Day two at the Kindergarten Conference started with a big name speaker in Jack Hartmann. Hartmann brought his brand of fun to the K-Conference with singing and dancing as he sang to attendees the importance of getting students up, moving around, and singing in class in order to increase learning. He had many conference goers up in the front of the room dancing and singing his familiar songs, including ones about learning the alphabet, about animals, and more. For more on his presentations, go to JackHartmann.com.
Literacy expert Steve Layne hosted “Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers.” Some of the highlights from his session included creating an “Elementary Cafe” where, once a month, students come to school early for a book club discussion hosted by a teacher in the school about their favorite book(s). School parents can host the session and make it kid friendly, including bringing donuts and chocolate milk, and maybe some celery for the health conscious.
Later in the morning, Michael Heggerty and Christine Turso discussed “Early Childhood Phonemic Awareness”. Turso claimed 2-3 minutes of letter naming activities per day will help kindergarten students develop their phonemic skills. She also mentioned that multi-sensory activities such as writing in sand are great for students struggling with a letter and its sound.
For more information on other presenters and to see some handouts for the conference, go to the Kindergarten Conference Web site.