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Recycling and Physical Activities
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
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Course: #31555Level: Introductory2 Hours
It is essential for early childhood educators to gain knowledge about pediatric health promotion and obesity prevention. To ensure the success of pediatric health promotion and obesity prevention programs, carry over must occur between schools, daycares, the home environment, and community recreation. This course equips educators with a plethora of creative, fun, budget-friendly physical activities combined with academic concepts and recyclables that can be easily incorporated into a variety of settings including schools, daycares, clinics, and the home environment.

Literacy and STEM: Circle Time - More Than the Calendar, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association
Presented by Kathy Lincoln, MA
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Course: #31523Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course is presented in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association's Training West. This course will help participants use favorite Circle Time stories to engage children in STEM thinking. With a focus on specific learning objectives, academic vocabulary, and intentional questioning strategies, Circle Time can create a sense of “I wonder” leading to STEM-based thinking and exploration at learning centers throughout the day.

Seven Principles of Classroom Design - A New Perspective
Presented by Sandra Duncan, BA, MS, EdD
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Course: #31516Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course invites teachers to think critically about their early childhood classroom from the child’s perspective, and through the lens of aesthetics and beauty. It encourages teachers to enhance children’s environments through the Seven Principles of Design with nature, color, textures, lighting, furnishings, displays, and focal points.

Increasing Motivation and Participation of Young Children
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
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Course: #31464Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course provides learners with information on how to motivate young children and provide effective praise. Strategies to enhance motivation will be provided along with many resources for developing a participation tool kit.

Play with Music - Fitness & Exercise, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association
Presented by Nick Young
Video
Course: #31452Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course is presented in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association's Training West. This course introduces early childhood educators to the power of play-centered music and movement activities for encouraging fitness and exercise, as well as other vital school readiness skills in young children. Participants will receive training with methods and materials and learn how to lead engaging and enriching interactive music groups.

Building Beyond Books: Combining Literacy and Movement
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
Video
Course: #31451Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course provides creative, practical strategies to combine language arts concepts and physical activity in early childhood settings. Full of practical applications, you will be empowered and reenergized with a plethora of activities to easily implement and engage your students.

Play with Music - Imaginative Movement, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association
Presented by Nick Young
Video
Course: #31446Level: Introductory1 Hour
This course is presented in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association's Training West. This course introduces early childhood educators to the power of play-centered music and movement activities for developing language skills and other vital school readiness skills in young children. Participants will receive training with methods and materials and learn how to lead engaging and enriching interactive music groups.

Recycle Bin Bonanza: Move and Learn with Recyclables
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
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Course: #31430Level: Introductory1 Hour
Not trash….Treasures! This course is a treasure-trove of ways to combine movement and learning with recycles into a variety of settings including schools, daycares, clinics, and the home environment.

Indoor Rainy Day, Snowy Day Fun
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
VideoAudio
Course: #31424Level: Introductory1 Hour
Is it a rainy or snowy day? Do not let that get in your way! The forecast is a day of shining, high energy indoor fun! Get empowered to easily implement creative, practical indoor physical activities into a variety of early childhood settings.

Collaboration to Support Children with Special Needs
Presented by Amanda Schwartz, PhD
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Course: #31415Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Providing an inclusive classroom for a child with special needs is a challenge with tremendous benefits. Learn your role and some strategies to provide an inclusive classroom.