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Active Learning in Early Childhood
Robert Sornson, Early Learning Foundation

Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:00 am - Friday, March 11, 2011 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
225 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60601

All teachers and administrators in grades Pre-K through grade three are invited to spend either one or two days with Bob Sornson to learn the most current, practical and research-based strategies to bring immediately back to classroom practice.

  • Day One - Thursday March 10 – Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Day Two - Friday March 11 – Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Day One – Thursday March 10, 2011

Building Number Sense and a Love of Math
Practically all young children can develop a solid understanding of basic number concepts and values. With the right sequence of kinesthetic and manipulative activities, we can help children truly understand and appreciate mathematics for life.

But with all the content teachers are asked to "cover", it is easy to understand how difficult it might be to determine if there are gaps in the foundation skills that allow math learning to be fun and successful. In this workshop we will explore simple and efficient ways to determine exactly which skills a child has, and which skills the child is ready to learn. We will also develop simple strategies for instruction that focus on the specific needs of each child.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the essential sequence of early number concepts;
  • Learn how children can learn to fake their way through mathematical learning if they miss essential skills;
  • Learn to assess the essential sequence of early number concepts;
  • Learn to develop instructional strategies at the correct level of challenge;
  • Make mathematical learning fun in the early years;
  • Develop the skills to help practically every child understand basic number concepts; and
  • Smile a lot!
This workshop is for teachers and administrators in preschool through grade three.

Day one includes an abacus for you to bring back to your classroom.

We are offering this workshop again due to the overwhelming response and capacity attendance when we offered this workshop in December 2009. If you were unable to attend this amazing workshop last year, we have brought Bob Sornson back to Chicago so a new group of teachers can have the opportunity to understand the essential sequence of early number concepts.

If you attended this workshop last year, consider attending Day Two of this workshop as a stand alone workshop.

Day Two – Friday March 11, 2011

Improving Motor Skills to Enhance Learning for Life

Many children today do not develop the motor skills needed for basic, much less optimal, success in the early years of school. These children may have difficulty sitting still, maintaining attention, balancing, catching a ball, running, skipping, listening, or using visual-motor skills for cutting, coloring, drawing and printing. Along with language and behavior skills, these motor skills are an important part of the foundation of early learning success. In this active workshop we will explore the importance of developing these skills and learn to easily match appropriate activities to a child’s skill level.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the sequence of development for essential sensory-motor skills;
  • Understand which motor skills are associated with social and academic learning success;
  • Develop a repertoire of activities that help develop specific motor skills;
  • Match movement activities to the needs of any child; and
  • Help children grow through movement and play.
This workshop is for teachers and administrators in preschool through grade three.

Bob Sornson, Ph.D., worked as a classroom teacher and school administrator for over 30 years, and is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. Bob is known for his workshops and keynote presentations on topics including early learning success, and teaching and parenting with Love and Logic. He is committed to the belief that practically every child can have a successful early learning experience. Bob is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach, and Preventing Early Learning Failure. For more information, visit

The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Monaco, 225 North Wabash on the Third Floor. The Hotel Monaco, Chicago is a four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

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Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Monaco: $149/night plus tax (single or double occupancy) for the nights of March 9-10. To make a reservation call 1-800-397-7661 and use Group Code: "ISACS Math Skills," or click here for online reservations. Special discounted room rates are available until Wednesday, February 23, 2011. After the cut off date, all rooms in block will be released for general sale.

Parking at the Hotel Monaco is $24 (valet) for 4-12 hours and $42 (valet) for overnight parking. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive daily parking.

Registration Fee
Two-Day Fee
  • $300 Member Fee
  • $350 Non Member Fee
  • Group discounts are available for two day registrants from the same school – The first person pays full two-day fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch on Thursday and Friday and Friday workshop includes continental breakfast
One-Day Fee
  • $175 Member Fee
  • $230 Non Member Fee
  • There is no group discount available for one-day registrants
  • Workshop includes lunch (Friday workshop includes continental breakfast)
  • Thursday (Day One) includes an abacus for you to take home with you
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $300     Non-member Cost: $350


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