The first day of every month, I’m pleased to introduce you to a fellow member of the Virtual Book Tour. This month’s guest is Kathy Stemke.
Kathy is a children’s author and educator who strives to make learning fun. Her latest book is titled, Moving Through All Seven Days.
Kathy has a newsletter titled Movement and Rhythm. Here is an excerpt from her latest issue:
The first issue of the Movement and Rhythm newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com.
Here are some excerpts:
Why Use Movement to Teach?
Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making.
Musical Consonants in Action
If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.
If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..
If you’re happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc
“Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.” – Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach http://www.workingwriterscoach.com
“I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going ‘professional development.’ Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids. Please continue with this awesome resource!” -Versana Polidore, Thomas Gibbs Elementary School Classroom teacher
Contact Kathy at http://kathystemke.weebly.com