3 years & up. As a supplement to the Language and Literacy Skills Resource Kit (item #63058), these Spanish materials will support inclusion of the Spanish speakers in the classroom. Includes: Magnetic Spanish Learning Letters and Spanish Alphabet and Picture Word Cards.
Finally! A session for the love of math. In this session, we discuss why is it important to help young children develop greater competence and confidence in mathematics and, yes, even a love of mathematical thinking. We illustrate how meaningful mathematics are integrated across domains and throughout Connect4Learning?s daily activities, including centers, small groups, and read-aloud. We emphasize the importance of discussing specific definitions of shapes and of giving children opportunities to… More »
How can we ensure that all children are engaged throughout the preschool day?neither frustrated because work is too hard nor bored because work is too easy? In this follow-up to the Adaptations I session, we introduce two case studies to use as we practice individualizing instruction for particular children. We brainstorm together to identify opportunities throughout the day for providing individualized instruction, as aligned with DEC recommended practices. We learn how to use data to make instructional… More »
A child?s first and most important teachers are their family. Positive partnerships with families provide opportunities for more effective communication and support of classroom activities. Engaged families are more willing to participate in projects and volunteer to help prepare materials and work with small groups. Every child has potential tutors in their family. How do we identify each family?s strengths? In this session, we discuss Connect4Learning school-to-home letters and academically related… More »
Connect4Learning emphasizes connections among children's learning and the content domains through units and lessons that are often centered around science concepts. In every unit, Connect4Learning emphasizes inquiry and exploration through hands-on, collaborative science-learning experiences. This session highlights the role of the early childhood educator, who acts as both guide and facilitator in planning, implementing, and assessing science learning. We explore ways to encourage children to think… More »
Universal design is the idea that, when we create environments to meet the needs of a few, many people benefit. For example, curb cuts on sidewalks were created for those in wheelchairs but are used by people with strollers, on bikes?everyone, really. The same can be true for your classroom. In this session, we provide strategies to create a classroom environment that supports the goals children are working toward and systems that support individual needs. We present strategies for implementing… More »
In this session, participants deepen their knowledge of teaching the key components of literacy throughout the Connect4Learning lessons. Using the lessons in the unit guides, participants practice seven key aspects of literacy development and strengthen their teaching skills. We explore building literacy into every area of the classroom and throughout the daily routine. Participants discover how literacy is woven throughout all aspects of the Connect4Learning curriculum. We look at Connect4Learning… More »
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET What are formative and summative assessments in Connect4Learning? How can we use them to benefit teachers and each child? In this session, we explore the variety of summative and formative assessments that early childhood educators can use in authentic contexts throughout the day. This session supports classroom teachers in their understanding and use of both assessment and observational data to shape children?s learning and nurture development. It empowers teachers to understand… More »
This online course offers a brief overview of the principles, concepts, and foundations of infant/toddler development. Participants will explore how they, as caregivers, can enhance sensory development and provide modifications for infants, toddlers, and twos who need additional supports. Potential issues of sensory integration issues are also explored. Course content is based on Kaplan Early Learning Company?s curriculum Learn Every Day®: The Program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, and aligned… More »
This session explores the social and behavioral classroom expectations of Connect4Learning that support children?s emotional development. We discuss how the expectations work in the classroom and how they translate to other in-school settings, such as the playground, hallways, and gym, as well as out-of-school settings such as the park, home, and virtual learning. The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence provides guidance for educators on the use of research-based instructional… More »
In this session, participants delve into teaching literacy with the Connect4Learning curriculum. We explore strategies for teaching interactive and scaffolded writing to differentiate instruction. We co-create ways to embed literacy throughout the classroom and discover ways to engage children in all areas of literacy development. We learn more about enhancing our read-alouds with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary. We cover the research for effective instruction in letter-sound knowledge,… More »
This session provides ideas and recommendations for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy with Connect4Learning. We focus on eight main points to support a culturally responsive approach to teaching and learning in the classroom. We reflect on personal cultural experiences and practice identifying bias. We learn how schools can develop a cultural-responsiveness committee and systems of support for students and families. We explore social and emotional learning through a cultural-responsiveness… More »
In this session, we discuss how to use the Connect4Learning interdisciplinary curriculum to support preschoolers who are dual-language learners (multilingual learners). We offer a special emphasis on the early biliteracy development of dual-language learners. This session highlights how to establish developmentally and culturally sustaining early childhood environments, and we explore ways to connect and work with families.
In this online course, participants will explore the key areas that underpin best practices in early care and education, including: brain development, social and emotional development, the learning environment, language and literacy development, and math and science concepts. Through interactive, online experiences participants will learn foundational principles and methods to build resilient children and support the development of critical thinking skills. Course content is based on Kaplan Early… More »
Watching the development of language in young children is truly inspiring. From day one, an infant begins trying to figure out the code that sets humans apart from other creatures. Learning to talk is one of the marvels of human development. This online course focuses on the developmental sequence of expressive language, understanding the child's form of communication, and provides strategies for families and teachers to support language development. Course content is based on Kaplan Early Learning… More »
In this instructor-led session, we introduce you to this truly interdisciplinary curriculum created specifically for pre-K by leading early childhood researchers. We share the story of why Connect4Learning was created and unpack the curriculum, so participants will know what is included and how to use the materials throughout the year. We share an overview of this interdisciplinary approach and each of the domains it addresses and introduce scheduling, including the virtual day and/or face-to-face… More »