OXFORD – Oxford School Aged Child Care is bringing Maine singer-songwriter Martin Swinger and children’s author Lynn Plourde to their program for mini-residences during April vacation. They will work with children ages 4 to 12.

Swinger will meet with the children in two groups, ending with a whole group concert at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, April 21, open to the public. He will share his music and songs with the children as well as teaching them to write their own.

Swinger has found a niche teaching songwriting to young people. He has more than 20 years experience performing and 10 years of teaching music to children. He will share his joy and love of music with students while reinforcing language, history, science, literature and civics. He lives in Farmington.

Plourde will begin working with the group as a whole, then they will be divided into two groups. She will teach the students how to write stories, including how to get ideas, plan and revise their stories. There will be a whole group presentation starting at 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 22.

After 13 years of writing children’s books, Plourde had her first picture book, “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud,” published in 1997. Her 2005 books include “Pajama Day.”

Plourde has worked for 21 years as a Maine public school speech-language therapist and has had 10 educational books for teachers published, including the “Classroom Listening and Speaking” series. She lives in Winthrop with her family.

The child care center is at 89 Pleasant St. in back of the Town Hall.


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