Let’s get “Ziggy" with language arts definitions!

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At Shurley English, we teach everything about Language Arts in a unique way.  The curriculum has been divided into a combination of individual features that spiral together in harmony to teach difficult concepts successfully.  Jingles are one of the unique features that  we introduce, reinforce, and help students master, and they are taught during Jingle Time

So, what’s the big deal?  Well, Jingles are a fun way for students to learn the definitions of the eight parts of speech and other important language arts concepts.  These definitions are oftentimes difficult to understand and remember, but by strategically singing or chanting them during Jingle time, students develop a ready-made resource in their brains.  They can access that information at any time by just repeating the jingle to themselves.

Merriam-Webster defines a jingle as a short verse or song marked by catchy repetition.  The word “catchy” is important because it means instantly appealing and memorable; however, “repetition” is the key word in the term.

Now, if you’re following my blog, you already know that repetition is what keeps brain cells in a particular learning path fired-up, creating long-term memories.  Each time a jingle is recalled and recited, memory of the information is deepened.  As students are taught the concrete steps necessary to relate each jingle to a concept, each concept to a skill practice, and each skill practice to writing and editing, students gain a greater depth of knowledge (D. O. K.) in Language Arts. 

Zig Ziglar once said, “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”  So, incorporate Jingle Time into your lessons today, and let’s get “Ziggy” with it!

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Jamie Geneva

Jamie Geneva is the Senior National Consultant at Shurley Instructional Materials and is a seasoned subject matter expert in the realm of English Language Arts.  Her career with the company began during the days of the Shurley Method binder, which was pre-1st Edition, and has spanned across three decades.  Over the years, her various roles have included teacher, presenter, state representative, consultant, manager, and most recently, a Shurley English Digital Assistant.  You might not recognize her face, but her voice could certainly sound familar.  That’s because she’s recorded Jingles, Q&A Flow Sentences, and other Shurley English content for many, many years. 

Jamie and her husband, Garret, live in the foothills of eastern Oklahoma. She loves spending quality time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking, and staying connected on social media.

Ms. Geneva received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education and her M.Ed in Public School Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.