Early Childhood

Literature-Inspired STEM Activities for the K-2 Classroom

A picture is worth a thousand words, and that's why picture books are perfect for connecting STEM and literacy learning! Engage your K-2 learners with hands-on engineering challenges that use children's literature as a launch pad. Do you want to see your young learners asking questions, demonstrating skills to tackle a problem hands-on with their peers, or designing – and even redesigning – a product or idea? Join us for some fun as we dive into our favorite stories and guide our Kinder-Engineers to “redesign” the story. From creating protective attire for Humpty Dumpty, to developing a new home for the three little pigs, with these best practices and example activities, you will soon be integrating STEM into your storytelling time!

KIBO Basics

Young children learn by doing, experimenting, and playing – all essential parts of the learning process. The KIBO robot kit harnesses the way kids learn best and explores the concepts of block-based coding, sequences, and more. Join our session to explore the KIBO curriculum and walk through the basic use and functionality of this unique little robot.

Literacy Apps for Early Education

Come take a look at some great apps to help promote early literacy and writing skills in your early education classroom. During this course we will explore Little Writer, Story Dice and epic.  These apps have several pre-loaded activities as well as some customizable features to help with early writing, phonics, vocabulary,  storytelling and critical thinking skills. In this course we show you have these apps apply to all types of learners and can allow for some differentiation in you classroom.  We will also go over some customizable settings on the iPad to make things easier for pre-readers and little fingers. The activities on these apps align with NAEYC and common core early learning standards.

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is a fun and engaging way to start the day, build a sense of comradery, and sets your students up for success. Join us as we look at some great activities to use with your SMART Notebook software and other great resources. We will be checking out different ways to take attendance, talk about the weather, do the calendar, look at the schedule for the day and more!

Early Childhood Learning with SMART Notebook

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we help to build your students' knowledge of colors, shapes, letters, and sounds using the SMART Learning Suite. We'll also take a look how you can incorporate objects, numbers, and counting techniques into your SMART Notebook software to enhance the skills of your young learner .Preschoolers and young students are excited about learning and SMART Learning Suite's robust features can be used to seamlessly create interactive, engaging, and motivating lessons so that their love of learning only continues to grow as they do. After this session, you'll be able to take away a multitude of new found skills to generate activities for your Pre-K to K students as they develop social and academic skills.

Using the SMART Board for Early Childhood Literacy

In this session, we will look at how literacy teachers can inspire and motivate students using online resources and technology through the SMART Board. We'll take a look at some tips and tricks you can use to make decoding and phonics simpler for your students. We will explore different online resources in order to create lessons and then dive into the SMART Notebook software to explore various features you have access to in order to build custom activities with your students such as the gallery and SMART Speller. By the end of this session, you will come away with multiple skills to begin generating differentiated multimedia lessons for whole class instruction and center use.

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