Drums and Poems: Building Connections and Literacy Skills through Drumming

     Drums and Poems helps children connect with each other, have fun, and build literacy skills through drumming and poetry.

     Drumming is central to many cultures, and pulls people together in jam sessions and celebrations around the world. Drumming on found objects (pipes, pots, boxes) is new and fun.

     Poetry has great literacy-building potential, so we use drumming and poetry as a literacy-building tool. Poems are based on rhythms. They add words instead of melody to a rhythm. So in our activity, children start with rhythm and find themselves building poems. Because they make communal poems, working together, they also build cooperating skills, and relationships. The children can perform their poems and bring home printouts of the group’s poems – a take-home made by the group as a whole, building a sense of community.  

     This workshop is designed for grades 2-5 and is traditionally six one-hour sessions.

     For more information, contact Georgia Sassen, Executive Director, at info@brikontheweb or (978) 456-7366.