The holiday season is full of stories of unexpected generosity. Children think of presents: looking forward in anticipation to receiving holiday treats. Some songs of the season teach children to they earn these gift. A famous jingle about Santa rings, “so be good for goodness sake!” Kindness is about more than earning gifts. Kindness is about giving without getting back. And as much as we like to credit ourselves for our own virtues, kindness is learned. As we model kindness, the mirror neurons of a watching child start to fire—he or she learns to how to be kind. Harvard’s educational department agrees that kindness is not a given for children but must be taught. With research, initiatives, and campaigns, their […]
Encouraging Scientific Thinkers - Science Activities for the Early Childhood ClassroomChildren are born with a natural curiosity for “figuring out” the world around them. Adults who support them in this learning are critical to them becoming confident scientific thinkers. This presentation will give teachers many practical examples of how to implement the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards in their preschool environments. All areas of science, including scientific inquiry and application, life science, earth and space science, and physical science will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will be introduced to the 5E model for planning and implementing interesting inquiry based science activities. Participants will be given the opportunity to plan sample lessons using this model. Ideas will also be shared for extending science throughout multiple curriculum areas. View the Course Description
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!