California Workshop and Storytelling Program Bookings Available!

Bring continuing education from Storytime Stuff to your library, school, or childcare center! Kathy MacMillan will be in Los Angeles, CA and available for bookings July 11-16, 2017. This is a rare West Coast opportunity to enjoy a high-energy, hands-on workshop on topics such as

  • Basic American Sign Language
  • Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff
  • Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff, Part 2
  • Hands-on Storytimes: Incorporating Basic Sign Language into Your Programs
  • Little Hands Signing in the Classroom
  • Multicultural Storytime Magic
  • Sign, Baby, Sign!  It’s Storytime!
  • Sign with Your Child (for parents)
  • Storytime Stuff
  • Storytime Stuff for Beginners
  • Working With a Sign Language Interpreter

Click here for more information and rates (MD/DC/VA rates will apply to CA programs scheduled for July 11-16).

 

High energy interactive storytelling programs for all ages are also available! Click here for more information and rates.

Contact us at storytimestuff@gmail.com to discuss the program that’s right for you!

 

Webinar: Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function & Self-Regulation

We are not affiliated with the below webinar in anyway, just passing on info about what looks like a fascinating professional development opportunity!

Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success

Presented by Mary Kuehner and Laurie Anne Armstrong

June 21, 2017
2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time

We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what executive function is, why it’s important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared story time experiences.

In this webinar participants will learn:

  • What executive function is
  • Why executive function is important to success in learning and life
  • Specific activities and books they can share in order to help the children in their care develop executive function

This webinar is sponsored by Free Spirit Publishing. Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

You can earn .2 CEUs for the webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma

More information and registration.

 

See the full schedule of upcoming webinars from Early Childhood Investigations. (There are lots of other great topics coming up too!)

Starting Soon: Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 15, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse facilitated by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child!

April 24-28 is the Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

Here are some great resources to use with the young children in your life!

Turning everyday interactions into storytelling opportunities from NAEYC

Resources for using music, cooking, art and more with young children in the classroom or at home from NAEYC

Resources for signing with babies and young children from Stories By Hand

Baby and Toddler Program Resources from Storytime Stuff

Resources for teaching young children about diversity from Bright Horizons

 

 

Registration now open for Spring “Basic ASL for Library Staff” eCourse

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 15, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse facilitated by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

Read Local Challenge MD/VA

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Attention Teachers, Librarians, Homeschoolers, and Readers: The READ LOCAL CHALLENGE is underway!

We invite all schools, libraries, homeschool groups, scout troops … groups of any size to join us! Take the challenge to read as many books for preschool through elementary school students from participating local authors/illustrators as you can by April 30, for a chance to win fabulous prizes, such as signed books and free Skype visits with one of our Read Local authors or illustrators. All materials are available for download at http://mddewv.scbwi.org/read-local/

This program was designed to be as easy as possible for teachers and library staff – so SCBWI is handling all the prize distribution, coordination, etc. All we ask schools and libraries to do is help spread the word and make program materials available! All the participating authors and illustrators are also offering discounts on their school and library visits if you mention the Read Local program.

March 2 is Read Captions Across America Day

So you probably knew that March 2 was Read Across America Day – but did you also know that it is Read Captions Across America Day?

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Lead by the Described and Captioned Media Program, Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event every year on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of Read Captions Across America is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Order a FREE toolkit, including posters, bookmarks, and certificates here.

Additionally, DCMP members are eligible to receive a free Dr. Seuss DVD as part of this campaign. Find out if you are eligible for a free membership here.

It’s not too late to register for Basic ASL for Library Staff!

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning January 23, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

Register for Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse Today!

Basic ASL for Library StaffInstructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning January 23, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Comments from previous students of this course:

“Thank you for teaching me much more than I expected. It’s been a wonderful experience that I will certainly share with everyone who will listen!”

“This course has been invaluable to me…I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the course and truly appreciate someone’s genius in offering it. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“I absolutely loved the class and would HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE — librarian or not!”

“This class was interesting, informative and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Register now!

Candle: A Rhyme to Sign

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/lESwVjoDdZo

Candle, candle burning bright, (sign CANDLE)

lighting up the darkest night.

Thank you for your shining light,

but with one puff, you’re out of sight. (blow on the fingers representing the flames and curl them into a fist to show the candle going out)

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddFind lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!