Join us Saturday Sept. 28th 9-Noon for a Preschool-3rd grade Early Literacy Symposium featuring:
Dr. Lea McGee, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University and author of of multiple books including Designing Early Literacy Programs.
KEYNOTE: EARLY WRITING AND THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LITERACY
This presentation will address three questions:
We know that preschoolers and even toddlers attempt to write, but is it helpful
What milestones should we look for in early writing? How does it continue to early grades?
What can teachers and parents do to provide support and instruction for young children’s writing
Who might be interested in attending:
- Before/After School programs
- Community literacy volunteers
LOCATION: MLK Center
$20, scholarships available upon request
READING ALOUD WITH CHILDREN:
Presenter Lea McGee will discuss two kinds of books that are frequently read aloud with young children: predictable/rhyming books and complex storybooks. She will discuss how to engage children’s minds in both kinds of books – but particularly in reading storybooks. The techniques she will demonstrate have been used with preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders.
Lea M. McGee has written numerous textbooks, book chapters and articles about young children’s literacy development from ages birth through third grade. She has consulted with preschools, schools, day cares, and Head Starts around the country. She is still working with teachers helping them teach the most at-risk readers in
THE SCIENCE OF HOW KIDS LEARN TO READ
Learning to read is not a natural process; as a result, more than 60% of US students are not proficient readers. Research shows that kids need explicit, systematic instruction in order to become effective readers and writers. Presenter Laura Williams will discuss the simple science of how kids learn to read, how a properly designed literacy program can prevent reading struggle, and how to get help for kids who need extra support.
Laura Williams is the founder of Multi-sensory Education Solutions. She tutors students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. She also trains and mentors tutors. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in Elementary Education. She was trained in the Orton Gillingham Approach by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana in 2006. She worked for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana from 2006-2015 before starting her own business.
TEACHING WITH LOVE & LOGIC
Love & Logic is a time-tested approach to raising and teaching children to be responsible, respectful, and self-confident. Those who have used the Love & Logic methods report less stress and more fun when working with their children. Kids who benefit from these methods are often more self-directed and conscious of the consequences of their decisions. In a brief presentation, you will experience an overview of the Love & Logic approach.
Dixie Koenemann is an educator with nearly 30 years of experience, a mom and grandma, and has been trained.
HOW TO USE DATA TO IMPACT INSTRUCTION
Often, early childhood programs do not assess specific literacy skills which can predict or indicate reading proficiency or struggle. Understanding children’s grasp of critical reading and pre-reading skills is a simple yet powerful way to ensure they get the instruction they need. Presenter Janie Frazier will provide an overview of how assessment can inform instruction for classroom, small group, and one-on-one child instruction.
Janie Frazier is a retired teacher who has spent her career working with young children in early literacy. She has spent 43 years in public education. During her teaching career she was a multiage teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a Literacy Coach, and a Title I Director. She currently resides in I Indianapolis where she is grandma to twin girls age 2 and a new baby girl. She also is involved in tutoring, teaching preschool Spanish, and organizing a tutor/mentor program for her church.