Coming April 3, 2018 from Familius Press!
Nita’s First Signs by Kathy MacMillan
illustrated by Sara Brezzi
Baby sign language makes it easy to communicate with your child, and Nita makes it fun! Nita’s First Signs teaches ten essential signs for every parent and child to know, including eat, more, hungry, milk, all done, ball, play, love, please, and thank you. A simple story about Nita and her parents teaches each sign in context, and repetition throughout each story makes them easy to practice. Even better, each page slides open to reveal accurate instructions on how to make each sign, plus tabs on the side of each page make it simple to locate every sign for later reference. Baby sign language collections aren’t complete without Nita!
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, November 6, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks (Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course materials)
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.”
Friday, September 29, 2017
This isn’t one of ours, but we wanted to help spread the word about this terrific upcoming webinar for anyone interested in making storytimes more inclusive!
Creating Inclusive Storytimes for ALL Children
Presented by Carol Morrone through ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
Cost: $60.00 per person; group rates available
Creating an inclusive storytime is as important as creating an engaging one. And in this workshop, you’ll learn how to do both! Child development expert Carol Morrone will tie child development into storytelling, offering insight on working with children with special needs, including children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and intellectual challenges. Useful for both school and public libraries, this workshop will provide you with the tools needed to build inclusive story hours that apply solid child development theory into practice. Examples will be offered using classic children’s books and authors, and final suggestions will be given on how you can extend these techniques to foster an ongoing relationship with the library and learning. This workshop will empower you to transform traditional children’s storytimes into vibrant and engaging experiences for the present generation of young learners.
About the Instructor
With over 30 years of experience, Carol Morrone has devoted her entire career to working with children and families. Carol is an independent consultant, providing professionals and parents with tools and resources needed to effectively work with children, integrating theory with practical applications. While working as a behavioral therapist with young children, Carol developed and presented a variety of workshop topics rooted in applied child development principles to both early childhood professionals and parents. Among other positive remarks, her practical application of solid theory has been called “current and useful” with “take-aways that are practical and ready to use tomorrow.” In October 2016, she launched her website KIDapp.org to share her knowledge and expertise with a wider audience.
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
See the full schedule of upcoming webinars from Early Childhood Investigations. (There are lots of other great topics coming up too!)
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!
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.
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)