Guest Speaker: Environmental Print

Published on: September 3, 2013

Filled Under: Guest Speakers, Idea Box, Resources

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Environmental print is everywhere around us. In fact, you could say that it’s the first print a child starts to “read.” What is Environmental Print and how can you use it to educate young children? That’s a topic near and dear to this month’s guest speaker, Sharon MacDonald.

Sharon has been training teachers for more than 20 years throughout the United States on a variety of early childhood topics. Her training is based on her unique perspective from 28 years as an early childhood teacher. Sharon has practical ideas, down-to-earth approaches, and an enthusiastic presentation style.

She is a transplanted Mississippian living in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, George. She has two adult children: Brad and Meg, who, as youngsters, were her guinea pigs for all of her songs and activities.

Sharon is a frequent keynote and featured speaker at national and state early childhood conferences. She has written many teacher resource books and children’s stories, as well as articles that have been published in variety of early childhood magazines. Check them out on the Articles section. Her books include: Squish, Sort, Paint and Build, Everyday Discoveries, Block Play, Sanity Savers for Early Childhood Teachers, Math in Minutes, (all published by Gryphon House), Portfolio and Its Use, 2nd Ed: A Roadmap for Assessment (published by the Southern Early Childhood Association), Assessment: A Portfolio Approach (published by Frog Street Press), and one song-lyric based activity book entitled Jingle in my Pocket Book (published by Grasshopper Press). Kaplan Early Learning published her new book It’s in the Bag. Sharon has numerous children’s book published by Kaplan and by Frog Street Press. She had contributed many elements to the Frog Street Press 2011 PreK Curriculum.

Listen to Sharon MacDonald’s message regarding environmental print, recorded just for us. Don’t forget to visit again tomorrow (Wed.) for a CD giveaway- there will be TWO WINNERS!

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