Explorations Early Learning

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Explorations Early Learning

Attack Of The Snoterpillars

Attack Of The Snoterpillars


Strong relationships with the children are a cornerstone of any quality early learning environment. Creating and maintaining such relationships is hard work when times are good–and downright difficult when you’re stressed, exhausted, tired, or being attacked by snoterpillars.

Based on ideas from my book, Babies In The Rain, this session looks at creating robust emotional environments, maintaining a healthy mindset, and the significance of child-caregiver relationships in building age-appropriate early learning environments.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand how their mindset impacts their relationships with children, parents, and coworkers
  • Understand the importance of creating and maintaining healthy emotional environments
  • Leave this session with useful tips for dealing with their stress and managing their mindset

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Child Growth And Development / Child Development
  • Illinois | Interactions, Relationships, And Environments
  • Michigan | Interactions And Guidance
  • Missouri | Understand And Demonstrate Positive, Caring, Supportive Relationships And Interactions
  • Nebraska | Relationships And Social-Emotional Guidance
  • Oklahoma | Interactions With Children
  • South Dakota | Guidance And Behavior Management
  • Wisconsin | Guidance And Nurturing
  • CDA | Positive Ways To Support Children’s Social And Emotional Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction05 minutesMonologue
Mindset And Relationships25 minutesDiscussion
Self-care Tips25 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion05 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

This session is based in part on content from these sources (affiliate links):

  • Babies In The Rain
  • Finding Your Smile Again
  • Keeping Your Smile

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents