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Gryphon House announces “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”



Anna Wilmoth

Gryphon House, Inc.





Gryphon House announces “Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning”

Abigail Flesch Connors’s new book provides music and movement activities for children of all skill levels

Lewisville, N.C. - Hands-on music activities are the heart of a new book from Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents. “Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning,” by Abigail Flesch Connors, MEd, is a collection of more than 100 play-based, active musical activities that encourage singing, moving, listening and playing instruments.

Ideal for teachers and parents of children ages 3 to 6 years old, the easy activities include simple explanations about critical skills the activities are encouraging, including:

  • Language – Repetitive songs help develop oral language and early literacy
  • Math – Music involves fractions, ratios, patterns, and proportions
  • Science – Activities involve acoustics, volume, velocity, mass, and force
  • Music – Children explore culture, imagine different environments, and express themselves while playing songs and singing along

“It’s no secret that quiet doesn’t always equal quality learning,” says Connors, who has taught young children for more than 20 years. “At times, we struggle to help children settle down, but we can also encourage them to move to the beat so they can listen and learn in more active ways.”

“Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning” (ISBN 978-0-87659-349-3, 184 pp., $16.95) will be available for purchase in June 2015. Educators may preorder books here. For writers interested in e-galley copies, please email annawilmoth@kaplanco.com,

About the Author

Abigail Flesch Connors, an early childhood music teacher and author of Gryphon House book 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children, has been teaching for more than 20 years. She has presented workshops for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the New Jersey Association for Music Education, the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators, and many other groups. She received a bachelor of music degree from Manhattanville College and a master of education degree from the University of Connecticut.

About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit www.gryphonhouse.com.


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