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Learning Basket  Training System
The Learning Basket   Training System

For Outreach Workers and Day Care Providers who relate to children 0-3 years old and their parents

Modules appropriate for both Outreach Workers and Day Care Providers
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7 Core Modules for Learning Basket Practitioners Course
Home Learning Basket®  Activities That Stimulate Brain Development Background Info Implementation Evaluation Results Message Play to Learn Book  Contact Info
1. AN INFANT'S WAY OF
   LEARNING:


Objective:  To dramatize the importance of play in the development of an infant's potential for learning.

Main Points Covered:
1. Brain development in the first three
   years
2. Stages of development
3. Role of play in learning
4. Role of adults in nurturing play

Outcomes:  Practitioners are able to communicate complex information about brain development and learning in simple ways that parents can understand.

2. EXPANDING PARENT'S
   AWARENESS OF CHILD
   DEVELOPMENT :

Objective:  To introduce an holistic framework for literacy and learning and provide practitioners with practical means of nurturing literacy in parents.

Main Points Covered:
1. A holistic framework for literacy and
   learning
2. Parents are teachers manuals
3. Style of facilitator
4. Practice conducting lessons

Outcomes:  Practitioners will be able to guide interactive conversations and coach parents to do the same.

4. DESIGNING CREATIVE LESSON PLANS: 

Objective:  To introduce a framework for an interactive lesson plan that meets the needs of a variety of learning styles.

Main Points Covered: 
1. Learning style inventory
2. Role of image in learning
3. Creating objectives
4. Lesson plan design

Outcomes:  Practitioners will be able to design learning sessions on a variety of themes using the session plan framework.

5. DESIGNING EFFECTIVE LEARNING PLANS:

Objective: Practitioners will be introduced to a process that enables them to use the Learning Basket approach to meet individual children's needs.

Main Points Covered:
1. Focus on particular children
2. Discern learning thresholds
3. Create activity rhythm
4. Design learning plans

Outcomes: Practitioners will be able to assess children's strengths and areas in which they need attention and be able to design learning plans for individual children.

6. REFLECTIVE EVALUATION SYSTEM:

Objective:  To enable the practitioner to understand the importance of both reflection and evaluation.

Main Points Covered: 
1. Reflection as a life skill
2. The importance of evaluation as a part of program delivery

Outcomes: Practitioners will be familiar with the Reflective Moments Journals and be able to use them in parent sessions.

7. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

Objective:  To provide for the practitioner a first hand experience of a sample Learning Basket session and to support their developing action plans for program implementation.

Main Points Covered: 
1. What it takes to implement a series of parenting sessions using the Learning Basket
2. A sample lesson
3. A reflection on the lesson and facilitating style
4. Creating an action plan for implementation

Outcomes:  Practitioners will have clear plans to and be motivated to set up Learning Basket programs.

Other Modules Available
8.  COMMUNICATING
    ACROSS BARRIERS:

Objective:  Practitioners will appreciate the dimensions of invisible diversity.

Main Points Covered:
1. Social styles, home culture
2. Finding out our dimensions of
   diversity
3. When diversity becomes a block
4. Using a formula to improve
   communication

Outcomes:  Practitioners will be aware of their own social style and practical ways to communicate with those who have different social styles.

9. CREATING A POSITIVE
             SELF IMAGE:

Objective: Practitioner is aware of the importance of helping to create a child's positive self-image and be aware of the power of self-image in their own lives.

Main Points Covered: 
1. Importance of personal self image
2. How self image is built into the
   Play to Learn activity book
3. Image change theory
4. Personal image change exercise

Outcomes:  Practitioner will be aware of their role in communicating positive messages as they use Learning Basket
materials.  

Other Modules In Development
11. Skills For Social Change
12. Creating Cultural Connections in the Classroom
13. Creating Cultural Connections at Home
14. Using the Learning Basket in Home Visits

3. PARENTS AND TEACHERS TOGETHER:

Objective: To introduce the Learning Basket and the use of the Play to Learn activity book.


Main Points Covered: 
1. Intro to the Learning Basket
2. Focus on activity book
3. Familiarity with learning arenas
4. How to use the book to meet  
   the  child's need

Outcomes: Practitioners will be able to use the Play to Learn activities book and the Learning Basket in parent sessions and in classroom settings.
Creative Skills Development
Social Skills Development
Imaginal Skills Development .
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