Instructor Modules

We do the research and development, you deliver the program! Each 2-hour module includes Instructor’s Manual, DVD with video clips, printable participant handouts, and instructions for participant activities.*

Use the Order Form to order Instructor Modules. For more information, e-mail or call 800-452-9108.

For information on the structure and content of the Instructor Modules, please contact Lyn Horning, Assistant Director of Programs and the assistant producer of the workshops (lch5@psu.edu or 814-863-5568).

*In Pennsylvania, only PQAS instructors may award PQAS professional development hours to participants attending these workshops.

Title and Description of Workshop

Art Appreciation 101 for Young Children

Believe it or not, even infants can begin to appreciate art. Participants will learn how to introduce and talk with children of all ages about art made by them and others.

Avoid Behavior Problems – Teach Self-Control

What is self-control? How does this help active and not so active children? Participants will learn ways for teaching children self-control, which leads to better behavior. Help children develop this important skill to be ready for starting school.

Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us

Have you ever been secretly pleased when one of the children in your group is absent? Some children are more difficult to work with than others. This professional development program will help early childhood educators to take an honest look at children and their feelings about them. Explore what professionals can do to build positive relationships with all children – even the challenging ones.

Childhood Obesity Prevention: Promoting Healthy Eating

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is part of Let’s Move!, a comprehensive initiative started by Michelle Obama to help turn the rising tide of childhood obesity in the United States. Child care providers play an important role in helping to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The three Let’s Move! Child Care goals that relate to healthy eating and nutrition are the focus of this workshop.

Childhood Obesity Prevention: Inspiring Physical Activity

Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) is part of Let’s Move!, a comprehensive initiative started by Michelle Obama to help turn the rising tide of childhood obesity in the United States. Child care providers play an important role in helping to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The two Let’s Move! Child Care goals that relate to physical activity are the focus of this workshop.

Creating Special Moments with Infants and Toddlers

Special moments should occur more often than celebrating children’s birthdays or developmental milestones. This professional development program will help to discover how to create special moments with infants and toddlers every day. Turn diaper changing and other routine tasks into special moments to share with each child.

Emergency Preparedness in childcare Centers: Developing the Plan

Fire, flood, bomb threat, missing child, utility disruption, tornadoes... No one likes to think of all the possible emergencies that can occur. But that's no excuse for not being prepared. This professional development program will help childcare program directors and administrators to develop an emergency preparedness plan for their facility to help staff, children, and families to be prepared for any type of emergency situation.

Every Child Counts: Building Community

Jamal seems different from the rest of the children in the group. He usually plays by himself and when he asks to join others in play, they usually say, “No.” This professional development program will help participants learn how to bring out nurturing, caring behaviors in children to create a community where children support each other. Share ways to help Jamal and others like him to rise from being loners in the group to being leaders.

Family Childcare: Getting Started

This workshop is an overview of key points to think about before opening a family childcare home, including personal and family considerations, state regulations, and business aspects of this occupation. The DVD segments accompanying this workshop contain interviews with experienced family childcare providers discussing the advantages and disadvantages of family childcare as a profession.

Getting Ready to Read and Write: Supporting Children’s Development

Before learning to read and write, children need to develop a variety of important foundational skills. These emergent literacy skills develop over time and are important in a child’s journey to becoming a successful reader and writer. Learn developmentally appropriate ways to promote and enhance the development of children’s emergent literacy skills.

Giving Your Best: Making Secure Attachments

If you make a list of qualities of successful adults it will likely include: confidence, independence, strong social skills, resilience, cooperation, etc. The foundation for these traits is built on the relationships that infants and toddlers form with the adults in their world. Share what participants can provide for children today to help prepare them to be successful adults tomorrow.

Healthy Air + Healthy Spaces = Healthy Children *

Have you ever considered that a childcare home or center could be making children sick? This workshop will help participants explore the connections between children's health and indoor environments of childcare facilities. Participants will learn safer practices to help assure that indoor environments are safe for children.

* DVD contains PowerPoint, no video

How to Get Parents on Your Team

Does the thought of meeting with certain parents sometimes scare you? Do parent meetings seem like drudgery? Help early childhood participants learn how to plan and prepare for good and useful parent meetings and analyze the way they communicate with parents to develop strategies for building better relationships.

How to Turn Good Play into GREAT Play

Help professionals learn the secrets of how to help children expand their play: when to step in, when to step out, what questions to ask, how to get them to think. AND find out how great play reduces discipline problems.

I want! I Want!! I WANT!!! : building good consumers

Advertising captures children. Take a close look at what advertising doesn't want you to know. Learn the effects of marketing on children.

Improving Transition Times

Moving from place to place, activity to activity, is often filled with tears, screaming, and tantrums. Help early childhood professionals learn how to smooth transitions to make them productive, fun times for children and stress free for adults.

Math for Every Age

This workshop will help early childhood professionals learn what young children understand about math at each age and simple math activities to do with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Music for the Non-Musical

Need new ideas and inspiration for including music in your child care program? Learn songs for the non-singer, how to make simple musical instruments, and lots of music and movement activities to do with the children.

Problem Solving with Children

Hitting, grabbing, pushing, and biting: how do children learn to play nicely? Children can learn to solve their own problems, but they need adults to teach them how to do it.

Reading Makes Cents

Reading Makes Cents is comprised of a collection of activities developed around exemplary children’s literature that has money as a theme. The selected children's literature explores ideas, activities, and strategies that help children learn how to earn, save, share, and spend money. Children's literature provides a rich diversity of settings, people, income levels, relationships, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religions, holidays, intergenerational friendships all related to money messages and learning.

Science for Young Thinkers

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to help future scientists learn the basics. Find out how to make science activities really fun for children and adults.

Sparking Kids’ Curiosity

What's so great about curiosity? How to help kids to grow curiosity. Clever materials to spark children's creative thinking and learning.

The Ins and Outs of Good Circle Times

The real goal of circle time is far more than teaching children to sit and listen — it is to help children join together and form a community. Learn what makes circle and group times successful. This lesson offers tips and ideas for gathering children together and keeping them involved.

The Power of the Wind

The Power of the Wind Curriculum is about the wind and its uses. Youth work with members of a team to design, create, build, and test a wind powered devices and are given opportunities to explore wind as a potential energy source in their community.

What Does “Time” Mean to Children?

What do children of different ages know and understand about time? Why do children and adults struggle when it's time to clean up? Help participants learn ways to build on children's understanding of "yesterday," "today," and "tomorrow.

Use the Order Form to order Instructor Modules. For more information, e-mail or call 800-452-9108.

For information on the structure and content of the Instructor Modules, please contact Lyn Horning, Assistant Director of Programs (lch5@psu.edu or 814-863-5568).