TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Parents and educators of young children, birth through first-grade, are in for a rare treat at the 14th Annual Child Development Conference, to be held at Truckee Elementary School on May 3.
José-Luis Orozco, bilingual children’s author, educator, and recording artist is the featured presenter. Orozco models and teaches the use of joyful music in helping children develop early literacy and multiculturalism.
José-Luis loved music at an early age and joined the Mexico City Boy’s Choir at age 8, visiting 32 countries in Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, gaining the cultural knowledge he now shares through conferences, performances, award-winning books and 13 volumes of recordings. With a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from University of San Francisco, he has inspired two generations of children, parents and teachers through the use of bilingual books and songs.
CHILD CONFERENCE DETAILS
Continental breakfast, musical welcome, Mexican lunch
Workshop: “Music — A Key to Language Development, Multiculturalism & Self-Esteem for Early Learners.” Highly interactive, José-Luis will demonstrate how songs, rhymes, rhythms and games in the classroom and at home promote motor development, language acquisition and social and cognitive skills. The workshop will be presented twice — once in English and once in Spanish.
Workshop: “Cultivating Adventurous Eaters” by Maria Martin, MPH, RD, wellness dietitian at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. Nutrition promotes children’s health, growth, brain development and ability to learn. Learn a proven approach to help children develop life-long healthy eating habits. The Spanish workshop on Child Nutrition will be led by Monina Vazquez, community parenting consultant and home visitor with Truckee-Tahoe Healthy Babies.
“The Make Shop,” an exciting new art movement for children will be presented by Stephanie Blume, M.A.T. from Kidzone.
Free grand raffle with prizes such as crock pots, blenders, rice cookers, books and music CD’s.
José-Luis Family Concert open to the general community.
This conference is made possible by TTUSD, Placer County Office of Education, KidZone Museum, Nevada and Placer County First 5 and Communities for Kids.
Ruth Jackson Hall is the early learning coordinator for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and may be reached at 530-582-2583.