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UW-Stout Field Trip-IMPORTANT

DCTC Child Development students – If you plan on attending the optional field trip to UW-Stout for the Early Childhood conference, you need to turn in your money (early bird total or $40 for all others) by MARCH 10th (yes, the date has been slightly extended).

March Guest Speaker

The March guest speaker is Heidi Frankard, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Metropolitan State University, MN. She shares information about the programs related to early childhood that Metropolitan State University offers. Our program is articulated (has a transfer agreement) with this institution. Click HERE to listen or visit the guest speaker page HERE.

March 2011 Newsletter

It’s a new month – that brings us to another newsletter. There are many important events/dates coming up so please be sure to read the entire newsletter. Thank you! Access the March Newsletter HERE.

Raising the Bar: Moving Toward Child Development Requirements for Teachers

Traditionally, the preparation of teachers who want to work with children birth to age 5 has focused on the development of young children. But elementary teacher prep has focused on teaching methods and content areas instead. But this maybe changing soon. Listen to this week’s early childhood radio HERE.

University Presentations (Transfer)

CDEV students at DCTC: Jill has set up for University of Wisconsin-Stout and  University of Wisconsin-River Falls to come and present articulation and transfer information – Thursday night, April 7, 2011.

If you are considering transferring or are simply interested/curious in learning more, this is a night to attend. UW-Stout will present at 5:30pm and UW-RiverFalls at 6:00pm. Everything will be in our classroom (2-206). You may come for one or both of the presentations (DOES NOT APPLY TO PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP students, REQUIRED TO ATTEND BOTH).

The more presentations you attend, the more informed decision you will be able to make about your future.

***If you are NOT in Jill’s Professional Leadership class, please email her if you plan on attending. Thank you!  jill.behnke@dctc.edu

Wondering what other colleges we have transfer agreements with? Click HERE.

Need an idea or two for parent kits?

Parent kits are a great way to encourage parent-child interaction at home and extend learning. Many parents want the best for their children, but not all have the resources at home or necessarily know how to facilitate that learning.

What is a parent kit? A parent kit is a group of items based on a topic/theme or particular skills, usually packaged together in some sort of container/holder. It could be based on a theme that the children are interested in (Elmo) or a theme from the classroom curriculum (Apples). You could even have a parent kit dedicated to literacy or small motor development, etc..

The teacher rotates the kit to each child in the class and allows them to take the kit home for a certain amount of days (or perhaps over the weekend.) The child and parent(s) interact with one another as they complete the activities included and return the kit to school by the specified date. View some made by our students HERE.

A parent kit generally includes a minimum of five items, perhaps more, including a parent handbook which includes: an index of  items included, detailed directions of how to use/do each  activity/game/item, and perhaps a couple fingerplays/stories/rhymes related to the theme or other activity simple ideas they could enjoy together.

You could include books, puzzles, recipes, lacing cards, activity cards, puppet/doll, various games, etc. in your parent kits. In my opinion, the best parent kits include some store-bought items and some teacher-made items. Be sure to choose items that are durable or easily (and inexpensively)replaceable.

If you don’t currently use parent kits in your program, I highly encourage you to consider implementing them. They are beneficial in so many ways!

Do YOU currently use parent kits in your program? Why or why not? If you do, what’s your favorite parent kit? Did you have one that wasn’t as successful? Tell us about it. Comment below.

Promising Practices for Student Success

Students at DCTC- No class today! That’s because it’s a required Duty Day for faculty. I will be at Minneapolis Community & Technical College for the day at the Promising Practices for Student Success Conference. It’s an opportunity for us to network, share ideas, learn new techniques, etc. to improve our teaching, as well as student learning :)

This year, I also have the opportunity to present during a couple sessions. The name of my sessions are Building Your Blog. Go figure, right? I’m looking forward to it and hopefully others will see the benefits of blogging for their programs.

What’s YOUR favorite thing(s) about this blog? (As a reader, student, parent, provider, etc.) What are some things you’d like to see modified or added? Please comment below ;)

Turn The Tap Off

This is the announcement I saw this morning on my shampoo and conditioner bottles.

TURN THE TAP OFF. You can save up to 3,200 gallons of water and $150 per year by turning the water off in the shower when you shampoo and condition.

Do YOU do this? What do YOU think of this suggestion? Comment below.

Want MORE WATER SAVING TIPS? Click HERE.

Before School Activities Leader

Employer: St. John the Baptist School- savage

Title: Before School Activities leader

Description: Work with children ages K-8th grade in the before school program. Lead gym games, art projects, and other activities children are involved in. Great flexible, fun part time job. Hours 7-9:00am. Can be a job share situation- work 2/3 days per week or whatever fits student’s schedule.

City: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Position Type: Part-time Jobs Not Requiring a Degree

Job Function: Child Development

Desired Start Date: February 22, 2011

Duration: End of School year June 7, 2011

Travel Percentage: 10

Applications Accepted Until: Mar 24, 2011

Send Resumes to: mmaloney@stjohns-savage.org

Contact Information: St. John the Baptist School- Savage, Mary Maloney

Can Kindergarten Standards Be Implemented in a Developmentally Appropriate Way?

Do common core standards for kindergarten mean standardized testing for very young children? If not, how will the standards be measured? There are many questions around how this program will ultimately be implemented.

In this segment, guests zoom in on the challenges, potential pitfalls and possible ways to employ kindergarten standards in a developmentally appropriate way. Click HERE to listen to this week’s early childhood radio.