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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2006 MKA Conference

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2006 Minnesota Kindergarten Association Annual Conference

Kindergarten ... A World of Wonders!
May 5 and 6, 2006

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Announcement: Check out our listing of Conference Door Prizes! One lucky winner will take home the EE327 Rhyming Words Activity Carpet ($399 value) donated by Jason Daniel of Lakeshore Learning Materials.

Rosemary Wells Kindergarten Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells, opening featured speaker

We are pleased to announce our opening featured address by the author of My Kindergarten and Emily’s First 100 Days of School: “An Evening with Rosemary Wells” Friday May 5, 2006. Rosemary Wells’ career as an author and illustrator spans more than thirty years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Timothy, Max and Ruby, and Noisy Nora. She also spearheaded a campaign for early literacy nationwide under the name “Read to Your Bunny—the Most Important Twenty Minutes of Your Day.”

Beads on One String Dennis Warner

Dennis Warner

Entertaining us Friday evening is Dennis Warner, a respected Minnesota songwriter, folk musician, host of Jammin' with Dennis Warner (on NPR radio affiliates), and guest on numerous TV and radio shows. His unique blend of music and humor brings him to well over 100 cities each year. One of his songs, Beads on One String, became a children's book and is now in its second printing. The song teaches about the negative effects of bullying and the positive effects of recognizing our "connectedness" in the world.

Kindergarten book Peggy Campbell-Rush

Peggy Campbell-Rush, Saturday featured speaker

Peggy Campbell-Rush has taught primary grades for more than 20 years in both the United States and England. In 1995, she was the Teacher of the Year for Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and was the 2002 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for the Clinton, New Jersey, area. Peggy has published articles in Creative Classroom, Teaching K-8, Mailbox, NJEA Review and Family Fun magazines. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her workshops will fill you with creative ideas to use immediately in your classroom.

Chicka Book Cover John and David

John Archambault & David Plummer, Saturday featured speakers

We are pleased that Childcraft logo is sponsoring John Archambault and David Plummer as Saturday featured speakers. John Archambault, best known for his best-selling children's classic, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and author / co-author of over 20 books, believes that rhythm, rhyme and repetition are the keys to getting children to enjoy learning. David Plummer, musician, songwriter and artist, has musical albums, trade books, and educational publications to his credit. John and David collaboratively produce a series of Big Books (shared reading) for Childcraft Education Corporation, incorporating musical CDs with read-along and sing-along styles to help early readers develop fluency and intuitive associations with print while making the experience fun, affective, and effective.

Thank you to our major sponsors!

College of Education, MSU Coughlan Publishing

Thanks to additional sponsors!

Susan McWilliams, Conference Chair