In 1 Timothy 4:8-15, we read Paul telling Timothy to train himself to be godly, especially since godliness has value for all things and holds the promises for both this life and the life to come. Paul also commissions Timothy to teach others how to put their hope in the living God. He adds that Timothy should set an example for other believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
How was Timothy to follow these recommendations? By devoting himself to public reading of Scripture, preaching and teaching it. He instructed in diligence and to give himself wholly to being trained for godliness.
It is a given that when we teach something to another, we often grow the most! It is also a given that we need to come together to experience instruction. Why? Because when we are together, we encourage each other, we provide examples to one another, and we are able to discuss our own personal needs and growth in transparent ways with one another. Love happens in relationships!
While state agencies have mandated professional clock hours, instruction is something that Christians look forward to. We never cease learning! An eagerness to learn results in more capable abilities for giving. Training is often a result of assessed needs. It is the intention of CEES to provide a forum for discussion, to assess the needs of adult care givers and teachers and to provide high quality research-based and biblically infused instruction in a variety of ways to those who are raising God’s next kingdom.
Training opportunities include scheduled webinars, written resources for dialogue on the blog, training topics listed below and conferences developed with your staff in mind. Write me to discuss your training needs and we will be able to plan uniquely with your needs in mind.
Training Topics Available
All workshops include instructional materials and activities to work together with one another around key principles.
- Discipline by Temperament: Uniquely designed by God requires unique discipline plans for children
Focus on the Family’s James Dobson made the Chess and Thomas study of the 1950’s a popular mechanism for identification of temperaments. God has a design for instruction, training and correction, and perfect love must consider the temperaments as part of this. Teachers will identify the nine temperament traits and learn coping strategies for discipline, correction and training young children within their God-given temperament. A complete list of discipline strategies will be offered with practice in utilization of these.
- Talking Has Technique to it! (Language levels of teachers impact cognitive development in children)
The level of language that a teacher uses in the classroom dramatically affects cognitive growth during the early years. Teachers will identify, recognize and construct useful communication in four levels and then practice communication at each level. The outcome will be higher language levels for enhanced cognitive growth in the Christian preschool classroom.
- Purposes of Assessment: What tools do I use and for what purposes?
Assessments and performance tools must be related to goals and outcomes for children. A variety of screenings, assessments and tests are available, but knowing which ones are valid, reliable, effective and indicative of producing your outcomes with children is important. Come and find out what is available and how to discern the proper assessment program for your children.
- Faith-Based Programs: Literacy with Grace
Literature affects children! This workshop will provide practical ideas generated for integrating good quality children’s literature with biblical truths, values and belief systems. This workshop offers a number of literature sources, ideas and applications. In addition, tools to meet accreditation goals will be included.
- Preparing for Infants and Toddlers: Environment, Skills, Curriculum
The first years of life are critical for establishing social, cognitive and motor skill opportunities for children in a supportive and empathic way. Learn how to plan your environment for optimal learning, plan your curriculum around things that matter to infants and avoid pitfalls of irrelevant programming during the first three years. Practical ideas will be added to a skill framework that is research based for infants and toddlers.
- Compelling Communication with Parents (3 hours)
The importance of Christian schooling must be communicated at very early ages in order for parents to realize the benefit when challenging economic times would convince them otherwise. Building a relationship with parents takes more than a weekly newsletter or monthly schedule. You can be intentional in building relationships that will allow for trust, education and shared resourcing as you partner with parents in a young child’s education and development. Learn useful pieces of collaboration for greater kingdom influence and discuss supportive climates that are descriptive, provisional and empathetic.
- Kindergarten Here I Come – Ready or Not: What is K-Readiness?
What does research say about the most important skills that a child needs prior to Kindergarten and how do you disseminate this to parents?
- Spiritual Nurture for Preschool Children
A look at the research literature on spirituality of children with practical applications provided to impact positively on the next generation. Teachers will develop godly play units which will impact a child’s relationship with God through playing out God’s stories.
- Mentoring your teachers
Strategies for successful mentorship including goal identification, accountability and research based practices for engagement. This is also a good workshop for development of a succession plan with your teachers.
10. How is it possible to integrate Biblical principals with math for preschoolers?
This workshops shares and allows teachers to work with sound practices for Biblical instruction through developmentally appropriate math activities.