Virtual and In-Person Trainings for Groups

The Discovery Source professional development course writers and instructors are experts in their field as demonstrated through educational background and hands-on experience. As such, we use a thorough and methodical approach to planning and designing professional development opportunities. We have many courses pre-developed and available to be presented in person or online to your group.

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The Calming Kit

Unpacking The Calming Kit Session:

It is a highly effective tool designed to support teachers and families in building nurturing and responsive relationships as they help children learn essential strategies to identify, understand, and regulate their emotions. The result is less anxious, happier children better prepared to engage, interact, and develop a lifelong love for learning.

Follow-up & Implementation Session: There is a common interest in the specific domain of Social-Emotional Learning and behavior management among Early childhood Practitioners.

This session will promote conversation and discussions about how it did the implementation went, using materials and activities presented, in real classroom situations.

Participants will share information, pictures, and ideas that will help this community of educators improve their practices and routines and actively work on advancing the implementation of classroom management strategies.

Pyramid Model Classroom Kit

Unpacking the Effectiveness

Each 2-hour session is intentionally designed to connect the targeted social-emotional skills with each classroom kit, by unpacking and reviewing how to use the components of the kit.

We facilitate different sessions with creative ideas and strategies to embed those kits into daily practices.

  • Session 1: Classrooms Visual Display Kit:  This session facilitates the understanding of schedules, transitions, and routines. Considering how to make the most out of all the events that are part of the daily routine will help to frequently involve children in activities and decrease the presence of difficult behaviors.
  • Session 2: Emotional Literacy Kit & Tucker Turtle Kit: This session presents recommended strategies that are key to assisting children in developing self-regulation skills. First, by fostering emotional literacy, using visuals and prompts and helping children to express and label feelings, when they play games, discover songs, and tell stories.  Then, the Tucker Turtle Technique will be reviewed as a visual tool, assisting the children in learning how to control their emotions and handle possible solutions, using effective and age-appropriate strategies.
  • Session 3: Problem Solver Solution Kit & Super Friend Kit: This session addresses how teachers could use this set of strategies to intentionally model and support children through effective problem-solving activities, in a way that over time, children learn that conflicts can be resolved. Then, “I can be a Superfriend” draws teachers’ attention to children’s prosocial behaviors, such as playing together, sharing, taking turns, or waiting when interacting throughout the day.
  • Session 4: Follow-up & Implementation Session: Getting together after a couple of weeks of implementation of new strategies using The Pyramid Model Classroom Kit components creates a sense of networking and collaboration among early childhood educators. In this session, participants will share information, pictures, and ideas that will help this community of educators improve their practices and routines.

Frame Their Learning

Each 2-hour session is designed to better understand what the tool is and how to use it to improve scores and use it within daily activities.

  • Session 1: Unpacking Frame Their Learning: This wonderful FTL pocket chart system can improve daily interactions in the classroom. This training session will cover effective questioning and complex vocabulary to help teachers identify ways to make interactions more engaging. This will promote math, science, and problem-solving skills, as well as principles like scaffolding, problem-solving, predictions, and brainstorming to support higher-order thinking.
  • Session 2: Spark Science and Nurturing Early Math with Frame Their Learning: This Frame Their Learning session presents intentional questioning techniques along with science, discovery vocabulary, and fun exploration. This will provide repeated opportunities for children to discover and learn scientific principles, attributes, and characteristics that will spark their curiosity while increasing their language and vocabulary. We will also discuss fun and educational math activities for children. We’ll cover counting, patterns, shapes, sorting, and spatial relationships. Teachers can create a math and scientific-focused environment that encourages learning through play by asking questions and using advanced vocabulary.
  • Session 3:  Braiding Children’s Literature & Social-Emotional Skills with FTL: Sharing titles, characters, stories, images, and symbols, should be extended to play-based activities that support children’s practice and exploration of the concepts raised in the book, including the vocabulary of feelings and self-regulation skills. During this session, we will provide fun and playful ways to practice social-emotional skills through scenarios, exercises, and games that align with the FTL materials. We will also use FTL prompts, questions, and vocabulary words before, during, and after Storytime to encourage children to actively participate in various ways. This helps to improve their language skills and cognitive development through thinking and comprehension.
  • Session 4: Coaching and Follow-up: After attending the instructional training session, it would be helpful for the community to gather as a group and share the experiences of the strategies learned. This will facilitate discussions on the effective use and outcomes of the Frame Their Learning prompts, questions, and vocabulary words. The purpose of this session is to promote a natural conversation, encourage the exchange of ideas, and receive feedback from others about the intentional use of questions, prompts, and vocabulary words included in Frame Their Learning.

Baby STEM

These training sessions dive deep into early childhood practices, exploring how BABY STEM framework can promote foundational science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills and stimulate advanced language and higher-order cognitive processes in early childhood classrooms, including Infants, Toddlers, and younger Preschoolers.

  • Session 1: Spark Science and Discovery with BABY STEM: Early childhood teachers need to incorporate activities, games, and routines that will assist children in developing analysis and reasoning skills while modeling and extending the use of language and vocabulary words to expand cognitive and communication skills. This session presents intentional questioning techniques, science, discovery vocabulary, and fun exploration activities that will provide repeated opportunities for children to discover and learn scientific principles, processes, attributes, and characteristics that will spark their curiosity while increasing their language and vocabulary.
  • Session 2: Promoting Fun; Exploration and Early Math Thinking Enjoying the Outdoors with BABY STEM: This session will discuss ways to provide access to fun math activities and learning experiences suitable for young children. These activities include counting, understanding shapes and sizes, sorting, spatial relationships, and patterns. Teachers can encourage learning through play and create a rich math environment by incorporating intentional prompts, asking questions, and using math vocabulary more frequently throughout the day. This goes beyond simple numeracy activities and promotes mathematical thinking. Encouraging young children to explore and enjoy outdoor time while fostering their inquiry and curiosity in natural skills is essential in early childhood days. In this training session, teachers will be encouraged to spark curiosity in their children so that they may begin to explore the outdoors with a sense of wonder, asking questions and paying attention to the materials and actions they are using. Additionally, teachers will learn to improve observation skills, record findings, and encourage discussion about discoveries.
  • Session 3: BABY STEM Braiding the Arts & Storytime: “Before a child speaks, it signs. Before they write, they paint. As soon as they stand, they dance. Art is the basis of human expression” – P Rashad-. Therefore, art is a crucial aspect of early childhood development. This session is designed to help educators enhance their skills in managing art-related activities and materials during daily routines including the use of books and Storytime. Children can develop important self-expression and artistic abilities by integrating Baby STEM prompts and questions into these activities, improving language skills and cognitive development through thinking and comprehension.

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