Mary Jo is an author, storyteller, recording artist and puppeteer who creates books, CDs and DVDs filled with original stories, songs, and finger plays. She has visited 46 states and presented to thousands of children and adults. Mary Jo is an Early Childhood teaching artist, past director of a center with 115 children, and is an onsite consultant for Early Childhood centers, schools, 4C, Head Start and Family Childcare. Mary Jo has written for the Frog Street’s Pre-K Curriculum and Gryphon House, Monday Morning Publishing, SECA and many publications for Early Childhood educators. She works with children in school settings. Her information and experiences are presented in a humorous, enthusiastic style with practical ideas that create new early literacy activities that can be implemented immediately. Mary Jo shares passionately, in an interactive, hands-on, participatory atmosphere. Plan to snap, clap, wiggle and giggle as you learn new ways to connect with children and parents.
PUPPET PLAY: Easy to Make and Easy to Use
Learn how to create a magical connection to language and literacy using a simple little puppet. Enjoy the excitement of engaging with children in a new and passionate way. Puppets are a natural motivator. They foster language development while stimulating curiosity and imagination. Mary Jo will send you home with tips, tricks, the who, what, when, where and why to use a puppet for children of all ages.
BOOK MANIA: See the creation of a book nook as a special place for children to explore picture books fiction and non-fiction. Get introduced to picture books that extend the curriculum and connect with art, music & movement, stem, social & emotional and just plain great reads. Mary Jo will share easy extensions, vocabulary boosts and favorites that can be read over and over.