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2014 Carousel Conference - Grays Harbor County

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Join us for our annual full-day conference featuring Dan Finkel, a well-known designer and leader of Math Teacher Circles, and a regular contributor to the New York Times puzzle blog Numberplay. Earn up to 6 STARS hours all in one day! Space is very limited this year so register and pay today!

Keynote: Dan Finkel

Nuturing the Math Instinct

Every child has an instinct for mathematical thinking. Patterns, numbers, and shapes fascinate children even at a very young age. Unfortunately, during their next twelve years of school, too many kids will grow to think that they can’t do math, and that the subject has nothing to offer them.

In this talk, we will see how it is possible to nurture the mathematical instinct in children. Creating the right environment can nourish the mental and emotional aspects of early mathematical life, removing stress and seeding play and delight. We can help a new generation of children start developing a healthy and positive relationship to mathematics.

About Dan Finkel

Dan Finkel holds a PhD in Mathematics and is the co-director of Math for Love, a designer and leader of Math Teacher Circles, and a regular contributor to the New York Times puzzle blog Numberplay. He is devoted to giving young children the chance to fall in love with mathematics. Dan says, “Why do kids never get to see the good stuff in math until they’re graduate students? Why is a typical math class a place where students learn to despise math rather than love it? Math for Love is my response to this. I want to give kids the opportunity to be mathematicians right now. This begins in early childhood.” 

Session 1: 

1A: Literacy - More Than a Book Cover
You can provide children with a strong foundation in literacy by creating a print-rich environment, teaching key concepts, and giving children time to practice their skills. Come and learn the four parts of literacy, as described in the Early Learning Guidelines, and many other creative ways to make your classroom as “literacy rich” as possible. This class is geared toward teachers of children age 2-5. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, CDA 2, Core Comp II

1B: Infant Crying - Helping Parents Respond
Learn ways to support families of children in your care who have, or will soon have, infants in the home. You will engage in memorable activities as you learn about what experts call the Period of PURPLE Crying, and how you can be a key player in passing along information to families about excessive crying in normal infants and strategies for soothing infants and themselves. Instructor: Connie Dougherty, CDA 4, Core Comp IV

1C: Coyote Science: - Teaching S.T.E.M. in Early Learning 
Come and learn the “coyote” model for teaching children to become problem solvers: people who address challenges through observation, insight, and adaptation. Leave with new ideas and hands-on projects to enhance the experiences young children have with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.). Instructor: Fran Williams, MA, CDA 2, Core Comp II

1D: ****FULL****Strategies to Support Socially Delayed Children
Some children have special needs when it comes to working with their peers. They need extra help learning to recognize their own feelings and respond to the emotions of others. You will learn to use social stories to teach children how to take turns, join play, invite play, process their emotions, and more. Instructor: Karin Anderson, CDA 3, Core Comp VI

Session 2: 

2A: Eat the Frog First
There’s never enough time! Where’s the day gone? Sound familiar? In reality there are 24 hours in every day; never more, never less. It’s all about how we choose to use our daily 1440 minutes. This class is open to all, but is especially helpful to directors and program managers. Instructor: Jean Hill-Miller, CDA 5, Core Comp VII

2B: Behavior Management in High Quality Care
Managing behavior while maintaining a positive classroom is a balancing act. Many teachers wonder how to redirect challenging behavior and enforce consequences, without expressing too much disapproval. This class will examine the do’s and don’ts of high quality classroom management, as outlined in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. This session supports Early Achievers, but will provide useful information to all participants. Instructor: Karin Anderson, CDA 4, Core Comp VI

2C: Creating Your Environment
Is your child care environment all it could and should be? Learn room arrangement methods that will create or enhance a developmentally appropriate learning environment where children can feel safe and flourish. Instructor: Kristin Gomez, CDA 1, Core Comp II

2D: ****FULL***Creative Art
Preschool art is a process, not a product. Learn to enourage creativity in young artists and plan appropriate activities. We’ll have some hands-on fun with art materials and you will leave with ideas to use immediately. Instructor: Amy M. de Lonien, CDA 2, Core Comp II

Session 3: 

3A: The 5 Love Languages for the Workplace
If you express your appreciation in ways that your staff or co-workers don’t understand, you won’t get very far. It will be as if you’re speaking different languages! In this session, we’ll explore the “5 love languages,” as developed by best-selling author, Gary Chapman. Learn how these concepts can be applied as you communicate with co-workers. Leave with new information that will help you improve your work life and your personal life. Instructor: Connie Dougherty, CDA 5, Core Comp VII

3B: What Now? Alternate Interventions for Challenging Behaviors
Every child care will experience children with very challenging behaviors. What do you do when typical strategies aren’t working and you’ve exhausted your tool box of tricks? Persistent and extreme behaviors require adults to think outside of the box of traditional approaches. Adults will learn how to reframe negative behaviors and create innovative strategies to support positive behavior change. Instructor: Lora Brownell, M.S.W., CDA 3, Core Comp II

3C: Literacy Strategies: Follow-up to Matteson’s Techniques
At last year’s conference, many learned David Matteson’s techniques for teaching children to see themselves as readers and writers. In this session we will hear from early childhood teachers who have incorporated those techniques into their classrooms. Come find out what’s working well! Attendance at last year’s David Matteson session is helpful, but not required. Instructor: Kristin Gomez, CDA 2, Core Comp II

3D:****FULL*** Fun, Fabulous Flannel Boards
Children learn using all their senses. Flannel board stories allow children to touch, see, and hear, as they listen to stories and then retell them to each other. This is a hands-on workshop. You will create flannel board pieces that you can use when you get back to work. Bring a pair of sharp scissors and your favorite children’s book and/or fingerplays. Instructor: Amy M. de Lonien, CDA 2, Core Comp II

Conference Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 am
Check-in and continental breakfast

8:00 - 9:15 am
Keynote Speaker, Dan Finkel

9:30 - 11:30 am
Session 1

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 2:15 pm
Session 2

2:30 - 4:00 pm
Session 3

To register by mail, download the registration form and mail it in with a check made out to Child Care Action Council. You will not be registered until we receive your payment. Please note that online registration is a secure, fast way to ensure you get the class selections you want. Classes are filled on a first-to-register basis. For questions, call Nancy at 360-786-8907, ext.100

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April 26th, 2014 7:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
Grays Harbor College
Hillier Union Building #100
Aberdeen, WA 98520
United States
Keynote: Brian Boyd - Compassionate Communication: Transforming Harsh Voices $ 60.00
Session 1
Session 1A: Family-Friendly Policies
Session 1B: Extending Storytime: Concept Development in Early STEM and Literacy
Session 1C: Imagination Station: Creating a Vibrant Dramatic Play Area
Session 1D: Dialogue Journals: Connecting Children, Families, and Teachers
Session 2
Session 2A: Customer Service Through the Childcare Lens
Session 2B: Through the Eyes of A Child: A Look at Teacher Sensitivity
Session 2C: Frogs and Ducks and Bugs, Oh My!
Session 2D: Making the Most of Meetings - Part 1
Session 3
Session 3A: Parents as Partners in Developmental Screening
Session 3B: Unpacking Our "Front Pack": A Look at Identity and Bias
Session 3C: Fun, Fabulous, & Almost Free
Session 3D: Making the Most of Meetings - Part 2
Lunch Selection
#1 Turkey and Provolone Hoagy $ 0.00
#2 Roast Beef and Cheddar Hoagy $ 0.00
#3 Vegetarian Hoagy $ 0.00
#4 Ham and Swiss Hoagy $ 0.00

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