1 Jun

Child Behavior Support: Solution Kit

Today I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful resource… the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning! The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.  CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

This website it full of great resources for parents and educators, including practical strategies for supporting and guiding children’s behavior. One at the top of my list is the Solution Kit– be sure to check it out! Print and laminate the cards individually (in color). Then, put them in a brief case or some sort of suitcase/carrier that’s simple for the children to carry, open, and use. When a situation comes up in which children need to solve a problem, remind them to use the solution kit. Of course, you’ll first need to introduce it and explain/demo all of the solutions (a few times). Provide guidance and support as you facilitate the situation…let them choose and try their solution…it may or may not work. They may need to try a few before they resolve the issue at hand. This teaches grit while sending the message that THEY ARE COMPETENT and SKILLED!


1 Feb

Spring 2017 Online Book Study: Children and Trauma

Today’s the day – welcome to my spring 2017 book study! We’ll be taking a closer look at children and trauma. The book of choice is Dr. Sara E. Langworthy’s Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity. “Bridging the Relationship Gap” is a useful resource for professionals who work with children facing adversity, for educators who are teaching the next generation of child care providers, and for caregivers who are trying to provide the best care for their children during difficult times.

Participate in weekly discussions and ponder each chapter with others in the field. Paid participants ($30) will have access to guest content experts, along with the author for weekly discussions! They’ll also receive a certificate of participation/completion afterwards (follow these steps)

Participants of this book study will:

  • Learn about the ecological, biological, and cultural factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gaps.
  • Examine different attachment styles and learn how to recognize them in children.
  • Understand how stress and trauma affect brain development and behavior.
  • Learn techniques for dealing with tough situations.
  • Discover ways to foster recovery and resiliency in children.

The first guest expert commentary will be released tomorrow (Thurs. 2/2/17) on this blog http://enhancingyoungminds.com/. Paid participants will have full access to the password protected post of the guest expert’s commentary and a private learning community! Non-paying participants will have limited access through this blog and are welcome to participate in open discussions (just REPLY to each blog post weekly). After you’ve read Chapter 1, reply to the correlating blog post with your reactions, thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. I look forward to the discussion!

*Pay by visiting http://enhancingyoungminds.com/ and clicking on the Paypal icon under Pay for Book Study in the upper right-hand corner.

*Still need the book? You can order a paperback book Here  or Here. You could also download the e-book for immediate access. Another option is downloading the audio book!

*JOIN ANYTIME Even though the live study begins Feb. 1, 2017, you are free to join at any time and complete at your own pace! Pay and participate in all 7 discussions to receive your certificate (MN Develop Approved) 

APPLIES TOWARD

4. Curriculum Implementation
8. Supporting Development (Social-Emotional, Language/Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Physical Dev)

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK AREA(S)

II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (3 Hours)
VI: Professionalism (3 Hours)

CDA CONTENT AREAS

Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development  (3 Hours)
Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism  (3 Hours)

Happy Reading!

-Dawn Braa


7 Jul

Bam!Radio: Student Behavior

Is Challenging Student Behavior on the Rise? Or Is It Just Me?

Rae Pica with Barbara Kaiser & Amanda Morgan
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Join us as we explore the apparent increase in challenging student behaviors. Is the rise real or imagined? What is the most current thinking on handling troubling student behavior?

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>>TUNE IN HERE<<

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21 Dec

Mondays with M.E.: RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD

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A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR MARY SHEEDY KURCINKA

Kurcinka,Mary Sheedy_book spiritedLet’s face it; some children have us walking on eggshells. They get rattled when something interferes with their usual routine. If we try to rush them out the door in the morning – or if they’ve missed a couple hours of sleep – they may go into a complete meltdown. Parent educator and author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka calls these children “spirited” and, in her popular book, Raising Your Spirited Child (just released in its 3rd edition), helps us understand what’s going on in the brains and bodies of these children. In this week’s Mom Enough show, Mary offers practical, concrete tips for helping a spirited child adapt and thrive. Marti & Erin have some stories and insights about the spirited children in their own family, too! TUNE IN HERE

How does this week’s guest, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, define what she calls the “spirited child”? Do you have or know a child who fits that profile? What in this Mom Enough discussion helped you better understand that child’s behavior and think about what you can do to help that spirited child (and those around him or her) be more comfortable and adaptable? Comment below. For Mary’s resources, click here.

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