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Convenient access to implementation, assessment, and other trending educational topics. Our FREE training is for both current customers looking for implementation guidance, and prospective teachers/owners/directors looking to learn more about FunShine Express. Earn credit hours; certificates are included with your follow-up email.

 

Buttercups and Fireflies Implementation and Assessment Training


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What's New for Fall 2021? Learn About the Updates to Buttercups and Fireflies Curricula (1.5 hours)

If you are already using Buttercups and Fireflies, join us for a quick overview of the changes you will find in each curriculum for the coming school year. We’ll go through the new displays, curriculum updates, review best practices for classroom set-up and routines post-COVID, and more. Plus, we will share how you can find and access exciting supplements that are FREE on our website. At the end of the hour, there will be an open question/answer forum for attendees who have questions. Listen and learn from other child care professionals!


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Buttercups 101: Implementing Curriculum with Infants and Toddlers
(1.5 hours)

Learn how to successfully implement our Buttercups Curriculum with children ages 0-3 years old. This session walks you through kit contents, and shows you how to get the most from each 2-month program. We will cover best practices for classroom set-up and routines post-COVID, share tips on how to save planning time, plus demonstrate how to individualize instruction for children. Finally, we'll show you how to access FREE supplemental resources on our website. The session ends with an open question/answer forum so you can listen and learn from other attendees.

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Fireflies 101: Implementing Curriculum with 3-5 Year Old Children
(1.5 hours)

Excited for a new school year? So are we! Join us to learn how to successfully implement our Fireflies Curriculum with children ages 3-5 years old. This session walks you through kit contents, and shows you how to get the most from each monthly program. We will share tips on how to set up learning centers, schedule your day, individualize activities, and more. Best practices for routines and environment post-COVID are covered. Finally, we'll show you how to access FREE supplemental resources on our website. The session ends with an open question/answer forum so you can listen and learn from other attendees.

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NEW for the Littlest Learners! Introducing Buttercups Babies Infant Packs
(1.5 hours)

Our NEW infant packs are filled with activities for babies ages 3-12 months! Select from among 3 themes to nurture learning with hands-on exploration, engage in meaningful interactions that support infant development, and build skills through play that includes singing, reading, creating, and moving. See what is included in each pack, and learn how to effectively implement the content. Guidance on how to best plan for activities, utilize repetition, and document skills are covered. Buttercups Babies can supplement other FunShine curriculum, or be used on its own. Let us show you how!

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Take the Stress out of Assess! Measuring Child Progress with FunShine Curricula Tools (1.5 hours)

Carefully monitoring children's progress informs lesson planning and enhances parent communication. We'll help you streamline assessment by using the Observation Tips in each Curriculum Guide, introduce you to our printed Child Progress Reports, and discuss best practices for the process. We will also show you how to utilize supplemental FREE time-saving resources on our website. Finally, we will give you a quick update of NEW features in FunShine Digital that can be combined with our printed curricula to easily build an electronic file for each child, using your individual state standards for measurement. We have some great ways to save you time and stress!

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FunShine Digital Training and Tutorials


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NEW! Assessment

Step 1: Learn How to Set Up Lesson Plans, Classrooms, and Teachers
(1 hour)

This workshop will walk you through the start of simplified lesson planning and assessment. Once your account is ready to go, you can set up a classroom(s) with children and teachers. We'll also show you how to find and select your state standards, load and modify lesson plans, and identify specific activities for assessment. Finally, you will be shown how to begin the assessment process within each activity.

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NEW! Assessment

Step 2: Learn How to Record Observations and Build Progress Reports
(1 hour)

Once classrooms and lesson plans are set up, you can begin to record observations! First, we’ll quickly review setting up your account so lesson plans always default to the state standards you select. Then, we will teach you how to select activities for assessment, record observations directly from those activities, upload pictures and videos, and save everything in a permanent record for each child. Finally, you will learn how to easily download Progress Reports. Join us for this one hour, and save many more hours over the coming months!

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FunShine Digital: Strategies for Success from Basic to Advanced
(1.5 hours)

Creating lesson plans in FunShine Digital has never been easier! We will show you how to use our planned daily lessons or how to search our database of over 30,000 activities and 150 themes to build your own. Learn to edit activities to individualize for each child, plus load all lessons and activities with your state standards automatically attached. A quick introduction to NEW documentation and assessment features is included. Whether you’ve been using FunShine Digital for a year or this is your first time to see it, we have NEW time and cost-saving features everyone will appreciate!

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The Teacher's Guide to Individualizing Instruction with FunShine Digital
(1.5 hours)

Have you ever wondered what you’re supposed to do after you assess a child? You gather the data, share it with parents, but then what? Join us as we show you how individualization is an integral part of the authentic assessment process. We will demonstrate how you can get the most out of your FunShine Digital access by utilizing the Search and Edit Activity features in the Calendar. We will share strategies to add individualization for children to your calendar and tips for keeping documentation.

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Introduction to Digital Assessment and Portfolios in FunShine Digital
(1.5 hours)

Digital assessments and portfolios for each child can now be created in FunShine Digital! Join us as we teach you to set up classrooms, add child and parent information, and document real-time digital assessments. We will demonstrate the different kinds of reports available, as well as the digital progress reports that can be shared with parents. Direct connections between your state standards, curriculum, and assessments will truly simplify your day. You won’t want to miss this exciting development from FunShine!

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Digital Lesson Plans - Brief Tutorials

Need quick assistance? Watch our videos with a tutorial on a specific feature. Includes creating your lesson plans, moving activities, adding State Standards, editing activities, creating your own activities and themes, and more.

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Trending Topics in Early Childhood


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The ABCs of Exploration Stations
(1.5 hours)

Finding time to include daily stations in your routine can be challenging! Join us as we share tried and true ways to incorporate station time as a natural part of your day. We’ll share effective ways to organize, create, and implement stations in your classroom, whether you’re in a center or have a family child care. You will receive tips for arranging your room, station ideas that can be easily modified, and ideas for managing time.

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A Multisensory Approach to Developing Literacy Skills
(1.5 hours)

Studies show that about 5% of children have trouble learning to read in the early elementary years. Schools across the country are training teachers to take a multisensory approach to teaching reading that gives children the tools they need to read on or above level with their peers. Fortunately, the early childhood years are full of multisensory experiences. Join us as we share how implementing a multisensory approach to literacy skills can help lay a solid foundation for literacy development in later years.

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Finding Time for Art with Infants and How to Do It
(1.5 hours)

Can babies do art? Yes! Infancy is a period of rapid growth that involves children engaging in sensory play and learning about their environments. Art for infants is about safe hands-on exploration. In this session, we will talk about what art with infants “looks like,” address safety issues around doing art with infants, and how to help families understand the benefits of process art with our youngest learners.

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Bringing Math Concepts to Life in Everyday Experiences
(1.5 hours)

What do taking attendance, filling a calendar, sharing snacks, and sorting blocks have in common? They are all math skills that preschoolers encounter every day! Join us as we uncover the hidden “math” opportunities in daily experiences. We’ll share simple strategies to include math and math language during each part of your daily routine.

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Creating a STREAM-Focused Classroom
(1.5 hours)

Research shows that children demonstrate readiness to engage in science, technology, reading/writing, engineering, art, and math (STREAM) learning at a very young age. Learn what STEM/STREAM is all about in this webinar and why it is so important to build into your early childhood program. Then, we will show you exactly where they are featured in the Buttercups, Fireflies, and FunShine Digital curricula. A sharing session will follow the workshop for attendees to contribute ideas on how they have successfully implemented STREAM content.

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The Magic of Engaged Parents: How to Create a Win for Everyone!
(1.5 hours)

Research has shown that when parents are fully engaged as a partner in caring for a child, everyone benefits! This workshop examines the journey of building engagement, introduces 5 basic elements of successful relationships with families, and demonstrates how to extend learning into the home. Tools and examples will be shared. Towards the end of the webinar, participants will be invited to participate in an open discussion to gather ideas from each other.

Tues, Sep 28, 6:00 PM CDT

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Fierce Conversation: Building More Effective Communication With Your Staff
(1.5 hours)

How many times have you heard from your staff or colleagues that “communication” is a problem? Yet – we have more ways to communicate with co-workers than ever before! As our work environments have evolved with time-saving tools such as email, chats, Zoom meetings, and more – we sometimes have become less thoughtful about the manner in which we communicate. The “Seven Steps of a Fierce Conversation” can help us execute our most difficult, important discussions. Attendees learn a framework to assist with the implementation of this process. Passion, integrity, and collaboration are at the heart of every Fierce Conversation!

Thurs, Sep 30, 6:00 PM CDT

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How to Make the Most of Reading Experiences with Interactive Story Time
(1.5 hours)

Join us as we explore research that supports language and literacy development through interactive read-aloud experiences. The session will also focus on ideas for promoting early literacy development in ten language/literacy areas. We will share how to develop a basic scope and sequence of skills based on your state standards to ensure interactive reading experiences progress throughout the year to help prepare children for kindergarten.

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Wonders of the Weather: Engaging Children in Meaningful Investigations
(1 hour)

It goes without saying that the weather impacts us every day. Aside from dictating what we wear and our moods, exploring the weather opens children up to endless possibilities for learning. In this one-hour session, we will take a look at how weather impacts children’s daily lives and what they’re expected to know and understand about weather developmentally. We’ll talk about Weather Displays—what they are, how they work, where to keep them, and if/when they’re needed. Ideas for investigating the weather across the learning domains will be shared.

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You, Me, We: Five Strategies for Addressing Diversity in the ECE Classroom
(1 hour)

Our world is diverse, and it continues to grow and change at a rapid rate. Over the last several years, the early childhood profession has placed significant emphasis on developing programs that reflect the diversity of the children they serve and the population at large. For everyday educators and providers, knowing how to address diversity in your setting can be challenging. In this one-hour session, we will focus on five strategies to support you in planning activities and creating environments that welcome and reflect the cultures and perspectives of the children in your care.

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