First Five and You Series Archives


If you missed a past series, you can catch up right now! Here are our past First Five and You series



Nose in a Book: How Develop the Reading Habit

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We’ve all heard that reading to children is important but how important is it, really? What can you do if a child doesn’t like to be read to, won’t sit still for reading, or if there’s just not time for reading each day? What can you do to put reading front-and-center in children’s everyday lives? Get the answers you’re looking for and fresh ideas you can try today in this enlightening workshop. This workshop is part of First Five and You Books!

2 professional development hours - $23 


Books, Babies, and Big Kids: Tips for Selecting Great Read-alouds

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If you read only one book to your children each day, how do you pick that book? Let’s look at the sorts of books you might read, how to tell what makes a book worthy of being read, and how to make intentional choices instead of letting read-alouds happen just by chance. This workshop will help you see your read-aloud options in a whole new way.

2 professional development hours - $23 


Secrets of Read-aloud Masters

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No doubt about it: keeping even one preschooler engaged in a book from start to finish can be a challenge. It takes more from a grownup than just reading what’s written on the page to keep children interested, to keep them thinking, and to help them really understand and enjoy a book. In this workshop, we’ll consider the tricks the very best readers use and see the difference that skillful reading can make in children’s enjoyment of listening and in your enjoyment too.

2 professional development hours - $23


How to Read Everything!

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In this lively workshop, we’ll rethink the phrase “environmental print” and come away with a long list of ideas for adding reading to ordinary activities, for finding print in unlikely places, and for using diagrams and maps to symbolize thoughts. Children often miss the fact that what’s written represents ideas and conveys important information.  Help them make this connection by putting their own words into action and their own thoughts on paper.

2 professional development hours - $23 


How to Write Children’s Books

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What does it take to write and publish a book for children? Find out how to get started, how to get your work into print, and how to ensure your book succeeds in the marketplace. In just one hour, although we can’t cover it all, you’ll learn enough to get started on fulfilling your dream of becoming a children’s author. How hard could this be? Let see!

2 professional development hours - $23




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In order to build brains, we have to understand brains. In this session, you'll learn about brain architecture, brain functions, brain cell workings, and how brains do what brains do. At the end of this workshop, you'll be able to explain brain processes and you'll be ready to find out more about how brains change as children grow. Know what brains are all about. Start here!

2 professional development hours - $23



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What's going on even before a child is born to get his or her brain up and running? A lot! In this session, you'll learn about early brain structures, prenatal neural wiring, prenatal brain abilities, the influence of prenatal exposure to toxins and disease, and brains and the birth process. If you work with infants and toddlers, if you're concerned about children who may have experienced prenatal problems that affect the brain, or if you're just curious about how brains get their start, this is the perfect workshop for you!

2 professional development hours - $23

 

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You've heard that the years from birth to age 5 are important for brain development and it's true. But why? What's going on in there in the preschool years? In this session, you'll find out why what children do all day matters to the brain, critical periods and what to do about them, the development of sensory and memory processes, and what's left to develop after children turn six. Find out what you can do in the early years to enhance brain development and what you should definitely avoid doing if top brain development is your goal. 

2 professional development hours - $23



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What's needed to keep a brain healthy and growing? Here you'll find out about the importance of good nutrition, including fats, plenty of sleep, including how to tell if children are getting enough, outdoor time, including experiences with nature, and social time, including conversation with grownups Once you are expert in what brains need - and what they don't need! - you'll be ready to give the growing brains around you all the nurturing they require.

2 professional development hours - $23



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Brains can get harmed or hurt. Find out how, how to prevent brain insults, and how to fix the ones that happen. In this workshop, we'll talk about Concussions and other brain injuries, Stress and brains, The brain effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Shaken baby syndrome, Disease and brains, Sensory input issues, Early intervention: how and when. This is scary stuff and everyone who spends time with small children needs to know it. Join me in this workshop and be informed and reassured. 

2 professional development hours - $23




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How did STEM get rolling and how did it get to the preschool? What important ideas does STEM represent and what gets left out? Why is STEM suddenly so popular and is it just a fad? You've got questions and we've got answers.  Find out all about STEM, in this quick one-hour overview.
1 professional development hour - $15



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What is science, really? Here’s a hint: it’s not what you’ll find in many curriculum guides. We’ll play with scientific notions and have a lot of fun as we consider how to support children’s natural tendency to ask questions and prod and poke around. Come away with specific strategies for supporting scientific thinking without needing to know a lot of science yourself.

2 professional development hours - $24



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Research shows that even babies know numbers, so why does math seem so hard? Find out how to use ordinary, everyday interactions to develop children’s skill with numbers, arithmetic, and math concepts. Don’t like math yourself? No problem! Discover the natural mathematician inside your head!

2 professional development hours - $24



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Engineering is the process of finding a problem in the physical world and then finding a solution using tools and materials. Can  we support that sort of thing in the early childhood classroom… or is it something that’s already happening there? In this session, we’ll discuss how engineering builds habits of mind, develops children’s problem-solving abilities, and promotes a can-do spirit ... and how your children can "do" engineering even at a young age.

2 professional development hours - $24



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Technology includes machines and tools of all sorts. Computers and other digital devices are important but also typewriters, looms, and kitchen gadgets. In this session, we’ll consider the fascination machinery holds for children and how this interest can be supported without spending huge sums on equipment.

2 professional development hours - $24



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Teaching STEM might seem to require a lot of knowledge of science and math to get all the information “right.” But aiming for right answers is not the way to go. In this session, we’ll discover the key attitudes and actions you need to be a successful and happy teacher of STEM. We’ll find out that you may be ready right now to become a terrific STEM teacher. You only need the confidence you’ll get right here.

2 professional development hours - $24




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Just how safe are children in preschool and child care, and how likely is it that a child in your own classroom or facility will be seriously injured? In this workshop, we’ll look through the statistics and the research to discover the frequency of accidents in group care. We'll find out what you can do to keep children safer once you know where the danger lies.

2 professional development hours - $24



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It’s hard enough to prepare nutritious meals and snacks for children, but even more difficult to get children to eat them. Add to that cultural and regional preferences, seasonal ingredients, cooking methods, and children’s pickiness, and the strain to create good food for kids becomes clear. In this workshop, we’ll look at current thinking about children’s meals and consider some strategies to encourage healthy eating.
2 professional development hours - $24



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If you remember when brain science revolutionized early childhood, get ready for news about children’s gut bacteria. 
In this workshop, we’ll look at the action of “good” microbes in protecting children’s health, and in preventing diseases like obesity and asthma.  You won’t believe what you learn – this is cutting edge stuff!  - and we’ll find out how your everyday actions can support or stifle the effect of children’s friendly germs.

2 professional development hours - $24



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An overtired child is not the same as the well-rested child but determining children’s needs for downtime during the day is not so simple as it seems. In this workshop we’ll consider everything from seasonal light levels to naptime to the influence of food and activity on children’s rest. We'll make sense of the circadian cycles that rule our days… and make your days go well.

2 professional development hours - $24



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Actions speak louder than words and when love and care are what you want to communicate, it’s what you do more than what you say that matters. 

In this session, you’ll find out how non-verbal communication, body cues, and tone and speed of voice make it easier – or more difficult - for children to feel happy and safe in your care. 

Learn simple tricks to win over your most challenging child.

2 professional development hours - $24


Why Nature Matters

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If you ran a preschool on Mars, you and the children would likely stay in your climate-controlled space pod 24 hours a day. But even though you’re not on Mars, the child care environment you and your kids enjoy each day might as well be, if it’s like many child care facilities across the country. Does it matter if your playground is so safe and sterile that nothing living thrives there? Find out how Nature affects your attitudes, your health, and your happiness and the health and happiness of the children you serve.

2 professional development hours - $24