Early Childhood Education Course

Enhance the learning in your Early Childhood Classroom through music and rhythm. Explore how young learners’ pre-reading skills, comprehension, engagement, classroom management and behavior improve through the use of music and rhythm. You will research and curate examples of music and rhythm to incorporate into your existing curriculum and units of study. Participants do not need to be currently teaching in an Early Childhood classroom or have a musical background to benefit from this course.

Garner success in the early childhood classroom by cultivating an in-depth understanding of how young children progress through physical, cognitive, language, and social emotional milestones. Explore researchbased developmental theories and multiple intelligences and consider the implications in your practice. Discover options for embedding developmentally appropriate teaching practices in the classroom and craft a tool to support your planning in your early childhood classroom.

Build a strong foundation for learning in your early childhood classroom by exploring a framework built on fundamentals such as: executive function, growth mindset, motor development, sensory integration, and foundations of literacy. Explore strategies used by educational specialists that can easily be implemented into your classroom. Cultivate an environment that equips students with the tools necessary for learning, promotes an organic love for learning, and prepares students for overall growth and achievement.

Develop an understanding of the varying types of families that are represented in your community. Explore best practices for initiating and maintaining respectful and open relationships with families and community partners. Utilize knowledge of students’ backgrounds to help each child develop and learn in the early childhood classroom. Research supports and services available to families or primary students. Create a plan to effectively communicate and collaborate with the families and community

Develop an early childhood classroom environment that actively engages students in foundational technology usage. Strengthen that foundation as it uses technology to support social development and academic learning, traits of curiosity and creativity, tool skills, and online safety and responsibility. Engage in research and reflective and creative assignments whose cumulative goal is to promote early childhood classrooms that put student academic and social learning at the forefront of technology use.

Explore how Phonemic Awareness, the ability to isolate, blend, segment and manipulate the individual sounds of spoken language, directly affects children’s success with phonics, and is a critical predictor of reading ability. Discover the various skills that make up Phonemic Awareness, and research ways to teach these skills in your Early Childhood classroom. Participants will create a plan to incorporate these new activities into your existing Early Childhood curriculum.

Garner success in the early childhood classroom by cultivating an understanding of how young children with exceptional needs best learn in an inclusive classroom. Explore research-based strategies and interventions for students with exceptional needs. Examine the laws and requirements for providing support to students with disabilities. Create a lesson plan that is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of students in the early childhood classroom.

Develop an in-depth understanding of the principles and topics for teaching mathematics in the primary classroom. Examine developmentally appropriate strategies for building the foundation for learning math. Construct a tool of meaningful standards based activities. Create and implement differentiated math work stations that are aligned with curriculum and grade level standards and reflect on the outcome in the early childhood classroom.