Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Active music-making can be an easy and enjoyable way for educators who work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and skills during this very active time of brain development. In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz shared some recent research in the fields of music and brain development, reviewed key concepts, and demonstrated new music activities and techniques that can be used to naturally support young children’s brain development—all while having fun!
Play provides a meaningful and engaging context for young children to explore academic concepts and practice a variety of skills critical for school readiness. In this edWebinar, Dr. Brian Mowry demonstrated ways teachers can make play purposeful and intentional in their classrooms to maximize learning outcomes in all developmental domains including social emotional, language, physical, and cognitive.
In this edWebinar, Ruth Hanford Morhard, author of Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in Early Childhood Settings, shared positive alternatives to expelling preschool boys that will help these children perform better in school and in relationships. While the primary focus is on boys, the strategies will be useful for working with all children.
Discover new activities and explorations, tips and information to help you understand how to support the littlest learners, and research nuggets to enhance your own professional knowledge. In this edWebinar, author Dr. Donna Wittmer explored the updates to the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities, with an emphasis on how to help children enjoy learning within caring relationships.
Young children build early mathematics understandings through guided and independent investigations where they are actively involved in meaningful ways. In this edWebinar, Dr. Angela Eckhoff, author of Creative Investigations in Early Math, highlighted the role of the early childhood educator, acting as guide and facilitator, in the planning, implementation, and assessment of creative mathematics experiences.
Discover how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development, including joint attention, turn-taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. In this edWebinar, Dr. Carol Ann Blank highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support development of social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
Open-ended questions create meaningful opportunities for learning, prompting children to reason and reflect while encouraging their use of language. In this edWebinar, Teachstone Training’s Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Rebecca Berlin shared tips on using open-ended questions to improve classroom interactions with young learners.
This edWebinar will show viewers how to have more meaningful interactions with their littlest learners. Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company, demonstrated how to have more purposeful engagements with all infants and toddlers, both typically and atypically developing. He shared specific interactions and program decisions that directly impact and relate to creating relationships, meet any curriculum/program goals and objectives, work in any schedule, and support innovative practices. Keith included many brain-compatible learning strategies during the session.
Early childhood teachers often struggle with creating enticing and engaging play-based environments on limited budgets. In this edWebinar, Shelley Nicholson, PhD, Owner/Director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center; and Jessica Martinez, Director of The Goddard School of Austin explored inexpensive ways to collect and create classroom learning materials. They shared helpful tips and strategies from their book, Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers…
Music and movement experiences during the early years are necessary for developing brains. Learn how music and movement makes learning fun and more importantly, meets the needs of ALL children, regardless of their linguistic, physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges. There will be time for questions after the session.
From Pinterest to daily quotes on web feeds, teachers are given advice. Some remember advice from their mentors, supervising teachers, and veteran teachers. In this edWebinar, Dr. Shirley Raines shared advice from her book, Never, Ever, Serve Sugary Snacks on Rainy Days and Other Words of Wisdom for Teachers of Young Children, written in sayings and with beautiful photography of children.
Visual and concrete models support coherent content progressions in mathematics because they can be used across the grade levels. In this edWebinar, James Burnett, President and Co-founder of ORIGO Education, shared how you can make the most out of math models with your students.
In this webinar, Jessica Bobo, Elementary Mathematics Consultant, ORIGO Education, explored children’s misconceptions that can cloud mathematical judgment and learning. These misunderstandings often cause an unintended barrier to developing a true understanding of early number concepts. Learn the five research-driven counting principles alongside the foundational developmental trajectory of early number concepts.
People who work with older children may view infants and toddlers in terms of what they cannot do yet. Treasure baskets are a supplement to regularly planned curriculum activities that showcase the amazing capabilities of children between 6 and 36 months. These baskets employ heuristic learning which presents opportunities for the child to discover through five (and more) senses. “Heuristic,” a new term for many of us, comes from the same root as “eureka,” which emphasizes discovery learning. These activities highlight how much longer very young children will attend to something when they are intrigued by it.
During this webinar, attendees experienced at least ten of the 20 strategies that all teachers should use to deliver instruction, regardless of the grade level or content area of the student. These brain-compatible strategies are used most often in kindergarten but should be used by all teachers to maximize memory and minimize forgetting. When teachers provide visuals and storytelling and students have opportunities to draw, sing, and move, content is remembered.
In this webinar, Dr. Laura L. Bailet explored the key reasons that learning the ABC’s can be challenging both for children AND their teachers. Learn current best practices for enhancing alphabet knowledge in young children and gain new ideas and strategies for your classroom.
Knowing right from wrong and doing right from wrong are two very different skills that are often confused as one in the same. This webinar will help you understand the difference between knowing and doing, and will give you the skills to unify knowing and doing within yourself, with coworkers and with children.
Basic practices for children and adults are a critical component of quality child care and involve three essential components: education, supervision, and environment. In this webinar, Jody Martin shared ideas for you to educate not only children but their families on many health and safety related topics.
In this webinar, LaVonna focused on self, heart (passion), and how to inspire and navigate to create the exceptional people our students are meant to be. Every child is gifted and talented in their own way! No student fits into a box. They are more than that! They are a whole child.
Is my child behind if he is not reading by four? Will my child be okay if she prefers to play in the mud instead of write her letters? How can I make sure that a child will be successful in school? This fun and creative webinar provided answers to these and many other questions you are asked by the parents of your young students about their academic success. Child Development Specialist and Author Kathy H. Lee shared how to create an amazing foundation for young children based on the latest in scientific research on brain development.
This webinar is an introduction to understanding challenging behaviors in the early childhood classroom. Dr. Ginger Welch addressed viewing the child in context, the importance of observation, and normative child misbehaviors. She also discussed the concepts of internalizing and externalizing disorders, as well as how child, family, classroom, and biological factors can contribute to behavior challenges.
In this webinar, early childhood music specialist Devi Borton explored how to create a child-centered, playful music environment that encourages and values children’s own ways of making music, allows each child to take ownership of his or her music learning, and affords each teacher an opportunity to maximize the learning benefits of music play.
The idea of integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into learning centers is a relatively new concept. However, the integration of STEM in the early years exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning which aligns with their own curiosity. In this webinar, Dr. Kelly L. Jennings-Towle, author of STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers, presented on how to think more broadly about younger children’s learning options in the area of STEM. Let’s explore STEM together and challenge our own imaginations in order to provide inquiry-based instruction for our future architects, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists!
Studies suggest that young children engage in substantial yet informal mathematical thinking during play. Brian Mowry, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at Frog Street Press, discussed how exploratory and dramatic play contributes to young children’s cognitive development and how to bridge this learning to support mathematical competencies related to numeracy, shape and spatial awareness, measurement, classification, and patterning.