Early childhood conference to celebrate magic

March 24, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-The magical world of children - full of wonder, imagination and dreams - will become a reality at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, March 29, in the Ullsvik Center. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends with a concert at 4:30 p.m.

The conference theme is based on Jean Warren's poem, "Celebrate the Magic."

Keynote speaker Jane Kitson will talk about the connection during her lecture, "Music, the Magical Link to Language and Literacy."

Kitson is a national early childhood educational consultant, published author and recording artist of more than 270 original songs and finger plays that encourage early literacy skills in young children. More than 60,000 early childhood educators in 31 states and Canada have enjoyed her hands-on energetic keynotes and workshops.

General session speaker Rob Bell will speak on "Discover the Magic in You." Bell is education and training director of Dick's Supermarkets and has more than 20 years of management experience. He has presented workshops and speeches to more than 300 groups.

Workshop sessions include "Making Eating a Fun Experience," "Teaching Kids to be Responsible," "Creative Magic" and "Diversity Activities for Young Children."

The conference culminates in concert at 4:30 p.m. in the UWP Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Concert artists are "Greg and Steve," who have sold more than four million recordings. To reserve a ticket for the concert, please call the UWP Box Office, 608-342-1298.

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