Why is a letter of the week approach not the best way to teach these skills? In this workshop we'll explore fun strategies for teaching children to recognize letters, sounds, and words in ways prepare children for success in kindergarten.
Nearly one in three US children live in a household where a language other than English is spoken. Including dual language learners in your classroom can be challenging, particularly when you don't speak the child's home language.
We've all heard of teaching to the test, and we all know that this strategy has no long-term success for children. Instead, let's "teach to the brain"...use what we know about how the brain develops to influence what we do in our classrooms.
This training is a must have for all teachers and parents of young children. This unique workshop blends the worlds of psychology and early childhood to help you understand why children (and adults) behave the way they do. You'll walk away with practical strategies.
Creating Your Preschool
This workshop will help you understand the types of math experiences that preschoolers should have access to in a preschool classroom. You will learn about the 5 big ideas in math including number sense, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis.
This workshop will explore the types of science experiences that are appropriate for preschoolers. You will learn about the 3 areas of science curriculum that should be part of every early childhood classroom and walk away with lots of ideas on science activities.
Literacy is something that must be intentionally planned for young children, but that doesn't mean that it should be too teacher-directed. This workshop is designed to give you an idea of the types of literacy experiences that children should have in an early care program.
I Was Born This Way:
Not all children sharing a classroom behave the same way, although they may all be in a similar age group. This workshop will explore the different aspects of temperament and how to use this knowledge in your child care setting to create a goodness of fit.
Routines & Transitions
in Infant Toddler Curriculum
Routines and transitions make up much of the curriculum and learning experiences for infants and toddlers. This course will discuss the importance of these components and give you insight into how to make the most of these learning experiences.
Creating Neural Pathways
This workshop explores how the neural pathways for reading are constructed, the role of vocabulary, phonics, and handwriting in reading instruction, and practical strategies for the preschool classroom that support these research findings.
Is your infant or toddler classroom structured specifically for that age group, or is it more like a watered-down version of the preschool classrooms in your program? Programming specifically for children from birth to 36 months of age is vital.
Social emotional development is the foundation for all curriculum for infants and toddlers. Explore these domains of development, strategies for promoting healthy development, primary caregiving, continuity of care, and building positive relationships.
Math & Science
for Infants and Toddlers
Infants and toddlers naturally engage in both math and science activities. In this class we will look at some foundations for cognitive development and math/science development, and then we will get into specific math and science ideas.
Equity, Equality, and Diversity, Oh My!
Social Justice Principles in ECE
Learn about the concepts of social justice, privilege, what a single story is, how to avoid it, and how to avoid a tourist-y approach to diversity. Only by understanding all of these concepts can we truly provide an equitable experience for all children.
We have to understand empathy in order to help children develop it. This workshop will explore what empathy is, the types of empathy, how it is different from sympathy, roadblocks to empathy, and some classroom strategies to promote empathy.
Every family has a unique culture. But what exactly is culture? This course explores the definitions of culture, values, beliefs, and assumptions. Having a strong understanding of these concepts helps to establish a strong foundation for partnerships with families.
Mastering fine and large motor skills are important for children's growth and independence. This course will explore how to create an environment that supports large motor and fine motor development in infant-toddler classrooms and outdoor environments.
The Creative Arts
for Infants and Toddlers
Creativity for young children, specifically including the areas of art, music, and movement for infants and toddlers, not only enhances children's creativity, but also boosts children's ability to analyze, problem solve, and practice fine motor skills.
Infants and toddlers move through many stages of play on the road to social competence. Explore what social competence is and how it develops, how children develop friendships in the early years, and the stages of play.
Count Me In:
Number Sense in Preschool
Adding math activities to your classroom in a fun and inviting way can be a challenge. This course will cover the mathematical area of number sense, and will offer lots of activities that encourage number sense for preschool children.
State Approved Courses
Our courses are currently approved in the following states:
Hawaii; Indiana; Kentucky; Michigan, North Carolina; Ohio (OA Approved for SUTQ)