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Let's Move: Creating Engaged Learners Through Physical Activity

Physical activity is very important in early childhood. It can help students deal with increased stress, obesity, improve cognitive function for academic work, decrease discipline challenges, and increase student engagement. It also leads to a healthier person – emotionally, mentally and physically. This training highlights the social emotional, behavioral, and cognitive benefits of active learning, reviews the research on the benefits of providing opportunities for physical activity throughout the day, and provides demonstrations of a variety of active learning ideas you can take back and use in your early childhood setting. View the Course Description

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Meet Laurie Gombash, PT, M.Ed.

Laurie Gombash is a Physical Therapist. She has over 20 years working in the public school systems with special needs children. She is also an independent Step Up To Quality Trainer and the creator of The ABC’s of Movement.

The ABC’s of Movement is an activity program that incorporates movement with learning the alphabet. Laurie was inspired to create this program through her years of working with children struggling with motor skills. After creating the ABC’s of Movement, Laurie collaborated with AIR Childcare Training to create several Step Up To Quality courses, including one for the ABC’s of Movement program.

Laurie continues her journey, helping not only special needs children but the childcare providers blessed to assist in their growth and development!

In the Know

Safe and Edible Sensory Bins

Sensory bins allow children to explore, create, and imagine all while engaging their senses. These bins are especially perfect for young children, such as toddlers or preschoolers. If you are looking for sensory bin ideas for the young ones that use safe materials but will keep them engaged, here are some ideas:  Note: Although these sensory bins use edible materials to prevent children from eating dangerous materials, they still should be under adult supervision. Additionally, make sure that whatever you add into your sensory bin is big enough not to be a choking hazard for the children’s age. If you want any of these sensory bins to be totally edible, replace any plastic animals/insects with candy animals/insects.   Pond Sensory […]

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