Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday morning I had the pleasure of seeing another of Heidi Butkus’s presentations at the California Kindergarten Association Conference held this weekend in Santa Clara.
Sunday’s seminar focussed on teaching the letters of the alphabet in a multi-sensory way. As with the spelling DVDs with which my classroom is already familiar, Heidi has taken the melodies from familiar songs and has written new lyrics to teach content young children must learn in school. This new DVD teaches the names, sounds, and describe the shape of the letters A to Z.
As she discusses at the opening of her seminars, Heidi’s multi-sensory approach helps her lessons “get through” even if a learning disability might block one or another of the sensory/neural pathways. With Heidi, children sing with their voices, move their bodies, see the image on the DVD, and hear the song.
Heidi’s presentations are captivating, fast-paced, and chock full of useful and usable information that will help even gray-haired teachers like me notch it up a bit.
I bought her new DVD and will use it with students who need to learn the last of the letters in the alphabet.