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May Trainings from Think Small Institute

Sticks and Stones: Supporting Child Safety And Healthy Risk-Taking In Nature Play from Think Small Institute

Sticks and Stones: Supporting Child Safety And Healthy Risk-Taking In Nature Play
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: S. Boysen
KCF: VII.B: Ensuring Safety
CDA: Content Area I: Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
Price: $24

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Explore the correlations between child development, healthy risk-taking, and child injury in nature play. Assess opportunities, variables, and hazards found in outdoor environments and implement safety measures to prevent child injury. Create outdoor environments and facilitate play activities that support children’s creativity, motor, and sensory development, as well as their developmental needs for risky play.

Mindful Practices for Calmer Adults and Children
Thursday, May 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: A. Juhnsrud
KCF: VI: Professionalism
CDA Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
Price: $24

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Examine and learn practical foundations of mindfulness for use in common situations with kids. Practice simple mindfulness practices to bring presence and emotional regulation to the children you care for and work with every day. Investigate the nature of empathy and compassion–both for yourself and children to give our kids their best shot in the real world.


June Trainings from Think Small Institute

Introduction To The Reggio Inspired Classroom
Monday, June 6, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT & Monday, June 13, 6:300pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Sheryl Warner
KCF II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences
CDA Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
Price: $48

*This is a 4 hour training split between two 2 hour sessions on: Monday, June 6th and Monday, June 13th. Both are required to attend for credit of this training*

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Learn the history, principles and influence of the Reggio Approach! Evaluate your current methods and beliefs as you compare how the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy approach teaching young children. Explore the image of the child, identify how materials enrich the environment, demonstrate documenting learning through authentic assessment and recognize the value of involving parents in program activities.

Unpacking The Code: Exploring Ethical Responsibilities To Families
Thursday, June 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF III: Relationships with Families
CDA Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
Price: $24

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Unpack the professional code of ethics that informs the practices of early childhood professionals in their work with children and families. Apply the NAEYC Code of Ethics in daily practice by analyzing real-life challenges that occur when working with families. Discover how ethical practices support your role as professional, make your work easier, and help you build stronger relationships with families!

Exploring and Supporting Gender Diversity
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF I: Child Development and Learning
CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning
Price: $24

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Examine diversity within gender identity, the role it plays in the development of young children and their learning. Assess personal views and thoughts about gender identity. Learn how personal views and thoughts about gender identity effect teaching and relationships in the classroom that ultimately influence a child’s development.

ADHD: Supporting the Child
Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development
CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
Price: $24

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Examine ADHD and gain an understanding of the disability while learning strategies and tools that will turn challenges into successes for the child and the program.

Understanding Toxic Stress
Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development 
CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development 
Price: $24

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Discuss the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study. Explore how toxic stress and early experiences impact development and assess strategies for supporting children and families through toxic stress experiences.

Dual Language Learners in Early Education Settings
Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF I: Child Development and Learning 
CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning
Price: $24

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Learn how to support children who speak a second language. Children need a strong base in their native language to help support their development in all developmental domains, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t also learn a second language. Discuss the benefits of second language learning for children while learning strategies to support them while in our care.


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