Andrea Alexander, Fun Science
You Know More Science than You Think
Promoting ideas...not products. This motivational workshop encourages teachers to conduct hands-on science experiments using simple and inexpensive materials. Learn to spruce up your science center, use open-ended questions and the six basic process science skills as a guide to teaching and motivating your students.
Debbie Clement, Rainbows within Reach
Music, Movement, Motivation and More! Stemming the Tide to Childhood Obesity
Time to get up and get moving. Lace up your dancin’ shoes! Jazz. Jump. Just feel the beat & move your feet! Simple songs and group dances to incorporate more movement into your day. Songs that will be asked for repeatedly. “Let’s do it again!” Simplest of choreography to get your whole group movin’ & groovin.’ Establish a foundation and desire to be more active, fighting the trend of sedentary lives and encroaching obesity. Cross the midline. Patterns and sequences!
Get a Grip: Fine Motor Support in Music and Dance
Fine motor development evolves from large muscle movement. Come learn songs and dances designed to focus on the task of fine motor skills. Blast off with “Sky Writing” and march on toward print directionality via “Top to Bottom.” Active, engaging songs for the PreK+K crowd as they work on the foundation skills of handwriting development.
Clap, Snap and Rap: Beat Driven Songs that Build Skills
It’s the beat that wires brains toward math! Let the song’s beat drive the engagement in the children you serve. Move to the rhythm of beat-driven songs perfect for bringing active math and literacy into your classroom! Developing and supporting patterning, sequencing, articulation, phonetics and scaffolding skills is so much fun. Explore how to use repetition within songs to build anticipation as they predict what comes next. It’s all here!
Lyrics to Literacy: Read a Song and Sing a Book
Come celebrate all that you’ve learned. Let’s conclude our time together with a full serving of affirmation. Join award-winning author/illustrator Debbie Clement to recharge your batteries and get inspired and motivated all over again, ready to enter your classroom with new enthusiasm! We’ll celebrate the reasons you’re a teacher in the first place and remember the very important difference you make in the lives of the children you serve. Come and celebrate your contribution. Don’t miss this upbeat romp of excitement and enthusiasm as she shares her story of “changing the world, one song at a time.”
Jana Crosby, Kaplan Early Learning
Why Yes, We Do Read and Write in Early Childhood: Best Practices in Literacy Instruction for Young Children
Early literacy with young children builds the foundation for school success. This session will look at best practices to ensure that children are ready to begin school and develop a love of literacy through reading and emergent writing. Participants will leave with ideas to organize the classroom environment to support literacy and many ideas that can be easily implemented in to the early childhood classroom.
Learning Every Day: Key Components of Quality Curricula
All children are born to learn. This session will discuss components of quality curriculum and how to evoke a joy of learning in all children so that they learn every day.
Lella Gandini, Ed.D., U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach
PreConference Session: Exploring the Role of Children, Teachers, and the Environment in Reggio Inspired
The session will use presentation, videos, discussion, and reflection to focus on the following topics.
Jack Hartmann, Hop 2 It Music
Every 1 Counts
Make basic math "super fun" and easy to learn with Jack's cool upbeat songs focusing on lots of Common Core skills and much more. Jack will get everyone singing, moving and learning simple child - friendly movements and activities to help your children learn numbers, counting, spatial concepts, opposites, shapes, patterns, calendar awareness, skip counting, and more.
Jump, Jive and Jiggle
Don't miss this fun session filled with songs that get your children dancing, moving and learning with powerful brain and body connections. Crossover moves and fun body moves to Jack’s wonderful diversity of great rhythms and beats will get your whole class energized and exercised! Just plain fun moving and learning together.
Leaping Letter Songs
Jack's newest collection of songs will be featured in this music and movement alphabet and letter sound learning session. 26 fun unique animal character songs teach children their ABC's and their letter sounds with lots of silliness, moving, dancing and alliteration. Songs included will be: Harry the Hippy Hippopotamus, Felipe's Fantastic Fun Fish Freeze, Bubba the Baby Bumble Bee, Adam the Action Ant. Lots of fun animals and learning about the alphabet.
Michael Levine, The Learning Groove
Interactive Literacy and Music
Get ready to sing, dance and fall in love with interactive literacy and music. Mr. Michael’s presentation is fun, inspirational and practical. He shares simple interactive songs and stories that teachers may use the next day. No musical experience is necessary. Michael shows how traditional techniques such as call and response, repetition and creative movement are applied in everyday lessons, classroom management and transitions. He will also demonstrate the connection to reading, writing and language development. With his guitar and dynamic singing voice Michael will have everyone singing, dancing and moving. As the music producer of the Pete the Cat songs & stories, Mr. Michael will also share the New York Times Bestselling books Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes, Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes and other exciting Pete the Cat stories.
Interactive Literacy and Music as an Educational Tool
In this fun and pragmatic workshop, Mr. Michael demonstrates how interactive techniques such as repetition, prediction, call and response, rhyme and movement can be used to inspire and stimulate students' learning skills. He will also show how interactive music serves as a springboard for reading, writing and other language activities throughout your curriculum.
Technology as a Tool in the K-3 Classroom
Explore strategies that utilize technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum. Participants will be provided with a whole host of examples of how technology can support children's identity as writers, researchers, mathematicians, and artists.
Reflective and Intentional Teaching in the Digital Age
Technology provides young children with the ability to create, communicate, and share. Explore developmentally appropriate strategies to utilize technology as another tool for teaching in the early childhood classroom. Approaches to planning and reflection will also be explored. Attendees will also learn how to communicate with parents regarding a classroom's use of technology and how to support parent's use of technology at home.
Carol Russell, Emporia State University
Art for ALL Children Dr. Carol L. Russell & Mr. Fletch Russell, MFA
ALL children have the right to authentic art experiences, whatever ability level or challenges. This presentation will offer researched-based methods to explore children’s creativity, the importance of process over product, artistic developmental stages, and MANY ideas for authentically creative inclusive art experiences for ALL young children; specific adaptations/modifications; feedback suggestions; art appreciation; developmental benefits; and integrating the arts throughout the curriculum. Opportunities to explore one’s own creative history and expression will be included, as well as how this impacts the children and families with whom we work. Resources and ideas are fun, practical, and ready to implement on Monday!
Self-Reflection of Preschool, Early Intervention, Accessibility and Inclusion: Advice for Teachers & Families
Dr. Carol L. Russell & Ms. Tally Russell
Tally is a young lady who has faced many medical and physical challenges throughout her life. She graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from Emporia State University; she is in preparation to be a Sign Language Interpreter; she is also an author and has co-presented nationally and internationally on various topics. She continues to strive for her dreams. Tally and her mother reflect on the preschool years and early intervention from several perspectives. Topics such as: special needs awareness, accommodations, self-advocacy, assistive technology, and Person First Philosophy will be discussed. Struggles/successes will be openly shared, as well as suggestions for early childhood teachers and families.
SANDWICHED! Tales, Tips, and Tools to Balance Life in the Sandwich Generation
Dr. Carol L. Russell
The Sandwich Generation refers to those people in their middle years who find themselves attempting to balance their lives (and sanity) between caring for their children and aging parents, while keeping a job, stabilizing their marriage, and having little time to manage the hot flashes of life. Dr. Carol L. Russell, author of “Sandwiched!”, openly shares her family's journey as part of the Sandwich Generation and provides unique solutions and arrangements, including how to address:
* Teaming and collaboration
* Asking for help
* Assistive techniques and technology
* Respite-care of the caregiver
Dr. Russell shares experiences, tips, and tools regarding what has worked and what has not worked, demonstrates how the family learned from mistakes, and offers strategies to keep life balanced. A positive attitude, commitment, and communication are key components to balancing life in the Sandwich Generation.
Jim Weiss, Greathall Productions
The Essential Role of Stories for Young Children
World-renowned storyteller and educator Jim Weiss, recipient of over one hundred major national awards, shows you how to use stories to teach the very young. The session examines the essential role stories play in learning development; special challenges for telling or reading aloud to young children; ways to foster student participation through stories; and how to choose appropriate stories and to “translate” a story to a young child’s level. This is a chance to learn “up close” from a Master Storyteller.
How to Tell a Story -- Or Read it Aloud
This is Master Storyteller Jim Weiss’s famous nuts-and-bolts, “how to” session on presenting stories. You’ll learn to understand the structure of stories; ways to create, tell, and read them aloud; how to change voices between characters; and why stories form the heart of informational and moral education. Called “the most useful session ever” by educators worldwide, this session offers hands-on tools for comfortably and productively reading aloud or telling stories to touch and teach your students.