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Day Camp for Early Educators

by Jim Gill
June 13, 2013
Reg. 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)

First Lutheran Church and Preschool
114 East Main Street, Geneseo, Illinois

Description:STARNET Regions I & III welcomes Jim Gill back to "Day Camp For Early Childhood Educators." If you missed hearing Jim speak last year and/or you wish to have a refresher, come and join us in Geneseo! Over the years, Jim Gill's music and books have received, among other honors, four awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood teachers, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill's music play is created with a purpose, based on graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience leading play programs for families with children with special needs. In this energizing session, Jim Gill helps explain the purpose behind his play. His active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim's clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development. Early childhood teachers will leave the session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate and purposeful- use in the classroom. Best of all, they will leave the session understanding the power of play to inspire, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning.

Presenter Bios:Jim Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children's artists. Jim is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago, with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim's recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Jim has released six award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. Jim is also the author of two children's books. His latest, A Soup Opera, is a sing-along opera inspired by concerts that Jim performs with symphony orchestras. The book received an American Library Association award in 2010. Over the years Jim has shared his expertise and ideas on music, play and literacy with organizations such as Head Start, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, The National Association for Family Child Care, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

This training will provide 3.5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #2
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) D

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: First Lutheran Church Preschool

Registration form for this workshop.
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