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Using Literacy Centers and Work Boards to Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills in Your Kindergarten Classroom

Presented by Johanna Purvance
Award Winning Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Kindergarten Teachers

  • Innovative ideas for creating a classroom environment where all your kindergartners can be more successful
  • Classroom-proven ways to effectively utilize literacy centers and work boards to strengthen your kindergartners’ reading and writing skills
  • Creative solutions for planning, organizing and managing literacy centers and work boards in your kindergarten classroom
  • Demonstrations, displays, samples of kindergartners’ work, and an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This exciting seminar is designed to help you create an engaging, meaningful and successful “first school experience” for all your kindergarten students. At a time when literacy has become increasingly emphasized in the kindergarten classroom, many kindergarten teachers are finding it more demanding to balance reading and writing skills with developmentally appropriate practices in their classroom.

Johanna Purvance will present practical, specific strategies for incorporating a research-based, classroom-tested literacy environment in the kindergarten classroom. Learn how to effectively use literacy centers, work boards, class books, and age-appropriate writing activities to foster and boost the reading and writing skills of all your kindergarten students.

Johanna will focus on strategies and techniques designed to save you time and enhance the learning experience for your students. You will leave this seminar confident and ready to implement exciting, new learning opportunities in your own kindergarten classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Kindergarten Literacy Program
    Use classroom-proven literacy centers and work boards to enhance the literacy learning of your kindergarten students
  2. Plan and Develop Exemplary Literacy Centers
    Learn how to plan and develop efficient and effective kindergarten literacy centers … Specific center ideas that provide meaningful practice opportunities for your students while you work with smaller groups
  3. Effectively Use Literacy Centers in Your Kindergarten Classroom
    Discover easy-to-use ideas for setting up classroom literacy centers that are high interest, low maintenance, low cost, and perfect for kindergarten students … Specific literacy center and work board ideas to support and reinforce beginning reading and writing skills
  4. Create a Print-Rich Environment to Boost Kindergarten Reading Skills and Motivation
    Learn proven, practical teaching strategies for effectively incorporating word walls, published books, class-made books, and student-created bulletin boards to help your emergent readers gain skills and competence
  5. Use Work Boards to Foster Independent Learning
    Allow children to work independently and take an active role in their own learning with classroom-tested, age-appropriate work board activities
  6. Better Utilize Available Space
    Design effective literacy centers and work boards with limited space and resources … Practical, easy-to-manage centers that are ideal for kindergarten students
  7. Develop Multilevel Instructional Opportunities
    Create menus of activities within centers that meet the needs of all your students … Innovative ideas to meet the needs of a wide range of skills
  8. Increase High-Frequency Word Recognition
    Increase the retention and use of high-frequency words … Integrate word games, activities and lessons in your centers and work boards that embed high-frequency words in the child’s mind for long-term success
  9. Take Maximum Advantage of Instructional Time
    Receive a wealth of center and work board ideas that can make the most of your limited instructional time and reinforce key literacy skills
  10. Increase Your Teaching Options
    Return to your classroom with many ideas, activities and centers that will enable your students to gain confidence as emergent readers and writers while strengthening your entire kinder­garten literacy program … (Receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar)

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Foster independent learning through the effective use of centers
  • Use classroom‑proven techniques, centers and work boards that will enhance literacy in your kindergarten classroom
  • Maximize instructional time by using centers effectively and efficiently
  • Create a complete literacy program that maximizes your students’ growth in reading and writing
  • Organize and manage centers in time‑efficient ways
  • Help your kindergartners develop their sight vocabularies using innovative techniques that are developmentally appropriate for kindergarten
  • Nurture your kindergartners’ emergent reading and writing skills using classroom‑tested centers and work boards
  • Use student‑made books to develop strategies necessary for early literacy development
  • Use the daily letter (not to be confused with the daily message) to increase reading strategies, word attack skills and phonemic awareness
  • Incorporate quality children’s literature into classroom activities
  • Enhance the reading and writing skills of your kindergartners with activities that promote language in a meaningful context
  • Effectively utilize classroom space for your centers even if space is limited
  • Encourage children to write successfully using temporary spelling
  • Create and utilize effective word walls in your kindergarten classroom
  • Incorporate innovative shared reading activities to provide practice in learning concepts of print and sight words
  • Make your centers more effective by generating student‑made books across the curriculum
  • Increase your students’ writing enthusiasm by introducing whole class journals
  • Organize a creative play center to promote a wealth of literacy activities
  • Use exciting word games and chants with your students to enhance your reading and writing program

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As early childhood educators, we know the importance of having a strong literacy program for young children. We are so lucky to be the first teacher in our students’ formal education. Yes, that magical age called five is a time of wonder and questions, a time of curiosity and getting into things. It is energy beyond belief, and a time of quick sorrows and much laughter.

We have the unique opportunity to help each student develop the love of literacy. Our obligation to foster the development of literacy drives our unique programs. Ideally, our job would be to continue the link started in the home before they arrive in kindergarten, but in many cases, we have become the child’s first literacy instructor.

With these thoughts in mind, it is my goal to provide you with exciting, innovative and cutting‑edge strategies to improve the literacy development of your students. The information I share is based on developmentally appropriate practices just for kindergarten students.

In addition, I will share practical ways to incorporate learning centers and work boards into your kindergarten classroom in a way that is easy to manage and in many cases takes no additional prep time.

I look forward to meeting with you at the seminar to share actual student projects, resources and strategies to use in your own classroom. My intention is that you will go back to school energized and excited to try different ideas as well as to continue using some of your own best practices, but perhaps with a new twist.

Sincerely,
Johanna Purvance

P.S. If you’re looking for practical, useful, easy‑to‑implement literacy center ideas, this seminar is for you!

Who Should Attend

This seminar is most appropriate for Kindergarten Teachers, Multiage Primary Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Title I Staff Members, Instructional Aides, specialists who work with kindergarten children, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You’ll receive a resource handbook especially designed for the kinder­­garten classroom. Included in the handbook are:

  • A wealth of center ideas to enhance your kindergarten program
  • Direct‑teaching instruction in word attack skills and phonics that translates into independent reading and writing activities
  • Ideas to expand your collection of child and class‑made books
  • Games and activities to strengthen learning of high‑frequency words

Materials on Display
On display will be sample materials that demonstrate the strategies presented in this seminar. Feel free to bring a camera to record all the ideas.

Consultation Available
Johanna Purvance will be available at the seminar to answer individual questions regarding your own kindergarten classroom situation.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!