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      "Supporting Early Educators, Families, & Children" 

      2019 Keynote Speakers 

      Dr. Mike 
      (Mike Longoria)


      Paul McGhee
      KEYNOTE: Lighten Up! Humor is FUNdamental to providing Quality Care to Young Children
      This keynote is always entertaining and fun, but is substantive, as well. It focuses on how keeping your sense of humor helps childcare providers and early childhood educators provide quality care and education day after day—even on the tough days. Part of this program emphasizes the notion that a good sense of humor is an essential survival skill for teachers and care providers. A sense of humor is shown to provide the resilience needed to cope with the challenges that young children sometimes offer. This keynote is always well received.

      WORKSHOP # 1 :
      The Playful Brain: Development of Young Children’s Humor:

      This workshop describes basic developmental changes in young children’s humor from infancy until about age seven, along with the social, emotional and cognitive developmental benefits resulting from young children’s humor. The use of humor to support “pre-reading” skills—and learning in general—is also discussed.

      Jeff Johnson
      Keynote: Finding Your Smile Again
      Many caregivers spend so much time focusing on the needs of others that they fail to take care of themselves, which often leads to stress and burnout. This session looks at how burnout impacts caregivers and ways to deal with that impact.  
      Outcomes/ Goals  

      • Attendees will understand how stress and burnout impacts them  
      • Attendees will understand the causes of stress and burnout  
      • Attendees will leave with simple and doable ideas for managing stress and burnout  

      Building Brains With Hands-On Play  Young children learn best through hands-on, up-close-and-personal, in-your-face interactions with the world. The problem many adult caregivers have with such learning is that it is often messy. Kids who interact closely with their worlds often end up with their world all over their hands, face, and clothes. This session looks at why messy play is an important part of early learning, messy play ideas, and tools and tips to help caregivers make messy okay. 

      Outcomes/ Goals  

      • Attendees will understand why messy play is important for young children 
      • Attendees will leave with tips and strategies for making messy play easier  
      • Attendees will leave with messy play ideas 

      Cows In The Basement  
      A child’s life should be full of whim, fantasy, imagination, and goofiness, but all too often kids are forced to grow up too soon. This session will look at how caregivers can feed their need for fun and fantasy...and have a good time while doing so.  

      Outcomes/ Goals

      • Attendees leave with ideas for supporting fantasy and imaginative play
      • Attendees will practice using their imaginations
      • Attendees will see the relationship between fantasy play and learning

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