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July Courses


Cooking And Gardening With Children: Strategies To Build Healthy Relationships With Food
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF: II.A Creating Positive Learning Experiences
Price: $30

Explore ways to create excitement in children with relation to gardening and healthy foods in their educational environment. Identify how cooking with children offers exciting moments that use open-ended materials which support children’s curiosity, creativity, discovery, decision-making, confidence, problem-solving, science, math, language, social, and physical skills. Enjoy moments of tangible idea implementation including mealtime rituals, gardening, and cooking with any age group. Participants may choose to follow the cooking instruction through the live Zoom video but are not required.  

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August Courses

Outdoor Play: Creating Engaging Environments
Monday, August 2, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Kimberly Giles Giertz
KCF: II.B Promoting Cognitive Development
Price: $30

Develop a deeper understanding of the importance of outdoor environments in young children’s development during this online course. Explore activities and materials needed to implement more engaging outdoor play experiences for young children. Design an outdoor plan for your early childhood space.

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The Why Behind the Words: Strengthening the Learning Environment (ONLINE)
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF: II.C Promoting Social & Emotional Development
Price: $30

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.

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Imaginative Play in Early Childhood
Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Instructor: Kimberly Giles Giertz
KCF: II.B Promoting Cognitive Development
Price: $30

During this online course participants will discuss the role of imaginative play in early childhood and how it promotes children’s executive function. We will also explore strategies to encourage more imaginative play throughout a child’s day through play.

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Dual Language Learners in Early Education Settings
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF: I Child Development & Learning
Price: $30

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 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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Exploring Play Through The Developmental Lens (ONLINE)
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF:I Child Development & Learning
Price: $30

Investigate how children’s stage of play enhances and change their forms of play. Practice skills in identifying what the child is learning and how you can enhance that learning to meet developmental domains. Understand and focus on the individual child’s needs in connection to their development stage through adjusting their play environment, activities, and language engagement. This course is an ONLINE COURSE that uses the Zoom platform.

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Online: Recognizing Culture Authentically in Early Education Settings
Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF: II.A Creating Positive Learning Experiences
Price: $30

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.

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Cultural Dynamics Series- Workshop 2: Supporting Families with a Diversity and Equity Lens
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 6:30pm-8:30pm CST | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF: III Relationships with Families
Price: $30

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.

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Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?
Monday, August 30, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Angele Passe
KCF: II.A Creating Positive Learning Experiences
Price: $30

Analyze the concept of school readiness. Explore the importance of language and literacy in the readiness for kindergarten. Plan for how to prepare children and families for kindergarten. Presenter Angele Sancho Passe, is the author of the book for the course, Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? (Redleaf Press, 2010).

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Online: Effective Educators: Behavior Guidance with the Brain in Mind
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Hannah Riddle de Rojas
KCF: II.C Promoting Social & Emotional Development
Price: $30

Integrate a new mindset about behavior guidance in your practice as an educator. Recent research guides us in developing better behavior guidance strategies for working with young children, this includes observing children’s development and understanding what behaviors are appropriate. Participants learn about how behavior is wired in the brain and leave with a refreshed understanding of, and a variety of strategies for, appropriate guidance for young children.

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Early Childhood Trauma: Understanding and Developing Strategies to Support Children and Families
Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST | Instructor: Tiffany Grant
KCF: II.C Promoting Social & Emotional Development
Price: $30

Define childhood trauma from birth to 6 and the behaviors children can display in the classroom environment. Discover strategies and how to interact with children to support their social-emotional development. Examine how to support the families you serve by providing resources that help families learn how to support their child facing trauma. This Training will be offered online as a web-based training through a Zoom platform.

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