In this webinar, participants learned how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development including joint attention, turn taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. Carol Ann Blank, board certified music therapist, highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support the development in social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
Build self-esteem and emotional intelligence from the very beginning! This webinar, presented by Debbie Clement, award winning, song-writing, author/illustrator, is an upbeat romp of music, movement, novelty, sign language and laughter.
This session looks at very practical ways to look at our classrooms and curriculum to find the balance between social-emotional learning and academics. In this webinar, attendees received the most recent research information to support their understanding of the importance of social emotional learning. Attendees also received practical suggestions for using their circle time as a springboard for open-ended discussions which build both social and cognitive skills.
Movement is essential for human development and starts even before birth. From birth to age six, children constantly learn through movement. Each new experience creates neural pathways that grow and are strengthened by further movement. In this webinar, Dr. Feinberg introduced the “Move to Learn” curriculum that incorporates movement into all learning, including language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, creative representation, and social skills. While teachers might be aware of the importance of movement in students’ development, they do not always recognize opportunities to present such activities in the classroom and outside, and in every curriculum area.
In this webinar, teachers learned how: early language progresses and how a teacher can optimally support early language progress; to encourage kindness and caring in the classroom; to engender a deep love of storybook sharing and a pride in loving books; to instill a deep conviction in babies and toddlers that they are safe, well-loved and cherished, and can in turn behave in cherishing ways with others; to encourage curiosity and a passion for learning.
Although a bird may seem like an unlikely role model for teachers, the bowerbird, a small native of New Guinea, has lots to teach us about early childhood classroom design. Spending countless hours searching, collecting, and decorating, the male bowerbird beautifies his habitat with broken bits of colorful glass, shiny gum wrappers, tiny morsels of beautiful berries, and multicolored bits of string and yarn. Attendees learned three lessons from the bowerbird on how to create inspiring and purposeful environments for young children.
When children use challenging behavior, it is an opportunity to teach them how to become emotionally aware problem-solvers that can use healthy coping strategies in difficult moments. In this webinar, Rachel covered four steps that offer a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective strategy, for day-to-day challenges and challenging behaviors from children (ages 3-8).
Pinterest has become one of the best ways to find and share resources for teachers. In this webinar, “Pinfluencer” Kim Vij shared her pinning secrets for how to optimize your Pinterest account, and the tools that she uses to do it.
Developing a conceptual understanding of numbers and how they work is critical for continued success in mathematics throughout a child’s academic career. Brian Mowry reviewed and discussed the knowledge and skills — in particular those related to verbal counting, enumeration, cardinality, and small number recognition — which develop in the preschool years and lay the foundation for good number sense.
Science is a subject that should be experienced, but you don’t need a fancy white coat, expensive equipment, or a lab with bubbling beakers for this to happen. In this webinar, two influential educators from the Florida Virtual School shared how they are tackling early elementary science, while making it engaging, fun and meaningful!
Dr. Clarissa Willis offered strategies for teachers to assist their early learners with social interaction difficulties, communication challenges, and developing routines. Participants had the opportunity to identify how these strategies could be implemented in their own setting.
In this session, Marianne explored fine motor and sensory aspects of development, which impact future efficient handwriting and compositional writing. Activities and techniques are ready to use in the classroom tomorrow! This is a “must see” session containing critical, inspiring information for administrators, teachers, caregivers, and parents … Write Out of the Box!
Children start learning through rhythm and music before birth. Throughout early childhood, they learn primarily through auditory, rather than visual, stimuli. Because young children’s minds and bodies are irresistibly drawn to music, it is a natural, developmentally appropriate way for them to increase language skills, early math awareness, social skills, physical development, creative thinking skills, and self-confidence.
It is amazing how much information can be found by carefully observing an illustration. Visual clues can be found that give insights into the characters and plots. To help find rich meaning in illustrations, Cheri explored visual literacy tools: the Art Elements and Principles of Design. These tools enable teachers and students to read illustrations and become more fluent communicators. After the session, participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in this creative process and see how meaningful it is to create art themselves.
Presenter Carol Ann Blank, shared songs and activities that support social development, language development, and physical/motor development for ALL the children in your class – including special learners or those with challenging behaviors. View the webinar to see how students who are handicapped participate in instrument play, singing, and academic-related concepts alongside their typically developing deaf peers.
Did you know that if nothing changes, this generation of children will be the first in 200 years whose life expectancy may be shorter than that of their parents? Why? Could it be that we live in an age when family stability is crumbling, children are not eating healthy and yet adopting a sedentary lifestyle, and the media is filled with inappropriate language and explicit violence? What can we, as educators, do to make a definitive difference?
Art-infused education is a compelling way to help children learn. Research shows that using art across the curriculum increases student engagement. Art builds 21st century readiness and develops the 4C’s: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration skills. In this webinar, participants explored what creativity means and how to use the Creative Cycle in common, everyday experiences.
Talking with infants is a hot topic in the news now. Why? Because talking means learning, building knowledge and intelligence. How and how much caregivers talk, engage and interact with infants and toddlers matters. Their daily conversations and play times shape children’s lives and learning before kindergarten and well beyond those early years into school.
In this webinar, Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., and Lauren Guilmartin, MA, shared the ways in which music, movement, and rhythmic chants can support even the youngest child’s growing mathematical understanding, all while the children and YOU are having fun with music!
Becky Bailey, creator of Conscious Discipline, shared four essential skills every early childhood educator must possess to transform chaos to calm within themselves, within children and within their classroom.
This webinar stressed the critical role of the adult in the social and emotional development of young children. Dr. William Mosier, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wright State University and Director of Research at the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development, showed attendees how to provide an optimal environment for supporting emotional and social development.
In this webinar, participants were introduced to the ways in which developmentally appropriate and enjoyable music and movement activities can be used as a catalyst for family engagement in school and at home, ultimately creating a musical community that benefits the development of the whole child. Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. and Lauren Guilmartin introduced participants to current research on the various types of family engagement.
Early childhood teachers know that getting children excited about science is only part of the challenge. Today’s young learners need more than excitement and motivation – they need opportunities to actually DO more science on a daily basis. In this webinar, Steve Spangler shared his creative ideas and strategies to teach hands-on science through the medium of children’s literature.
Webinar attendees embarked on a PAWTASTIC early learning adventure with Travis Brorsen and his talented canine companion, as they introduced life skills, character development and bully prevention for the early childhood classroom. Travis and his talented canine companion equipped students with the self confidence and skills they need to be successful in school and at home.