“Let’s Dance” Day 2 – IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference

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.

Conference attendees participate in a session hosted by Kim Adsit.

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.

About Pat

Pat Riley is student teaching at Amundsen High School in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood for the fall of 2010. He will be teaching Contemporary American History, starting just before the Civil War, as he works towards his Type 9 certificate with an endorsement in History and hopefully Business. Previously, he worked in public relations and business development for a law firm in Chicago, but decided his passion was education. Prior to working in public relations and business development, Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Follow his blog at Musings on Apples and Education.
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