Rhythms is a
dynamic program of music and storytelling developed
especially for preschoolers by master storyteller and
folksinger Jim Rohe. Now in its 25th year, it has
entertained and educated thousands of youngsters in
preschools all over New Jersey.
The success of Gentle Rhythms
is largely due to Jim’s natural rapport with children and
his caring attitude. It was created for his own children and
their classmates in 1988.
Music Jim plays Guitar, harmonica, and tambourine-
sometimes all at once! – along with a variety of instruments
from around the world. Kids join right in as he leads them
through folk songs, sing alongs and funny tunes, fingerplays
Storytelling Most children will give you their
undivided attention if you have something interesting to say
and say it in an interesting way. This is the heart of
storytelling and Jim’s work. Simple dramas, well told, never
fail to captivate audiences. Jim draws on folk tales and
literary sources for stories to excite the imagination. His
vast repertoire for young listeners includes many
participation stories. Note: this is not book
This program is a powerful educational tool for developing
children’s language skills. Studies show that a rich verbal
environment leads to greater success in reading. The use of
storytelling in the classroom will stimulate your students’
ability to sequence, predict, and comprehend. You’ll be
pleasantly surprised when you see how positively children
respond to storytelling.
Schools love this program
and many of them have been with Jim for years.
The following schools continue work with Jim on a weekly or bimonthly
Early Learning Center, Fairfield
Children’s Day Nursery,
Over The Rainbow Nursery
Congregational Nursery School, Montclair 16 years
Keansburg Public School Pre-K 15
Kradles To Kindergarten,
Kradles To Kindergarten,
Busy Bee, Fairfield
Headstart, Dover and
Jim prefers to work with
preschoolers in small groups (12-20 children). His visits
are for 2- 2 1/2 hours. This allows him to visit 2 to 5
small groups for 30-45 minutes each.
Jim will bring excitement to your school’s special day.
Spend a morning or afternoon with the storyteller.
Ongoing visits give kids a chance to learn lots of new songs
and stories. They’ll look forward to the next visit.
Twice the fun plus follow up activities like drawing and
dramatic play. At this level, the educational benefits are
May include a concert for parents or at a local nursing
home. Currently only afternoons available.
Talk to Jim via email or
contact Jim or call
and set up some special days
for your school's children.