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 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.

COST: $15

Here is what attendees are saying about Brenda’s workshops:

  • “Awesome session!!”
  • “Super”
  • “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.”