KAYSVILLE - How often do you get to see the superintendent of schools decked out like a wizard? Kids and parents had that chance, last Thursday, as they attended the annual literacy conference at the Family Enrichment Center, here. Parents signed in their children, ages 3 to 5, for fun-filled dance, music, art, and reading workshops. The kids enjoyed exploration activities and rotated between classrooms. Binky the Clown was a favorite stop. Meanwhile, parents enjoyed a keynote address from Davis Superintendent Bryan Bowles, followed by literacy workshops. This year's conference theme for Davis School District's early childhood programs is "Discovering the Magic." The program encourages parents to learn together with their children and discover the magic inside the pages of a book. Bowles adorned himself in wizard attire to illustrate the theme and spoke to parents about the importance of reading and how to encourage young readers.
Workshops included African Folktale by Kathryn Parmley and Jayne Shaum; Storytelling by Janet Humphreys, Region VIII Teacher of the Year; Early Literacy Skills by Janet Humphreys, Region VIII Head Start Trainer (who flew in from Denver just for the event); and Motheread/
Fatheread, by Brett Lund. Spanish-speaking parents were also accommodated with workshops in Spanish.