Parent and Teacher Education Presentations

Presenter: Malkah Bird
All workshops are 90 minutes and include ample discussion and question and answer time throughout and at the end.

10 Alternatives to Time Out: Strategies for using relationship-based discipline with young children
Finding effective tools for discipline is one of the most challenging areas for parents and teachers of young children. This workshop will discuss some of the detriments of using time out as a discipline approach and will offer ten practical alternatives and strategies for helping adults and children understand and manage difficult behaviors, while preserving connections and maintaining a respectful home or school environment.

The Power of Play: The research behind play based learning and the everyday approaches to help support this essential approach
This workshop will present the highest-impact research that supports play-based learning for young children. We will discuss the different kinds of play that can be observed and supported and give parents and teachers tools to help encourage and expand on children’s play. We will also talk about the specific effects that play has on children’s development of social, emotional, problem solving, language and literacy skills. There will be opportunities for discussion and an extended question and answer period.

Expanding on the Power of Play: How make-believe play supports the development of social/emotional skills, academic competencies and executive functioning in young children
Based on the research of the Tools of the Mind curriculum this presentation will help parents and teachers understand the specific components of pretend play. Research has shown that complex make believe play is the best tool for teaching children problem solving, critical thinking, empathy and executive functioning skills, which are the best predictors for future academic successes.  Participants will gain the ability to recognize all aspects of play and have strategies to guide children to increasingly complicated scenarios.  We will also discuss ways to make direct ties between play and literacy and mathematics learning.

Intro to Relationship-based Discipline
Relationship-based discipline is an approach to discipline that uses our connection with a child to help that child understand and regulate their emotions and actions.  This presentation will explore the key aspects of this approach and offer participants strategies for establishing and strengthening these crucial connections with their children or students.

The Practice of Mindfulness in our Everyday Lives: The WHY and HOW for young children, their schools and their families
Mindfulness is method of paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and experiences in the present moment. It is a strategy that has been shown to help children understand and manage challenging situations and emotions. It has also been shown to help with memory, executive functions and overall mental health. This workshop will elaborate on the basics of mindfulness, provide opportunities for participating to practice mindfulness techniques and share simple activities that can be used with children at home and in school.