The Minnesota Kindergarten Association
The Minnesota Kindergarten Association is an organization advocating developmentally appropriate Kindergarten programs for all children and quality education of Kindergarten teachers. Membership is open to professionals interested in Kindergarten and early childhood
Put These on Your Calendar
State Fair. August 24th 2017
Meet You at the Fair! Join the great Minnesota Get – Together and MKA on August 24, 2017 in the Education Building. Come say “Hi!” to MKA at the booth and then have you free EM calendar made.
EM Conference. October 20th, 2017
Join MKA and EM again, on Friday October 20, 2017 at the EM Conference held at St. Paul River Centre. From 11:30 – 12:30, MKA is sponsoring Sara Edgar (who you might have loved at past conferences) speaking to “Make Play Powerful.”
Educators know that play is essential for child development, but it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. New research is changing that! Sara, a Minnesota Kindergarten teacher and Polka Dot Kinders blogger, will provide specific strategies for play that promotes creativity, critical thinking, self control, confidence, collaboration, communication and coordination! Change out your dramatic play area each month to incorporate math and reading, allowing children of all abilities and cultures to interact in a puposeful way. Watch EM materials for the room assignment. Join MKA in continuing to promote play.
MKA Spring Conference. May 4th & 5th, 2018
Join us at Jackson County Central for a bit of “Learning Down on the Farm.” Some down- home fun! Hope to see you all there!!
Our Speakers Include:
Debbie Silver is a speaker, author and humorist. Since she was a child she has enjoyed entertaining folks, and today she both entertains and provides significant strategies for success to audiences. She have given keynotes and workshops in 49 states, all across Canada, and in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and Asia. Have you read her best seller, “Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 – Teaching Kids to Succeed?” http://www.debbiesilver.com/
Adam Peterson, a kindergarten teacher and self published children’s author, specializes in technology integration and writing. He is the creator the the “Teachers Learn Too” YouTube channel (check it out!) and is the host of an online Q&A show for educators, #TeachersTalkToo.
Kim Adsit, presents on a national level after retiring from 30 years of teaching Kindergarten. Her idea packed sessions are sure to please. Visit her at http://kindergals.blogspot.com/?m=0
Mary Casanova is an award-winning children’s author of novels and picture books. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize for research. Whatever the setting for her books, Casanova writes stories that matter–and stories that kids can’t put down. http://www.marycasanova.com/index.html