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Creating Safe Learning Spaces for Traumatized Children
Holly Elissa Bruno with John J. Medina, Jim Sporleder, Peter DeWitt, Deborah J. Stewart
One of every four children arrives at school too traumatized by people or events in his or her life to be able to learn. What can we do to make learning possible for these children? TUNE IN HERE.
DCTC will be offering our online Child Life course- ECYD 2900, Section 59, Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice this summer semester. The start date for this course is 5/21/14. This course will be completely online and is taught by a CCLS. **This course is recommended for students that have completed the DCTC Child Life Assistant program or for students needing to meet the new Child Life Council exam requirements.
Description: This course offers a basic knowledge of the child life profession. Elements covered include history and current scope of practice, impact of illness and stress, coping theory and strategies, and patient and family-centered care. Students will also examine the modalities of play and the role of preparation in healthcare settings. *This course is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. Prerequisite: ECYD 1210: Child Growth & Development and/or instructor permission.
As of 3/5/14, there are 28 seats remaining in the course. (Registration has not yet begun) The approximate cost (tuition/fees) for this course is $600. Please contact me with any questions and/or registration instructions. This course has a history of filling quickly!
Dawn Braa 1.651.423.8315, email@example.com
February is “I Love to Read” month and a great time of year to kick-off a new topic for the Adventures in Eating series. For the next several months Adventures in Eating will explore each of the five parts of MyPlate along with a corresponding children’s book.
Linking reading and nutrition is a win-win. Food books help introduce healthy eating to young children as part of their overall day instead of just at meal time. This may help children be more willing to try new foods and as a result, eat a healthier diet. In return, healthy eating helps with brain development which is beneficial for the children’s learning.
As an early childhood educator or parent, you may see food books in the library, stores, or online and wonder if they are good books. The Updated Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist is a helpful resource of when looking for food, nutrition and physical activity books. The list contains over 400 books aimed at children in kindergarten to second grade, but most of the books are also appropriate for preschool aged children.
Books on the list are divided into three categories:
- Easily identifiable, positive nutrition, food, and physical activity message(s) that focus on increasing children’s knowledge about nutrition and improving their eating and/or physical activity habits.
- Positive nutrition, food, and physical activity messages and themes to help children gain awareness about, and increased exposure to, a variety of nutrition foods and physical activity behaviors.
- Positive nutrition, food, and physical activity underlying themes but no specific message.
Books are listed alphabetically, but also by 41 themes such as ABC’s, gardening, counting, farm to table, dental health, and many more. To help you determine if the book will fit your need, the list contains a brief summary of every book. As you can see, this is a great resource to help connect healthy eating to other themes you may be using in the classroom.
The Two Bite Club by the USDA is good book for introducing MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers can read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by trying just two bites, just like the characters in the story. The back of the book contains a MyPlate coloring page, a blank certificate for the Two Bite Club, fun activity pages for kids, and Tips for Growing Healthy Eaters. Both English and Spanish versions are available in PDF. If your school or preschool participates in Team Nutrition (school lunch), you can get up to 25 free copies of this book!
Mary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources. Specifically the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community professionals. You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/health/
Is your child on track? Help Me Grow helps you know. Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services) partnering with all local service agencies. Help Me Grow provides resources for families to look at developmental milestones, to learn if there are concerns, and to take the lead in seeking additional support or in referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost. This website is a wonderful resource for providers and families. Take a look today!
Here’s a new twist on a name game that many of us may be familiar with. Teach Preschool has provided many options of play for promoting name recognition, an important skill for little ones. Young children are often motivated to learn the letters in their own name and begin to differentiate their name from others. Click on THIS LINK to learn about simple, inexpensive ideas to implement in your classroom this week!
Each year the ECYD students travel to Menomonie, Wisconsin to participate in the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Early Childhood Conference. This year the conference will be held on April 25-26. The ECYD students from DCTC will be attending on Friday, April 25th.
Student senate has provided the funds for a bus, so we are able to keep the cost of participation down to the $40.00 registration fee. This fee includes lunch.
Students that are interested in attending the conference with DCTC MUST ride the bus. Registration is available ONLINE ONLY this year. Please note the directions for online conference registration!!! (included at the end of the Feb. newsletter)
DCTC early bird registration (without money) is due before Feb. 28th to qualify for registration discount. Early bird qualifiers will be contacted as to the actual fee due after the 28th. All other registrations are to be submitted and paid online by March 31st. Both early bird and regular registrations need to follow specific registration directions (directions at the end of newsletter).
“Dr. Jim Moore has been a pediatrician for many years, usually treating children with developmental delays or serious illness. In fact, he was Erin’s pediatrician when she was a child, working with her and her mom to manage her severe asthma. In this quiet, thoughtful discussion with Marti & Erin, Dr. Moore reflects on his years as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician working with very young children and on the groundbreaking ideas of the late Selma Fraiberg (author of the classic The Magic Years) that shaped his understanding of child behavior and emotion. Listen and reflect on your own child’s experience and how you can support your child’s optimal development.” -MomEnough TUNE IN HERE
HEART (can be sung to the tune of BINGO)
To show you like your special friend,
Just give them each a heart.
H. E. A. R. T, H. E. A. R. T, H. E. A. R. T,
Each heart says I like you.
Here’s the February 2014 Early Childhood and Youth Development Program Newsletter. If you are an ECYD student, please be sure to read through it as it includes important program information. If you have any questions about details/events included in the newsletter, ask any of the ECYD instructors.
*Please note- this newsletter includes important information regarding ADVISING WEEK and our annual UW-STOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE.