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Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com

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A book for kids/ 3 stories in English

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Moving Through All Seven Days

Today you can learn about Kathy's book,

MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS.

Here is what she has stated about her work:

“MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS” by Kathy Ann Stemke

I'm very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, "Moving Through All Seven Days." This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.


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More information about Kathy Stemke's book:

(Virtual Book Tour de Net karina@fabianspace.com)

 
1. What inspired you to write this story?
I’m a teacher at heart, and I always want children to learn something new about life and their environment.  “Moving Through All Seven Days” inspires movement exploration and creativity in children as they learn the days of the week.  The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day. 
 
2. Who is your favorite character and why?
I love them all.  There is a wide diversity of races represented as well as a wide diversity of interests. In other words, there is something for everyone.  
 
3. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The rhymes!!   I still struggle with finding natural words to flow and represent the ideas I have in mind.
 
5. What was easiest?
As a retired teacher of 37 years, I love to create worksheets and fun activities to reinforce the concepts that I feature. 
 
6. What's next for you?
I’ve started a series of books under the umbrella of “Action Alley Education” which combines movement activities with rhymes, phonics, math, and many other educational concepts.  This fresh new approach to learning is full of action-oriented fun!!  Since dance was such a big part of my life, I’m also writing a book which includes rebellious ballet slippers.
 
Name:  Kathy Stemke
 Website: www.kathystemke.weebly.com

Blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com

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Get to know Kathy's newsletter!

It's finally done! 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's 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 your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.....

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c...etc

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Thank you Kathy for sharing with us all this interesting information.
And Good Luck with your future endeavors!

Liana

8 comments:

Nancy Famolari said...

Great post. I think Kathe's newsletter is a winner. I also love her book cover. Good job Lia. It's fun getting to know more about Kathe!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Kathy, that newsletter sounds exciting. In The Frugal Book Promoter I strongly advocate newsletters as a way to build a loyal following among readers. I'm sure the subject of yours will keep your readers coming back for more.

Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Helena Harper said...

I'd like to ask Kathy if she was a dance instructor at one time in her life? Being a teacher myself, I totally support the idea of using movement to help children learn - in fact, the more varied activities you can incorporate into the learning process, the better. Kathy, your newsletter also sounds like a great idea!

Helena

Liana said...

Thank you all for stopping by. I think Kathy has created a great newsletter. I have many times used movement in class (not dancing though)to teach certain verbs in English. Kids loved those lessons-they were ideal for very young kids, pre school and first grade.

Kathy, thank you for letting us know about all these exciting things!

Liana

Donna M. McDine said...

Informative post and good luck with your newsletter. Wonderful idea of putting words to motion.

Best wishes,
Donna

Dorothy Massey said...

Kathy's ideas are inspirational. Thanks for featuring her so well, Liana.

Liana said...

Thank you Donna and Dorothy for your comments...
Liana

kathy stemke said...

Yes, Helena, I did my masters in dance education. I've taught dance almost all my life.