New On Demand for February

Click2Science: Modeling Science and Engineering Processes; Click2Science: Group Management During STEM; Click2Science: Developing a Science and Engineering Identity; Connecting to Military Children through Books; Reintegration: When a Deployed Parent Comes Home; Start Your IPM Program (part 2): Implementation (for Center Directors); Reflect and Respect Children’s Military-Connected Identity.

Click2Science: Modeling Science and Engineering Processes

Asking questions, trying ideas, and seeing how things work--that’s what scientific inquiry is all about. Out of school personnel support youth in this process by modeling these skills to the children in their care.  Knowing that discoveries don’t usually happen in a linear order allows adults to meet children wherever their curiosity emerges and to guide them to deeper investigations. This module includes video examples and downloadable resources to equip the provider in this coaching role. (K2.5 C2) 2 hours

Click2Science: Maximizing STEM Space

How staff arrange the environment can impact the way youth engage and experience science, engineering, and math learning in an out-of-school time program. Learn how to set up space and arrange materials to maximize youth involvement. Strategies from practitioners include creative use of outdoor and indoor space and use of open-ended materials. Learn how to create affordable spaces of wonder and inquiry that differ from traditional school environments. (K2.4 C2) 2 hours

Click2Science: Group Management During STEM

Managing active children during science and engineering projects can be challenging even for seasoned out-of-school time staff.  Learn how to structure STEM experiences and space for the most positive group interactions and learning. Through the advice of experts and front line staff, this module provides resources for safe, engaging group time during STEM experiences. Planning checklists and several activity instructions are included in this module. (K2.13 C2) 2 hours

Click2Science: Developing a Science and Engineering Identity

The lack of a STEM “identity” is often cited as one of the main reasons that young people don’t pursue STEM courses and careers. Learn the truth about identity development. Learn to nurture a growth mindset in the school-age children in your care. Try out several identity activities while learning how to impact the next generation of science learners. This module includes practical examples from practitioners and ample on-line resources to encourage youth to pursue their STEM potential. (K1.4 C2) 2 hours

Connecting to Military Children through Books

Children’s books can benefit young children in many ways in addition to building early literacy skills. They can satisfy children’s curiosity, help them think through tough situations, and support their growing understanding of themselves, other people, and the world around them. This lesson explores many different ways that children’s books can be used with children from military families to connect to the military parts of their lives. (K5.4 C1, CDA3) 1 hour

Start Your IPM Program (part 2): Implementation (for Center Directors)

Take the next step and implement your IPM program to improve the health and safety of children and staff. Learn practical ways to turn your written IPM policy into action. Explore using IPM training to educate staff and parents, how to hire a pest management professional who uses IPM, and begin developing IPM action plans for common pests that could enter your facility. (D7.8 C2, CDA1) 2 hours

Reintegration: When a Deployed Parent Comes Home

Deployment is a difficult time of separation for military families. A sudden and prolonged absence of a parent is very difficult for every family member. Upon the service member's return, the reintegration, or transition from battlefront to home, is a long, complex emotional process for children and parents. Although the majority of the adjustment will take place at home, there are several ways that child care providers can support both child and parent as the get to know one another again. (K3.7 C1,CDA3) 2 hours

Reflect and Respect Children’s Military-Connected Identity

The best environments for children are those in which each child can SEE himself, his interests, his identity, and BE himself to express those interests, concerns, thoughts and emotions. For children from military families, that includes reflections of the military-connected knowledge and experiences that they bring to child care. Explore why and how early childhood professionals can intentionally and effectively respect and reflect children’s military-connectedness in their programs. (K5.4 C1  CDA 3) 2 hours