Workshops are practical, powerful, hands-on and easily differentiated from whole group to small group and literacy work stations.  Workshop topics cover the five pillars of literacy:  phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.  All activities are integrated through anchor books in the context of REAL reading opportunities.   Workshops can be four hours (1/2 day) or six hours (one full day). I look forward to working with your school district or organization!

Phonemic Awareness:
Early literacy workshops are geared toward teachers of PreKindergarten through Grade 2, reading teachers, Title 1 and special educators.

Theresa's Phonemic Awareness workshop was developed from the basis of Jean Piaget who stated that children learn best by DOING and becoming involved in the process of learning.  This workshop is literacy-based, hands-on and filled with make and take activities directly related to engaging literature.  You will be able to implement these activities immediately when you go back to school.  Activities can be easily differentiated in a Response to Intervention (RtI) classroom and correlate with the Common Core Standards.  Areas covered include rhyming, sentence segmentation, compound words and syllabication, alliteration and discrimination, onset and rimes and blending & segmenting in isolation.                                                 
Beginning Reading Skills: 
This workshop demonstrates how to integrate beginning reading skills with strong literature to engage children in learning beginning reading skills.  All of these activities are differentiated, can be used in a Response to Intervention (RtI) classroom and correlate with the Common Core State Standards.  Beginning reading skills focuses on alphabet sounds, onset and rime, rime families, segmenting and blending of CVC words & beyond, and long vowel combinations & sight word activities to jump-start automaticity of your students.

Comprehension Connections:  
My comprehension workshop focuses on reading skills for tween readers, grades 3-6 and teachers of special needs students.

Comprehension is always a hot topic in education.  We should be focusing around 50% of our literacy instruction on comprehension strategies and extending comprehension.  My question to you is, "Do you have a toolbox filled with comprehension strategies covering all areas of comprehension?"  I do and I will share a completely literature-integrated workshop filled with strategies to help you target your students' needs in your Response to Intervention (Rt) classroom.  Of course, activities correlate with the Common Core Standards!  

You will fill your toolbox with strategies specific to early learners in the following areas:

~Metacognition and comprehension monitoring:  Learn songs and activities to get your kids thinking about their reading, what makes sense and what doesn't! 

~Story structure and summarization:  Integrate strategies for working with characterization, story structure and nonfiction literature.

~Graphic organizers:  Obtain oodles of organizers to pick from to organize information to "cement" new ideas!
~Anchor charts:  Anchor charts work in tandem with anchor text so that reading makes sense!
~Cooperative learning-We will explore different ways of grouping students to differentiate and target optimal comprehension.


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