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August Trainings from Think Small Institute


Handle With Care: Overcoming Challenges With Families
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT

Instructor: S. Boysen
KCF III: Relationships with Families (2 Hours)
CDA Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families (2 Hours)
Price: $24

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Strengthen your confidence and find encouragement as we explore the variety of changing needs and unexpected challenges that child care providers face working with families each day. Learn how personality traits, learning styles, and past experiences impact the parent/provider relationship. Reflect on current practices and formulate clear boundaries to promote successful, trusting relationships with parents that positively impact children’s development and provider career satisfaction.

Play Inspired Assessment of Learning
Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Kim Woehl
KCF IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development
CDA Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior
Price: $24

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Explore in this live Zoom how sharing information with family members about their child’s learning informs them about their child’s learning without the use of worksheets and other non-developmentally appropriate activities in your early learning program. Real data best supports individual learning and ensures that we can support children in areas of interest and use what we discover to plan for the next steps.

Exploring Play Through the Developmental Lens
Wednesday, August 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: Dana Ellingson
KCF I: Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Content Area VIII: Principles of Child Development and Learning (2 Hours)
Price: $24

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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.

Understanding Toxic Stress
Monday, August 29, 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.

Promoción de la interculturalidad con niños que aprenden 2 idiomas (Promoting Interculturality with Children Who Learn 2 Languages)
Tuesday, August 30, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CDT
Instructor: J. Hernandez
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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Explore and implement effective intercultural strategies in preschool-age Spanish and English learners. Develop skills to help children learn two languages. 

Explorar e implementar estrategias interculturales efectivas en estudiantes de inglés y español en edad preescolar. Desarrollar habilidades para ayudar a los niños a aprender dos idiomas.


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