Katy Smith

• Speaker to address educators on how to talk to parents with       pre-school children by Jim Boyle Editor Katy Smith, the first early childhood teacher to be named Teacher of the Year by Education Minnesota, is coming back to Elk River by popular demand. This time she will address early childhood professionals about […]

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(Editor’s note: Katy Smith highlights how reading to one’s child can be a wonderful experience. The aim, according to Raising Bookworms, is to continually reinforce the connection between reading and pleasure, while at the same time sending subtle cues about the value of reading throughout our lives. This book warns you may wonder at times […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Katy Smith, the first early childhood educator to be named teacher of the year by Education Minnesota, says there’s a new at-risk group of readers. It’s not those that have parents who don’t read well. It’s not those that don’t have printed words in their home. It’s those who have parents […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies the amount of media children consume on a daily basis, reports children are taking in an increasing amount of media and they have few rules to limit how much they take. This disturbs Katy Smith, a well-known early childhood educator, who addressed an Elk River […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor A mix of nearly 130 early childhood educators and parents showed up Saturday, Jan. 26 to hear Katy Smith share the latest rules and tools to bring about kindergarten readiness. Much of what Smith had to say, however, hearkened her audience at the Handke Family Center back to their own childhood […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Katy Smith, 2011 winner of Education Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, says the dramatic changes in childhood over the past 40 years are stripping kids of basic brain wiring that is necessary for learning in school. Smith will address parents and caregivers Saturday, Jan. 26 in Elk River on what they […]

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Katy Smith, 2011 winner of Education Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, will address parents and caregivers in Elk River on what they can do to ensure young children enter kindergarten ready to learn and be successful. It’s all part of a Getting Ready to Read and Write: School Readiness Begins at Birth seminar that will […]

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