Rachel Presents at Early Childhood Education Conference and Literacy Fair
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Rachel Coleman, Emmy-nominated Host of Popular Children’s TV Series Signing Time, Presents During the Klamath Falls Early Childhood Education Conference and Fair
KLAMATH FALLS, OR – October 17, 2008 – Rachel Coleman, Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, will be the key presenter to hundreds of families and children during the Klamath Falls Early Childhood Literacy Fair: Show Me a Sign, on October 31st. Coleman will also be the keynote speaker during this year’s Klamath Falls Chapter Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) Early Childhood Education Conference on Saturday, November 1st.
Show Me a Sign is a free public event that will be on Friday, October 31st. The Literacy Fair begins at 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Rachel’s performance will be from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Altamont Elementary School, located at 2450 Summers Lane in Klamath Falls. The event will focus on early childhood communication from birth to age eight years old.
During the presentation, Coleman will use songs, signs and group interaction from the Signing Time series that will teach families and children the power that comes from learning how to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). Children will receive free books supplied by the local Borders that are holding a book drive until the middle of October. The event will also include reading and communication resources and many other fun activities.
The Klamath Falls Chapter OAYEC Early Childhood Education Conference, also sponsored by Childcare Resource & Referral and Klamath Falls Community College will be held on Saturday, November 1st. at 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Coleman’s keynote presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Klamath Community College Bldg. 4, located at 7390 South 6 Street. Coleman will speak about her experiences, as a mother of two children who have special needs and the importance of early childhood communication for children of all abilities. Following the presentation, there will be a meet and greet workshop, where attendees will have the chance to meet and speak with Coleman from 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coleman, co-creator and host of Signing Time, is also the mother of two daughters with special needs – one deaf and the other born with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. By learning to sign early in life, both little girls now successfully communicate in English and ASL. During both events, Coleman will share her inspiring story that demonstrates the benefits of using ASL with all children.
For more information about the upcoming OAEYC Early Childhood Education Conference, please call the Childcare Resource & Referral Center at 541.882.2308.
ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION
Early Childhood Intervention is a support system for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families. Early intervention provides appropriate therapies for children with disabilities, to minimize these delays and maximize their chances of reaching milestones in development. Early intervention begins from birth or first diagnosis, and continues until age three. At the age of three, children with identified delays receive support in a preschool environment through age five. Early intervention involves specialized education and therapy services for the child, as well as support for the whole family through information, advocacy and emotional support.
ABOUT THE OAEYC
The Klamath Chapter Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) is affiliated with the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) whose mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.
ABOUT SIGNING TIME
Signing Time features Rachel Coleman, her daughter Leah—who is deaf, along with Alex—Leah’s cousin, and their animated pet frog Hopkins. Signing Time offers an unparalleled multi-sensory approach to teaching children through signing, singing, speaking and moving.
Signing Time is a captivating and entertaining DVD series produced by Two Little Hands Productions. Signing Time was created to make ASL fun and easy for children of all ages and abilities. Two Little Hands Productions also produces the popular Baby Signing Time DVDs and CDs that have played a prominent role in the recent “baby signing” trend. For more information, please visit www.signingtime.com.