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Music and Literacy

Risa Cohen

Risa Cohen

Risa Cohen calls herself, “a Literacy teacher disguised as a Music and Movement teacher.”

As Children’s House students arrive in the morning they sing and dance with Risa. Then, during work time, the students do shared reading, independent reading, and literacy activities, using the songs they sang as their texts.


Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of the school year, the kindergartners of West Side will perform a concert, Spring Sing. At Spring Sing, WSM kindergartners sing a number of songs related to a theme. For example, in recent years Spring Sing themes have included Coming Together, Changing and Growing, and Circle of Friends. This year, the theme will be Building a Better World. The kindergartners meet with me for a half hour each week to prepare for Spring Sing.

We start each class with a vocal warm up to connect with our breath and get ready to sing. We follow our vocal warm up with a tongue twister to improve diction. (Try saying “toy boat” or “unique New York” five times fast.) After warm ups, we work on our performance skills and learn songs. The kindergartners are already singing beautifully together, and Spring Sing: Building a Better World promises to be a great show. If you would like to observe our rehearsals, the Toledo Campus meets Mondays 12:30-2:20 (in three groups), and the Perrysburg Campus meets Wednesdays 1-1:30. Please call the office if you would like to set up an observation. And if you play an instrument and would like to accompany us at Spring Sing, please let me know. Also, if you know a great song related to the theme, please send me your suggestions by November 25.

Keep singing,


Dear Families,

I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.

Keep singing,



Hello Children’s House Families,

I’m Risa, your child’s Music and Literacy teacher. As the Childrens House Music and Literacy teacher, I have the joy of working with your children. One morning a week I spend a half hour with each Children’s House classroom. During the lesson we sing, dance, and have a lot of fun. Many students try to arrive extra early on “Risa Day” because they don’t want to miss any songs. I encourage you to observe your child on a Music Day. You will see that the children are doing some big work in Music. And besides, hearing the children sing and seeing them dance is heartwarming. Please call the office to schedule an observation.


I hope those of you at the Toledo Campus can join us at our Thanks and Giving Sing-A-Long, Tuesday, November 25, at 8:45. At our Thanks and Giving Celebration we will be singing songs about things we are thankful for. We are all thankful to have been born, so our birthday song, “We Celebrate Your Birth” will be included in the set list. This is the song we sing at our classroom birthday celebrations. Click here to watch the YouTube video.


Keep Singing,


My schedule this year is:
Monday: Sassafras 8:30-9Tuesday: Poplar 8:30-9

Sycamore 9:05-9:35

Wednesday: Emerald 8:30-9

Sapphire 9:05-9:35

Thursday: Maple 8:30-9

Friday: Black Cherry 8:30-9