1. Books and Cooks: Connecting Literacy and Healthy Habits:
Cooking is a life skill that we can teach children. Even better, we can teach these cooking skills through literacy! The Books and Cooksworkshop will provide information on connecting children’s books with cooking, eating healthy foods, tips and tricks for cooking with children, and children-friendly recipes. Each participant will be given recipes that correspond with specific children’s book and stories.
2. Math Everyday in Every way:
This training will renew the energy of professionals working in the early childhood field. It will discuss brain development and the importance of building a solid foundation of mathematical knowledge. In addition, the trainer will give ideas regarding simple mathematic games and activities to be implemented in early childhood settings.
3. Literacy Bag Make and Take:
As early childhood professionals, we engage children’s brains everyday. However, we often see a disconnect between home and childcare! Parents and guardians may not know or have the resources to engage their children in early literacy at home! You can help by creating a “lending library” of literacy bags for parents to borrow! Learn how to create, maintain, and distribute literacy bags. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own literacy bags right in this workshop!
4. Parent Engagement: Connecting with Parents within Your Program:
Active family engagement is an indicator of high quality childcare. Engagement within your program builds trust between provider and parents as well as between provider and children. Family Engagement builds community among those enrolled in your program, leading to lower turnover, better communication, and better home-to-school support. In this presentation, Stephanie Winkel will provide you with realistic engagement ideas to use with the families in your program!
5. 5 of the Best Dramatic Play Experiences:
Dramatic play is an essential experience for preschool-aged children. They learn about and process their environment and relationships through dramatic play. Join us in viewing and exploring 10 of the best dramatic play set-ups! From costumes to homemade accessories, you’ll walk away with a plethora of ideas to use in your program.
6. Repurposing in Early Care: Saving childhood, money and the environment:
Do you want to learn ideas on how to repurpose your “garbage” into art materials, toys, loose parts, and curriculum activities? Are you interested in saving money and helping the environment? This workshop will address the benefits of
repurposing instead of throwing out everyday items!
7. Hands on Science:
STEM is becoming an increasingly popular phrase. But what does it mean to you, an early childhood professional? Come and explore hands-on science experiments that are easy, inexpensive, and most importantly, FUN to implement into any early childhood setting!
8. Mindfulness and Me- Yoga with Children:
Want to teach new gross motor activities as well as teach children self -regulation skills? Join us in this session to learn how to incorporate yoga into your childcare session. We will go through child-friendly yoga poses/moves, resource, and learning tools for teaching children to practice
yoga. We will discuss teaching children how to be mindful, as well as the correct breathing techniques when practicing yoga.
Participants will be asked to try yoga poses out in the session, so please wear socks. Bring a towel or yoga mat if desired, but not required!