Big Ideas in Small Spaces (Centers)

Learning centers provide early childhood classrooms the perfect environment for children to actively plan, try, pretend, and make new discoveries. Effective centers help children develop through play, by themselves and with peers. The purpose and process of how to develop, build and manage a center are discussed.

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Classroom Management

Classroom management refers to skills teachers use daily to supervise and organize time, materials and activities, while keeping children safe. From the rules and routines to the activities, each component needs to be planned and followed through with children to ensure they are learning through play throughout the day.

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Classroom Planning and Management

Intentional teaching means carefully planning activities and experiences. Explore classroom organization and managing a classroom. Strategies to develop routines, encourage independence and enhance learning are discussed, as well as the importance of child assessment. Write purposeful lesson plans that come to life.

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Creating Special Spaces for Young Children

Young children deserve well-planned environments that meet their individual needs. Discover how to provide well-planned, safe and secure environments, designed to meet children's developmental needs and interests. Gain suggestions on how to create environments that support curriculum goals and early learning standards.

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Creative, Interactive Circle Time Routines

Circle time, or large group time, is when children come together to learn and have fun, solve problems, and be part of a community. This setting helps children begin to look at the world from the perspective of 'we' and 'ours'. Circle time experiences, transitions and strategies for keeping children engaged are introduced.

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Environments that Teach

Emphasizing an environment where children construct their knowledge, this course explores the importance of environments, setting up environments, and selecting appropriate materials. Ways to integrate the indoor and outdoor learning environments to infuse the natural world into the learning experience are discussed.

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Teaching with a Purpose (DAP)

Understanding the meaning and implication of developmentally appropriate practices in a classroom, as well as teacher/child interactions based on those practices is introduced. Effective characteristics of developmentally appropriate practices, the value of intentional teaching and strategies to use are also introduced.

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