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October Trainings from Think Small Institute

Instructor KCF Courses Minnesota Pre K

The Importance of Kindness in Childcare Settings
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF – II.C Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Examine, in this web-based course, how caregivers support children in helping, cooperation, and positive interactions as we explore how helping roles for children help to create social successes that will last a lifetime.

Mindful Practices for Calmer Adults and Calmer Children
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Andy Johnsrud
KCF – VI Professionalism (Not Parent Aware) (2 hours)
Price: $30

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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.

Wondrous One’s – Exploring 1 Year Old Development
Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF – I Child Development and Learning (2 hours)
Price: $30

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In this web-based training, learn how the 1-year old develops. Learn social/emotional development as well as cognition, speech/language, motor skills, and the importance of building positive relationships with this stage.

November Trainings from Think Small Institute

Challenges in Play: Joining Others & Disrupting Play
Monday, Nov. 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Kristen Wheeler Highland
KCF – I Child Development and Learning (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Play is the way children learn. The very nature of play helps support development, academics and help children develop positive dispositions toward learning. Most adults assume that playing comes naturally to children, however, not all children know how to play, and not all children develop these skills in play experiences. Discover steps for effective problem solving of play challenges.

Calming the Storm: Supporting Children Through Challenging Behaviors
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF – II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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In this online course, examine several common behavioral challenges that children experience in early childhood, as well as factors that contribute to their development. Explore strategies to assist children in working through strong emotions and developing healthy responses to frustrations to give children the tools to succeed in learning and in life! 

Literacy- Creating a Print Prosperous Environment
Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:00am-11:00am | Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF – II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Discover what every young child needs to build a foundation in literacy. This course will break down the requirements of early literacy including, language, listening skills, and usual experiences with books. When children have these experiences they are much more likely to be successful in school. 

Instructor-Led Training Minnesota

Advocating for Young Children
Nov. 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Marie Huey
KCF – VI: Professionalism (2 hours)
Price: FREE

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Explore ways to educate others and advocate for relevant policies in order to improve conditions for children and early childhood educators. Learn about the legislative process in Minnesota and how you can participate in public policy change. Discuss strategies for staying informed and engaged over time to make a difference.  

Marketing and Business Planning: Strategies that Strengthen Relationships with Families and Children
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF – III: Relationships with Families (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Explore the ways marketing and business planning can establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families. Discover how creating open, cooperative, reciprocal relationships with each family builds an important relationship that will grow and strengthen your business. Enjoy a hands-on experience creating marketing tools and developing sound business planning ideas that communicate what children are learning in your program.

Early Childhood Screening in Minnesota
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF – IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Learn about early childhood screening in Minnesota. Examine what it is and how to explain it to other early educators and families. This virtual course is delivered on ZOOM online platform. It includes live large group participation with a presentation from the instructor, group discussion, individual reflection, and planning.

“Kinda Mean” – Preventing and Responding to Emerging Behaviors
Monday, Nov. 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Kristen Wheeler Highland
KCF – II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Between 3 and 5, children are experimenting with behaviors and are learning how to get along with each other. Our job is to provide an environment that fosters respect, kindness, cooperation and help them develop conflict resolution skills. Identify and explore concrete ways to prevent and respond to behaviors. Explore activities and resources to build children’s skills (feelings, empathy, kindness, respect, self-control and conflict resolution).

Actively supporting children in learning how to live together peacefully, will set them up for positive interactions later in life and provide them a wide range of skills that will support the prevention of future bullying.

Tips, techniques, activities and resources will be shared.

Family Conferences: Supporting Children Together
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF – III: Relationships with Families (2 hours)
Price: $30

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In this online course, explore the benefits of family conferences in early childhood care and education settings. Discuss practical tips and develop your confidence in leading effective meetings with families that involve parents in goal setting and decision-making for their child. Support children’s development and learning as you work together with families. 

Developing Relationships with Children, Families and Colleagues in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF – III: Relationships with Families (2 hours)
Price: $30

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During this challenging time of Covid-19, explore ways to develop relationships with children, families, and colleagues through positive communication, consistent routines, and engaging curriculum activities. This virtual course is delivered on ZOOM online platform. If includes live large group participation with presentation from the instructor and individual research, reflection, and planning.

Cultivating Optimistic Thinking in Young Children
Monday, Nov. 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF – II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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During this online Zoom course we will: identify the characteristics and benefits of developing optimistic thinkers, explore effective strategies for fostering optimism and build a list of activities and environmental changes that will support and strengthen optimistic learning in young children.

Recognizing Culture Authentically in Early Education Settings
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF – II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Recognizing the myriad of ways that children are diverse is an ethical obligation in our practice as educators. Our appreciation for diversity is reflected in our interactions, environment, and mindset. This course helps educators to integrate an authentic appreciation for diversity into their teaching practices and teaching mindset. Through application of the methods discussed, educators are able to connect with children and their families more effectively.

December Trainings from Think Small Institute

Once Upon a Time
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Stacy Boysen
KCF – II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Discover the magic of classic children’s stories as you journey through the land of folktales, fables and fairy tales. Develop children’s critical thinking skills by stretching their imaginations and problem-solving abilities through cherished characters and culturally significant tales.

Cultural Dynamics Series – Workshop 2 – Supporting Families with a Diversity and Equity Lens
Thursday, Dec. 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF – III: Relationships with Families (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Explore ways to develop relationships with families through positive communication, using a supportive cultural guidance model.

This virtual course is delivered on ZOOM online platform. If includes large group participation with presentation from the instructor and individual research, reflection, and planning.

Mathematical Play in Early Childhood
Saturday, Dec. 4, 9:00am-11:00am | Instructor: Kimberly Giertz
KCF – II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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During this online Zoom course, we will discuss the role of early math in early childhood and how it develops the ability to think critically and solve problems. We will also Explore strategies to increase opportunities for young children to develop these skills throughout their day through play.

Investigating What’s Missing: An Environmental Look At Achieving Healthy Emotional Development
Monday, Dec. 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF – II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Learn-in this web-based training, the requirements necessary to support young children in maintaining control over their environment. Learn the signs of arousal and how to use these tools to support a child in the reduction of emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges.

Building Baby’s Brain Power – Caregiving Strategies That Help All Infants Blossom
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Raelene Ostberg
KCF – I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Gain methods to help infants construct the brain pathways needed to thrive. Explore the amazing things infants are observing and learning about the world around them. Identify caregiving strategies that promote optimal growth and development through sensitive and responsive care.

Collect methods to foster trust with helpful routines that reduce upset and promote the infant’s ability to soothe and calm. Watch interesting videos and identify what adults can do to increase communication skills and engage infants in meaningful ways.

For this live 2-hour interactive webinar, you view the presenter on the webcam and a PowerPoint presentation. Participate in chats, polls, and a question/answer time as you apply the concepts to your environment.

Rethinking Roughhousing: Rough and Tumble and Big Body Play
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Kristen Wheeler Highland
KCF – II.D: Promoting Physical Development (2 hours)
Price: $30

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Roughhousing, rough and tumble play and big body play is often misunderstood. “Play – especially active physical play, like roughhousing – makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, lovable and likable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful.” (DeBenedet & Cohen)

Yet, out of fear for children’s safety, most adults either don’t allow or discourage rough and tumble or roughhousing play. Concerns about whether it is dangerous, is aggressive or causes aggression. Define what is meant by rough and tumble, roughhousing and big body play. Discuss fears and concerns. Rethink supporting rough and tumble, roughhousing, big body play within care settings. 

Instructor Led Training for December 2021

Advocating for Young Children
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Marie Huey
KCF – VI: Professionalism
Price: Free

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Identify types of advocacy and understand the importance of advocacy for the early learning field. Explore ways to educate others and advocate for relevant policies in order to improve conditions for children and educators. Build confidence to overcome barriers to advocacy. Discuss strategies for staying informed and engaged over time to make a difference. Offered online. 

The Why Behind The Words: Strengthening the Learning Environment
Monday, Dec. 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF – II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Explore words and strategies that establish supportive relationships with children and guide them as individuals and as a community of learners. Investigate current practices for classroom management and effective learning environments. Topics of respect and perspective taking will be discussed. Take a look at behaviors that trigger our own sense of control as educators and how can we adjust language or strategies we use, to help give children the power to change their own behaviors.

This course is an ONLINE COURSE that uses the Zoom platform.

ADHD: Supporting the Child
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm
| Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF – II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours)
Price: $30

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Examine ADHD in this web based course. Gain an understanding of the disability and exercise strategies that will turn challenges into successes for the child and the program.


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