Looking for ideas for professional development or conference workshops?
Brenda offers the following workshop topics:
1. Letters and Sounds – Establishing the Foundation for Reading — (approx. 2 hours)
In this session, participants will be given:
- a brief overview of research and literature on the importance of teaching the alphabetic principle
- a rationale for focussing on letter sounds and lower case letters
- a review of phonemic awareness skills
- suggestions for developing accuracy and automaticity
- assessment materials
- suggestions for follow-up activities once letters and sounds are taught
2. Reducing and Reversing Letter Reversals(approx. 1.25 hours)
Letter reversals are a concern in every classroom. In this session, participants will learn:
- two key strategies to help prevent reversals from happening
- techniques to correct many of the common reversal problems
- specific strategies to correct the b — d confusion
Please note: Sessions 1 and 2 can be combined into a full-morning, 3 hour session.
3. An Overview of Itchy’s Alphabet program — (approx. 2.5 hours)
This session is designed to provide those teachers using Itchy’s Alphabet or planning to implement the program with a demonstration of the program and its various components, including:
- an introduction to and background information on Itchy’s Alphabet
- a demonstration lesson from the Teaching Guide
- ways to use the various support materials
- hands-on activities with alphabet books and favorite children’s story books
- development of phonological awareness activities
Since getting to a workshop can sometimes be challenging and expensive, Brenda now offers her Letters and Sounds workshop in two alternate formats:
4. Letters And Sounds Live Webinar with GoToMeeting
This 2-hour webinar will focus on best practice techniques to introduce letter sounds and formations to young children. You can participate in this workshop from your home or school computer.
COST: $25/person, minimum 4 people
Organize a group of teachers at your school or in your district who may be interested or, if you don’t have anyone else to join you, email firstname.lastname@example.org and Brenda will notify you when there is a spot available in an upcoming session.
Sessions can be 2 hours or split into two 1-hour sessions. Brenda is available to do after school or weekend sessions to accommodate a teacher’s schedule. Contact Brenda directly if you would like to customize a session to meet your specific needs.
5. Audio/Video Recording of the Letters and Sounds Workshop
Download this 1 hour 12 minute recording of Brenda’s popular power point presentation and watch it on your own schedule.
Here is what attendees are saying about Brenda’s workshops:
- “Awesome session!!”
- “Brenda Larson was fantastic!”
- “Excellent presentation! Lots of great ideas and loved the program she uses!”
- “Brenda was a great speaker. She was open to questions and had lots of knowledge to share. Well organized.”
- “Got lot out of this workshop!”
- “Very helpful. I appreciated the systematic approach with emphasis on the visual!”
- “Brenda was very thorough.”
- “Thanks for the great tips!”
- “I loved her ideas on teaching letters and sounds.”