Training Topics

Our training topics fall into two very broad categories. The first is Play. The second is Caregiver Self-Care and Relationships. Below, you’ll find a selection of current training topics divided into those categories. We can also create custom sessions to best meet the needs of your audience.

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Play And Early Learning Sessions

Building Brains With Hands-On Play

Building Brains With Hands-On Play

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    Building Better Block Play

    Building Better Block Play

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    This session looks at re-energizing your block play area with playful props, thoughtful polices, and appropriate support. We will also dig into the wide and deep learning block play promotes.

    Outcomes / Goals

    • Attendees will leave with ideas for re-energizing their block play area with additional materials.
    • Attendees will understand how to better support block play.
    • Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the learning that takes place in the block play area.

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    This is generally a 1-2 hour session.

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    This session is often paired with our Do It Yourself Blocks session.

    Cows In The Basement

    Cows In The Basement

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      Zombie Vampire Veterinarian Moms

      Zombie Vampire Veterinarian Moms

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        Trusting Kids As Learners

        Trusting Kids As Learners

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          Understanding Loose Parts Play

          Loose Parts Play

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          This session starts with a look at Simon Nicholson’s definition of loose parts and at how the term covers so much more than pine cones and shells. After defining loose parts, we dig into things like sourcing loose parts, supporting loose parts play, the learning that happens during loose parts play, and how to explain loose parts to parents and others who may not grasp their value.

          Outcomes / Goals

          • Attendees will understand the definition of loose parts.
          • Attendees will understand how children learn with loose parts.
          • Attendees will understand how to support loose parts play.

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          This is generally a 1 to 2 hour session.

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          For in person events, we can also haul along a collection of loose parts and offer attendees time for hands-on play with the materials. This requires a large open space and at least 3 hours for the session.

          Self-Care And Relationships Sessions

          Finding Your Smile Again

          Finding Your Smile Again

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          Many caregivers spend so much time focusing on the needs of others that they fail to take care of themselves, which often leads to stress and burnout.

          Some day’s we greet children with real smiles, other days we plaster on a fake smile mask and try to make it through the day–and then there are the days we can’t even fake a smile for the people around us.

          This session looks at how burnout impacts caregivers and ways to deal with that impact so you have more real smile days.

          Outcomes / Goals

          • Attendees will understand stress and burnout’s impact on their lives.
          • Attendees will leave with simple and doable ideas for managing stress and burnout.
          • Attendees will understand the relationship between their mindset and the quality of care they provide.

          Length

          This session can be done as a one hour keynote, a 6 hour deep dive into the topic, or anything in between.

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          Babies In The Rain

          Babies In The Rain

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          Like it or not, since everything infants and toddlers encounter is new, exciting, and a chance to learn, caregivers are Professional Role Models.

          Based on the book, Babies In The Rain, this session looks at the importance of the emotional environments caregivers create with young children. It also looks at the importance of Here and Now caregiving and at meeting children where they are developmentally.

          Outcomes / Goals

          • Attendees will understand how their mood/emotional state impact the children in their care.
          • Attendees will understand the importance of child-caregiver relationships.
          • Attendees will understand why it is important not to rush children through their childhoods.

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          This is generally a 1-3 hour session.

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          Attack Of The Snoterpillars

          Attack Of The Snoterpillars

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            Baby Steps: Making Mindful Change

            Baby Steps: Making Mindful Change

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              Do It Yourself Sessions

              Do It Yourself Early Learning

              Do It Yourself Early Learning

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                Do It Yourself Early Literacy

                Do It Yourself Early Literacy

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                  Do It Yourself Blocks

                  Do It Yourself Blocks

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                    Do It Yourself STEM Play

                    Do It Yourself STEM Play

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