Weekday Education
In-Person Conf. July 18, 2023

Noonday Baptist Association

For Weekday Teachers of 1-5 Year Olds

20 + Breakout Session Topics

Includes Lunch & Conf. Materials

$44 Noonday Baptist Assn. Churches
$60 non-Noonday Baptist Assn. Churches

  • 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Eastern Standard Time

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Weekday Education brought to you by: Noonday Baptist Association & Georgia Baptist Mission Board
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Weekday Education 2023 In-Person Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 | 8:45am – 3:30pm
(All times are EST)

  • $44 per person for Noonday Baptist Association member churches
  • $60 per person for non-Noonday Baptist Association churches

If you haven’t yet, you can click here to purchase ticket(s).

In-Person

Tickets include: Lunch, handouts and conference materials.

Conference Schedule

Where

FBC Woodstock
11905 Hwy 92
Woodstock, GA 30188

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Weekday Conference Speakers

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
(All Times are EST)

Please check back for additional information on handouts and more.

Conference Leaders for 2023

Stephanie-Chase

Stephanie Chase

Children’s Minister, Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, TX

Session 1

No More Raw Chicken

Let’s join together and learn how to teach preschoolers the Bible in fun and creative ways. You’ll leave laughing and fully equipped to teach preschoolers the Bible and make the commitment with teachers from all over the country to never, ever Raw Chicken Teach again!

Sessions 2 and 3

Why They Wiggle and Squirm and How to help them Learn and Develop When They Do

We all need to KNOW basic child development. Be ready to move and explore as you learn how children develop, why they behave certain ways, and how to teach in developmentally appropriate ways.

Sessions 4 and 5

Transition Time is FUN!

Discover the times you spend in transition daily and walk away with a toolbox full of songs, games & finger plays to make those moments smooth and meaningful.

Ashley Richardson

ASHLEY RICHARDSON

Kindergarten Teacher, Mercy Hill Weekday Preschool

Sessions 2 and 3

Getting Ready for the School Year

Organizing and planning curriculum, adding resources and meaningful experiences can all be tough to juggle. Learn how to pull this together and make a seamless year of learning for your preschoolers. We’ll look at planning themes and holidays too. Ideal for new teachers or teachers that are changing grade levels.

Sessions 4 and 5

Effective Parent Communication

Do you find communicating with parents a tough nut to crack??? We’ll look at how to communicate daily schedules most effectively, classroom expectations, monthly calendar, weekly learning goals, reading logs and behavior/discipline logs with busy parents. Tips on how to discuss difficult topics relating to child’s behavior and/or learning difficulties will also be included.

Katuscha Rackovec

KATUSCHKA RAKOVEC

Owner and Therapist, Oak and Vine Counseling

Sessions 2 and 3

Feelings Detective

Every behavior is motivated by an underlying need, whether it be the need for comfort, control, attention, safety, affirmation, importance, or something else entirely. Become a feelings detective by learning how to identify the feeling underneath some of the most commonly frustrating behaviors and learn how to utilize the F.A.T. triangle to help address not just the behavior but the underlying need as well.

Sessions 4 and 5

Your Kids are Superheroes!

Each child has a unique combination of traits and giftings – also known as superpowers – that especially equip them to handle problems and create good in the world. Here you’ll learn how to identify each kid’s individual superpowers and how to help them apply their superpowers to everyday circumstances using a simple DBT model for handling problems, big or small. By empowering children to recognize their own strengths, you’re creating little superhero allies in the classroom that work with you in creating a healthy and happy environment.

Leigh Corley

LEIGH CORLEY

Therapist and Owner, Ability Pediatric Therapy Clinic, Gainesville, Georgia

Sessions 2 and 3

Kindergarten Readiness

Provide gross and fine motor skill level information as well as strategies that children need to have as they are ready to enter kindergarten. Children have a hard time moving from the fun and freedom of home or preschool into a more structured school day. I will provide strategies to aid in getting them ready for this transition from a teacher and parents viewpoint.

Sessions 4 and 5

Happy Hemispheres

Many of today’s children have lots of difficulty with settling their body and brain in order to readily learn. I will provide a therapist’s lens to look through to shed light on how to optimize a child’s ability to process their world from a neurological standpoint, therefore aiding them with the ability to reach the academic learning level.

Amber Stephens

AMBER WELDON STEPHENS

Music Therapist, Fulton Dekalb Public Schools

Sessions 2 and 3

Music: The Sounds of Early Literacy

Music can open the door to a world of letters and sounds that will unite huge success with READING! Let me help you build a classroom where music is a part of your daily routine connecting fun to knowledge.

Sessions 4 and 5

Music Ties it All Together

Whatever the gap whether academic, social, motor or communication; music can help all our kids connect the dots. You don’t have to be musical to use music as a tool for teaching. Come and learn how to make a “joyful noise” as you bridge all the skills under a musical umbrella!

Maria Abercrombie

MARIA ABERCROMBIE

Instructor, Technical College System of Georgia

Sessions 2 and 3

Math for Every Age

This workshop presents the use of developmentally appropriate materials and activities that encourage emergent math concept development for young children birth to age 5.

Sessions 4 and 5

Tell Me About Your Picture: Creative Art in the Classroom

Participants will explore the nature of creativity, learn why it is important to nurture creativity and how to plan activities across the curriculum.

Paula-Walker

Paula Walker

Foster Care Specialist, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Sessions 2 and 3

Understanding and Dealing with Trauma and Preschoolers

Today’s preschooler deal with trauma more than ever before. Understanding trauma is key to navigating it in a way that helps the child grow. You’ll learn what trauma is, how to recognize it and its effects plus tips for dealing with it in your classroom.

Donna Moyer

DONNA MOYERS

Instructor, Learning at The Teacher’s Table

Sessions 2 and 3

Small Groups: Secrets, Strategies and Successes

Do you want to know the secrets of small group success? Are you looking for strategies for grouping students? How can you fit small groups into your daily schedule? Do you need engaging activities to make your small group lessons spectacular? In this workshop, you’ll learn how small group instruction builds relationships, allows more interaction, and provides immediate feedback. You’ll discover the teacher’s role and how to plan small group lessons. You’ll gather plenty of ideas for teaching key concepts and developing fine motor, math, and literacy skills via small groups. After this workshop, teachers of 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s will return to the classroom ready to achieve small group success!

Sessions 4 and 5

Preschool Publishers

Engage your little classroom publishers with oodles of creative bookmaking ideas from this workshop! Learn how envelopes, craft sticks, paper plates, napkins, and a little imagination can be transformed into exciting books your students will love! Teachers of 3s, 4s, and 5s will benefit from the activities in this session.

Kristen-Nichols

KRISTEN NICHOLS

Speech Language Pathologist, Mobility Physical Therapy, Kennesaw, GA

Sessions 2 and 3

Toddler Talk: Supporting Early Language in the Classroom

Have you ever wondered how we learn to talk? Have you ever questioned if a child in your class is behind in communication skills? In this course, you will learn how early language develops, typical communication milestones for toddlers and preschoolers and several ways you can support language development in your classroom.

Sessions 4 and 5

B.O.O.K.S. Encouraging Language Through Reading

Teacher, teacher what do you read? Reading books to your classroom is one of the best ways to support language development. There are so many benefits to books! In this course, you will learn how to choose good books and how to use several language strategies when reading to your classroom. The next time you are going on a book hunt, you’ll know just which one to pick!

Barbara-Gordon

BARBARA GORDON

Director, St. Peter Chanel Weekday Preschool, Roswell, GA

Session 3 only

Speed Directing (Not Speed Dating!)

Directors of Early Childhood educational programs wear many hats – supervisors, curriculum coordinators, office administrators, safety experts and more. Directors are responsible for the safety and education of children, establishing good relationships with parents and leading a staff in providing quality care for children. As Directors, we have a wealth of knowledge that we have gained from first hand experiences working with parents, children and teachers. We’ll have a series of discussions at different tables covering relevant preschool topics! Come with an open mind, a willingness to share and a smile!

Robin-Sanders

ROBIN SANDERS

Science Teacher, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, WEE School, Marietta, GA

Sessions 2 and 3

There’s Science in that Story

Have you read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Snow Day or Stellaluna in your classroom? Some of our most familiar storybooks can lay a foundation of curiosity and exploration into science. Join us—and some of our favorite characters—as we scout a path from reading to science, and walk away with some simple experiment ideas to incorporate in your own classroom.

Sessions 4 and 5

Science Really Is All Around Us

Whether you’re a classroom teacher or a science enrichment teacher, there’s opportunities to incorporate science into your everyday curriculum. In this session we’ll explore 10 activities to help you introduce and reinforce science and STEM in your classroom, and foster those inquiring minds! The topics covered are geared toward 3-5 year olds.

Amy-Burney

AMY BURNEY

Director of Preschool Ministry, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Cartersville, GA

Sessions 3 and 4

Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers

Engage preschoolers in fun, active ways of learning the Bible. Learn to use multiple learning styles to teach Bible truths to preschoolers.

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This year we will be collecting supplies for kids in Georgia through Mission Georgia.

This year we will be collecting supplies for kids in Georgia through Mission Georgia. These items will be placed in child literacy backpacks for underserved children at local schools. Look for the bins in the Lobby area for you to drop these items on the day of the conference.

  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils/pens
  • Composition notebook
  • Pencil pouch
  • Pocket folders

Learn more about the Backpack ministry and how you can be involved at MissionGeorgia.org

For more information about Mission Georgia visit their website here: MissionGeorgia.org

Conference Schedule

July 18, 2023 (All Times are Eastern Standard Time) Please check back for additional information like our handouts.

Session 1 – 8:45-10:00

  • No More Raw Chicken

Session 2 – 10:15-11:15

  • Getting Ready for the School Year
  • Why They Wiggle and Squirm and How to help them Learn and Develop When They Do
  • Feelings Detective
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Music: The Sounds of Early Literacy
  • Math for Every Age
  • Small Groups: Secrets, Strategies and Successes
  • Toddler Talk: Supporting Early Language in the Classroom
  • There’s Science in that Story
  • Understanding and Dealing with Trauma and Preschoolers

Session 3 – 11:30-12:30

  • Getting Ready for the School Year
  • Why They Wiggle and Squirm and How to help them Learn and Develop When They Do
  • Feelings Detective
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Music: The Sounds of Early Literacy
  • Math for Every Age
  • Small Groups: Secrets, Strategies and Successes
  • Toddler Talk: Supporting Early Language in the Classroom
  • There’s Science in that Story
  • Speed Directing (Not Speed Dating!)
  • Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers
  • Understanding and Dealing with Trauma and Preschoolers

Lunch – 12:30-1:15

Session 4 – 1:15-2:15

  • Effective Parent Communication
  • Transition Time is FUN!
  • Your Kids are Superheroes!
  • Happy Hemispheres
  • Music Ties it All Together
  • Tell Me About Your Picture: Creative Art in the Classroom
  • Preschool Publishers
  • B.O.O.K.S. Encouraging Language Through Reading
  • Science Really Is All Around Us
  • Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers

Session 5 – 2:30-3:30

  • Effective Parent Communication
  • Transition Time is FUN!
  • Your Kids are Superheroes!
  • Happy Hemispheres
  • Music Ties it All Together
  • Tell Me About Your Picture: Creative Art in the Classroom
  • Preschool Publishers
  • B.O.O.K.S. Encouraging Language Through Reading
  • Science Really Is All Around Us

room numbers

  • Leigh Corley B-220
  • Amber Stephens B-240
  • Maria Abercrombie B-200
  • Donna Moyers B-210
  • Ashley Richardson B-110
  • Katuschka Rakovec B-100
     
  • Stephanie Chase A-220
  • Kristen Nichols A-210
  • Robin Sanders A-250
  • Paula Walker A-255
  • Amy Burney A-241
  • Barbara Gordon A-240
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Brought to you by Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Brought to you by Noonday Baptist Association

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