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Fall 2016 - Winter 2017 Schedule of Events

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Introducing Mindfulness as a Way to Assist Young Children with Positive Social and Emotional Development  
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator:  Tracy Cheney,
Early Education Consultant

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

You've most likely heard about "mindfulness" but may have thought it was just the latest buzzword in the world of education.   Mindfulness is about paying attention to the here and now (also known as being "present”). Mindfulness reconnects children to their five senses, bringing them into a moment-by- moment awareness of themselves and their surroundings through breathing exercises, visualization activities, and learning how to focus on learning opportunities, such as Circle Time, Small Group Time/Learning Centers, as well as Large Group activities.  Research shows that mindfulness helps children be more attentive, less anxious, better able to handle their emotions and self-regulate. As children build and strengthen these skills, they become capable of exhibiting empathy, compassion, patience, and acquire better emotional and social skills.   

Target Age Group: Preschool/
Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for
Early Learning Professionals

7 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
“I Have a Hypothesis!” Strategies for Creating Intentional Teaching and Learning Opportunities Using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)  
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Facilitators: Melissa Russell,
The Hundred Acre School; and
Kori Bardige, Learning Circle Consulting

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Join us on a STEM Exploration as we transform ordinary environments into learning laboratories that nurture curiosity and encourage children to develop inquiry skills, create and test hypotheses, and learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through play. We will use interactive games, experiments, and group discussion to extend our knowledge of STEM and explore ways to help teachers and children enhance their knowledge and strengthen connections in all learning domains. We will share research that describes the benefits of STEM for helping children develop skills in all domains: especially language and literacy. We will use STEM lab activities to help us practice methods for encouraging children to use the Scientific Method. Participants will leave with strategies they can use to transform their environments, suggestions of activities that encourage children’s hypotheses, and opportunities to teach through play. Administrators will gain strategies for professional development opportunities that encourage the use of STEM for intentional teaching. The presenters will share techniques for encouraging children to be curious, to wonder, think, play, question, and connect with the world around them. We will describe our teaching philosophy based on the Scientific Method and how we used this to help transform the environment into a place where children spend their time investigating their own hypotheses and teachers support their experiments with scientific knowledge.

Target Age Group: Preschool/
Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for
Early Learning Professionals

17 Tickets $30.00 $0.00
Helping Your Early Learners be Their Very Best Selves: Strategies for Emotional Control and Impulsivity  
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitators: Betsy Alper and Meghan Cavanaugh, ADD Strategies and Solutions

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Do you have certain children who can’t seem to stay seated through circle time? Or some who struggle to transition between activities?  Positive social and emotional development is essential for learning.  Gaining the skills to support this development can be particularly difficult in a classroom setting for young children who are challenged by emotional control and impulsivity.  In this session, participants will learn tools to help children with underdeveloped self-regulation skills experience success in the classroom.  Participants will learn behavior management techniques that incorporate multi-sensory strategies based on strengths, structure, and routine, and will gain skills to ensure that early learners get every opportunity to be their very best selves. 

Target Age Group: Preschool/
Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

Sold Out $25.00 $0.00
Practicing Peace in the Early Classroom  
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Jessica MacLeod, URI Child Development Center

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Peace: an elusive and captivating idea! But can something so simple be understood and achieved in an early classroom setting? In this training, participants will learn about different methods for practicing peace with young children. Come share activities, projects, songs, and experiences through a combination of slides, active demonstration, and samples of work. Explore the mental health and social-emotional benefits of incorporating peaceful practices into curriculum planning and professional interactions. Participants will not only experiment with a framework for supporting peaceful problem solving and practice aligning peaceful classroom routines with RIELDS, but consider family engagement related to practicing peace, and reflect on methods for finding their own inner balance. The evening will tie together as individuals contemplate the children, families, colleagues, and communities they work with to leave with ideas for potential peace work they can incorporate daily in their own early childhood settings.

Target Age: Older Toddlers/ Preschool/
Pre-K/Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

6 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Emotional Intelligence:
Building a Strong Foundation  
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Cindy Horgan, Cape Cod Children’s Place

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Emotional Intelligence, the ability to understand and manage feelings and emotions, is the foundation for lifelong learning, and the driving force behind intellectual and social achievement.  Some say it is the strongest indicator of human success.  In this session, gain an understanding of what Emotional Intelligence is and how it impacts a child’s ability to be a learner and a friend.  Create a learning environment that promotes the development of an inner life of self-awareness in children and families.  Explore obstacles that might hinder that development, but discover ultimately how giving the gift of mindfulness to kids can awaken their ability to focus, to problem solve, show kindness, and exercise creativity, self-control, and resiliency.

Target Age Group: Preschool/
Pre-K/ Kindergarten/ Early Elementary

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

7 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Beyond Peek-a-Boo and Naming Objects: Purposefully Nurturing the Language of Babies and Toddlers  
Thursday, November 17, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator:  Laura Mason Zeisler, Explorations Unlimited, LLC

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

When we work with infants and toddlers we do a tremendous amount of diaper changing/toilet training, feeding, and soothing.  But when and how can we find time to nurture the language of these little ones?  In this session, participants will review, then use their knowledge of key elements of early language development to improve their own interactions with infants and toddlers, and to foster the maturation of receptive and expressive language.   We’ll discover practical ideas and online resources to use with children and to share with families.  Please bring a stuffed animal or doll to use in role play during this training.

 

Target Age: Infants/ Toddlers

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

6 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Exploring Nature through Senses, Seasons, and Songs: Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood  
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitators: Andrea Stein and Samantha Polon, RI Environmental Education Association/ Roger Williams Park Zoo

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

This training introduces hands-on lessons to engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages 3-6. Topics include exploring nature with the five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing their transformation through the seasons. Each topic integrates with art, literature, math, music, and movement. Participants will spend some time reflecting on the needs of their learners and how these Project Learning Tree experiences might be incorporated into their lessons and facilitated with their young learners.

 

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

3 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Teaching Children When You Don’t Speak Their Language/s: Useful Strategies for Classroom Practice and Concrete Ideas for Teacher-made Hands-on Materials  
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Facilitator: Laura Mason Zeisler, Explorations Unlimited, LLC

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

This highly interactive training provides teaching staff with practical ideas to support a dual language learner, so the child can explore, create, learn, and thrive! In particular, this includes the development of English language skills, especially when the teacher does not speak the child’s language. From some basic ideas for using photos and sign language to build understanding, to learning about the Planned Language Approach, tapping the family connection, and considering how to address common challenges, participants will have strategies to put directly into practice for the coming week and beyond. Participants will receive information about professional resources, including online ones (that are free!).

This is a 2.5-hour workshop directed toward teaching staff of toddlers through second graders.


 

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten/ Early Elementary

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

10 Tickets $30.00 $0.00
No Senseless Behavior  
Thursday, December 8, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Jeanine Fitzgerald,
The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Challenging behaviors are not just a reflection of some emotional or social disturbance in a child. They are a symptom of an unsolved problem, often related to unmet needs or a lack of skills and resources. Therefore, we must focus on what a child needs, instead of what an adult or system demands. It is time we move beyond tradition to see challenging behavior as an opportunity to teach alternative ways to get authentic needs met. This session helps us do just that.


 

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten/ Early Elementary

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

Sold Out $25.00 $0.00
The Power to Change: Understanding How Your Emotional State Affects the Classroom Environment  
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Lisa Furtado,
Child Care Consultants & Facilities Management

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

How does your emotional state affect the outcomes in your classroom?  Participants will reflect not only on the children’s actions, but on their own, to learn techniques to help eliminate less desirable behaviors.    A child’s experience is greatly influenced by his or her activity level, mood, temperament, persistence, distractibility, and adaptability… but so is the teacher’s!  Both work reciprocally!  Join the facilitator in discovering just who has the power to turn things around in a classroom.  Nine times out of ten, you might find that power is closer than you think!  All teachers can benefit from this training, but it is geared towards Toddler, Preschool, & School Age with a focus on children with special needs.


 

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten/ Early Elementary

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

12 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
The Preschool Classroom
Without Walls  
Thursday, December 15, 2016
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Tracy Martin-Turgeon, Children's Workshop

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

In this interactive preschool training, participants will engage in activities intended to guide them in how to move their classroom learning environments outdoors.  They will have opportunities to create and design spaces for an outdoor natural classroom which will include: fine motor, gross motor skills, and a focus on STEAM activities.  In this energetic learning environment, participants will learn how to incorporate strategic thinking and communication skills, and how to enhance cognitive skills with their students in outside centers and learning areas in unique ways.    When children spend more time outside, it improves intellectual, physical, academic, and social functioning.   So join us for a fun-filled evening with some inventive activities and fresh spaces for your center and students.  This is not a sit back and listen kind of session... get ready to gear up and have a lively, dynamic evening!

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

10 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Creating and Using Documentation Panels to Promote and Share Children’s Scientific Thinking  
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Cindy Hoisington, Education Development Center

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

In this workshop, participants will think and talk about the “what’s, why’s, and how's” of dynamic documentation panels. Documentation panels are visual displays of children’s exploration and thinking, originally inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia.  They tell a story about what children are doing, thinking about, and learning in classrooms, and they can be used for a multiplicity of purposes. In this training, participants will create their own documentation panels using artifacts from a classroom experience. The facilitator will provide the art supplies and other materials. If you would like to participate please bring observations, photos, and children’s drawings from ONE classroom science activity……Participants may create panels together if they prefer.


 

Target Age: Preschool/ Pre-K/ Kindergarten

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

8 Tickets $25.00 $0.00
Dancing with Porcupines: Solving Our People Puzzles  
Thursday, January 19, 2017
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Jeanine Fitzgerald, The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Have other people’s behaviors ever left you feeling annoyed or frustrated? Have you ever wondered why some people talk things out while others think things through? Or perhaps, you have experienced misunderstandings because of differences in communication styles?  If so, you are not alone. Many professionals have been there and with this information have found a way to become a collaborative team once they solved the “people puzzles” in their lives. This session applies an empowering model that leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of ourselves and others. This model can be used to reduce tension, minimize confrontation and conflict, restore relationships, enhance communication, and manage team dynamics.


 

Target Age: Appropriate for All

Approval Pending from the Center for Early Learning Professionals

Sold Out $25.00 $0.00
Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect: Your Role as an Early Childhood Educator  
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
(6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Kate Begin, Early Childhood Consultant

Children’s Friend:
Friendship Center, Conference Room,
350 Point Street,
Providence, RI 02903
(401.752.7600)

Research shows that strong early childhood programs can be enhanced to incorporate child abuse prevention strategies and can serve as an effective “early warning system” to immediately and effectively address risky situations – in addition to their traditional roles of promoting healthy child development.  This training session addresses the early childhood practitioner's role in building protective factors, facilitating an atmosphere of and for family support, and being an active participant in the “early warning system” for child maltreatment.  Mandated reporting policy and procedures are discussed.  This training meets the requirement for RI DCYF Child Care Licensing for child caring staff.


 

Target Age: Appropriate for All

Approved by the Center for Early Learning Professionals

9 Tickets $25.00 $0.00

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* "Always relevant and meaningful."

* "Children's Friend is a great place to have Professional Development.                      They always make you feel welcome."

 

* "The excitement is contagious!"

 

 

These are just a few things people are saying about the early childhood Community Trainings at Children's Friend.  This Fall and Winter, be a part of the wonder!  Join a team of veteran facilitators and engaged peers in exploring a sprawling range of relevant topics, from Mindfulness to Exploring Nature, Emotional Intelligence to Language Development, and many, many more. This year, make sure you can tell your friends, "I was there!  I was a part of that!"

 

Put your best foot forward and register now!

 

The Professional Development Team

Children's Friend

 

Note:  Trainings will either be marked "Approved" by the Center for Early Learning Professionals, or "Approval Pending."

Children's Friend is dedicated to having all trainings approved. "Pending" simply means "in process."


All trainings will be held at the Children's Friend Friendship Center in Providence.  

Space is limited, so sign up today.

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