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All I Really Need to Know (about Supporting Families) I Learned in Kindergarten - Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt

“Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you” can teach us a lot about how to support, involve and partner with families of young children with disabilities! Come spend two hours learning from and about families. You’ll walk away with new insights, new ideas, and new resources to share with families of children with disabilities in your program/classroom. In other words, join us to “learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some!”

Get Your Motor Running! Fun Physical Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Sharron Krull

Join in cooperative group games and use simple equipment to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity, refine motor skills, and improve coordination for all children. Learn how to make inexpensive materials and play props for inside and outside play. Discover how to integrate movement and physical activity across the curriculum while supporting literacy, math, science and children’s social and emotional development.

Giggles & Wiggles with a Bag of Tricks! Music, Movement & Transition Activities - Sharron Krull

Join in this hands-on, participatory workshop demonstrating a variety of techniques and strategies for presenting music, movement, rhythm instruments, songs, fingerplays, stories, puppets, and creative activities. Have fun, get inspired, and take home lots of new ideas to make your group time and transitions more enjoyable and active for all children.

Guidance with Boys - Dan Gartrell

It is no secret that as a group boys develop differently than girls. For reasons having to do with genetics and environmental factors, many teachers find some boys difficult to work with. The session explores why, beginning in preschool, boys as a group have less educational success than girls. The session provides concrete ideas for modifying the classroom environment, the daily schedule, teaching expectations, and conflict management strategies to help boys, as well as girls, succeed in the early childhood classroom. Explore and discuss these key ideas.

Keys to Quality Infant/Toddler Care - Alice Sterling Honig

Whether providers work in a center based facility or in family care setting, they need to know first and foremost the fundamental keys for quality infant/toddler care. The essence of quality care for infants and toddlers depends on the intimacy a caregiver develops in relationship with the baby. Professionals must work toward understanding and generously meeting the special developmental needs of infants and young toddlers.

Literacy is More Than Letters: Engaging Children in Reading & Writing - Sally Moomaw

Early literacy involves much more than naming letters. Preschool teachers can help children fall in love with books, and in the process focus on critical concepts such as the sounds embedded in words, sound-letter relationships, and the power of print to convey meaning. Teachers can also help children believe in themselves as capable writers. This presentation provides information on important concepts related to early reading and writing, and connects them with exciting activities that involve music, science, art, sensory experiences, and play.

Making Time for Books and Stories - Lisa Murphy

This is not another “things to do at circle time” workshop. Actually, we will question why we are doing circle time in the first place. Full disclosure: If circle time in your program means sit on your bottom; criss-cross applesauce; 1-2-3 eyes on me; and get back on the carpet - this is NOT the session for you! Lisa shares over 25 tried and true suggestions on how to create a meaningful gathering time using learning styles and by reinforcing the importance of authentic enthusiasm on the part of the teacher! Lisa will read a few books, sing some songs, recite some rhymes and will conclude by reading stories written both by and for children.

No Child Left Inside! Extending the Curriculum Outdoors - Sharron Krull

Ask a child what their favorite part of the school day is and they will most likely say OUTSIDE! Open the door and turn your learning environment inside out. Discover how to maximize outdoor activities by moving interest centers outdoors, opening up new possibilities for stimulating children’s creativity, self-discovery, and imagination. Share the wonders of nature and the environment with children even with limited outdoor spaces and resources.

On Eggs and Hens: Keeping Our Eyes on What Matters - Sharon Lynn Kagan

This title comes from an old German saying: "They fought over an egg while the hen flew away." The early childhood field has historically kept its eyes on the eggs or the programs for children (which is good and important) but the "hen" or what produces the eggs.... notably the governance and system focus...has gotten away from us. Join Dr. Kagan as she "calls for more focus on the hens!!" Stephanie Siddens, Director of the ODE, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness and Alicia Leatherman, Deputy Director, ODJFS, Office of Family Assistance/Division of Child Care will join Dr. Kagan to provide the state perspective of Ohio's governance and system focus.

Ooey Gooey® Squishy Plop! - Lisa Murphy

Sensory play for every day! In addition to being a dynamic presentation of Lisa Murphy's signature high energy workshop, this one-of-a-kind workshop will supply you with oodles and oodles of hands-on art, science and sensory play activity ideas as well as the "wolf words" that support their use your programs immediately. Watch her demonstrations to reinforce the importance of hands-on learning!

Play's the Thing: Using Humor & Play to Build Your Team - Holly Elissa Bruno

Work is not the opposite of play. Depression is “The work that we find most fulfilling is almost always a recreation and extension of youthful play” (Brown, p 64). As a child, did you play to explore and discover, to connect with others and make friends, to lighten your mood, or to make boring situations lively? Chances are you can do the same type of play at work! Imagine working in a creative, innovative and playful workplace. Introduce fun and lightheartedness to lift morale and restore enthusiasm. Learn how brain research supports this trend. Laughter is neurologically and spiritually "our best medicine". Look at how knowledge of our neurological systems can enhance our leadership.

The PLAY Project: Autism Early Intervention for Home and School - Mónica Quezada Lott

Explore a fun, innovative approach to engaging young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The PLAY Project is an intensive early autism intervention that uses developmentally appropriate, play-based techniques for helping young children (age 0-6) on the autism spectrum improve communication and social interaction. The PLAY Project Home Consulting model has been widely adopted, with agencies in 25 states and 8 countries, and is used in many Ohio Birth to Three programs. This presentation will provide practical strategies for engaging children with ASD in home and pre-school settings.

Socially Secure, Emotionally Strong: Strategies to Build Resilience in Young Children - Nefertiti Bruce

Setting children on a course for success in life starts with ensuring that they are socially secure and emotionally strong. Everyday activities can be used to teach social and emotional skills and the sooner we begin, the better chance we have of helping children develop resilience. Furthermore, teaching these skills does not have to be difficult--- but it MUST be intentional. Participants will leave this session understanding how everyday activities—when used in meaningful, intentional ways--- are powerful teaching tools!

NOTE: Due to contractual agreement, this webcast is not included in the webcast subscription option.

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Ohio's Race to the Top: Early Challenge Grant Forum

Join Stephanie Siddens, Director of the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness and Alicia Leatherman, Deputy Director, ODJFS, Office of Family Assistance/Division of Child Care to hear the about Ohio's Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grant goals, updates and plans for implementation.

Facilitators: Stephanie Siddens. Alicia Leatherman

Early Childhood Higher Education Summit

Ohio AEYC shares a common purpose with faculty from Ohio colleges and universities for preparing and supporting the early childhood workforce. The forum convened faculty from both 2 and 4 year institutions that offer early childhood degrees and provided opportunities to network, collaborate and advocate for best practices for early childhood professionals.