Drawing on years of experience using music in the classroom, Margie offers evening workshops that are uniquely fun and beneficial for teachers in daycare, preschool, early and special education who want to enhance their skills.
Music enhances a curriculum by enlivening the subject matter and generating enthusiasm among kids, and good singing or performing ability is not required for teachers to use it effectively.
Come join Margie for a relaxing, fun-filled session of learning! Workshops usually last two hours, but the word is out that the time really flies.
“If I had to pick one teaching skill to share in my professional development workshops, it would be to let teachers and caregivers know that it is okay to let your hair down and play-we don’t stop playing because we grow old-we grow old when we stop playing. And children learn through play-the more creative the better. Sit right down on the floor with them and share your gifts-you do not have to be a good singer or a good artist, but you do need to be enthusiastic about your own special gifts, whatever they may be-and kids go far on enthusiasm and can smell a fake a mile away. We cannot all be perfect in everything, but we are all excellent in something!” -Margie
Popular Workshops (or you may have one custom-made to fulfill your needs):
In this new age of smartphone techonology, our little "i-Gen" students are struggling with eye cntact, reading body language, and expressing themselves through language. This in-service teacher workshop focuses on charachter building and using the language of their emotions, thorugh the use of stories, rhythm, rhyme, music, movement and drama. It includes brief story writing for kids too. 2 hours.
"Music and Literacy"
Music is a fun, relaxing and non-threatening way for young children to learn words, themes, concepts, information, and our language, in general. Literacy skyrockets when children are exposed to music, rhythm, and rhyme on a regular basis.
Our brains are wired to learn musically, and we retain information longer when taught with rhythm. Thematic teaching and repetition are crucial to help children reach their developmental goals. This workshop teaches techniques to help chiildren reach the ultimate goal of reading. 1.5 hours.
“Movement by the Month!” Get your preschoolers up and moving in seamless transition time! This program supports the new “I AM MOVING, I AM LEARNING” program for promoting health and physical activity in Early Childhood Care. Chock full of ideas to fit your own preschool curricula.
“Transition Time”: This workshop will show you how to help children transition easily from one task to the next through the use of music, rhythm and rhymes. This most popular workshop has an accompanying CD of the music presented, so teachers do not have to bring along a tape recorder. Though this workshop is slightly more expensive, it will have a more lasting and helpful effect on your staff’s work with children. All workshops have accompanying lyric packets.
“Get S.I.C.! ~ The Sensory Integrated Classroom”: Children have many different learning styles. This workshop helps you transform your classroom into a multi-sensory environment that enables children to learn in their own style.
“Music by the Month”: Learn great ideas to help you teach thematically, without a lot of money in your budget. Tough times make us better teachers-we are forced to think more creatively! Selections of appropriate examples are suggested for use throughout the year.
“Musical Learning Games”: Learn to look at everything as an opportunity to maximize a child's development using simple circle games. Expand Children's developmental goals just by making a few changes in a game you already know; or – think out of the box and create your own!
In 2008, Margie has added a component to ALL her workshops called, “KEEPING KIDS IN THE HAPPY ZONE”. Lately, it seems harder for kids to stay in a happy and positive mood, carefree and relaxed. It doesn’t matter why, it just matters how we as teachers can help. So let Margie help you with some easy and thoughtful tips that are discussed at the beginning of every workshop.
All fees negotiable; please e-mail or phone (860) 526-5794 for a quote that best suits your venue and budget!
Come prepared to laugh, sing, dance and act, and write your own songs!
About Fees: Each venue is different, so I like to talk with each client individually to come up with a fee that makes sense within their budget. Fees for in-service professional development training can range from $350.00-$450.00; depending on the workshop chosen (some come with music CDs), distance and class size. Please call the office to discuss. (860) 526-5794. Thank you!