Beyond Minding Manners: Teaching Gratitude as Attitude

We want our students to grow to be happy people. Benedictine Monk David Steindl-Rast, author of several books on gratefulness, begins his TED talk exploring the connection between happiness and gratefulness. He asks, “Is it really the happy people who are grateful?” His answer is, essentially: no, it is grateful people who become happy. “Please” and “thank you”—the words of gratitude, reflect manners, but they do not necessarily reflect a thankful attitude, the attitude which builds a foundation for a happy life. Robert Emmons, leader in the sciences on gratitude, teaches psychology at the University of California, Davis. He suggests tangible gratitude activities for early learners. He says, “You can also use concrete reminders to practice gratitude, which can be […]

Teaching Tips: 5 Ways to say “Thank You”

As with any other learned activity, thankfulness starts as a discipline. And, like any other learned discipline, gratitude requires repetition and pattern. How, then, do we teach in a way that does not equate “thankfulness” with a prompted (and probably sticky-fingered) “thank you”? The answer lies in variety. To teach toddlers and young children that gratefulness is big, we need to model it as big. Try using all five senses for “thank you.” Sound: Start with the words. Give meaning to the P’s and Q’s by using them generously. Have children practice saying “thank you” individually and as a group. Varying pitch and tone (or singing a song) can be a fun and silly way to keep students engaged. Sight: […]

OAEYC 2017 Recap

What a great event at the OAEYC conference last month in Sandusky! It was a pleasure having an opportunity to meet so many new faces and current customers in the child care industry. As an advocate for the industry AIR wants to build personal relationships with not just customers but leaders and law makers alike. Having such a great conference allows us to achieve that goal. We also had some of our great AIR content providers in the booth with us, and many of you enjoyed meeting these authors face to face for the first time. We even signed agreements with some new content providers which will allow us to offer exciting new training classes! If you happened to stop […]

OAEYC 2017

OAEYC Conference May 4-6, 2017 Come See Us At Booth 322 The AIR team looks forward to the OEAYC Conference in Sandusky every year! This year’s event is from May 4-6 and we hope you can stop by and say hello. Meet Some Of Our Authors And Trainers Stop by and see some of our Step Up To Quality / Ohio approved course authors very soon. On Thursday, Laurie Gombash will be in the booth with us. Laurie is the author of 5 of our current courses, and she will have her ABC’s of Movement cards available for purchase. On Friday, Pam Oviatt will be in our booth answering questions. Pam has many courses available on our website and she will have […]

ODJFS Rule Changes

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  Question: How does the new ODJFS rules affect your training? Answer: The new rules can be confusing so we hope this might help clarify some points. First and foremost, let’s get to the child abuse recognition course. We’ve broken down the specifics for you! The staff that has needed the 6-hour child abuse recognition course, and then needed the 3-hour refresher course, still needs the same courses. Those rules did not change. The only thing that changes is this: if you have staff that did not need any child abuse recognition course, they will now need the one-hour course. AIR has offered to help providing this course, however ODJFS is not allowing any trainers or training organizations to offer […]

OAEYC Conference 2016 Recap

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Another Great Weekend For Ohio Child Care Providers What a great weekend at the OEAYC Conference in Sandusky! From April 21-23, with over 2,000 trainers in attendance, the AIR team had the oppurtunity to meet hundreds of educators and leaders in our great state of Ohio. There were plenty of outstanding breakout sessions led by talented speakers in our industry.  Topics covered many topics such as “advancing the profession”, “leadership in action” and “being the best in town (how to retain your outstanding staff)”. AIR Child Care Recognized Amie Brock, CEO of AIR, even had the honor and privilege of being called to the stage and recognized as a contributor to the child care training industry.  This was very humbling […]

What Is Ohio Approved?

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Overview You may notice that some of our courses have an ‘Ohio Approved’ approval, but what exactly is Ohio Approved?  Read below and learn more about this approval process. What Does It Mean? Ohio Approved Professional Development is an important part of professional growth. The Ohio Approved designation listed on our Step Up To Quality classes represents the state’s consolidated professional development approval process. This designation is the minimally accepted requirement for the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and School Readiness, the Ohio Department of Health’s Help Me Grow and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services’ Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) approval processes. How Does It Affect Me? If you are looking for Step Up To Quality […]

Be Prepared For Asthma

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The return to school is a time when many kids go back to participating in organized sports. For kids with asthma, it is an important time to be prepared. Many children have asthma that is brought on by exercise, and September and October are peak seasons for ragweed pollen in many areas of the United States. As school-age children (and college students) get back to the routine of regular exercise, it is especially important that they are taking their controller medications regularly. Learn more about Asthma in the fall here. Did you know that AIR Training Solutions has a Step Up To Quality approved course titled: Meeting the Needs of a Child With Asthma In their Learning Environment? This is a […]

Never Give Up

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Never give up, that’s the message that most will get from this miracle story about a woman from Medina who survived after 62 minutes without a heartbeat. While most people would give up, paramedics continued CPR for over 1 hour. Christi Nelson, from Medina, suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest at age 27. Thanks to the persistence of paramedics and medical staff, Christi hopes to raise awareness of the need for knowledge in CPR & AED training. Her desire is that there would be more widespread availability of AED’s and knowledge of how to use them. Christi, now a wife and mother, is also a board certified behavior specialist that works with children with autism. Click on the video and […]

ODJFS 10 Hour Online Training Clarification

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Clarification of 10 Hour Online Rule 5101:2-12-28 (A) – The rule states: Each child care staff member and administrator of a child care center shall complete a minimum of fifteen clock hours of training annually, after the first day of employment, until a total of forty-five hours have been completed. The forty-five hours of training shall include trainings in child development, health and safety, child abuse recognition/prevention, first aid and management of communicable disease. At least twenty of the forty-five hours of training shall be in the topic of child development as defined in paragraph (G) of this rule. “