STARS / Merit Training Inperson Classes

In-person classes
1. MERIT Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and what every early childhood teacher must do.
2. Basic Creative Puppetry. Teacher using puppets as teaching tools.
3. Science in early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 1
4. Technology Engineering and Mathematic in early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 2
5. Games and other summer outdoor activities for small children .
6. Promoting social-emotional competence. Friendship skills. NEW
7. Working with modern children

Merit Class Adverse Childhood Experiences. What every early childhood teacher needs to do.
Merit Class Adverse Childhood Experiences. What every early childhood teacher needs to do.

1. MERIT Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and what every early childhood teacher must do. Description of a training session
Training summarizes the newest and one of the largest investigations ever conducted, to assess association between early childhood maltreatment and its devastating effects on later-life health and well-being. It names ways childhood teachers can use to lessen effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and help young children develop resilience.
During this training, students will learn about:
• New brain science
• How early childhood experiences shape people’s lives
• What can be done to promote resilience

 

 

Basic Creative Puppetry. Teacher using puppets as teaching tools.
Basic Creative Puppetry. Teacher using puppets as teaching tools.

2. Basic Creative Puppetry. Teacher using puppets as teaching tools.
Description of a training session
Early childhood teachers need new tools which will hold children’s attention and make learning fun. Puppets make a difference! Learn how to incorporate teacher-operated puppets in your program and how to make simple puppets from recycling materials to encourage language skills and creativity.
During this training, students will examine how to:
• Make and operate a special “Buddy Puppet”
• Use puppets with a book or special story
• Make peek-a-boo boards
• Use puppets to teach academic concepts

 

Science in the early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 1
Science in the early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 1

3. Science in early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 1
Description of a training session
It is first part of classes explaining new trend to incorporate S.T.E.M. education in early childhood classroom. Students will learn about early S.T.E.M. education in general and about science learning in particular.
They will practice effective strategies that promote inquiry/discovery approaches to learning from infancy to preschool. Training will address intentional, careful planning of the environment, preparing focused learning experiences, extending children’s play, and creating an integrated science curriculum. Most importantly, training will also show how teaching science to very young children can be exciting and fun and not as difficult as everybody thought it to be.
During this training, students will learn about:
• S.T.E.M. education in early classroom
• How early science enhances brain development
• Learning science for infants and toddlers
• Wrong approaches to early childhood science
• Early childhood science areas
• Teacher’s role and how to get science materials for free
• Steps in science activities

 

Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the early childhood classroom
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the early childhood classroom

4. Technology Engineering and Mathematics in early childhood classroom. S.T.E.M. education Part 2
Description of a training session
It is second part of classes explaining new trend to incorporate S.T.E.M. education in early childhood classroom. Students will learn about early S.T.E.M. education in general and about mathematics, engineering and technology in particular. They will practice effective techniques to incorporate mathematics across whole emergent curriculum. Students will explore what is age appropriate engineering learning and discuss controversial issue about exposing children young children to technology.
During this training, students will learn about:
• What is S.T.E.M. education
• Creating math rich environment
• Expending math learning beyond counting
• Teaching engineering concepts
• High Scope position statement on children and technology

 

Games and other summer outdoor activities
Games and other summer outdoor activities

5. Games and other summer outdoor activities for small children .
Description of a training session
Daily outdoor time is a necessary component of every early childhood program. Unfortunately, it is common to see teachers who are active and creative indoors limit themselves to supervise safety and discipline conflicts outdoors. We can do better than that. During that, hands-on, interactive training, teachers will learn how to change the playground into extension of the classroom where children happily play in outdoor play areas. It can be as easy as bringing boxes and other free materials. Students will break into small groups to learn new, active, non-competitive games. Each group will play its game in front of a whole class and talk about how that game can be adapted to their specific classroom needs. Everybody will receive handouts with descriptions of all the games and additional resources.
During this training, students will learn about:
• Organizing outdoor interest centers
• Selecting free or low-cost material for outdoor play
• Planning outdoor activities for children
• Playing fun age-appropriate games outdoor

 

Promoting social and emotional competence
Promoting social and emotional competence

6. Promoting social-emotional competence. Friendship skills.
Class description
Childhood friends are important. But some children don’t have any. Disliked or ignored by other children, they grow up without anyone to play with, talk to, or just enjoy. Learn how help children be more socially accepted by teaching them friendship techniques. Change your classroom environment and include specific activities designed to encourage children to form friendships.
During this training, students will examine how to:
• Connect friendship skills to other areas of social-emotional development
• Teach children friendship techniques that will improve their friendship skills
• Set a stage for friendship
• Schedule specific activities that will help children form friendships

 

Working with modern children
Working with modern children

7. Working with modern children.
Class description
Modern children’s needs are changing each decade. There is pressure to learn more and perform better to keep up with rest of the world. How can family child care providers help day care children become happy successful adults? Our ten hour training will answer that question and more. We will discuss newest findings in brain research and show how your work can affect children twenty years after they leave your child care. We will talk about STEM curriculum and ACES research. We will talk about new guidance techniques designed especially for modern children. We will send you home with pocket full of ideas and activities that you can try right away.
During this training, students will learn about:
• Historical influences shaping life of past and present generation.
• How to make modern children smarter
• How you can help modern children to be happier
• Fun activities you can start doing tomorrow to change children’s future.

 

Training to come:
Understanding guidance. Power of transitions. Five hour training.
Using free materials to increase children’s creativity
High quality in early childhood program. What does it mean?

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