Before the Screaming Starts
This workshop is a review of discipline styles that work and ones that don’t. It is highly interactive and heavy with role playing to demonstrate various techniques to address behavior challenges that may occur during a typical day.
Bully: Taste Your Words Before You Spit Them Out
This workshop was designed specifically with middle school children in mind. Participants will define bullying, identify the four types of bullying children face today, and discuss what to look for in children who may be the victim of bullying, as well as the long term effects to both the bully and the victim.
Finding Your Voice
As a childcare provider, it’s important that find a balance between being too firm when we speak and not being taken seriously because we lack confidence in the delivery of our messages. We must give clear expectations and communicate effectively with children, parents, and coworkers. The perception of our tone, eye contact, and body language is what can escalate or diffuse delicate situations as well as create a safe yet fun learning environment.
During this workshop we will identify what keeps us from confidently communicating with others, as well as participate in exercises that help us to recognize our own barriers. We will learn strategies to help add confidence while being aware of the perception of others receiving our messages.
Little Kids, Big Feelings
Imagine developing a superpower. You more than likely don’t know how to use it until you practice with it. This is similar to children learning how to manage their feelings. And we are those guides who can help them use these powers for good or evil. Together we will explore self-regulation and resilience and how we can support a child’s social emotional development.
Then Tell Me What I Just Said
Have you ever been speaking to someone and noticed that glazed over look in their eyes that has you convinced they didn’t hear a blessed thing you said? Or worse yet…. Have you been the one who tuned out?! If you answered yes to either of these questions, then I have a training for you!
Join me for “Then Tell Me What I Just Said”. Together we will explore the art of active listening. There are many things that keep us from really paying attention when someone speaks, including “Emotional Deaf Spots” (Not sure what that is… come find out!). We will discover what it is that stops us from keeping our focus, specifically as it relates to working with children, families, and coworkers, as well as being mindful of our own specific obstacles that keep us from absorbing the words coming from others.
Be actively engaged in conversations. Keep others from sounding like the adults in Charlie Brown’s life. Come to this training!
Walking a Mile When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit
This brand new workshop puts the focus on empathy. We will explore Daniel Goleman’s theory of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), discover how empathetic you currently are (and how you could potentially become even more so), and brainstorm ways we can help support children’s social emotional learning and build their EQ. Our own shoes may be comfortable, but wearing another’s can show us how someone else may feel when they wear them. It can also help us to be more grateful for the shoes we have?
What the Heck Are They Thinking?!
We’ve all had those “What the Heck are They Thinking?!? Moments right before we ask ourselves “What Are You Going to Do About it”? This workshop will give you a closer look into why the typical child may exhibit challenging behaviors and how you can handle it in the true R’Club fashion by supporting the 4 R’s (Respect, Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Resourcefulness). We will tackle some of the most common behavior challenges, identify the five key elements of a successful program, allow teachers to share their own classroom struggles, and build their bag of tricks to engage children and help them be most successful while in our program.
Why Fish Don’t Climb Trees and Children Don’t Sit Still
Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” During our time together in this workshop, we’re going to learn about Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Spoiler Alert: We all learn differently!!) and how our expectations and activities offered in program can impact behaviors.
You might be thinking “Ugh! Theories! No thank you!!”, but I guarantee a good time with some new games you can bring back to your program and start using immediately. Everyone who attends will get a packet with the games/songs/activities we do in the training, along with some additional ideas!
Closed Eyes and Clean Hands Won’t Get You to the Root
There’s no denying that most children won’t always make the right choices. Maybe it’s asserting their independence, testing boundaries, or even the negative influence from their peers. However, there can be other reasons that aren’t as obvious. Teachers can be quick to label a child as “bad” when they act outside of what is “acceptable”. The goal becomes stopping the undesirable behavior and getting a child to conform. But what happens when we change that thought process? Is it possible that a child is making choices based on what they have learned from their family of origin? Maybe they don’t see the behavior as “bad” or “wrong” based on what they know to be acceptable. Understanding a child’s behavior doesn’t excuse it, but it makes it easier to know how to best serve the child. In this workshop, we will explore the value of getting to know the children in your program, how outside influences shape a child’s decision making, and strategize some techniques to help reach even the toughest of children.
When Oxygen Masks Fall From the Ceiling
Chances are, if you’ve ever flown with a young child, a flight attendant has reminded you that in the event of an emergency, you should put your own oxygen mask on first before helping your child with theirs. It is in most individual’s nature to help the child first, however, if you don’t put your own mask on first, you may not have the oxygen necessary in your own body to stay conscious and help the child.
In our everyday lives, there are no flight attendants reminding us of the value of putting ourselves first so we can be the best us we can be. A new year reignites the passion to take care of ourselves. However, in most cases, we fall back into the habit of putting others first and letting life’s stressors get the best of us. I designed this training with this in mind.
Together we’ll talk about how stress affects us, pack our “baggage” so that we’ll only bring with us into program what is necessary to have a successful day, discuss how our attitudes effect the attitudes and behaviors of others in program, and strategize some things we can do to minimize stress and put ourselves first so that when we get to program, we can do our job effectively.