter.
You can go to the Winter Around the World Flipsnack to see all of the amazing creations showcasing winter.
The eBook will give you many ideas for what your Give A Shout Out To Your Community project might look like too.
So get those creative juices flowing friends....We want to hear everyone shouting and sharing from communities around the world!
You can order all of the Cantata Learning titles at Mackin.com.
Remember....they make a super fun addition to your MackinVIA too!
The Harmony Project and Cantata Learning will be the perfect way to pull in a wonderful global, connected and creative experience for our students to kick off the school year! We can't wait to connect with all of you too.
And one last thing....
Please join our project and be part of the global community story with your students too!