ASHLEY MILLS MONAGHAN
She’ll read her award winning book, 'A Little Goes a Long Way,' have a meaningful discussion with your students as it relates to the theme of the book and sing her fun songs that go along with the book. She will also share what it takes to be an author and reveal some fun facts about Dr. Seuss! A special art project that reinforces the concept of 'a little goes a long way' is included for small group presentations! See below for different assembly and class presentations.
Ashley has also been invited for Read Across America school assemblies as a special author guest for schools across LA and OC, a featured speaker at BEST Arts Conference, Southern California Kindergarten Conference, has been featured on the StoryTeller Stage at the OC Book Festival, a recurring featured author at Author’s Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum, has readings and signings at local libraries, festivals, book stores and schools all over the world!
THE TAKE AWAYS FROM A READ ACROSS AMERICA ASSEMBLY:
Your students will come away with these key points:
*Learning to be mindful has many benefits.
*What is conservation, moderation and preservation?
*Ways we can spread happiness and kindness!
*What perseverance and self empowerment means.
*The process in creating a book!
*What it takes to be an author.
Choose from the following assembly and classes:
1. MINDFUL LEARNING-
In this class, I'll read my award winning book and we'll talk about ways we can learn to be mindful of our actions. We learn how to use our body and breath practicing fun mindful moments throughout the class and talk about heavy feelings and what to do with them using my mindful techniques. This class is full of movement, songs and engaging for the younger audience.
2. SMALL GROUP ART CLASS AND READING OF "A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY"
In this class, we will read my award winning book and discuss ways we can be more mindful at home, at school and for our environment. We will sing the song that goes with the book and then do a fun art project that only works when you remember a little goes a long way!
3. READ ACROSS AMERICA
GRADES K-2 - In this group, we discuss our favorite books and authors. I share a reading of "A Little Goes a Long Way," and sing the song. We then we have a short discussion of ways we can be mindful of our actions as it relates to the theme of the book. We also have a short discussion on the writing process and what it takes to be a good writer. This is an inspirational presentation to get kids excited about reading and writing.
GRADES 3-5 - For the older group, we read my award winning book and I give a behind the scenes look at the making of the book. We dive into more detail about the writing and publishing process and discuss the meaning of perseverance. I perform my song, 'If I tell Myself I Can,' which is an empowering message about telling yourself you can do anything if you tell yourself you can. This is an inspirational and informative performance.
4. SONGWRITING FOR KIDS - Form a small group and let's write and produce a song together! In this 4 session workshop, we learn the breakdown of a song (verse, chorus, bridge) and write a song together using garageband, which is a great learning platform for basic music production. Students get an insight on how to record and produce a track and record a song together. Students also get to collaboratively design their CD cover and a CD with their track they made together is included.