Kim Bogren Owen, Children's Author, Early Childhood Education Consultant/Trainer
Words Reflected: Linking Art and Science with Literacy
I started working in Early Childhood Education in 1988. This journey has brought in me in contact with a variety of programs that serve children from infancy through school-aged, as well as that have a variety of pedagogies. These different experiences contain positions ranging from Assistant Teacher to Lead Teacher to Program Director to Trainer to Quality Improvement Coach to Quality Improvement Programs Manager at the state level to, most recently, picture book author.
In addition to over 15 years of classroom experience, I started developing curriculum and training for others in 1991. Designed to keep audiences active and engaged, my training experience includes topics ranging from environmental education to leadership to the change process to the ERS tools. I tailored readings and trainings for different audiences. I developed curriculum both as a teacher and as a trainer, and have brought that knowledge to both my books and when I am doing a reading. This included developing curriculum on teaching about Native Americans, Environmental Education, as well as numerous other topics.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my son, daughter, husband, and dogs by the bay or at the creek. I also enjoy many outdoor activities, but particularly enjoy hiking, beach combing, and tide pooling. I play with photography and will never pass up a good book. My current favorites are The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See (yes, there is a pattern there!). I look forward to talking with you to see how I can bring my books to life in your program!
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
My books inspire children to create and explore their world while learning new vocabulary and concepts. I was inspired to write these books while coaching Early Education programs and saw both a lack of books related to these concepts and a lack on the part of the teachers to teach these concepts. My hope with the books is that they help fill both these gaps to promote an engaged, fun learning environment in classrooms.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
I have taught Early Childhood Education (ECE) for over 30 years in a variety of positions so I am very aware of what ECE teachers need, as well as what engages young children. I am also familiar with the elements of art and basic concepts in botany based on my own interests and passions for creating and learning.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Experimenting with the Elements of Art using Art Parts: A Child's Introduction to the Elements of Art
Children love creating and exploring art materials. Inspire them with a reading of Art Parts to explore different types of lines, colors, shapes, texture, space, and emotions. We will use movement to make the different elements and create our own elements of art masterpieces. Each visit will be customized based on your needs.
Exploring Plant Science with Orchids
Ever wonder how plants make their seeds? Why flowers look like they do? Where vanilla comes from? Explore plant science with an interactive reading of Orchids, as well as an activity exploring pollination, mimicry, or symmetry. During these visits, we will look at different types of orchids, taste vanilla beans, and create a symmetrical painting.
All classroom visits or readings are customized based your school's wants and needs.
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