All in Educators

Do the boys in your class monopolize the block corner? Is clean up time a struggle or a teachable moment? Participants will learn about the developmental stages of building and how to set up a block corner. We will discuss techniques to integrate block building with other areas of the curriculum and provide strategies and games to make clean up a positive experience. This interactive workshop will focus on practical ways to turn your block corner into an exciting learning center that fosters independence, cognitive development, and cooperative play.

The dramatic play corner is far more than a "dress up" or "housekeeping" area. It is a learning environment where children test out different roles, explore relationships, experience being powerful and nurturing, learn to take the perspective of others, and share in creating and developing a story line. Come and learn how to incorporate children's play themes into powerful teaching tools. We will also explore using hollow blocks as an exciting vehicle for your dramatic play corner with fours and fives.

How do parents respond when a teacher expresses a concern about their child? Do they become defensive and withdraw or do parents and teachers work as a team keeping the child's development the highest priority? This workshop will explore the many delicate issues that make it difficult for teachers to convey sensitive information to concerned parents. Participants will learn the techniques that foster constructive communication.

"We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King 

Is your child bullied, a bystander, or... a bully? Learn the dynamics of bullying and how you can help your child become an assertive and empathic member of a caring community. Since bullies are created, not born, parents and teachers have an obligation to create an environment of safety and tolerance for their children. We will explore developmental dynamics, the differences between tattling and telling, normal healthy conflict, aggression, and bullying. 

Young children discover the world around them through their play. Why does a child dump his bucket of toys over and over? Why does she want to play with her food, rather than eat it? Why has he become so clingy? And why is "No" her favorite word? Come and learn about the young child's search for autonomy and independence. Respecting and understanding a toddler's unique stage of development allows adults to have appropriate expectations and makes teaching a "terrible two" a rewarding experience. 

The daily transitions of classroom life are often the most challenging times for children and teachers alike. Far too often this important piece of the learning environment is overlooked by educators and parents. Participants will learn how to make routines and transitions developmentally appropriate (for infants through five-year-olds) and provide a wealth of hands-on activities to make the day a success.

Is your child afraid of the dark or of lurking monsters? Do you use boxes of Band-Aids for reassurance? Why are some children more fearful than others? This workshop will address the common fears of young children from a developmental perspective. Parents and teachers will learn techniques to help children overcome their frightening feelings. 

Are you concerned about the amount of super hero play at home or in the classroom? Do the children re-enact play scenes from the media rather than use their imaginations? Why are powerful super heroes so appealing to young children? This workshop will explore the meaning of power both to children and adults; it will provide techniques to transform the child's desire for power into a constructive force at home and in the classroom. 

Having a classroom pet is valuable in many ways. Children learn early science concepts, practice nurturing behavior, and gain responsibility. But what do you do and how do you react when a classroom pet dies? Children commonly ask: "What is dead? Will it happen to me? Will it happen to you?" This workshop will help teachers understand what death means to young children and will provide them with techniques to remain emotionally available to comfortably discuss these difficult feelings. 

What are the three key ingredients of self-esteem? How do boys and girls differ in building healthy self-esteem? How can adults help or hinder the process? These are some of the questions that will be explored as we examine the factors that help determine whether a child becomes confidently secure and connected in the world or tentative and insecure. Positive self-esteem can help a child navigate social pressures and is one of the major antidotes to being bullied. 

Why does friendship come more easily to some children than to others?  Why is it so hard for some children to make, and keep, friends?  The meaning of friendship in the early childhood years grows in depth and complexity as the child develops. Let's explore what being a friend — and having a friend — means to young children. This workshop will provide suggestions for helping children to develop these important social skills.