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101 Strategies, Activities and Resources to Help Your KINDERGARTNERS Become Successful Readers and Writers
Presented by Darla Wood-Walters
Specifically Designed for Kindergarten Teachers and Staff Members Who Work with Kindergarten Students
- Practical, innovative ways to teach the reading and writing skills and strategies kindergarten students need
- Timesaving organization and management tips to enable your kindergarten students to increase their literacy learning
- Incorporate narrative, informative and opinion writing in a way that makes sense to kindergarten students
- Address the needs of your struggling kindergartners before they fail
- Best, new children’s books and educational websites for kindergarten
- Engaging mini-lessons, video clips, student work, and an extensive kindergarten resource handbook with the best-of-the-best KINDERGARTEN reading and writing strategies, and classroom-ready material
Practical Ideas and Strategies
This outstanding, NEW seminar will provide a wealth of instructional strategies and management tools to move all of your kindergarten students ‘a step and a reach’ beyond where they now stand in their journey of becoming literate. Join outstanding teacher and international presenter Darla Wood-Walters as she shares her passion for early literacy, offering an innovative, motivating and manageable approach that can be immediately implemented in your kindergarten program. Darla will share valuable insights, student samples and materials to help your teaching progress with purpose and direction. She will show you how to better create and manage engaging, rigorous, standards-based reading and writing activities in a developmentally appropriate kindergarten culture.
Come prepared for a fast-paced day packed with practical ideas, activities and proven methods that have successfully impacted kindergarten teachers and students with diverse needs across the nation.
You will leave with an extensive kindergarten resource handbook filled with 101 specific kindergarten mini-lessons, ready-to-go student materials, reading and writing activities, management frameworks, assessment tools, home/school connection ideas, and much, much more!
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Frontload the Kindergarten Experience to Boost Success in Reading and Writing
Immerse students in an environment of meaningful print … Develop and use a variety of art media to create readable print in the formats of wall stories, poem boards, pocket charts, class books, murals, literacy scrapbooks, and interactive print activities supported by appropriate big books, quality literature and informational text
- Provide Explicit Mini-Lessons to Maximize Reading and Writing Growth
Load mini-lessons with learning by reinforcing the elements of detailed illustrations, phonemic awareness, phonics skills, conventions, extension of text, and reading fluency
- Make Better Use of Close Reading: Ways to Impact Deeper Thinking for Your Kindergarten Students
Guide students through picture books, literature, informational text, and leveled readers as they grasp strategies to go deeper into the text … Help them learn how to “read the pictures” and identify key words
- Intervene With Kindergartners Who Struggle – BEFORE They Fail
Learn highly effective ways to differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of your struggling kindergarteners before they fail … How to implement high-quality interventions to motivate students and strengthen their achievement in reading and writing
- Address Narrative, Informative and Opinion Writing in a way that Makes Sense to Your Kindergarten Students
Create innovative mini-lessons, writing activities and non-fiction text links to improve your students’ writing … Engage students in a variety of lessons that focus on specific text types and text features
- Incorporate Organization and Management Structures that Promote Success and Fit YOUR Classroom Program and Schedule
Discover practical and efficient ways to plan, organize and manage your kindergartners’ activities and schedules
- Use Authentic Reading and Writing Assessments to Identify Student Needs, Monitor Progress and Guide Your Teaching
Focus on each kindergartner’s next step … Explore timesaving, record-keeping ideas that will drive your instruction, enhance conference interaction and take the guesswork out of preparing report cards and discussing progress with students and parents
- Go Beyond Paper and Pencil
Incorporate questioning, retelling and drawing activities and ideas that are an essential part of the beginning writing process … Strategies to get your students thinking, talking and ready to write
- Discover the BEST, NEW Children’s Books Perfect for Kindergarten
Learn about new children’s books and how to best use them to meet your kindergarten state standards in literature and nonfiction … Become familiar with some of the best that spark student interest, followed by their pleas to “read it again”
- Take Home an Extensive Kindergarten Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook filled with new kindergarten model lessons, activities, technology resources, management strategies, and ideas for an academically rigorous, developmentally appropriate kindergarten classroom – all classroom tested and designed specifically for kindergarten students
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- 101 strategies and activities to spark curiosity and creativity with your kindergarten readers and writers
- Highly effective mini-lessons that meet the needs of early, emerging and developing readers and writers in kindergarten
- Explicit teaching methods that encourage kindergartners to use close reading with fiction and non-fiction
- Powerful intervention strategies that will help you catch struggling kindergartners before they fall too far behind
- A developing writers workshop approach – Daily writing, conferencing, assigned projects, publishing – that provides students with high expectations of themselves as writers while maintaining their choice of topic
- How to create a print rich environment (wall stories, class books, print matching, murals) that helps kindergartners develop foundational skills outlined in state literacy standards … concepts of print, phonics, high frequency words and more
- How to help students recognize and understand text features and vocabulary unique to narrative, opinion and informational text
- Innovative tips to help kindergarten students generate their own ideas and eliminate the comment, “I don’t know what to write about”
- Tips for improving your writing conferences with young writers
- How to get around to every writer, listen closely, respond appropriately and leave the pencil in the student’s hand
- Discover how to develop clear, concise and easy-to-use rubrics WITH your kindergartners that allow them to reflect and assess their own writing and illustrating
- Use the latest brain research and encourage the 3 C’s – curiosity, creativity and confidence – in your kindergarteners as they engage in a rigorous literacy program
- Effective strategies to help your students organize their thinking, time and materials
- A template for individual student literacy scrapbooks that are read and re-read all year long
- The best new children’s books and familiar favorites … how to use them to increase reading and writing skills with your kindergarten students
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
As teachers of young students, our challenge is to ignite the voice within each child:
“I can … I can read; I can write; I can think!” My goal for our day together is to share 101 of the best strategies, activities and resources that I am confident will help you ignite that voice in your kindergartners as they become readers and writers.
During our idea-packed day, we will focus on teaching the student, not the “program.” Our instruction must be within reach of what a student understands or almost understands as we guide him to take a step and a reach beyond that. One step at a time – that is how the state standards are met; that is how students become readers and writers, thinkers and problem solvers.
I will share with you timesaving tips for strengthening the organization and management of a developing writers workshop which provides kindergartners with the opportunity to write daily, confer with the teacher, publish and complete assigned literacy projects. I will also share proven ways to “take the hard out of learning to read” by immersing students in a print rich environment using big books, wall stories, class books, poem boards, and pocket charts. We not only want to teach students to read, we also want to create readers! For that to happen, reading must be more than guttural gymnastics; it must carry meaning.
Throughout this seminar, I will provide opportunities for you to listen, observe, ponder, and discuss the components of a dynamic literacy program. Through the use of video clips, student work samples and an extensive writing resource handbook, we will keep our focus on “real kids” and “real reading and writing.” Whether you are a first year teacher or a tried and true veteran, I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and sharing ideas for enhancing your students’ growth.
P.S. You will also receive an extensive kindergarten resource handbook filled with 101 ideas strategies, activities and resources that you can use immediately to assist you in helping to increase the reading and writing achievement of your kindergartners.
Who Should Attend
Specifically Designed for Kindergarten Teachers and Staff Members Who Work with Kindergarten Students.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive kindergarten resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- Reading and writing activities that support your state standards
- Copy-ready student pages, forms and practical authentic assessment tools you can use immediately in your classroom
- Teacher-modeled mini-lessons and student writing samples – narrative, opinion and informative
- Continuum of steps to becoming a writer AND reader
- Effective management strategies, structures and classroom schedules
- A bibliography of books, websites and materials that support early literacy
- Research supporting developmentally appropriate practices for kindergarten
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other kindergarten teachers who are also interested in practical ways to help kindergartners become more successful readers and writers.
Darla Wood Walters will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own kindergarten literacy program.
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