John Funk
Professor, Pre-K Teacher, Utah Teacher of the Year

John has over 25 years of experience teaching Pre-K-2nd grades and has received the prestigious award for Utah Teacher of the Year. He has managed Head Start, served as past president of UAEYC, worked on products for several early education companies and is well respected in the early childhood community. John teaches at the University of Utah.

Make & Take Session Title: The Part of Art That’s From the Heart
This workshop examines using art to help children develop critical and creative thinking skills with open-ended, developmentally appropriate art activities. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in and create a number of projects to develop first-hand experience in what thinking skills are involved in appropriate art projects.

Session Title: What’s New in Children’s Literature?
What new children’s books will make an outstanding contribution to your early childhood classroom? Learn about new books that will help add quality literature to your curriculum and ideas on how to use them to support standards and emergent literacy.

Session Title: MESSY MATH! Hands-on Art Activities that Support Math
Learn how to use messy art activities to support and understand the development of mathematics skills with Threes and Pre-K. Using materials created by the child is an excellent way to increase engagement when teaching a math skill.  Participants will be given ideas for creating engaging and fun learning centers with the emphasis on independence while supporting skill development.