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Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom

Hours: 3 classroom, 12 additional (15 total continuing education hours)
Format: Hybrid or In-person
Fee: $45

Description: In this three-part training series participants will earn 15 hours of continuing education. Our book selection, Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom focuses on the importance of access to unrestricted free play outdoors and the effects that it can have on a child’s psychological and physical health. Together we’ll continue the conversation about outdoor play and how relationships, experiences, the physical space and even the daily schedule (and lots of uninterrupted free time) can impact our everyday learning. It’s a fun book to read and even better when you can talk about it with other early childhood educators who are passionate about a child’s need to play outdoors!

Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy

Hours: 3 classroom, 12 additional (15 total continuing education hours)
Format: Hybrid or In-person
Fee: TBD

Description: In this three-part training series, our focus is on the importance of play and DAP in the classroom. Together we’ll talk about how developmentally appropriate practices in play build the foundation for learning success. Participants will: 1) Explore “The Seven Things” educators should do with young children every day. 2) Discover easy and fun ways to integrate “The Seven Things” into each day. 3) Learn how to link concepts to experiences young children understand. 4) Examine professional challenges you might face and how to work through them. Discussion will center on your current practices, building in additional supports, and planning for next steps.

Being Child Centered by Lisa Murphy

Hours: 3 classroom, 12 additional (15 total continuing education hours)
Format: Virtual or In-person
Fee: TBD

Description: This book focuses on the importance of DAP in the classroom, the role of play based learning and the role of the teacher and environment in a child’s experiences each day. Together we’ll continue the conversation about developmentally appropriate practice and how relationships, the physical space and even the daily schedule impact our everyday learning. This book allows participants the opportunity to explore and collaborate on an approach of whole child learning.

Big Questions for Young Minds by Janis Strasser and Lisa Mufson Bresson

Hours: 15 total continuing education hours (group and individual hours)
Format: Hybrid or In-person
Fee: $45

Description: This book selection focuses on high-level questions for young learners and how those questions can inspire higher level thinking which is inherently supportive of critical thinking. After the introduction the participants will explore the following 4 sections of the book: 1) Using Questions in Classroom Interest Areas. 2) Using Questions During Other Parts of the Daily Routine. 3) More learning Opportunities with Questions. 4) Resources to continue the learning process. With a higher understanding of how to ask questions, conversations in the early childhood setting can flourish.

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