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Kindergarten Writing Seminar workshop for Professional Development

Grow Your Kindergarten Writers Seminar!

Presented by award-winning
kindergarten teachers, researchers, and authors Nellie Edge and Julie Lay

6 PDUs ( learn more ) or 12 WA Clock Hours available

"Outstanding—Best I’ve ever been to in 35 years!"
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"Magical. Absolutely sensational…so from the heart!"
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Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing Institute

Portland, OR | July 19 & 20, 2017

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8:30 am - 3:30 pm each day

Registration $499


Scholarships available: NBCTs and Salem, Oregon kindergarten teachers

During This Professional Development You Will Learn:

Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core Summer Workshop

  • How to raise your expectations and teach joyfully.
  • What kindergarten writing standards look like and how to scaffold success for ALL learners.
  • How to talk to young writers and why ALL learners deserve our highest expectation. •
  • Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting strategies—and how they help build the reading and writing brain!
  • Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion strategies that dramatically accelerate learning.
  • Fluency-building strategies with high-frequency "heart words" and sentences.
  • How to organize and introduce favorite Independent Writing Center Totes.

“We can choose to spoon-feed our children or we can teach them to be independent, self-regulated learners.”  - NE

  • Essential components of a Comprehensive Writing Workshop Model with a rich oral language foundation.
  • Strategies for teaching children to make three kinds of "Really Cool Books." (You will have samples of these books in your gift folder.)
  • How to use mentor texts, poetry, and songs to build oral language patterns for narrative, opinion, and information writing.
  • Key principles to organizing writing workshop folders, creating Science Notebooks, and implementing Weekend News Journals.
  • How to publish children’s books and honor kindergarten writers: from impromptu celebrations to “sitting in the author’s chair!”
  • Proven strategies for turning kindergartners into researchers who do “really big work.”
  • Practical and engaging ways to involve Parents as Partners in providing drawing and writing activities at home.
  • Authentic assessment practices that inform instruction!

"Superb! The most useful and practical seminar I have had in over 20+ years.
It takes the scare out of the Common Core."

"…the most engaging and informative seminar I have ever been to."
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Scholarships Available For

National Board Certified Teachers and Candidates

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“Nellie Edge Seminars helped mold me into the accomplished teacher I am today. I became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher because of the type of classroom and teaching style I have. I wouldn’t have this style without Nellie Edge!”
–Katy Anholt, NBCT

Your Registration Includes Writing Supports

$119 value

Nellie Edge Kindergarten Writing and the Common Core Program

Teacher's Power Guide Book and CD

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Writing Workshop Guide and templates

gift folder

Gift Folder (anthologies, drawing templates, book making samples)

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Principals Attend Free

Principals attend free when accompanied by 4 or more teachers from their school.

After registering your group email us with your name, title, and school district.

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Dear Colleagues,

Kindergartners are well able to demonstrate narrative, opinion and information writing. Given vibrant, engaging instruction, children will not just learn how to write and draw—they will choose to write and draw and live literate lives. Now and forever. Peruse our writing pages for glimpses of authentic kindergarten writing.

SMILES!
Nellie Edge

Nellie Edge

About Nellie Edge

For more than three decades, Nellie Edge has been teaching and inspiring kindergarten teachers around the globe. Her proven literacy strategies are grounded in evidence-based research. Teachers everywhere have seen higher student achievement and joyful, engaged learners when they’ve followed her proven practices and used her extensive resources.
Read more about Nellie Edge.

Julie Lay

About Julie Lay

Julie Lay is an NBCT award-winning teacher, literacy coach, and national literacy trainer.  She consistently receives RAVE REVIEWS for her dynamic PD. She has inspired teachers across the country with her systematic, innovative approach to developing kid writers. Julie and Nellie have collaborated on the writing text: Writing to Read in Kindergarten: Growing Joyful & Purposeful Writers.

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New Nellie Edge Kindergarten Workshops 2017-2018

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Phonics for Fluency: Phonics for Fun!

Learn 7 Best Practices for ABC Phonics Mastery

Presented by Nellie Edge and Diane Bonica

(appropriate for preK-1, special education, reading teachers)

August 1, 2017

Salem Conference Center Hotel

8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Register now for $239

Register for the first in our NEW series of small “learn-by-doing” workshops with master kindergarten teachers as guides. Limited to 35 teachers.

Includes PowerGuide, templates and gift folder

 


3 PDUs or 6 WA Clock Hours available

Experience an Optimal Teaching and Learning Model:

1. Phonemic awareness: memorable and playful ways to develop English language fluency.

2. Multisensory ABC and phonics immersion: What does mastery look like?
  • 10 must-learn songs and rhymes to develop phonemic awareness.
  • Learn how to save instructional time and district money with authentic, embedded assessment that informs instruction.
  • Learn how to use the Helper of the Day strategy to bridge meaningful sounds to print with the entire class engaged.
  • Make friends with Mother Goose rhymes: Why we still memorize, recite, and perform nursery rhymes.
  • Make the English language come alive!

Rhymers are readers – Marie Clay

2. Multisensory ABC and phonics immersion: What does mastery look like?

3. Vowels, vowels, oh, beautiful vowels
  • Discover the easiest, most delightful way to teach ABC phonics skills.
  • Learn to use assessment-driven instruction to accelerate literacy.
  • Discover how fingerspelling provides memory hooks for diverse learners.
  • Involve Parents as Partners and multiply your teaching effectiveness
  • Teach for 3 levels of ABC Phonics Mastery: Build the reading brain!

3. Vowels, vowels, oh, beautiful vowels

Simultaneously develop CVC words, handwriting, oral language and writing fluency
  • Use songs and games to build memory connections with vowels:
    • Learn our slow Vowel Bat song.
    • We can sing and write CVC words.
  • Use anchor charts to help the brain remember word families.

4. Simultaneously develop CVC words, handwriting, oral language and writing
fluency

Build stamina for Writing Workshop: Teach children to encode sounds to print
  • Use games, dances, art, and creative dramatics to reinforce phonics skills.
  • Use white boards for authentic encoding: Writing teaches reading and keeps the brain engaged!
  • Teach responsible class management. Children will use white boards, clean them, pass them back, and store them quickly and quietly:

Highly knowledgeable and skillful kindergarten teachers can resolve the reading problems of at-risk students as well as expert tutorial programs; yet most of our schools do not have a plan to provide the classroom instruction that these kindergartners require.

Regie Routman, Read, Write, Lead, ASCD, 2014.

5. Build stamina for Writing Workshop: Teach children to encode sounds to
print

6. Enjoy memorable phonics lessons children will NOT soon forget
  • Children learn there are two kinds of words: words they are expected to know “by heart” and words they learn to stretch out and write the sounds for.
  • Understand the research base from Dr. Richard Gentry, Dr. Richard Allington, and Regie Routman. Explore action-research from real kindergartens.

Recent research has demonstrated that virtually every child who begins kindergarten could be reading on grade level by the end of first grade. Few schools accomplish this because few schools provide the expert and intensive writing lessons needed.

Richard Allington, Teaching Edge, presented at International Reading Association

6. Enjoy memorable phonics lessons children will NOT soon forget

6. Enjoy memorable phonics lessons children will NOT soon forget
  • Silent “e” Man
  • The King of “ing”
  • The “Wow!” salute and much more…
  • Be prepared to laugh and sing and remember why you love teaching!

7. What does an authentic kindergarten Response-to-Intervention (RTI) program look like?

Accomplished kindergarten teachers intuitively and systematically weave phonics skills into everything they teach.
  • Learn why all schools need a systematic, intentional, and coordinated approach to reading intervention beginning early in kindergarten.
  • Apply ABC phonics best practices gleaned from respected RTI models.

Accomplished kindergarten teachers intuitively and systematically weave phonics skills into everything they teach and have absolute instruction clarity about how they are building mastery of letters and sounds and fluency with CVC words! They use choice words to help children work hard, persevere, and develop a growth mindset.

Diane Bonica—Joyful and Rigorous Kindergarten ExperiencesDiane Bonica is one of Oregon’s most celebrated kindergarten teachers and presenters. In her co-authored manual, Joyful and Rigorous Kindergarten Experiences: Celebrate the Imagination and Challenge All Learners, she documented how joyful learning and rigorous literacy standards go hand-in-hand. Still a legend in the Tigard school community, Diane is retired from full-time teaching and is currently mentoring new teachers. She is passionate about authentic phonics practices that nurture creativity and honor childhood.

For more than three decades, Nellie Edge has been teaching and inspiring kindergarten teachers. Her proven literacy strategies are grounded in evidence-based research. Teachers everywhere have seen higher student achievement and joyful, engaged learners when they’ve followed her proven practices and used her extensive literacy publications, resources, website, and online seminars. A recipient of the IRA Reading Excellence through the Arts award, Nellie Edge is a proponent of using music, American Sign Language, and all of the arts to enhance early literacy skills.

This Is What We Know for Sure:

  • We are all teachers of English language development throughout the day
  • Some children need much more intentional instruction than we used to think was necessary…We must provide it in the most time-efficient, cost-efficient—and joyful—manner!
  • All children deserve an optimum teaching and learning instructional model.
  • We dramatically accelerate learning when instruction is meaningful, multisensory, intentional, assessment-driven, differentiated, authentic, and joyful.
  • Writing-to-read strategies save instructional time and district money by taking advantage of how the young child’s brain learns best.

Prerequisite: Participants must be passionate about teaching and be motivated to learn new strategies. Our promise: You will experience active, emotionally engaging, art-rich phonics instruction that grows kindergarten readers and writers.

August 1, 2017

Salem Conference Center Hotel

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Early Registration Special  $239
through June 15 ($269 after)

Includes PowerGuide, templates and gift folder


3 PDUs or 6 WA Clock Hours available

Do you want to optimize this workshop to be most valuable to you?

The training found on Nellie Edge Online Seminars #1 (ABC phonics immersion), #2 (handwriting), and #3 (word work and fingerspelling) is the foundation for this live workshop. When you are already familiar with this multisensory approach attend, you will reap the greatest benefit!

Learn more below or visit Nellie Edge Online Seminars.

Online Video Tutorials + Resources

See how easy it is to study with Nellie Edge Online Seminars!

Nellie Edge teaches you essential skills designed from 30 years of experience. These proven early writing strategies keep learning active and authentic.

  • Three 1-hour video tutorials with practical content you can use right away
    • Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion
    • Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters!
    • Authentic Sight Word Work
  • Watch, study and review at your own pace
  • $159 of classroom resources ready to download
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Summer Special
All 3 for $99.  Use code at checkout: summer17
With unlimited access.

Additional Professional Development TBA 2017-2018

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Positive Discipline in Kindergarten: Children Can Choose to Refocus and Change Their Behavior!

Good behavior can and must be taught: This is absolutely the hardest part of teaching to get right!

With Julia Barto and Nellie Edge

Give unconditional positive regard… Believe they will behave… Teach children to work hard and to be kind!

  • Caring is the key to conscious, positive discipline: “Kids don’t care how much you know…unless they know how much you care.” –Madeline Hunter
  • Consider: What are your philosophical assumptions about discipline?
  • How we greet children first thing in the morning and send them out the door at the day’s end builds community.
  • Eliminate multiple warnings and repeated requests: Ask once and get the behavior you want.
  • Meet puppets that teach class management!
  • Raise your behavior expectations!
  • Transform everyday discipline issues into teaching moments.
  • Use American Sign Language (ASL) to calmly and quietly refocus behavior.
  • Learn English/Spanish greeting and farewell songs and rituals that build community, teach kindness and literacy skills.
  • Teach with passion: Manage with compassion!
Emotional Intelligence Matters by Nellie Edge

About Julia Barto

Julia Barto - Positive Discipline in KindergartenJulia Barto is a Title 1 kindergarten teacher in Beaverton, Oregon
She believes although we cannot change the factors that cause students to come to us with misbehavior, we can address it and seek to change it. We can help change willful misbehavior through care, consistency, and the systematic teaching of rules, routines, and expectations. Julia teaches you how to intervene early in the cycle of misbehavior to protect your instructional time and energy. She understands teaching is the hardest job in America, and educators are not benefiting from more theoretical professional development.

This training will motivate, renew, inspire, and re-energize educators to continue working hard for their students, and provide them the satisfaction of seeing a nurturing, disciplined, high-achieving classroom.

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Excellence in Kindergarten Literacy: High Expectations and Proven Strategies that Honor Childhood!

A practical “in kindergarten” workshop with Katie Nelson and Nellie Edge

Katie Nelson’s playful and engaging approach to literacy reflects her deep, knowledge of children, her love of music and language, and her understanding of how research supports a meaning-centered and systematic approach to literacy. With great wisdom and delight, Katie and Nellie will share how to organize the environment and implementA Comprehensive Literacy Model.

In just one day you’ll learn how to:

  • Incorporate “Best Practices”: Name Tickets, Poetry “I Can Read” Folders, Kid Writing, “The Daily 4”, and Literacy Play Centers
  • Use powerful ABC and Phonics Immersion Strategies with Sign Language: Sing, Sign and Read!
  • Set up independent writing and word work centers that differentiate learning.
  • Engage children in memorizing, reciting, and performing songs, poems, and rhymes. Parents love to see their children perform.
  • Creatively engage children with “Just Right: I Can Read” books to build reading motivation, independence, and stamina.
  • Infuse literature, poetry, music, drama, and American Sign Language throughout the curriculum.
  • Multiply your teaching effectiveness with an organized, supportive “Parents as Partners” Program!
  • Use positive discipline and “choice” to develop the “habits of mind” for success in school–and success in life. Understand why “emotional literacy” matters.
  • Use playful, poetic transition activities to take advantage of every teaching moment.
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Art-Science-Literacy and the Kindergarten Child

A Saturday Kindergarten Workshop

Presented by Laura Flocker with Nellie Edge facilitating

Laura Flocker, a master kindergarten teacher with a background in Reading Recovery® will share her incredible insights into developing a community of kindergartners who see and express themselves as artists and writers from the first days of school. Learn how to organize the art/literacy classroom, discover practical art techniques and the best of art resource materials. Be inspired by Laura’s classroom, which is alive with animals, growing things, science experiments, puppet plays, curious minds and real-life learning experiences.

In just one day you’ll learn how to:

  • How to introduce basic art materials to maximize instruction and minimize mess
  • A year-long guide for teaching and integrating art across the curriculum
  • Teaching children to see like an artist: skills that transfer to science, math, literacy and life
  • Guided art techniques that develop confidence, drawing ability and visual literacy skills
  • Exercises to develop ABC and writing fluency
  • Deep science explorations from nocturnal animals to birds
  • A practical look at how the educational arts enhance the Common Core
Art-Science-Literacy and the Kindergarten Child

Our Uniquely Qualified Presenter, Laura Flocker

Laura FlockerLaura Flocker has pursued the artistry of teaching excellence for twenty-nine years. For the past thirteen years, her passion for beginning literacy has focused her energy on kindergarten. She delights in weaving science and art instruction into the curriculum because those subjects allow her to teach students to think, wonder, create, experiment, and play.
Laura Flocker’s experience as an English teacher, her graduate degree in educational administration, and her ongoing professional development as a Reading Recovery® teacher are evident in her keen insight into student learning. Laura’s deep connection to nature, her love of animals, and her passion for the arts infuses everything she teaches. She puts children in charge of their own literate lives as she teaches them about thinking, making choices, and expressing their unique ideas through the arts. Laura’s award-winning website reflects her commitment to both high levels of academic achievement and joy experienced by the children fortunate enough to spend a year with Laura.

Writing to Read in Kindergarten: Growing Engaged and Purposeful Writers Through the Lens of the Common Core State Standards

Presented by award-winning kindergarten teacher Julie Lay, NBCT

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Discover why the “Kid Writing” approach is such a powerful way to systematically develop phonics skills through journal writing. Use music, art, sign language, and dance for brain-friendly learning across the curriculum.

  • Begin the year with “Kid Writing” and book making
  • Use powerful ABC and phonics immersion strategies
  • Teach high-frequency “heart words”—their way
  • Make interactive word walls
  • Teach handwriting effectively
  • Use ongoing authentic assessment
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Julie Lay
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Begin the Year with “Best Practices” in Joyful Accelerated Kindergarten and Early Literacy

Presented by Nellie Edge

Content from this manual will be available as a series of Nellie Edge Online Seminars.

common core state standards

What are the most brain-friendly and engaging literacy strategies we can use to create a joyful and challenging kindergarten? Explore exemplary literacy instruction with Nellie Edge as she inspires you to build the oral language and literacy foundations—honoring research—and honoring childhood.

In just one joyful day, you will:

  • Learn powerful multi sensory ABC and phonics immersion and high-frequency “heart word” strategies—see amazing results.
  • Build reading stamina and independence with quality literature and “Just Right: I Can Read” Books.
  • Engage "Parents as Partners": Simple and practical ways to dramatically multiply your teaching effectiveness.
  • Develop differentiated literacy work centers that support and challenge all learners.
  • Begin and end the day with joyful learning rituals and celebrations—make every moment count.
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Parents as Partners in Kindergarten Literacy: Family Connections that Multiply Our Teaching Effectiveness

Presented by Nellie Edge

common core state standards

Create a supportive "Parents as Partners" program with easy-to-implement strategies that will make a powerful difference in each child’s language and literacy development, social skills and love of learning.

This engaging and practical seminar includes:

  • Build Respectful and Supportive Parent Connections that will Enhance Every Part of the Kindergarten Experience
  • Welcome Children and Their Families into a Joyful Language-Rich Classroom
  • Support Parents as Partners in Providing Name Writing Practice and ABC and Phonics Immersion Strategies
  • Learn How to Get More Parent Volunteers into the Classroom and How to Use Their Skills More Effectively
  • Establish a Nightly Reading-At-Home Program
  • Create Memorable Parent Performances and School Celebrations that Children and Families Delight in
  • Learn Proven Strategies for Successful Kindergarten Registration, Family Literacy Evening, and Literacy and Art Gifts that Families Love

“We have a covenant that says we jointly share responsibility for teaching your child.”
—Ernest Boyer

Parents as Partners in Kindergarten Literacy

The Magic of Signing Songs: Enhancing All Children's Language, Literacy, Engagement, and Joy! (includes instructional DVD of all songs)

Presented by Nellie Edge and Diane Larson

Take advantage of how the brain learns best! Discover the powerful multi sensory tool of fingerspelling and signing songs to accelerate literacy skills for ALL children! Delight the hearts of parents and administrators with memorable children’s performances, motivated readers, and higher test scores! Explore joyful accelerated literacy strategies that you can immediately use in your classroom. No previous Sign Language experience needed.

In just one day you will experience:

  • The easiest and most joyful way to teach ABC and Phonics skills
  • How signing songs greatly influences oral language fluency and
    reading motivation
  • Best practices for teaching high-frequency “heart words”
  • Delightful songs that teach vocabulary and develop self-regulation
  • Using Sign Language for class management and to keep children engaged and
    focused
  • Creating memorable children’s performances that parents love
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Favorite New Books and How To Use Them for Literacy and Delight in Kindergarten!

Presented by author and storyteller, Nellie Edge

common core state standards

Get acquainted with some of the books we believe all children deserve to have as friends. These are the books that bring a smile and often a chorus of “Read it again!” They are the books that build a love of reading, the books worthy of “grand conversations” with children. These books also bring a contented sigh and remind us again that “literature is life, and life is literature” as we celebrate our love of sharing wonderful books with children.

 In just one joyful day, you will:

  • Get to Know Kindergarten Teachers’ Choice: Best Book of 2011, 2012 and 2013 and other Favorite “Must Have” Books for the Kindergarten Library (Your new resource book contains many annotated lists!)
  • Explore quality information books for science explorations
  • Engage Children Imaginatively in Real Books: Use “Grand Conversations,” drama, movement, and mime to build comprehension skills and vocabulary
  • Build a Reading-at-Home Program to Support Young Readers and create a Book Buddies Program of shared memories between home and school
  • Make your Storybook Reading a Magical Time: Learn simple, practical, playful tips from master kindergarten storytellers (Several guest kindergarten storytellers will join us.)

Other Nellie Edge Seminars: Small Saturday Workshops in Exemplary Kindergartens

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Joyful and Rigorous Kindergarten Experiences: Celebrate the Imagination and Challenge All Learners

A Saturday Kindergarten Workshop

Presented by Diane Bonica with Nellie Edge

common core state standards

Welcome to a Kindergarten That Meets
High Common Core State Standards…

Discover a treasure trove of meaningful and creative curriculum ideas in Diane Bonica’s exemplary, child-centered kindergarten. You will be welcomed into “The Chicka-Boom Classroom” complete with a menagerie of giraffes, and a high level of science, math and literacy engagement. Discover how to truly honor childhood and challenge children to think deeply and love learning. See high Common Core Standards in practice!

This all-day, “in-kindergarten” workshop features:

  • Build Respectful and Supportive Parent Connections that will Enhance Every Part of the Kindergarten Experience
  • Welcome Children and Their Families into a Joyful Language-Rich Classroom
  • Support Parents as Partners in Providing Name Writing Practice and ABC and Phonics Immersion Strategies
  • Learn How to Get More Parent Volunteers into the Classroom and How to Use Their Skills More Effectively
  • Establish a Nightly Reading-At-Home Program
  • Create Memorable Parent Performances and School Celebrations that Children and Families Delight in
  • Learn Proven Strategies for Successful Kindergarten Registration, Family Literacy Evening, and Literacy and Art Gifts that Families Love

“We have a covenant that says we jointly share responsibility for teaching your child.”
—Ernest Boyer

Diane Bonica—Joyful and Rigorous Kindergarten Experiences
Diane Bonica—Joyful and Rigorous Kindergarten Experiences

Literacy through Literature, Dance, and Song: Developing Skills Within a Love of Language

A Saturday Kindergarten Workshop

Presented by Kathie Bridges with Nellie Edge facilitating

How do we develop a classroom of kindergartners who not only learn to read and write—but choose to read and write? How do we honor the need for socio-dramatic play—and the need for a rigorous literacy focus in a half-day kindergarten? Kathie Bridges' comprehensive and engaging approach to literacy reflects her deep knowledge of children, her love of language, and a systematic, differentiated approach to literacy. With great skill, wisdom, and delight, Kathie demonstrates how to raise the literacy standards and still keep kindergarten a "child's garden."

Includes

  • With Happy Hearts We Dance and Sing
  • Bringing Folk Tales and Literature Alive
  • Enhancing Small Muscle Development and Handwriting Skills
  • How to Develop Responsible Learners from Day One
  • Memorable Parent Performances
  • "Parents as Partners" in Maximizing Literacy
Kathie Bridges—Literacy Through Literature
Kathie Bridges

Joyful Learning in a Child's Garden: Celebrating Language and Accelerating Literacy

A Saturday Kindergarten Workshop

Presented by Becky Leber and Nellie Edge

common core state standards

How do we raise the literacy standards and still keep kindergarten a "child's garden?" How do we honor the need for socio-dramatic play — and the need for rigorous literacy skills instruction with "at-risk" and English language learners in an all-day kindergarten? Becky Leber's balanced and engaging approach to literacy reflects her deep, deep knowledge of children, her love of language, and her understanding of how to support kinders with a meaning-centered, systematic approach to literacy. With great wisdom, patience, and delight, Becky works with the children who need her most.

Includes:

  • Joyful Accelerated Literacy: Multi sensory ABC and Phonics Immersion
  • How to Set Up Literacy Centers for Differentiated Word Work
  • Dramatizing and Reading Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Building Reading Stamina with "Just Right" Books
  • How to Engage Children in Memorizing, Reciting, and Performing Songs, Poems and Rhymes
  • Writing Across an Arts-Rich Curriculum
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Kindergarten: A Celebration of the Arts With Happy Hearts We Dance and Sing

Presented by Joanie Cutler and Nellie Edge

How do we celebrate the arts, honor childhood, and connect young children with the natural world outside the classroom? How do we nurture a love of learning in children and their families? Come and meet Joanie Cutler, who has been a mentor teacher to many of us. With her love of music, poetry, art and literature she has created a beautiful kindergarten model that is infused with the arts; nurturing creativity and literacy. When Froebel described kindergarten as a "child's garden," we believe he had a teacher like Joanie Cutler — with her gentle wisdom and uniquely creative teaching — in mind. The beautiful, full-color handbook is only available to workshop participants.

Workshop includes:

  • With Happy Hearts we Dance and Sing
  • Exploring the Rhymes and Images of Mother Goose
  • How to Incorporate Literature and Myths into a Study of the Stars and the Cycles of Nature
  • Creating a Kindergarten of Bird Watchers, Star Gazers, Plant Explorers, Rock Collectors and Insect Lovers
  • Using Art, Music, Drama and Sign Language to Enhance Literacy
  • Involving Parents in the Kindergarten Experience

 

Kindergarten: A Celebration of the Arts
kindergarten classroom with Joanie Cutler

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