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  • Turtles in the Pond

    Count Me In

    $10.00

    Count Me In:

    Encouraging Number Sense in Preschool

    1 hour

    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. Filled with pictures of materials and descriptions of the activities, you’ll walk away with great ideas on how to create materials in your classroom on a budget. As a bonus, you’ll have access to a few downloadable games that you can print out for use in your classroom.

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  • Creating Neural Pathways for Literacy

    $25.00

    Creating Neural Pathways

    for Literacy

    2.5 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

    Reading is not a natural process, and some children struggle more than others. The field of neuroscience has used brain imaging to help us understand what happens as children learn to read, and this information can help teachers better prepare children for later reading success. In this class, we will explore how to activate the necessary region of the brain that is required for reading and review the types of practices that are beneficial to children. Specifically, you’ll explore how the neural pathways for reading are constructed, the role of phonics and handwriting in reading instruction, why neuroscience supports phonics over whole language, the role of vocabulary in reading, and practical strategies for the preschool classroom that support these research findings.

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  • Creating Your Math Curriculum

    $30.00

    Creating Your Preschool Math Curriculum

    3.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

    Math is something that children do naturally. It can be a struggle to know what types of activities to provide for children to prepare them for Kindergarten. This workshop is designed to give you a background in the types of math experiences that preschoolers should have access to in an early care program. This introductory level workshop will cover the big ideas of mathematics, including number sense, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis.

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  • Creating Your Preschool Literacy Curriculum

    $30.00

    Creating Your Preschool Literacy Curriculum

    3.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

    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 a background in the types of literacy experiences that children should have access to in an early care program. This introductory level workshop will cover the big ideas of literacy, including vocabulary, alphabet knowledge, phonological and phonemic awareness, and concepts of print.

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  • Preschool Science

    Creating Your Science Curriculum

    $30.00

    Creating Your Preschool Science Curriculum

    3.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

    Science exploration comes naturally to children. Yet many of the science activities that are available online and even in stores are actually not appropriate for preschoolers. This workshop is designed to give you a background in the types of science experiences that preschoolers should have access to in an early care program. You will explore the specific factors that determine whether an activity is appropriate for preschoolers. You will learn about setting up a science area and the 3 areas of science curriculum that should be part of every early childhood classroom: physical science, life science, and earth and space science.

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  • social justice principles

    Equity, Equality, Diversity, Oh My!

    $20.00

    Equity, Equality, and Diversity, Oh My!
    Social Justice Principles for the ECE Classroom

    2.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

    “I treat everyone the same” is a mantra often heard in classrooms, but is this really the goal we should be striving for? This workshop will explore the differences between equity and equality, the idea of privilege, and how to honor, respect, and sustain the culture of each child in your learning environment. Learn about 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.

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  • Moving Beyond Letter of the Week

    $30.00

    Moving Beyond Letter of the Week

    3.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in Michigan & North Carolina.

    How do you promote letter recognition and phonological awareness skills for preschool children in meaningful ways? Why is a letter of the week approach not the best way to teach these skills? If I don’t do letter of the week or worksheets, how do I promote letter recognition? In this workshop we’ll explore fun strategies for teaching children to recognize letters, sounds, and words in ways that are developmentally appropriate and prepare children for success in kindergarten.

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  • One Classroom, Many Languages

    $60.00

    One Classroom, Many Languages:

    Strategies for Dual Language Learners

    7.5 hours

    Nearly one in three US children live in a household where a language other than English is spoken. Dual language learners are a diverse group of children, and include all children in a household where someone speaks a language other than English. Including dual language learners in your classroom can be challenging, particularly when you don’t speak the child’s home language. In this course, you’ll learn more about the universal nature of language development, how to support language learning for all children, and how to specifically support dual language learners in your classroom. This class is designed for teachers of infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms, but does have a heavy emphasis on infant and toddler classrooms.

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  • Teaching to the Brain

    Teaching to the Brain: Brain Development Principles for ECE

    $45.00

    Teaching to the Brain:

    Brain Development Principles for the Early Childhood Classroom

    5 hours

    We’ve all heard of teaching to the test, and we all know that this strategy has no long-term success for children’s learning. Instead, I suggest “teaching to the brain”….using what we know about how the brain develops to influence what we do in our classrooms. During the first five years of life, the brain develops at a rapid speed. Although the brain can be trained to memorize pieces of information, true learning and understanding comes from experiences that are tailored to the way the brain develops during these important years. In this session, we will explore the developing brain in connection with planning appropriate environments and experiences for young children that maximize the foundation for later learning. Geared towards anyone who works with children of any age.

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  • The Psychology Behind Behavior

    $40.00

    The Psychology Behind Behavior

    4.5 hours

    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. We’ll take a deep dive into classroom behavior and look at how the brain develops and influences behavior and typical reasons why children misbehave. Teachers will walk away with a better understanding of why the children are doing what they are doing as well as insights into their own reactions. We’ll discuss concrete strategies for helping children through challenging behaviors so that teachers feel equipped to handle the children in their classrooms. Geared towards anyone who works with children of any age.

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  • The Quest for Empathy

    $20.00

    The Quest for Empathy

    2.0 hours

    Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina and Michigan.

    In order to help children develop empathy, we first have to truly understand it ourselves. This workshop will take a deep dive into empathy and will explore the following questions: What is empathy? What are the different types of empathy? How does it differ from sympathy? Why are boundaries important? What are the roadblocks that get in the way of empathy? What are some strategies to help develop empathy in children? Understanding the answers to these questions form the foundation to being truly empathic yourself, which is a prerequisite for being able to teach empathy to children in the classroom.

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