“Trainers and providers love this workshop. The combination of theory and research, practical application, cultural sensitivity, and experiential learning makes the material accessible and engaging for people at every point on the continuum.” -- Lindsay Allard, Master Trainer and Project Director, DCLearning Discipline: Connecting Discipline, Communication, and Relationships. This workshop concentrates on nurturing the development of self-discipline in young children. Learning to respond positively to external discipline and making the shift to internal discipline are tasks that are challenging for many children. Helping children learn these skills can be difficult, frustrating, and exhausting for all the adults in their lives. Because of the challenges of discipline issues, people who work with young children often burn out, resulting in high turnover which can be detrimental to young children's need for constancy and security.This 3 hour workshop from Family Communications (the production company for Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) offers productive new ways to think about discipline. Attendees learn to see discipline as an opportunity for teaching rather than punishment, with the goal of helping children move from externally-imposed discipline to internal self-discipline. The workshop demonstrates how good clear communication combines with strong relationships to give children the support and tools they need. Practical strategies are offered. The workshop format includes the use of provocative video segments, large and small group discussions, and hands-on activities.The specific goals of the Learning Discipline workshop are that participants will understand:1.How adults help children learn discipline;2.Connections between discipline, communication, and relationships;3.Impact of self-awareness within the discipline, communication, and relationship cycle.
"Did you know? Did you know?Did you know when you wonder you're learning? ... About all kinds of wonderful, all kinds of marvelous, marvelously wonderful things." -- Lyrics from "Did You Know?" by Fred RogersLet's Explore: Encouraging Curiosity in Young ChildrenThis workshop focuses on the kinds of experiences that help young children develop a positive attitude about curiosity, exploring, experimenting, and investigating. The overall goal is to help early childhood educators feel more confident encouraging children's curiosity.This 3 hour workshop from Family Communications (the production company for Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) focuses on helping early-childhood educators to feel comfortable with children’s curiosity and to value it; to recognize curiosity in infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and to learn strategies for encouraging that curiosity in both girls and boys. It’s meant to help them understand that science is a process, a way of looking at the world, to understand how it works and that it’s okay not to know all the answers - nobody does!This workshop is NOT about teaching science. Young children don't necessarily need scientific answers. What they want and need is permission to wonder, explore, and experiment. They'll find their own answers. They need encouragement for trying to make connections... trying to find relationships... trying to figure things out.The goals for this workshop are for participants to:1.Understand why curiosity is important for learning;2.Recognize how infants, toddlers, and preschoolers explore with their senses and abilities;3.Learn strategies for encouraging curiosity - in girls as well as boys.
What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?…
What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel? "Everybody wishes they had good words to use when there's been a problem in childcare. This video and training materials will give teachers good ways to talk with children, to help children understand each other's feelings, and to feel better when they've been hurt because of angry feelings."- Dr. Alice Sterling Honig,Infant/Child Development SpecialistWhat Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel? Children need to find healthy ways to manage their feelings including their anger. When children are angry that can be an especially difficult time for them and for their child care provider. But helping children with angry feelings is not only a concern for their early childhood years. To succeed in school (and in the future, at their workplace and with their family life) children need to be able to deal with their anger constructively. Getting along with others is one of the basic skills a child needs for school. Studies on emotional intelligence tell us that people who are successful in the workplace are those who can deal with their emotions in healthy ways. This is one of the most vital tools you can give children that they'll need all through their lives.This 3 hour workshop from Family Communications (the production company for Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) explores anger, where it comes from, and how young children can gradually learn the self-control necessary to manage their anger and channel it into productive activity. It also suggests ways to intervene when children act out or lose control.This workshop also gives the important message that self-control is not a "moral" issue; it's a "developmental" issue. Children who hit or bite when they're angry aren't "bad." Self-control grows in stages as a child develops, and there are important things that child care providers can do along the way to support that process. This kind of learning may be more challenging than simple strategies, but the rewords are greater and can last a lifetime.The workshop format includes the use of video segments, large and small group discussions, lecture, and hands-on activities with workshop activities and ideas and suggestions that can help providers when dealing with children’s angry behavior.The workshop attempts to fulfill these goals:1.Help participants know that controlling angry feelings is a skill children learn from people who care for them.2.Help participants understand that in order for children to find healthy outlets for anger, they must first develop self-control.3.Participants to learn about activities that can support the development of self-control.4.Participants to find helpful ways to intervene when anger or frustration overwhelms children.Letter from Fred Rogers:Dear Friend, Angry feelings are a natural part of being human; nevertheless, we don't have to hurt anyone or ruin anything when we're angry. Even as adults, we need to take a moment to gather our own self-control when something has happened to make us mad.Unfortunately, our society is full of images of people not being in control of their own feelings, of people hurting one another when they're angry. It's so important that we adults help our children know we care about their feelings, but we want them to find healthy ways to deal with them.Children aren't born with self-control. They learn it gradually as they grow from infants to toddlers to preschoolers -- and beyond. And they learn it best with the help of adults who have a loving relationship with them.In this workshop, we hope you and your colleagues will find helpful ways to think about anger and self-control, our own adult anger and self-control, as well as children's. We have included suggestions for helping children as they develop inner controls; but, of course, there are no recipe books or magic words for feelings. Each child is unique... and so is each teacher, child care provider and parent. It's your support as the workshop leader which will help them blend the insight you offer with your participants' own instincts about the children.It takes thought and emotional energy to work through our own angry moments. If that's what we'd like our children to learn, we're going to have to make it clear to them that we value being able to "stop" from doing something that may hurt; stop and then do something else instead that doesn't hurt anyone. Children will "catch" that message from us if we passionately believe it's important. And they'll want to make it their own, in order to become more like those they love.Thank you for all you do to nourish the adults who are supporting children as they grow in healthy ways.Sincerely,Fred Rogers
Challenging Behaviors: Where Do We Begin?..
"Challenging behaviors are complex to understand and frustrating to handle. When we make the effort and succeed, even in small ways, we can be certain that it is making a difference in that child's life - a difference that can last a lifetime."-- Fred RogersChallenging Behaviors: Where Do We Begin? We want to help children find healthy ways to express their needs and their feelings. For some children, this is not easy. Whether the causes are severe stresses in their lives, lack of good role models to help them learn how to get the needed attention and nurturing, biological or other reasons why they "act out"; by helping children learn to manage themselves, we are helping them to be ready to learn and to be productive members of society.Challenging behaviors are difficult for the child who is exhibiting them, their teachers and caregivers, their classmates, and even the families of their classmates. These behaviors can exert pressures and generate strong feelings among many people. They can turn a happy productive environment into a confused and anxious place. They can create frustration, anger, and even self-doubt for caregivers. Simply removing these children is not a good answer. Often a child goes from facility to facility without ever getting the help they need to learn new and productive ways to handle self-regulation and expression of feelings. Caregivers, teachers, and parents face a big job helping children with challenging behaviors to achieve new ways of reacting to stress and learning the skills of self regulation, but it is possible to be optimistic about improvement. Many children do learn new ways supported by consistent and loving setting of limits and demonstrations of appropriate skills. This 3 hour workshop from Family Communications (the production company for Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) is designed as an introductory training workshop to help child care professionals understand more about challenging behaviors in young children, address the strong feelings this behavior may evoke in the educators themselves, and implement changes in their approaches which can support young children's growth in self-regulation and appropriate behavior.The workshop format includes the use of video segments, large and small group discussions, lecture, and hands-on activities with workshop activities and ideas and suggestions that can help providers when dealing with children’s angry behavior.This workshop attempts to fulfill three goals:1.Participants will gain greater understanding of behaviors that we call "challenging".2.Participants will begin to see the child in new ways.3.Participants will learn how to support self-regulation in children through a variety of strategies."With 'Challenging Behavior's: Where Do We Begin?', Family Communications continues its tradition of offering trainers the tools they need to help child care providers build on strengths and caring relationships in even the most difficult of circumstances. Compelling videos, well chosen summaries of research, a tested workshop outline, and engaging materials for the participants why trainers as they create a calm, safe environment; demonstrate respect for caregivers knowledge, skills and concern for children; and set in motion a process of positive change the children, families and communities."-- Emily Fenichel, Zero to Three