Welcome to Kidz Newz especially to all new subscribers. And a special welcome to all the new subscribers from the recent ECCPA in Melbourne. Kidz Newz is a regular newsletter with information and teaching tips for anyone involved with young children. You are receiving this because you have attended one of my workshops, purchased a book, or you have requested to be on the mailing list. Thank you. Please forward this to anyone you feel it may be of interest to.
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My PD/Conference Updates
ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) 40th
Anniversary Conference. Perth (Western Australia) Convention Centre 6-10
July 2007. I will be presenting two workshop sessions -
CAYPAKS (Children And Young People Are Key Stakeholders) Conference Perth Western Australia 23-25 July 2007. I will be conducting a Skills and Activity Based Workshop titled "Using Music and Movement to Empower Children at Risk".
The much anticipated second book in the Kidz-Fiz-Biz series has finally arrived! It is called Kidz-Fiz-Biz MULTICULTURAL. Subtitle is 'learning about other cultures through drama, dance and song'. All the rhymes, fingerplays and music are in foreign languages with translation into English. It contains loads of activities and is fully illustrated. The music is fantastic and I'm sure teachers and children alike will find it great fun.
The book will retail for A$95.00 including GST. As a special offer to all Kidz Newz readers for the months of June and July it will be package and post free (saving of A$9.00 in Australia, $15.00 outside Australia). I will also throw in a free copy of my E-Book, Triumphs and Tribulations, which is about my journey into self-publishing. Email me directly to get this special offer - firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details of other products, please go to www.kidzfizbiz.com. The same special offer applies.
I came across this article by Wayne Mansfield in 'The Maverick Spirit' of 25th June 2007 (www.waynemansfield.com) and thought it very relevant to my experiences in publishing (and more particularly, self-publishing). If you've ever wondered whether you should publish that song, novel, textbook or poem, just do it. May this article inspire you. Sometimes you just have to do whatever it takes. Thanks Wayne.
'When Richard Paul Evans wrote his first book, The Christmas Box,
it was simply a gift of love to his two young daughters.
Richard Hooker worked for seven years on his humorous war novel,
M*A*S*H* only to have it rejected by twenty-one publishers before
Morrow decided to publish it. It went on to become a runaway bestseller,
spawning a blockbuster movie and a highly successful television series.
The moral of the story is that if you want your book published, sometimes you just need to take the bull by the horns and do it yourself. If you read about any successful author, almost without exception they were on the verge of giving up writing when finally they were 'discovered'. The rest, as described above, self-published first.
My e-book is all about my self-publishing journey and subsequent 'discovery' by a publisher (well, three actually, but that's another story). This is available from my website ' www.kidzfizbiz.com. Remember that it's free for the months of June and July to readers of this e-zine.
The 2006 winners of the Bulwer-Lytton contest, aka "Dark and Stormy Night Contest" (run by the English Dept. of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel:
"As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in
the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it."
"Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved."
Some comments from ECCPA 2007
What was the most useful thing you learned today? -
'How to do exercises and relaxation for toddlers' 'How to adapt songs in other languages and make them more accessible' 'Songs in different languages' 'I loved the Maori children's song. It was good to see some songs out of print now available.' 'Remembering movement activities with the ribbon sticks' 'How to make ribbon sticks' 'Practical ideas especially with ribbon sticks' 'Relaxation section' 'To do everything on both sides of the body' 'Great multicultural music choices for early childhood and varied repertoire' 'Finger Plays' 'Use of multicultural music in a diverse classroom' 'The importance of using music from around the world' 'Creating ideas from ideas'
|About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.