Several times a year, we offer a set of workshops all around a theme. Here is our latest one...
Some elements of the child care day are so ordinary that we don’t always see them clearly. Many of these elements have been part of early childhood practice for decades, so that you might remember them from your own childhood. Experienced teachers have used these elements for years, your director may expect them, and you may feel comfortable with all of these. But times change. Are these elements still useful today? In this series of workshops, we’ll take a look.
Each workshop earns 2 hours of professional development credit (STARS or clock hours, for example). As always, you may take as long as you like to complete these. Like most of our workshops, these are presented as online videos, you may enjoy wherever you are and whenever you have time. The links never expire, so you may watch your workshops again and again.
This series includes 5 workshops. Here they are:
You’re a creative person who loves to make things with the children and it seems like the parents and the teachers you admire expect Cute Ideas as part of the preschool day. Even if you’ve been in the profession for years and understand well the importance of “process over product,” it’s hard to resist the charm- and the pressure - of Cute Ideas.So let’s take a look at that: what happens when Cute Ideas take over? Learn how can you be part of a change in early childhood education that shifts the focus from Cute Ideas to guiding children in what they really need to know.
If you’ve heard of “loose parts” you might wonder what on earth loose parts are. Is it just junk? How can loose parts be better to have in the classroom than the toys and materials we’ve always used in child care? The whole notion of loose parts seems odd but there must be something there, with all the talk. Find out why you might already be using some loose parts, why you might incorporate loose parts even more, and how loose parts might help your children learn.
Circle time is an important part of the preschool day, but why is that? What is the whole purpose of circle time and is your circle time working for you and for the children? If you sometimes struggle to get through group time, if you sometimes struggle to keep order and to get your points across, it might be time to step back and rethink circle time. Find out how to make circle time work for you.
Teachers have long acknowledged the importance of children’s play, but play is often left out of the child care day. What is called “play” often is not play at all, but a selection of predetermined activities. In this workshop, we’ll revisit what independent play is and learn how reviving play in your classroom can offer you more time to teach and children more time to learn.
Brain research shows that following a child’s train of thought supports learning far better than interrupting a child’s thinking to present a fresh idea. This means that there really are “teachable moments” and these moments happen, not on our schedule, but in the minds of individual children. Do you do capitalize on teachable moments? Do you even notice teachable moments when they happen? Find out how to increase children’s learning by being more aware of teaching opportunities throughout the day.
For a limited time, enroll in the entire 5-workshop course for just $75. Each workshop earns 2 hours of professional development credit and a certificate of completion. Links to each course will be emailed to you no later than October 15th (and, I hope, sooner!). This Early Bird rate ends October 5th at 9 pm Pacific time.