In the 21st century, teachers have more opportunities than ever before to transform their teaching through technology integration. The time-tested, research-proven, reading instructional approach of balanced literacy can provide the perfect context. Dr. Brandee Ramirez, Educational Coach for Tustin Unified School District, explored the ways that technology can support, enhance, extend, and even transform traditional balanced literacy teaching practices in the pre-kindergarten through third grade classroom.
Young children hit, throw things, empty blocks off shelving and pour the water on the floor from the water table. Many teachers view this as misbehavior and put children on time out or prevent them from going out on the playground. When children are pulled from the group and punished, they are not learning new and useful behavior skills that will help them exhibit more socially acceptable behaviors in the future. Learn a new way to view this kind of behavior as well as teaching strategies to use instead of punishment that will help young children move from socially inappropriate behaviors to more appropriate behaviors.
In this webinar, Early Childhood Consultant Nancy Bruski discussed the concept of “fairness” in a new way that enables teachers to recognize that every child has an equal right to have his/her needs met, but not all children’s needs are the same. This strategy frees teachers to make small exceptions and set a tone in the classroom for relaxed acceptance that we are all working on learning skills on different timeframes and do not all find the same things easy or hard.
This webinar provided an overview of well-researched, inspirational, and motivational leadership strategies for supporting high-quality early education and care. Susan MacDonald shared how leaders can find new and empowering ways to adapt to the evolving world of early childhood education.
In this webinar, NAEYC presenter and occupational therapist, Dr. Marianne Gibbs, presented essential education on the fine motor development of young children 3-6 years old with a focus on the whole child. This program contains rarely addressed information for educators of all young children, which supports pencil grasp, pre-writing, and scissor skill development. Topics of discussion include development of sub-skills of pencil grasp, efficient and inefficient grasp types, positional strategies, techniques and activities to be integrated across the curriculum, and scissor skill development facilitation.
In this lively and entertaining webinar, award-winning author and educator, MaryAnn Kohl, discussed process art and young children. MaryAnn shared true stories of how art influenced the lives of some amazing adults and children, and helpful strategies for inspiring children to be creative and adventurous with art, both individually and in groups.
Containers are essential components to any early childhood classroom. Available in many sizes, shapes, and colors, containers are used to store, hold, and tote a variety of learning materials and supplies. They are so commonplace in our classroom environments that rarely a second thought is given to them. Containers, however, are much more than bins and baskets. In this webinar, Dr. Sandra Duncan demonstrated why the primary job of containers in the classroom is not to hold learning materials and objects but to spark children’s interest and engagement with the containers’ contents.
This webinar explored the ways in which participatory and enjoyable adult-child music activities can engage parents in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement in school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.
To truly educate the whole child, we must recognize children as thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses. Rae Pica lead an exploration of activities that combine children’s love of movement and play with meaningful and long-lasting educational experiences in literacy, math, and science.
Brain breaks are short movement activities that help children focus and give them a positive outlet for energy and wiggles. In this webinar, Dr. Jean (a.k.a. The Dr. of FUN) demonstrated brain energizers that you can use to start your day, between lessons, or whenever your students appear restless. She also shared techniques to reinforce skills through moving and singing.
Get ready to connect language and literacy using music, books and puppets with Mary Jo Huff, master storyteller and puppeteer for the early learning classroom! Mary Jo will engage you with a high-energy webinar full of shared delightful stories, books, props and musical fun.
In this webinar, Dr. Eva Horn presented the Children’s School Success Plus (CSS+) Curriculum Framework for early childhood educators, a guide to plan and deliver instruction for all young children they serve. The CSS+ framework offers guidance to early educators on how to provide equal access to interesting, integrated academic and social curriculum content while simultaneously addressing children’s unique learning needs.
In this webinar, Ellen Acuna and Alex Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentors, explored the many ways music-making very naturally and deeply supports a child’s positive approach toward learning.
In this webinar, our presenter encouraged viewers to think about outdoor play spaces in new ways and how to make changes to your environments no matter the size of the yard or budget. Playscape designer Rusty Keeler lead an exploration of how to reconnect children to nature through play.
Transitions can be one of your best tools for managing behavior in your classroom management tool belt. Ellen Booth Church is well known as an expert in Circle Time and Transitions. In this webinar, she demonstrated a joyful approach to managing behavior with compassion and clarity and ways you can use transitions as mini-teaching opportunities.
As we head back to school, a positive school climate is a prerequisite for developmentally-appropriate discipline strategies. After learning the Conscious Discipline® brain model, you will be well equipped to teach your children how to maintain self-control.
In this webinar based on her Gryphon House publication, Practical Strategies for Supporting Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders, author Tricia Shelton shared instructional strategies that lead to the successful inclusion of students with ASD in early childhood classrooms.
As the 2016 school year begins, how can you prepare for a new group of energetic young children? An effectively designed classroom environment can positively impact everything that happens in your space. It influences what children learn, how they feel about their involvement, and how they use the materials that are included in their classroom. Collect practical and low cost tips to help make your environment the best place ever for you and your children!
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding children and technology. Adults worry about too much screen time. App makers promise to turn a child into a scientist, poet or astronaut. What’s the truth? Warren Buckleitner has been studying this topic for over three decades as a teacher, educational psychologist, parent and reviewer. In this webinar, Warren shares his knowledge of children and technology.
This webinar will help educators find ways to create additional access points into learning through the inclusion of songs and chants throughout the school day. Discover music activities that support social development, language development, and physical-motor development for ALL children in the early childhood inclusion classroom, including special learners or those with challenging behaviors.
The book, Connecting Right from the Start: Fostering Effective Communication with Dual Language Learners, was conceived to offer a wide variety of strategies for fostering effective communication skills in DLLs that are needed to succeed academically and socially now and in the future. It also includes strategies for DLLs with special needs. This webinar is designed to meet the needs of early childhood teachers, infant through third grade and those educators who work with special needs.
Music can be an incredible and enjoyable tool to use with children of all ages, however, many early childhood professionals don’t realize that the means to do this are very accessible for any educator regardless of music talent or experience. Through this lively webinar, experience how easy it is to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, engaging children and enhancing the classroom environment.
This webinar was designed to provide an examination of the biopsychosocial perspective on development of very young children—primarily from birth until two years of age.
Connecting young children with nature should be about fostering a sense of wonder rather than on the teaching of facts. Learn how to use nature to support the social and emotional development of young children and how connections with nature promote such desired dispositions as empathy, caring, and curiosity.