By working with and caring for a child in deliberate ways, an adult can influence the way a child’s mind grows. Responsive, attentive care allows the brain to develop in a healthy way. The central brain structures critical for learning and memory form early and are resistant, but not impossible, to change.
Take daily conflicts with children and between children (hitting, tattling, name calling) and turn these moments into opportunities to teach missing social and emotional skills. This workshop explored the relationship between personal loss and aggression/violence/revenge in the classroom and home, and offer proactive solutions for teachers and parents to start implementing immediately.
The children we are teaching now will need to know how to function in this ever-changing, ever-expanding global world. This will take an ability to think and problem-solve using both creative and critical thinking skills. Let’s prepare children for the global community through play and research based activities that expand their thinking and open their hearts!
This lively webinar highlighted the numerous ways in which playful and developmentally appropriate songs and chants can naturally support young children’s development of essential language and literacy skills.
This webinar explored the developmentally appropriate instructional practices and effective teaching strategies that move diverse learners towards reading readiness. Learn about the unique educational elements that optimize learning and achievement during the preschool years.
In this webinar, Kim shared ways to use puppets, games, activities, props, and songs to develop meaningful lessons that will grow dendrites—connections within the brain that make children smarter– as they learn letters, rhyming, word families, story elements and much, much more!
High quality play experiences help children acquire basic academic skills. They also provide frameworks for developing the intellectual and creative dispositions necessary to adapt to and thrive in rapidly changing times – and they make classrooms joyful places for learning. Ann Barbour taught how playful learning, dramatic play and other creative activities in particular, help children develop foundational skills for success in school and in life.
Early literacy is what children know about communication, language (verbal and nonverbal), reading, and writing before they can actually read or write. The way we do these activities with young children makes a difference in the development of early literacy skills. This webinar provided a summary of early literacy as it applies to babies and toddlers
Learn how to build foundational practices supporting authentic communication, such as mindfulness, active listening, developing accurate perceptions, and developing a clean-slate perspective. In this webinar, Dr. Ernst explored communication skills and strategies designed to engage families.
International test results in 31 countries showed females outperformed males in reading, and concluded that boys are “the new disadvantaged.” In this webinar, discover why “gross engrosses,” the importance of using humor with boys, and book titles boys will love to read.
In this webinar, our presenter explored a research-supported scope and sequence for teaching young children concepts related to number sense.
Over the next several years children in your care will develop and refine a variety of motor skills that they will use throughout life to be physically active and remain healthy. In this webinar, Dr. Steve Sanders discussed how parents and caregivers can create an environment and provide developmentally appropriate motor skill instruction.
Do you know how to work with young children who have sensory processing disorder (SPD)? Learn about the brain process, sensory integration, how it affects young children’s learning, and their behaviors. Christy Isbell shared red flags for the identification of children who have sensory processing disorder and are “sensory seekers” or “sensory avoiders”.
While most of us think of music class as teacher-led songs, a developmentally appropriate music experience fosters child-initiated music play and provides the opportunity for individual children to focus on their own musical ideas – at all ages. Learn 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 play.
Children love a good story. They often applaud and giggle at happy stories, sniffle at sad ones, and shout, “Read it, again!” whenever they have been delighted, intrigued or charmed by a story. Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s is a literature-based approach to planning circle time, center, and activities, organized around themes often found in the early childhood curriculum.
Oral language is the foundation of literacy. However, as children spend more time in front of a screen, their oral language skills and ability to engage in conversations is diminishing. In this webinar you’ll learn how to give children something to talk about — with rhymes, chants, songs, stories, and active learning!
Studies show boys are falling behind in early learning environments. In this webinar, Ruth Hanford Morhard looked at why based on the latest brain research. She outlined how today’s early childhood classrooms are failing boys and offered simple boy-friendly strategies to improve boys’ learning and behavior in and out of the classroom.
In our current culture of accountability and standardization, the learning struggles of young children are typically attributed to the need for more rigorous standards, more accountability, a different curriculum, or more “highly qualified teachers.” We live in a child illiterate culture and the developmental needs of children have been compromised due to the many forms of trauma experienced by more than half of children. This webinar will give teachers and caregivers a different lens through which to look at children’s struggles in the classroom.
There is widespread concern over the increasing frequency of challenging behaviors being exhibited by young children. The number of young children in preschool with challenging behaviors is one of the leading concerns of teachers, administrators and parents. This dynamic webinar focused on providing viewers with knowledge of effective and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies for children who exhibit challenging behavior.
Research shows that when parents have access to their children’s data from school, the children do better and go farther. With online portfolios, this is achieved via direct content upload by teachers in the classrooms and instant access accounts for parents. View the webinar to explore how online portfolios assist children in early childhood.
In this webinar, Dr. Cathy Grace lead a discussion on how to prepare for potential disasters so that financial stability, replacement of educational materials, mental health issues of staff, parents and children, and program quality are not compromised should an unexpected event occur. Hear more on how to address the “new normal” facing the community and its families, how relationships can make or break the recovery process and what can be done before any storm clouds gather to minimize the potential collapse of a program or multitude of programs.
Explore simple, ready to use ideas that are available in your everyday life. Learn about exciting take-home, easy-to-use, easy-to-make activities that include scientist of the week, mystery box, storytelling tool box and much, much more! Learn how to use these activities to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in your classroom.
In this webinar, preschool teacher and author Peggy Ashbrook discussed her thinking about these questions and more in this webinar on best practices in early childhood science. Early childhood educators from preschools, family home child care, as well as professors, preservice, university lab school teachers, and others who want to reflect on their science teaching practice, will benefit.
This webinar has synthesized the research that supports Dr. Jalongo’s book, Literacy for All Young Learners, to identify over 60 different strategies that have evidence of effectiveness in supporting the literacy growth of young children. In addition, each strategy has been differentiated to accommodate young children at different levels of literacy learning.