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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Workshop: Understanding Child and Youth Development

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify five distinct age groups from birth to adolescence
  • Understand four domains of development
  • Generate activity ideas specific to age groups and/or domains of development

Toolbox Training highly recommends the Ages & Stages: Understanding Child Development book as a complement to this workshop. Click here for information on that and other books from Toolbox Training.


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

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

The 5 Age Groups of Child and Youth Development

When discussing child and youth development, there are five different age groups to consider:

Infants – This covers ages 0 months to 12 months old.


Toddlers – This covers from 12 months to 3 years old.


Preschoolers – This covers from 3 years to 5 years old.


Schoolagers – This covers from 5 years to 12 years old.


Adolescents – This covers from 13 years old to 17 years old.


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The 4 Domains of Child and Youth Development

When discussing child and youth development, there are four basic areas to consider:

Physicalhow we move

“The process of gaining control of our large and small muscles as well as the use of the senses.”


Cognitivehow we think

“It is not the same as intelligence. It is “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.” – Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health


Communication and Languagehow we interact

Communication is “the expression of ideas, thoughts, and feelings to others.”

Language is a system of words and the rules for their use in speaking, listening, reading and writing. – adapted from Caring for Children in School-Age Programs


Social and Emotionalhow we feel

“The capacity to recognize and manage emotions, solve problems effectively, and establish positive relationships with others.” – Joseph E. Zins and Maurice J. Elias, “Social and Emotional Learning”


Keep the following in mind when considering development:
  • Don’t assume everyone has the same skills developed. Everyone develops at their own rate.
  • Provide a range of activities which allows everyone to participate at their levels.
  • Start activities with practice sessions to help all participants learn the skills needed.
  • Observe youth as they participate to see who might need extra practice – maybe privately to help them avoid embarrassment.
  • Encourage youth to try new activities. Help everyone understand we all had to learn sometime.
Above information from Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development and Metropolitan Community College (2014). Professional Development for Afterschool/Youth Workers. “Module 3: Child and Youth Development.” Metropolitan Community College; Kansas City, MO.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Training Tips: the 3P's

Whether it is for staff in an afterschool program or another field, quality training should always consist of three elements, which Toolbox Training refers to as the 3 P's.

Principle: This is the basic information provided in the workshop. It should be new knowledge to participants or a twist on familiar information. Sadly, many trainings never move beyond this phase.

Practice: For a training to truly be training, participants must get a chance to apply the new information they've learned in the training setting. If this doesn't happen in the training, the likelihood that participants retain the information drops significantly.

Plan: Finally, a quality training charges participants with developing a specific plan of action for how they will use what they've learned beyond the workshop. Without any next steps, participants are unlikely to follow-up the workshop in any meaningful way.


Workshop: Building Teamwork Through Type

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Determine your Myers-Briggs type
  • Understand your personal type preferences
  • Recognize the values of others' type preferences


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


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

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Workshop: Promoting Social & Emotional Learning

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand Social & Emotional Learning
  • Know why SEL matters
  • Be able to plan activities and methods to promote SEL


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


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

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


For ideas on activities to promote SEL, check out the Toolbox Training blog post, "100 Activities/Methods to Promote Social & Emotional Learning."

Monday, July 24, 2017

About Toolbox Training

Since its formation in January 1998, Toolbox Training has strongly advocated that proper training of afterschool workers and child care providers must incorporate a wide spectrum of methods including workshops, resources, and consulting.


About Dave Whitaker, the Founder:
  • Entered the child care/afterschool field in 1987
  • Has been a trainer, consultant, author, program coordinator, and lead teacher
  • Has worked with preschoolers, kindergartners, school-agers, and middle schoolers
  • Has worked in school, church, center, and recreation-based facilities Master in Education (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA) with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
  • Served on the Missouri School-Age Community Coalition and Missouri Accreditation state boards
  • Past faculty for Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) in the School Age Department

Workshops:
  • Delivered hundreds of workshops at the national, state, and local levels
  • Dozens of topics including behavior management, parent communication, and lesson planning
  • Oversaw more than a dozen trainers in developing and delivering more than 200 workshops as the Caring Communities Trainer for the Local Investment Commission
  • Certified Youth Works Methods trainer for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Click the “Workshops” link or above triangle for a full listing.

Resources:

Click the “Books” link or above triangle for a full listing.

Consulting:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

100 Activities/Methods to Promote Social & Emotional Learning

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These activities and methods for promoting social & emotional learning (SEL) were put together in support of the Toolbox Training workshop, Promoting Social & Emotional Learning, which you can learn about more here.

The workshop identifies seven SEL skills with which youth should be ARMORED (an acronym formed by the first letters of each of the seven words).

Click on any of the below to go directly to the links for the SEL activities and methods under that category.


Awareness of Self


Regulation


Motivation


Others (Awareness of)


Relationship Building


Emotional Intelligence


Decision Making/Problem Solving


Resources:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Workshop: Leading Successful STEM Activities

This workshop focuses on how to:

  • Understand what STEM means
  • Experiment with different STEM activities
  • Facilitate successful STEM activities

Consider the Toolbox Training book 100 Science Activities for Kids as a complement to this training. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NAA New Board Members Announced

As some of you may know, I recently was accepted as a candidate for the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Board. There were only two slots to fill and while I didn't get one of the positions, I am grateful I made the cut as one of the 11 candidates. Here's the video I made for my campaign (with help from my 14-year-old son:

Here is the official announcement from the NAA for its new board members: Meet the New NAA Board Members (6/27/2017).


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Workshops: Youth Work Methods Series

As a certified trainer for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Toolbox Training’s Dave Whitaker can deliver any of the workshops in the Youth Works Methods series. You can find out more about the series here. Click on any of the titles below for more details about specific workshops.

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

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles and more details, such as costs, testimonials, and the approach of a Toolbox Training workshop.


Workshop: Youth Voice

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Youth Voice. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Planning and Reflection

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy to use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Planning and Reflection. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Homework Help

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

This course focuses on making homework help time effective by helping youth get organized, by providing an atmosphere that helps youth focus on their work, and by building a supportive relationship with youth. These elements help participants reconsider Homework Help as an opportunity to build relationships and nurture positive growth, beyond getting the work done.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Homework Help. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Cooperative Learning

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Cooperative Learning. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

Youth programs can be optimized for youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Active Learning

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the “ingredients” of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.


For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Active Learning. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Structure and Clear Limits

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

This workshop will focus on how to:

  • Understand the meanings of structure and clear limits
  • Understand how to build structure
  • Understand how to establish clear limits

For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Structure and Clear Limits. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Reframing Conflict

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

This workshop will focus on how to:

  • Understand conflict
  • Lessening conflict through effective programming and activities
  • Use a 6-step approach to respond to conflict

For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Reframing Conflict. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Ask Listen Encourage

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here

This workshop will focus on how to:

  • ASK effective questions
  • LISTEN actively
  • ENCOURAGE success

For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Ask Listen Encourage. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Workshop: Building Community

This workshop is part of the Youth Works Methods series developed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. You can find out more about the series here.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn what it means to build community
  • Use games to build community
  • Practice community-building games

For this training package, Toolbox Training highly recommends the Youth Works Methods book Building Community. Click on the book cover for details.

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

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Workshop: Behavior Management

The three workshops in this series are designed to stand alone so your program doesn't have to take all three workshops - although it is encouraged! Each workshop is 2 hours.

Thanks to LINC site coordinators LaKeshia Lewis, Paul Lichtenauer, Melanie Scott, and Carl Wade for their work in helping to develop this series.


Behavior Management: The Adult

Objectives - Adults can lessen the likelihood of problems and deal more effectively with children’s behavior when they do arise through:

  • How we move
  • What we say
  • What we don’t say
  • Practice scenarios

Behavior Management: The Child

This workshop focuses on:

  • Identifying reasons for children’s behavior
  • Recognizing how to address behaviors
  • Understand the difference between punishment and behavior management


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


Behavior Management: The Environment

This workshop will focus on how to:

  • Identify 4 environmental factors which affect behavior
  • Use 4 C’s to improve those factors
  • Develop plan to improve at least 1 factor

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

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


Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19: Phonograph patented (1878)

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The Technology of Music

Possible Materials:

  • phonograph player and 78s
  • record player and records
  • reel-to-reel player and reel-to-reel
  • eight-track player and eight tracks
  • cassette player and cassettes
  • CD player and CDs
  • iPod
  • mobile phone with Spotify, YouTube

Directions:

  1. The above materials are merely suggestions. You aren’t likely to be able to access all of these!
  2. Put out requests to your families to see if you can borrow players which you don’t already have.
  3. If you can’t get the actual technology, find photos of each on the Internet and print them out.
  4. Let kids experiment with the various methods of playing music which have existed over the years.
  5. When they don’t have access to the actual players, discuss the photos and how the devices must have worked.
Check out 100 Music Activities for Kids for more music activities for kids.


Check out the full February calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16: World Championship Crab Races

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Crabs and Crawdads

Materials:

  • none

Directions:

  1. Playing field must be divided into two equal halves.
  2. Players group in two equal teams, one on each side of center line.
  3. One side is the crabs team and the other the crawdads.
  4. Caller yells out either “crabs” or “crawdads.”
  5. If caller yells “crabs” then the crabs must run from center line back to their base without being tagged by the crawdads. If caller yells “crawdads” then the crabs chase the crawdads.
  6. Any player tagged joins the other side.
  7. Game ends when all players are on one side.

Variations:

  • Caller should stretch out word as much as possible and occasionally bluff by yelling other words starting with ‘cr’ (crackers, crumb, etc.)
  • This game can be done along with ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’. Team decides on one of the three and then everyone regroups at center line. At count of three, everyone offers up the appropriate sign for their team and winning side chases other side.
  • Create 3 or 4 teams.

Source(s): 100 Game Activities for Kids (activity A5)


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15: Jewelry Day

image from jewellerykorner.blogspot.com

The Toolbox Training book 100 Art Activities for Kids has an entire section on jewelry, including yarn bracelets, paper clip jewelry, macaroni jewelry, lima bean jewelry, key chain, clay beads, and edible necklace. Consider setting up various jewelry-making stations for the kids. Here’s the instructions for one of the activities:


Lima Bean Jewelry

Materials:

  • lima beans in pods
  • large darning needle
  • heavy thread

Directions:

  1. Consider soaking beans in water and food coloring to create different colors.
  2. Thread the needle to desired length.
  3. Tie a knot in one end.
  4. Push the lima beans onto the thread one at a time.
  5. Add a pod to the thread every now and then.
  6. Tie the ends of the thread together to finish the necklace.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity J4)


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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13: Get a Different Name Day

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This game is typically used to help children get to know each other’s names. To adapt this for “Get a Different Name Day,” let kids pick new names and play the rest of the game according to the directions. You could also let kids create name tags for their new names and go by their new names for the rest of the day.


The Name Game

Materials:

  • none

Directions:

  1. This isn’t a strict pantomime activity; participants can speak, but only to say their names.
  2. The idea of the game is to help kids learn each other’s names. This game is ideal for a group of kids that are just meeting each other.
  3. A child says his/her name and simultaneously offers some kind of gesture or movement.
  4. Everyone in the group can then repeat the child’s name and gesture/movement.
  5. After everyone has a turn, then this can become a memory game that can be played several different ways. First, one child (or an adult) can be the caller. The caller would either say a name or do a gesture/movement and the rest of the group would repeat it and point to that person.
  6. The game could also be played as such: Players stand in a circle. The first player says someone’s name and/or does the gesture/movement. The next player must go stand where that person is. If the player was right, then the player now does a name/gesture for the person s/he is replacing. If not, then the first player gets another turn, this time for the next person in the circle.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity G5)


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11: Inventor's Day/Thomas Edison's Birthday (1847)

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Invention Convention

Materials:

  • Unlimited supply of recycled items
  • Variety of materials for attaching items (string, staples, glue, tape, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. The materials listed above are only a starting point. The adults and kids can be creative in coming up with plenty more materials to inspire inventions.
  2. Allow kids to work alone or in groups.
  3. Encourage children to look over materials and develop an idea first of what they wish to create. They can even draw out a diagram of what they want their finished product to look like.
  4. Once designed, then kids can start building.
  5. When products are complete, display the kids’ work by putting on an Invention Convention. Think of this as similar to a science fair.

Source(s): 100 Nature Activities for Kids (activity K2)


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Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10: Crime Prevention Week (2nd week of February)

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Detective Prop Box

Materials:

  • uniforms, suits or ties
  • note pads
  • badges
  • magnifying glass
  • hand-held tape recorder
  • ink pad for finger prints
  • briefcase
  • file folders
  • typewriter
  • cases to solve

Directions:

  1. Prop boxes are items grouped together by a theme to allow children to pretend. They can be used as specific activities or put out during free time.
  2. The materials listed above are merely suggestions. You may come up with additional ideas and leave some of these materials out.
  3. The boxes that hold 10 reams of computer paper/typing paper are a nice size for prop boxes. They can be covered with nice contact paper to make them more attractive.
  4. You might also consider a creative way of putting all the prop box materials into something that fits the theme. For example, a camping prop box might go in a backpack; a travel prop box could go in a suitcase.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity A5)


Check out the full February calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 9: Volleyball invented (1895)

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Circle Volleyball

Materials:

  • balloon

Directions:

  1. Kids sit in a circle and take turns batting a balloon to keep it up in the air.
  2. Let the group keep track of how many times they hit it in the air before it touches the ground.
  3. You might also see how many kids can hit the balloon before it touches the ground.

Variations:

  • Add more balloons.
  • Scoot chairs out farther.

Source(s): 100 Game Activities for Kids (activity C15)


Check out the full February calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.