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Growing With Children & Director's Chair Combined Conference 2014

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Director's Chair Walk-In (ECDO Member)   more info Ended $85.00 $5.24
Director's Chair Walk - In (Non-Member) Ended $105.00 $6.24
GWC Walk-In (Child Start Member)   more info Ended $85.00 $5.24
GWC Walk In (Non-Member)   more info Ended $105.00 $6.24

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Growing With Children is a conference for family child care providers, child care center staff and elementary school teachers.  Director's Chair is a conference for child care center directors.  Both conferences are approved for up to 6 in-service hours.  It is a fun day filled with connecting with other professionals, learning and exhibitors!  Lunch is included in the registration price.  Registration begins at 7:00 am with the first session beginning at 8:00.  

Growing With Children 2014

Alphabetical List of Sessions with Descriptions


Be Healthy Be Choosy – Ron Mohl, Lakeshore Learning
Session 1

In this session, we will use activities to promote moderate to vigorous movement throughout the day. We will engage learners with real world experiences that involve various levels of effort. The importance of vocabulary and infusing movement in other content areas will also be explored.

Catchém While They’re Young – Joan Purkey, Newman University
Session 2

Motivation is key to success, and we as teachers of young children need to motivate them to be lifelong learners. Participants will receive a packet of activities in reading that will fit a kaleidoscope of personalities each with a different level of energy. Every activity will have a different focus and experience for children with different dispositions and learning capabilities - "each one a different challenge."

Creative Classrooms: Creating the Magical Child Care Site – Marilyn Graham, Smart Start Reno/Rice County
Session 2

Gain skills necessary to have a child care site offering creativity and innovations for childhood learning. The importance of developing a creative childcare environment will bring out the best in children and yourself.   You will be provided with methods that can instantly make your site an engaging place of creativity and awe. Implementing research based best-practices through age-appropriate methods you can "hook children for a lifetime of learning" in a positive, productive environment that is truly magical.

Developmentally Appropriate Art – Kalin Koehn, KCCTO
Session 1

Get creative! Learn a variety of art forms and ways to support children's creativity. This session includes hands-on activities with the use of a variety of mediums and their relation to fine motor development of the children in your care!

 Doc Gizmo’s Science Theatre: Making Science Come Alive – Phil Arnold, Doc Gizmo
Session 1

Doc Gizmo presents Science Assemblies to students of all ages. Programs are designed to provide excitement and education. Discrepant Event Demonstrations make students wonder how and why the world around them works as it does. A wide variety of Physics, Chemistry and Natural Science demos bring the level of interest to an exciting climax. DOC GIZMO WOULD LIKE PARTICIPANTS TO BRING 1: 2-LITER BOTTLE, 1: 1-LITER BOTTLE, 1: ALUMINUM POP CAN.

 Fun With Food – Early Literacy & Nutrition Activities – Carianne Short, ESSDACK
Session 2

This workshop is designed to expand your comfort level and help you discover new ideas of how to connect nutrition and literacy with the children in your care.

 “Green and Growing”Developing Language and Pre-Literacy Skills for Preschool Children – Jeanine Phillips, Fundamental Learning
Session 1

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 Hands on Science – Traci Kalhoff, Exploration Place
Session 3

This session will offer activities and information for hands-on science activities that are easy to conduct with young children and that are easy on the budget. Participants will become familiar with simple, everyday items that can be used to spark the interest of young children as they learn basic scientific principals.

 Infant Massage to Promote Bonding & Attachment – Margot Breckbill
Session 3

The power of touch can have many benefits for both the infant and the caregiver. Good touch stimulates healthy physical development and promotes healthy brain development. When a parent or caregiver learns these skills, it can empower them to feel more competent in interpreting the needs of the infant.

 Opening the World of possibilities: Reading and Writing with Digital Media – Sheila Shaw, KPTS Channel 8

Session 1

Wondering how to incorporate media into your daily interactions with children? Media has the potential to overcome barriers so all children, regardless of circumstances, can explore the world around them and develop a love of learning! This session is designed for child care center teachers and family care providers to better utilize digital media - primarily television and online resources available from PBS - in assisting young children with the tools needed as they develop literary and reading skills.


Precious Cargo: Getting Children There and Back Safely – Tammie Henson, Safe Kids McPherson County
Session 3

This session will be an overview on child passenger restraint systems, with a look at state laws on transporting children. We will also discuss what to do if you are involved in a car crash. You will practice hands-on car seating positioning. During this class you will have an opportunity to set up an appointment for customized car seat plans on a one on one basis.


Science for Young Children – Carrie Tiemeyer, The Bug Lady
Session 2

Teachers will get hands-on learning science for use in their classrooms. All activities are age appropriate and done with household items. They will learn how to make science fun and engaging for their students. Several science resources will be provided so teachers can build on curriculum learned.

 The Bug Lady: Educating Children Through Animals and Insects – Carrie Tiemeyer, The Bug Lady
Session 1

Come share an amazing time with "The Bug Lady." She has animals ranging from "Charlotte" the tarantula to "Tucker" the Amazon Parrot. The Bug Lady shares the benefits of having animals, insects, and nature. Come and watch feeding demos with different kinds of lizards. Learn about habitats, diets, and the easiest and least expensive ways to maintain animals in your classroom. Many animals & insects can be handled. It's a fun time for all - especially for the animals...they love the attention!

 "The Many 'C's' in Creating Partnerships for Children" – Amy Lawson
Session 2

It's all about working together for our children… learn about the critical skills in developing partnerships with parents, surveyors, and the community including collaboration, crucial conversations, customer service, conflict resolution, cooperation, and community building.

The Outdoor Classroom – Neva Thiessen, Botanica
Session 3

Participants will engage in interactive activities using natural materials that are age appropriate and available in city parks and other outside areas. This will include classification, description, and creative expression. Included in the training are ways to engage families in outside activities that explore their natural environment in area neighborhoods.

 Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health – Heather Barnett, Child Behavior Specialists
Session 3

Upon the completion of this professional development event participants will have a better understanding of early brain development, become familiar with different temperament styles that may present in early childhood behavior. Discussions will focus on external factors that contribute to healthy children and what impact negative factors have on healthy development.


"What I Learned on My Worst Day" – Amy Lawson – Texas DFPS
Session 3

It only takes a moment for things to go terribly wrong, especially when something is out of the normal, daily routine.  Learn how everyday miscommunications, distractions, disruptions, and caregiver complacency create risk to children.  Learn about risk assessment in child care to keep children safe.

What is SPD and How Do I Know if a Child Has It? – Kris Dickinson, The TheraPlay Spot
Session 2

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs in 1 out of 20 children, where they have significant difficulties in one or more of the 7 senses (the 5 main ones plus 2 significant others). Children may be labeled by teachers as quirky, picky, clumsy, or rough-n-tumble. With help, children and their caregivers can learn to manage SPD symptoms.

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