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Good Talking To You…

Good Talking With You A series of 5 two hour classes dealing with language acquisition through conversation.  It shows how to nurture language through conversations-conversations that teach, inform and build strong bonds and vital communication skills. The 5 two hour sessions must be taken in order.   Session 1: Oh Say What They See  (Teach language stimulation techniques) Oh Say What They See gives an overview of language stimulation techniques. It shows how language develops and the pivotal role adults have in the process. A dramatic before-and-after sequence shows how a child makes progress when his mother learns support techniques. Viewers will learn: * How children acquire language * How we help children build receptive and expressive language by talking with them * How to help children build vocabulary by giving them word labels for things they touch and see * How to follow a child's lead in conversations and encourage talking   Session 2: Let's Talk  (Start conversations that teach) Model interactions step-by-step What's this? What color is that? Conversing with a young child takes more than asking questions like these. Let's Talk helps you teach viewers how to start conversations, even with children they are just getting to know, by tuning in to their interests and needs. Viewers will learn: * How conversations help children develop language * Key communication skills that invite children and encourage talking * How to start a conversation of interest to a child * How to avoid asking questions that stop conversations * How to correct a child's speech/language errors in a positive way   Session 3: Now You're Talking  (Extend conversations & expand learning) Show the strategies Now You're Talking shows adults taking conversations to the next level, drawing children out and keeping them involved. Remarkable interactions captured at a language-based school illustrate the benefits of making conversations a daily goal. Viewers will learn: * What topics children want to talk about * How to add to the child's topic and extend conversation * How to ask questions that stimulate thinking and problem solving * How to support all of a child's efforts to communicate and develop language   Session 4: Between You and Me  (Facilitate conversations between children) Teach adults to be a link Limited language and social skills keep many children from interacting, often causing frustration and disruptive behavior. Now, teach your viewers how to facilitate so children can communicate, make their wants and needs known and practice working together. Viewers will learn: * How to help children attend to each other in conversations * How to help children establish and maintain a topic * How to refer questions and comments from one child to another * How to interpret for children who lack speech or language skills   Session 5: Space to Grow  (How the environment supports language & learning) Design to promote interaction Space to Grow demonstrates how to create learning centers that support the development of cognitive, motor and social skills, with special emphasis on language acquisition. Viewers see how children engage with one another and how staff enrich language learning at every center. Viewers will learn: * What elements in the environment help children feel comfortable and competent * How to arrange materials to help children act independently * How to set up effective learning centers, including block area, art area, sensory table, carpentry area, dramatic play and language arts areas

Play Power…

Children learn core cognitive, language, social-emotional, and motor skills through everyday play. This series of 2 two to three hour classes deal with the importance of play. These DVD supported classes show how adults can support and encourage play for deeper learning. Ages 1-6 years. Session 1: Child's Play shows how children at play continually experiment, discover, and stretch to learn more. Session 2: Time Together teaches how to join play, keep children involved, and encourage the natural process of learning that's part of every play experience.

Many Right Ways…

Many Right Ways Designing Your Home Child Care Environment Successful family child care providers believe that their environment sets the stage for the kind of care they offer children. But environments don't all have to be the same. In Many Right Ways, we see a variety of rich child care settings that reflect how each home, group of children, and program is individual. Engaged children and experienced providers illustrate hundreds of ways to design unique, quality, home-based environments. Covering such topics as learning areas and materials; the family's adaptations to and for childcare; outdoor space health, safety, and routines; communicating with families; and accessibility and storage. These classes are excellent training for current and new providers. The Workshops:  (2 hour workshops) *Session 1:  Planning For Your Space This session teaches about different types of "space" and how to allocate it, organization and aesthetics, making materials accessible and the tax consideration of space.  There are many "right ways" top design a home child care environment that works for you, your family, your business and your home. *Session 2:  Setting Up for Child Directed Play This session teaches about mixed age groups and play materials, using familiar and emerging themes, combining play materials, and using children's real experiences. *Session 3:  Creating Activity Areas This session teaches about the importance of defined spaces and activities, quiet spaces, specific learning areas, and daily caretaking routines. There are many right ways to make improvements in environment.  Each home, each provider, and each group of children is unique, so the ideal environment for any one program is unique.  These workshops will provide ideas and methodology of setting up an environment that works for your situation. Focusing on the environment produces significant outcomes in quality improvement, whether measured by parent approval, quality rating scales, the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) accreditation, the Family Day Care Rating Scale (FDCRS), child satisfaction, or the quality of a provider's work life.

The Power of Positive Communication…

The Power of Positive Communication is a 6 hour training or can be broken down into three 2 hour classes: Session 1:  First Steps to Positive Communication What is a "Do Message"? How to Give a Clear Message. Why "Do Messages" Work.   Session 2:  Strengthen Your Communication Nonverbal Communication Counts Check for Understanding   Session 3:  The Impact of Language on Classrooms Exploring the "Feeling Tone". Negative + Negative = Negative Tools for Classroom Management There's no doubt we need teachers, classroom assistants and child care providers to use positive communication all day, every day. But so many adults lack specific training in how to talk to children in ways that support, encourage, motivate and teach. So how can you get this across? The Power of Positive Communication Training Sessions demonstrate how to give positive messages, make sure children understand and provide extra support when they don't. Learners practice giving positive messages, reflect on their own experiences, do interactive exercises and develop action plans for taking new skills and strategies into their classrooms and child care settings. The Power of Positive Communication is training to support children from 3 to 8 years With diverse learning styles English language learners Children with special needs Positive communication helps: Transmit and reinforce expectations Support language and literacy development Model and teach social-emotional skills Reduce guidance and discipline problems Meet key learning goals, standards and benchmarks And how positive communication helps all children, including English language learners and children with special needs: Build a sense of trust and safety Follow directions and manage routines Understand new language and concepts Experience less confusion and frustration Learn to cooperate and get along with others Users will learn: Why positive communication counts How to give positive messages Getting children's attention Being clear and specific Taking time to slow down and repeat The value of consistency and repetition How nonverbal strategies clarify and teach Tone of voice, pacing Gestures, modeling, visuals, auditory cues Checking for understanding The impact of negative language Messages that confuse and discourage Positive language and classroom management Getting the classroom "feeling tone" you want Learning Objectives: After completing The Power of Positive Communication, learners will be able to: recognize that the language we use to give directions, instructions and guidancestrongly influence children’s behavior, ability to learn, motivation and sense of trustand safety; recognize that positive language is a critical part of successful classroommanagement, offering children support and encouragement as they learn to meetexpectations; define the term “do message,” and understand that such statements are a core part  of positive communication; use clear, concise “do messages” to give information in a positive manner; understand the need to pause, repeat instructions and allow time for children to process language; understand that using nonverbal communication assists all children, including those with different learning styles, English language learners and children with special needs, to make sense of language; identify and use a number of nonverbal strategies to support verbal communication, including gestures, facial expressions, modeling and visuals; recognize that, to communicate successfully, it is necessary to continually check for understanding to make sure children are understanding our words; identify three ways to check for understanding: observe children’s faces and body language, listen to children’s words and notice how children follow directions; recognize that talking with families and learning more about their children helps us know how to communicate most effectively with them; decide when using negative language (No! Stop! Don’t!) is and is not appropriate; understand that negative language is often overused and tends to confuse and discourage children, to focus on mistakes and to increase teacher frustration; understand that the way language is used in the classroom affects the “feeling tone” and has an impact on both children and teachers.

Parenting Counts…

Parenting Counts Focus on Early Learning These workshops are written with parents and caregivers in mind as the primary audience.  Each unit is designed to support what parents and caregivers already understand about children and deepen that knowledge with activities, videos, and handouts drawn from scientific research. Early learning professionals who choose to work with infants and toddlers understand that it takes special skill and commitment to give high-quality care that is not just "babysitting". These 2 hour workshops are relevant for child care providers and provide the research based information to help them reinforce and refine their abilities to work with infants and very young children. Sessions can be taken concurrently or randomly based on interest. The 2 hour workshop sessions include: 1.  Communicating with Infants. Communicating well starts when a baby is born. Learn to talk with the infant and understand what the infant is saying to you, even though the baby has not yet learned any words.  This workshop explores how early communication between adults and infants helps the infant learn strong language skills, and later learn strong literacy (or reading) skills. Participants will learn about: Baby Cues      -Babies use cues, such as expressions, noises, and movements to show us their wants and needs.      -It is very important for adults to respond to a baby's cues.      -Baby cues show that a baby is beginning to learn language and conversation.      -Each baby is different and each adult needs to learn that the baby is saying with his/her cues.      -Adults can learn to communicated better with infants. Parentese      -Babies are learning about sound and language from birth.      -The way we naturally slow down, use a higher pitch, and draw out the sounds of words when talking with babies (parentese) is just what they need to begin to learn language.      -It is important to talk with an infant throughout the day.      -Talking with an infant helps them learn language and builds relationship.      -Adults can improve on the time spend talking and listening to children. 2.  Exploring with Young Children. Young children open every door, chew on anything within reach, and repeat favorite activities endlessly.  They watch everything that goes on around them, and they look to adults to help them decide what to explore next.  In this workshop we will share experiences and knowledge about how young children explore their world. We are born curious and we use all our senses to learn about people and things.  The examples of behavior they see and the expressions on the faces of people around them are very important for young children's learning. Participants will learn about: Testing      -Babies need to explore the world around them with all their senses.      -Babies need to repeat experiences to learn.      -This repetition can try an adult's patience.      -Adults' reactions influence the baby's willingness to explore.      -Babies need parents and caregivers to create safe environments where they can explore. Copycats      -Young children learn by copying or imitating.      -Children will naturally copy all kinds of behavior.      -Parents, other adults and children, books, pictures, and TV can help young children learn.      -Our behavior can teach the lessons we want children to learn. Reading Faces      -Babies learn about feelings by watching faces.      -Babies learn what to do from adults' expressions and tone of voice.      -Babies need to see a wide variety of emotions and expressions.      -It's important to give babies clear signals through our expressions, voices, and actions. 3.  Handling Stress This workshop examines the causes of stress in infants and young children.  Workshop participants will understand more about their role in helping young children learn to calm themselves when they are stressed.  The workshop covers both the danger of too much stress in early life and the benefits of learning healthy ways  to deal with stress. Participants will learn about: Causes of stress for infants and young children. Ways to calm infants and young children. Effects of repeated stress on infants and young children. Long term benefits of teaching children healthy ways to calm down. Classes specifically for parents: The following mini workshops are 1/2 hour classes specifically designed for parents of young children by exploring specific topics on early learning. Baby Cues Copycats Parentese Reading Faces Stress Testing 1, 2, 3 Building Words Valuing Emotions Tantrums
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