Zero to Three Series
While many of our workshops discuss infant, toddler, and twos this series is designed specifically for the for the teachers of the youngest children and their learning environment. We will explore some of the topics from our curriculum and social emotional learning tailored to our youngest students.Workshops are two hours unless otherwise noted.
The Importance of Babbling: Fostering Language Development
Did you know that babbling is an important precursor to later language development? How can we support our youngest learners on this language journey? Workshop participants will learn the tools they need to foster and support language development in their learning environments. NC DCDEE Approved
It’s Not a Box: Supporting Imaginative Play
Are you looking for new and different ideas for supporting imaginative play? From choosing materials to creating provoking invitations, teachers can enhance the creativity coursing through their classrooms. This workshop will give a variety of ideas for keeping imagination alive in the classroom setting.
Exploring Loose Parts Through Provocations
What do the terms “loose parts” and open-ended materials really mean and what do they look like in an infant, toddler and two's classroom? Workshop participants examine what loose parts offer infants, toddlers, and two's and how teachers can present materials in order to offer authentic opportunities for children to discover. Let’s explore ways to provoke thought, conversation, and play using open-ended materials within this interactive workshop. NC DCDEE Approved
When a Child Bites: Prevention and Intervention
Biting is a developmentally appropriate behavior often seen in toddlers and two year olds. As a child matures, gains self-control, develops problem-solving skills, and is able to verbalize their needs, they typically outgrow this behavior. Participants will discuss the reasons why a child bites and learn strategies to help them move through this stage of development. NC DCDEE Approved
Building a Classroom Community: Routines, Collaboration, and Connection
The foundation of a classroom is built around routines and classroom connections. Children must feel safe and connected to their caregivers and know what to expect from their environment in order to explore and thrive. In this workshop teachers will explore the importance of building a classroom community with our youngest children. NC DCDEE Approved
Petite Investigations: Explorations with our Youngest Children
Can you do a long-term project with infants and toddlers? How do you determine what the children are interested in and truly reflect a child-driven investigation? In this workshop we will discuss how to plan and implement an emergent investigation with infants and toddlers. NC DCDEE Approved
Making Our Mark!
From birth to two years early mark making is not the same as writing. Before young children can control their fine motor skills, they need to develop the larger muscles in their body. Participants will explore early mark making, how to help children focus on the process and the experience, and learn how to support their youngest children’s physical development. NC DCDEE Approved
Discovering & Uncovering: Observation, Documentation and Planning
Observing young children with intentionality, curiosity, and wonder allows a teacher to gain deeper insights into each child’s interests and development. This practice makes visible the process of learning. Participants will learn how to observe, document learning, and create individualized learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and twos.
The Proactive Teacher: Beyond Managing Behaviors
Educators of our youngest learners can feel they spend their days reacting to behavior. Participants will explore ways to create a positive learning environment that allows the children to be themselves, take risks, and accept responsibility for their actions.
Little Bodies Big Feelings
We are not born knowing how to manage our emotions. Young children need our guidance when learning to navigate this often-wild ride. Learn the techniques and strategies needed to help infants, toddlers and two's move towards regulating their emotions.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Infants and Toddlers
What does it mean for your school to use developmentally appropriate practices with infants, toddlers, and two year olds? This workshop will help participants develop an understanding of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), learn how to create differentiated learning experiences, and illustrate how to scaffold children’s learning.