So far the morning has been going well here on the first day of the 2011 IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference. Some of the featured speakers this morning included Wendy Halperin, Kim Adsit, Kim Jordano, and Shari Sloane. There has been a great crowd with a lot of turnout at most of the presentations.
Halperin discussed the importance of drawing as a building block to getting students to read. She also discussed the importance of coloring and drawing from left to right as it develops patterns that help children learn to read from left to right. Halperin also says drawing gives children a visual vocabulary that allows them to have fun while learning to read. For more information, go to WendyHalperin.com.
Kim Jordano, a kindergarten teacher from California, talked about the importance of singing, dancing, and making sure to have fun while doing lessons. She said the single biggest factor in having a kindergarten student tune out can be a stale, dry environment. Follow her at kinderbykim.com.
Shari Sloane presented on “Writing with Young Children”. Sloane mentioned the importance of using dry erase whiteboards with students as a great tool for interactive writing. Her presentation was standing room only, as seen in the photograph below.
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