Grants in Action | 2018/2019 School Year

Award-winning musician and author Jim Gill recently visited the teachers at Perrysburg Preschool for a half-day training session focused on inclusion and music play for all young children. Play is the context where children begin to develop abilities essential to school success, such as self-regulation. With the presentation of music play activities as a starting point, participants deepened their understanding of the opportunities that play activities provide for children to develop these abilities. The professional development session included child development research, anecdotes from the presenter’s own work with children and families, video footage and group discussion.

The night prior, the preschoolers and their families were invited to concert with Mr. Gill. Over 200 attendees had the chance to meet the musician while dancing, playing and singing along with their classmates and friends.