The Role of Culture Explore how cultural beliefs, values, and practices influence behavior and impact communication. Learn to build cultural awareness and comfort for children, families, and teachers, and help move toward cultural competence in the classroom. Children and Fantasy Play Examine the value of pretend play and address common concerns such as gender stereotyping and consumerism. Play at the Center of the Curriculum OR The Importance of Play Looks at the “work” of children and why it is so important in their overall development, including cognitive and socio-emotional development. Dual-Language Learners Examine the research on raising and teaching bilingual children, and test the validity of popularly-held beliefs related to dual language learning. Second-language Acquisition in Young Children Review research on bilingualism and language delay, language confusion, and intelligence. Understand why use of the home language is helpful to second language acquisition. Allowing Childhood Learn how to resist the temptation to speed up children's development, and allow them the time and space needed to grow up happy and confident. Emotional Intelligence Explore the importance of emotional development, and learn how to help children recognize feelings, control impulses, and express emotions appropriately and productively. Ages and Stages Review the basics of the social, emotional, and cognitive development of a specific age group. Positive Discipline Proactive ways to encourage and teach children to be cooperative while enhancing the development of self-esteem. Setting Limits OR Limit Setting Fine-tune the skill of setting clear, appropriate limits that work for you and children. What parents and teachers can do to teach children boundaries around any topic important in their lives, from abiding by a bedtime routine to use of a cell phone, for example. Children with Special Needs Learn basic guidelines for helping children with special needs to develop and thrive. When Children Are Mean Learn to help children with peer issues, whether they are the victim, the bystander, or the perpetrator - since they may be all of these at different times. Temperament Children display unique personalities, styles, and preferences as they interact with the world. Learn to recognize and appreciate each child's temperament - as well as your own. Children's Friendships Review the basics of social development, including expectations for specific ages/stages. Explore the importance of play, and learn tips for helping children resolve conflicts. Promoting Children’s Mental Health Review the early signs and common symptoms of mental health concerns involving children, and learn strategies for promoting wellness. Understanding Motivation and Behavior Make interactions with children more effective through greater understanding of the reasons for various behaviors. Children and Biting Learn why young children bite, along with the most effective ways of responding - in order to help those who are biting and those being bitten. Rocky Road of Adolescence Review the basics of this developmental stage and learn strategies for “letting go” while still “holding on” to those important connections that all teens need. Nurturing Self-Esteem Support a child's sense of self as a worthwhile, capable, unique individual. What parents and teachers can do to foster the emotional well-being of children in their care, with self-esteem a major focus. Promoting Resiliency Change is a part of life. Help children become better equipped to cope with different types of change, both minor and major. Helping Children Learn from Failure: Building Confidence and Courage Explore the role of failure in the development of positive self-esteem, decision-making, and discipline. Discuss the obstacles and guiding principles involved in freeing children to fail and rebounding from failure. Who’s In Charge Here, Anyway? Review the basic principles of successful behavior management, and learn how parents and teachers can communicate and cooperate as they help children thrive. Children and Aggression Explore young children's aggressive play and behavior, and learn how to respond appropriately and effectively. Responsible Children Responsibility is a key to success. Learn how to create an atmosphere where children want to be responsible. Discipline from the Child's Point of View Incorporate sensitivity to "the one being disciplined" into relationships with children. Communication and Cooperation The ability of adults and children to relate to each other is enhanced by a mutual understanding of needs and feelings. Discuss strategies that can promote communication and cooperation. Let's Calm Down Stress is everywhere these days. Help children and adults relax by learning some simple techniques that can be used in a variety of settings. Rush Hour Certain times of day are especially stressful. Understand what contributes to this stress, and learn strategies to make life more peaceful and pleasant. School-Home Communication Explore ways in which professionals and parents can work together as partners to ensure the success of any program for young children. Helping Children with Social Challenge Examine common problems involving group inclusion and exclusion. Learn how to help children help themselves, plus when and how to intervene. The Learning Environment Create an environment at school and/or home that invites children to observe, be active, make choices, and experiment. Literacy What parents and teachers can do to develop literacy skills in young children Readiness: Ready for What? The word "readiness" is often used in early childhood education. How does it apply to a three, four, or five-year-old? Transitions OR Negotiating Transitions Develop a better understanding of those issues which can prove stressful for children, and learn strategies to facilitate smooth transitions throughout their day. Transition to Kindergarten What does this transition involve by today's standards, and how can we best prepare children for this experience? Young Children and the Media Learn how to set responsible guidelines for children at home and at school. Moving Toward a Better Balance Examine various life areas such as work, family and self. Gain an awareness of priorities and learn strategies for improvement.
Additional Topics - Especially for Parents
Becoming a Confident Parent Helping Children Understand Their Own Feelings and Those of Others Helping Children Cope with Stress What to Feed the Family Sleep Issues Toilet-Teaching Tips Sibling Relationships Choosing a Preschool Parenting as a Team Help with Homework The Elementary School Years Social and Emotional Development in School-Aged Children The Middle School Years The High School Years
Additional Topics - Especially for Educators
Using Tools of the Mind Curriculum in your Classroom Using the Pyramid Model in your Classroom Dealing with Preschoolers’ Frustration Helping Children Cope with Stress Helping Professionals Cope with Stress Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development Helping Children Understand Their Own Feelings and Those of Others Teaching with Intention Recognizing Depression in Children