Session 1: Christian Philosophy - Christian educators are to teach from a biblical worldview based upon core values centered on God's Word. Learn what the scriptures say about how God designed children and how they should be taught.
Session 2: Understanding Child Development - It is important to incorporate the developmental domains of the whole child into the curriculum including spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. Understand how developmentally appropriate practices take into consideration the ability, interest, culture, diversity, personality and temperament of each child.
Session 3: Appropriate Activities for Children - Play is a vital part of the young child's learning experience. Discover the importance of using a variety of differentiated learning opportunities to include a balance of teacher-guided instruction and child-initiated exploration.
Session 4: Understanding the Teacher as Facilitator - Biblically based curriculum plans are to be aligned with how young children think and learn best. Explore a curriculum framework for instruction based on biblical concepts and truths.
Session 5: Understanding the Role of Child Guidance - Early educators are to disciple (teach) children with nurturing love while utilizing preventative approaches, engaging environments, and clear expectations. Learn the difference between guiding and punishing children.
Sessions 6: Understanding the Influence of Classroom Environment - Teachers are to make decisions about classroom resources and materials based on the various learning styles of children. Delve into the importance of indoor and outdoor learning environments and how to design a rich atmosphere providing a variety of safe and reassuring stimuli for the different needs of each learner.
Session 7: Understanding the Value of Developing Relationships - Early educators are to maintain an attitude and performance in the work environment that is based on God's Word. Recognize the importance of developing consistent, appropriate and godly relationships with students, family members, peers and supervisors.
Session 8: Understanding the Importance of Personal Growth - As educators show evidence of spiritual and professional growth and their calling to teach young children, they use the information to self-reflect, modify and adapt their teaching skills to meet the students’ needs. Examine the importance of ongoing professional development.
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