Music & Literacy

Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement

Your child will enjoy the lively combination of movement, songs and rhymes and you will learn many fun ways to engage your child and promote early learning and literacy. Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement is an interactive program facilitated by experienced early-childhood educators.  It’s a wonderful Saturday morning activity and a great way to connect with other families in the community.

Nurture early literacy, language, music – and family fun!
Songs, Rhymes, Stories & Movement Together for ages 0-5.

November 12 – December 17, 2022 (6 weeks at Eastside Family Place)

Saturdays 10 am – 11:30am

Please register on Eventbrite:

Cost: No charge for ESFP members (ESFP membership is $30 per year)

Dawn Zoe Simpson and Nuri Marconato will teach songs, rhymes and stories for pure enjoyment; songs and rhymes can also help with parenting during often stressful transitions such as getting ready for daycare, leaving the playground, bathing, mealtime…

Your two facilitators, Dawn Zoe and Nuri are certified Parent Child Mother Goose Program leaders with 30+ years of combined experience facilitating family music programs. Dawn Zoe is an Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Educator and musician. Nuri is a Nobody’s Perfect Parent Educator. Both facilitators have an extensive background supporting families with young children. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for early childhood development and parent support.

What participants say about FRR&M: “Dawn Zoe and Nuri were fantastic at leading, making us feel welcome, and introducing our child to music…so amazing to have a free music class in East Van.” “We learned a lot of songs that our child loved, and we sing them at home often.” “Wonderful.”

Mama Ganso (Spanish Mother Goose)

Mama Ganso (Spanish Mother Goose) with Rita Arciniega and Ana Lorena Perez. This 10 week program has become popular with local Spanish-speaking families as a way to connect with others from a similar cultural background and to enhance their children’s Spanish language literacy.

In-person at Eastside Family Place  

September 16 – December 2, 2022 (no class on September 30 and November 11th)

Fridays 1pm – 2pm (in person @ Eastside Family Place)

Cost: No charge for ESFP members (ESFP membership is $30 per year)

For more information please call Melissa, Family Support Worker – Programs. You may reach her by phone: 604-255-9841 or send an e-mail @

Jump into Music with Teacher Monica

January 13, 2023 – March 10, 2023 (9 weeks)

Fridays 2-3pm

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Come jam along with Teacher Monica as she leads us with her ukulele, special instruments and hosts guest puppets like Jumping Jack the Jazz Frog and Baby the Bunny Rabbit while learning about music from around the world. This 9 week set we will explore Jazz & Blues, Traditional Chinese New Years songs and The Music of Spain. Instruments provided for all participants.

Monica Lee (Teacher Monica) is a multidisciplinary Vancouver artist and co-owner/curriculum creator of Jump Into Music. This one of a kind music and movement program engages, educates, and entertains both parent and child. Classes are designed to stimulate the whole brain and body via singing, dancing, drumming, parachuting, improvising, exploring instruments, jumping and playing. A family fun environment, inspiring creativity and building confidence in little ones 6 months to 4 years old. Visit Jump into Music’s website and YouTube Channel.

I truly believe that families are important for our society. If our kids are growing in a good healthy environment, our society will also be healthy and happy.”

Parent participant
Early literacy - rhythm & rhyme