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Re-Imagining Classroom Tables
Presented by Sandra Duncan, BA, MS, EdD
Course: #31643Level: Introductory1 Hour
View the classroom table as more than a flat surface upon which to eat breakfast, lunch, or snack. This course invites participants to view classroom tables as invitations for socializing, constructing, and place-making.

Using Children's Literature Throughout the Curriculum
Presented by Shirley Raines, EdD
Course: #31633Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn how to connect curriculum themes and excellent children’s literature for your early childhood classroom. Learn how to use planning tools and children’s books to plan age-appropriate activities around the main concepts of the books.

Playing with Process Art: The Power of Open-Ended Art
Presented by Sally Haughey, BS
Course: #31626Level: Introductory1 Hour
Learn about the power of process art in early childhood and how it provides crucial opportunities for making decisions and taking risks.

Catch a Bubble, Finger on the Wall, Are We Teaching Them Anything at All?
Presented by Jennifer Romanoff, MA
Course: #31583Level: Introductory1 Hour
Let's look at the need to teach valuable life lessons to the young children in our care and not expect them to behave in ways we, as adults, do not. So, sit criss-cross applesauce with your quiet fingers on in this entertaining and informative course.

Vertical Learning with Classroom Walls
Presented by Sandra Duncan, BA, MS, EdD
Course: #31576Level: Introductory1 Hour
Participants will be introduced to the concept of vertical learning with walls in the early childhood classroom, including the what they are, why children need vertical learning spaces in the classroom, tips for creating them, and examples of vertical learning environments for toddlers and preschoolers.

Coding with Pre-Readers: Yes You Can!
Presented by Katie Nelson, BS, MEd
Course: #31549Level: Introductory1 Hour
In addition to fostering computational thinking, teaching coding to our younger students can also effectively enhance math, storytelling, and literacy development while encouraging younger students to improve problem-solving skills. In this course, learn developmentally appropriate ways to seamlessly integrate coding curriculum into the Early Childhood classroom and teach young students the tools they need to become successful future coders.

Recycling and Physical Activities
Presented by Amy Schlessman, BS, MPT, DPT, DHS
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
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
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
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.