Margaret Fieland: Poetry and Prose


Red Heart/Black Heart

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 22nd, 2009

My poem, “Thoughts While Driving,” was one of the finalists in the Writers Digest “Red Heart/Black Heart” contest. You can download a free booklet of all the finalists and the winner by clicking the link below.

http://www.writersdigest.com/redheartblackheart

Good Things

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 13th, 2009
I hope this gets out this time .. wah, wah .. poor me .. and it’s been such a good week .. my poem “Thoughts While Driving” a finalist in the Writers Digest Red Heart/Black Heart contest, I read two of my poems on internet radio, and one of the organizers of a local spoken word poetry project contacted me about possibly including some of my poetry..

Wow!

Read about Kathy Stemke’s new newsletter –Moving Through All Seven Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 4th, 2009

 

It’s finally done! The first issue of the “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog:http://educationtipster.blogspot.com.

Here’s some excerpts:

“Why Use Movement to Teach?”

…..Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making……

“Musical Consonants in Action”

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.

If your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc

“MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS” by Kathy Ann Stemke

I’m very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

NEWSLETTER REVIEWS:

Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.

Suzanne Lieurance

The Working Writer’s Coach

http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going “professional development.” Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids.

Please continue with this awesome resource!

Versana Polidore

Thomas Gibbs Elementary School

Classroom teacher

Kathy Stemke’s “Movement and Rhythm” Newsletter is a must read for all parents and teachers of little ones. I remember having my children clean their rooms to music, as we sang little songs. Learning through movement and rhythm is a good means for teaching many things, as well as helping children learn to appreciate music. After all, many of us still sing the Alphabet Song to ourselves when we need to check the alphabet.

Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Publisher 4RV, Author, Educator

http://viviangilbertzabel.com/

CONTACT KATHY AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/237923/Kathy_stemke_dancekam.html

http://kathystemke.weebly.com

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Read about Kathy Stemke’s new newsletter –Moving Through All Seven Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 4th, 2009

 

It’s finally done! The first issue of the “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog:http://educationtipster.blogspot.com.

Here’s some excerpts:

“Why Use Movement to Teach?”

…..Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making……

“Musical Consonants in Action”

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.

If your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc

“MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS” by Kathy Ann Stemke

I’m very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

NEWSLETTER REVIEWS:

Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.

Suzanne Lieurance

The Working Writer’s Coach

http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going “professional development.” Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids.

Please continue with this awesome resource!

Versana Polidore

Thomas Gibbs Elementary School

Classroom teacher

Kathy Stemke’s “Movement and Rhythm” Newsletter is a must read for all parents and teachers of little ones. I remember having my children clean their rooms to music, as we sang little songs. Learning through movement and rhythm is a good means for teaching many things, as well as helping children learn to appreciate music. After all, many of us still sing the Alphabet Song to ourselves when we need to check the alphabet.

Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Publisher 4RV, Author, Educator

http://viviangilbertzabel.com/

CONTACT KATHY AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/237923/Kathy_stemke_dancekam.html

http://kathystemke.weebly.com

Add to Technorati Favorites

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Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 2nd, 2009

Can you see this??

Interview with author and educator Kathy Stemke

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the February 1st, 2009

When did you first become interested in dance?

I danced in HS some and was captain of the cheerleaders. When I got into college I became part of a dance theater group that traveled around Connecticut. I was given a scholarship to The American Dance Festival where you lived with and learned from some famous dance companies for the entire summer. For example, The Martha Graham Dance Company taught us choreography and technique. It was an incredible experience, which taught me to think “out of the box.”

How does your interest in science play itself out in your creative life?

I love the biological sc

iences because you learn about the origin and preservation of life! It gives me a desire to look deep inside. I see this reflected in my nature photography, especially the close up work.

When did you first start writing, and when did you start to take yourself seriously as a writer?

I started writing in college when I was asked to write a play. I took some courses in poetry and then I turned all my feelings and thoughts into poetry. After that, there was turning back. When I wrote narration for evangelic musical productions and changed peoples lives, I felt like I was helping people. When I sold my first article I realized that people wanted to read what I wrote.

When did you first become interested in bringing movement into the classroom?

I was a dancer and a choreographer who taught kindergarten. It was a marriage made in heaven. When I taught the sounds of letters, I would create rhymes the children could remember and move to. I found that they learned faster and retained more. And we all had so much fun!

How long did it take you to work up the curriculum you have now?

I taught for 37 years and constantly created movement activities for the children. I’m always adding to the curriculum.

Congratulations on your upcoming book. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Thanks. I have one book under contract entitled, “Trouble on Earth Day.” A squirrel and her family learn about recycling and help a homeless songbird. This book is on hold due to the CIPSIA law that was recently passed requiring lead testing on picture books. I’m hoping that the government will lift that requirement soon.

I am about to self publish “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This rhyming book teaches children about the days of the week and how to spell each day. All my books have several activities pages for parents and teachers to use.