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8:00 a.m. - Check In & Vendors

8:30 a.m. - Keynote: "We are Going to Electrify You: It’s All About Connections" - Beth Tepper - CESA 9 & Joan Krohn
Have you ever been waiting out a storm when your tv shuts off, the lights go out and your refrigerator stops humming? You’ve lost a connection. We forget to appreciate electricity until it stops and our ice cream is melting. Knowing the electrical system helps us to know how to weather the storm, plug in a new appliance, avoid blowing a fuse, or use electricity to make our lives better. We can lose connection with children as well, if we don’t know how their electrical circuits are working. We want to stop and think about each individual child, appreciate their differences and provide developmentally appropriate guidance knowing their “circuits.”

9:30 a.m. - Break & Vendors

10:00 a.m. - Morning Breakout Session

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Vendors

1:00 p.m. - Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Closing Session, Evaluations, Door Prizes

Morning Breakout Sessions

Session A: “Building Skills through Block Play” - Work & Family Consulting
Exploring with blocks contributes greatly to the development of children. Block play provides children with opportunities to practice skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, eye-hand coordination and fine motor development. This class will focus on the benefits of block play for children, organizing and equipping a block area and techniques to enrich and stimulate block play.

Session B: “Conducting Effective & Developmentally Appropriate Group Times” - Work & Family Consulting
Most early childhood programs have at least one large group meeting per day. This training will help providers spice up their group times and motivate children to participate. Age-appropriate group times and activities are emphasized and many new ideas are presented.

Session C: “I Have the Stuff, Now What”? - Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS) – Sue Vanderloop
We all know that children learn best through play. As providers we know that we need to provide the developmentally appropriate materials so that children have the opportunity to learn. This session will help providers use these materials to develop appropriate, meaningful interactions with children, while referring to the FCCERS. We will practice how to have turn-taking conversations with children and learn how to use communication to expand on children’s experiences and interests. We will look at how to incorporate provider-initiated receptive language activities into daily schedules so that it is natural and children will use the skills learned to foster a life time love of books and reading. While referring to the FCCERS, this session will reference the family child care setting.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session A: “Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Planning for Infants & Toddlers” - Work & Family Consulting
One of the many important roles of infant & toddler teachers is to intentionally plan for each child’s individual development. This class explores the aspects of creating a developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants and toddlers.

Session B: “Early Childhood Environment: A Powerful Teaching Tool” - Work & Family Consulting
The learning environment is a powerful teaching tool which helps children develop and learn. This class examines the fixed & flexible aspects of classrooms when planning arrangements, the characteristics of optimal learning environments, ways to multiply the number of learning experiences in the classroom and ways to create spaces which currently do not exist in the classroom.

Session C: “I Have the Stuff, Now What”? – Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) - Sue Vanderloop
We all know that children learn best through play. As staff we know that we need to provide the developmentally appropriate materials so that children have the opportunity to learn. This session will help staff use these materials to develop appropriate, meaningful interactions with children, while referring to the ECERS. We will practice how to have turn-taking conversations with children and learn how to use communication to expand on children’s experiences and interests. We will look at how to incorporate staff-initiated receptive language activities into daily schedules so that it is natural and children will use the skills learned to foster a life time love of books and reading. While referring to the ECERS, this session will reference the group child care setting.
Beth & Joan have over 60 years of combined Early Childhood experiences in Special Ed., 4K, Head Start and Administration. They have presented at conferences & workshops on a variety of topics including technology use, science learning, outdoor education & play. They hope to electrify your brain to be ready for a day of creating connections

Cost

$40 - lunch included

CEUs

5 CEUs filed with The Registry

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled course, please contact us prior to the start date of the course. This will ensure that we can provide a full refund of your course fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevented you from attending a course, please contact our office as soon as possible. If we do not receive any correspondence from you, you will be responsible for full payment of course fees.

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Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Continuing Education & Events Assistant

Leslie develops and manages all aspects of the conference and event planning process.