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Booktopia: West Vancouver Children’s Literature Festival

What: I’ll be leading three workshops at Booktopia; see booktopia.ca.
When: May 5 and 7, 2012
Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library

Moving with Math and Literacy: It’s aRHYTHMetic!

Saturday, May 5 @ 11:30 am-12:20 pm,  Ages 4-7
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall

In this interactive workshop, students will use storytelling, movement, improvisation, puppets, as well as Kari-Lynn’s books, aRHYTHMetic and Count Us In (co-written with Tiffany Stone and Lori Sherritt-Fleming), in order to create deeper understandings about math and literacy. This workshop is full of giggles, reading activities, and math concepts.  It offers dynamic and embodied strategies to bring books to life for young readers and writers.

When the Wild Things Visit Storytown

Saturday, May 5 @ 1:30-2:20 pm, Ages 4-7
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall

What happens when the Wild Things start tearing up Storytown? Move like Wild Things, then participate in a town interview where students become important townspeople, and devise a range of ways to capture the Wild Things and convince them to stop destroying property. Students learn about reading comprehension through movement, active storytelling and oral presentations. This workshop is based on the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Move Beyond Writer’s Block: Get Inside the Story

Monday, May 7 @ 4:00-5:00 pm, Ages 8-12
West Vancouver Memorial Library, Storyhouse

What happens when Jeffrey gets carried away and starts to make Sloth do any number of things? Put yourself inside Kari-Lynn’ picture book story, Jeffrey and Sloth in order to connect to, predict, engage with, and infer the meanings it contains. Use role play to become a sloth, art to draw a new ending, or music to create a chamber of whispers and sounds. Participate in an imagined court case, and devise a myriad of artful ways to get these characters to stop being so controlling. Active storytelling, movement, songs, puppets, and oral presentations make this workshop a hit with students!

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