Books by Dave Whitaker

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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Book: Ages & Stages: Understanding Child Development

Unlike most resources on child development, this book covers milestones for early childhood and school-age. Learn the major milestones for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-agers in eight major areas: cognitive, communication, physical (general), physical (gross motor), physical (fine motor), social, emotional, and self-sufficiency. 102 pages. Catalog number: CDBK0703; Price: $14.95


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Book: Jazz Up Staff Training & Meetings

This book, which started as a one-day seminar, focuses on preparation, openings, identifying and meeting participant needs, and closings. Among the books contents are tips on creating P.O.W.E.R. handouts, a suggested supply kit of materials, ideas for icebreakers and review activities, tips for using audiovisual material effectively, and more than a dozen forms that you can copy for your own meetings and training sessions. 90 pages. Catalog number: TTBK0703; Price: $20.00

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Book: After-School Transition Activities: The Ready, Set, Go! Guide to Strategies That Work

Decide if your schedule’s transitions need to be energized (PUMPED), combined with another activity (LUMP), or scrapped altogether (DUMPED). Fill time where kids are waiting (READY), sitting for awhile (SET), or on the move (GO) by choosing from over 100 activities in categories like drama, language, games, or music and movement. 76 pages. Catalog number: TRBK0503; Price: $9.95

Contact Toolbox Training for an even greater discount if you order multiple copies of this title!

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Workshop: Discipline with Dignity I: Preventing Problems

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles as well as prices and other information. All Toolbox Training workshops are also available as do-it-yourself training packages. Click that tab for more details.


What you’ll get from this workshop or training package:

  • Learn the 4 C’s of encouraging positive behavior
  • Master the rules on making rules
  • Understand how to use three I’s to prevent possible problems
  • Apply “the stoplight” to be sure to react properly when it looks like a child might be misbehaving
  • Recognize how to send children the right messages with body language
  • Distinguish between words and phrases that encourage vs. those that discourage
  • Use scenarios to practice how to deal with discipline situations

To have this delivered as an on-site workshop contact Toolbox Training.

Workshop: Discipline with Dignity II: Solving Problems

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles as well as prices and other information. All Toolbox Training workshops are also available as do-it-yourself training packages. Click that tab for more details.


What you’ll get from this workshop or training package:

  • Distinguish punishment from discipline
  • Identify reasons why children behave the way they do
  • Implement a 5-step process for getting children to identify problems
  • Learn 3 ways to get kids to think through what they’ve done
  • Learn 3 ways to get kids to “recreate” what they’ve done
  • Implement a 6-step process for getting kids to develop and implement a solution to a problem
  • Use scenarios to practice what you’ve learned

To have this delivered as an on-site workshop contact Toolbox Training.


To order as a do-it-yourself training package (catalog # DSTP0403):

You can also download an order form here.


Training packages come with workbooks, certificates, and evaluations for 10 participants, but you can also order additional workbooks, etc. (catalog # DSTW0403) if necessary:


For more Toolbox Training workshops and training packages, check here.

Monday, March 31, 2003

Workshop: Give Kids Control Without Losing Control

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles as well as prices and other information. All Toolbox Training workshops are also available as do-it-yourself training packages. Click that tab for more details.


What you’ll get from this workshop or training package:

  • Define what control means to you
  • Recognize the benefits of giving kids control
  • Understand the benefits to adults
  • Master the 3 I’s in maintaining control
  • Establish rules and consequences that allow kids control
  • Learn how to involve children in planning
  • Offer children job responsibilities
  • Involve kids in program evaluation

To have this delivered as an on-site workshop contact Toolbox Training.


To order as a do-it-yourself training package (catalog # GCTP0303):

You can also download an order form here.


Training packages come with workbooks, certificates, and evaluations for 10 participants, but you can also order additional workbooks, etc. (catalog # GCTW0303) if necessary:


For more Toolbox Training workshops and training packages, check here.

Workshop: Transitions That Work

This workshop focuses on how to:

  • Define transitions
  • Identify three kinds of transitions
  • Try out transition activities


Check out this video of the Power Point presentation from this workshop for an idea of what you can expect:

Toolbox Training highly recommends the book After-School Transition Activities: The Ready, Set, Go! Guide to Strategies That Work. Click on the book cover for details.

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To have this delivered as an on-site workshop contact Toolbox Training.

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles.