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December Trainings from Think Small Institute


How Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
Tuesday, December 6, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: N. Darling-Kuria
KCF I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Price: $24

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Gain an understanding of how the brain develops from birth to five years and explore the impact early experiences have on young children’s development. Explore how to create positive learning environments that promote healthy brain development and strategies for building positive, culturally responsive relationships. Discover what factors can threaten healthy brain development and what protective factors can support young children and their families.

The Power of Story Making in Early Childhood
Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: K. Giertz
KCF II.B Promoting Cognitive Development
CDA Content Area II:  Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
Price: $24

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Improve oral language skills by allowing children to use their creativity and materials to make, explore, and share stories. Develop goals for implementing story making and story sharing opportunities in early childhood settings.

Beyond The Binary: Understanding Gender Development And Identity
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: M. Huber
KCF I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
CDA Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Price: $24

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There has been rapid changes in our understanding of gender development as well as terminology used for gender identity. Even when we want to be supportive, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Learn the latest understanding in gender development. Learn a few basic changes you can make in your learning environment and in the way you talk to children so you can support all children.

Behavior Guidance with the Brain In Mind
Monday, December 19, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CST
Instructor: H. Riddle
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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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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