This session is designed especially for Directors who are dealing with difficult problems as they work with teachers, staff, parents, and children. How can a Director inspire professionalism? How can you support teachers and staff who are dedicated and hardworking? How can you respond to parents concerns while helping them understand about child development? Discover how creative problem solving can help you with these and other issues that are important for your program. Gain insights into implementing a plan that will help you develop an approach for dealing with an issue. Develop a team that is dedicated to doing what is best for teachers and young children. Gain a new appreciation for your important role and collect ways you can positively influence your program.

Stories & Songs for Young Children

The first five years of a child’s life provide a “window of opportunity” for developing and expanding language. Investigate the essential elements of a language rich classroom that will encourage interactive conversations, expand vocabulary, support curious questions, and connect language to activity. What approaches will help children who have limited language experiences or few opportunities to discover the joy of books and stories? Find new ways to invite conversations, support discussion, and extend learning in meaningful language activities. Make language connections throughout the day, in play, and with powerful words.

Dr. Isbell Storytelling

When stories are told they make powerful connections to the listener. Early Childhood teachers are already storytellers who often recall their day and children’s experiences to others. Let’s use storytelling to extend children’s interest in language, books, literacy, and writing. Uncover how to select and share appropriate stories with young children as you become the teller. Experience how to invite participation of the young listeners as they connect to the teller and the story. Learn how stories told positively impact: vocabulary development, story understanding, moral lessons, and comprehension of the content. Children who have experience listening to stories told will become tellers, readers, and writers of stories too. Catch the bug and learn a story you can tell tomorrow to your children that will be remembered forever!!

Learning Center

When Learning Centers are effectively used they can provide opportunities for young children to explore, play, and have meaningful experiences that relate to their world. How can Learning Centers be designed to support children in making choices, collaborating on ideas, and moving into socio dramatic play? Discover ways to prepare the environment, make center selection, and promote positive social interactions. Investigate how Centers can assist children as they develop persistence, responsibility, and refine their language skills. This session will provide ways to transform traditional Centers, add new sparks with unique Centers, and use observations to enrich areas. Collect ideas for recording and extending the learning that is taking place in these focused small groups.

Music and Art

It is difficult to find ways to capture the interest and involvement of young children with a range of experiences and capabilities. But, the arts can provide many amazing opportunities to engaged children as they improvise, creative masterpieces, and follow their ideas. In art experiences young children are able to work at their level, investigate materials, and be successful in their projects. They can work independently, with a partner, or in a group. They have a time to can share their expertise or be mentored by a peer who has more information. As they talk, collaborate, and respect others ideas they build confidence in their own capabilities and build their relationships with other children. Collect new ideas, materials, and experiences that can be used with your young children in art, music, and movement.

Learning Centers

The brain is drawn to novel items and makes new connections during these stimulating explorations. Discover how open-ended materials, unique items, and unusual experiences, encourage children to think in creative ways as they experiment with the unlimited options. How can these interesting materials, experiences, and challenges be included in your early childhood classroom?   Discover how to extend these creative experiences while celebrating the amazing capabilities of young children. See visuals of children during the process as they try new combinations and experiment with problem solving. Learn more about the exciting capabilities of young children when their thinking is engaged in exciting opportunities.

Funny Kids

Every day funny things happen in early childhood classrooms. Should we laugh, cry, or ignore these humorous moments? Let’s learn from these events and investigate what they mean, what they are communicating, and what can be gained from the experience? How can our careful observations help us connect to the children and build relationships? Listen and see the hilarious things children and teachers say and do. Learn how to use these moments to build a positive atmosphere in your classroom as you laugh and learn together.

(This is a great session for a Luncheon or end of the day!)