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“Have Positive Social Relationships”

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As I’ve said a couple times, I work for ECI now.  I should probably do a post explaining ECI and my role before this but this is on my heart.  Monday, I was doing a training about some changes coming to ECI.  We use 3 Global Child Outcomes to help direct our services for kids.  All outcomes we develop must fit into at least one of these categories to help the child as a whole with one of these three things:

  1. Have positive social relationships
  2. Acquire and use knowledge and skills
  3. Take appropriate action to meet needs

They are very broad categories and it’s fairly difficult for me to think of a goal that wouldn’t easily fit into at least one of those categories.

Recently, the federal government has asked the states to come up with a plan to improve their ECIs.  Texas has decided, among other things, to focus on the first outcome a bit more-Have positive social relationships.

As I was listening to the training yesterday, I was reminded how often we take emotional intelligence and social skills for granted.  We find it difficult to teach those skills and assume children just somehow know them.  We get frustrated and forget the child honestly doesn’t know what to do with their emotions yet.  I’ve taught the Emotional Development training a few times now and I know its difficult for some teachers to process.  I’ve worked with families how are so focused on their child meeting physical milestones, they forget they need to meet social/emotional milestones as well.  I understand.  It’s hard to measure emotional milestones.  And we often make two steps forward one step back kind of progress with emotional goals.  Physical goals, and even mental goals, are easier to measure, easier to attain, easier to check off a list.  But emotional goals are actually the biggest indicator of a child’s future success!

We have to remember the whole child-physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development are all important for a well-rounded child and, hopefully, adult.  I love the verse Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man” because it tells us Jesus grew in all those areas of development, too. (I talk about this more in Child Development in the Bible)

I’m excited about this push for more awareness of the necessity and importance of emotional intelligence! And I love how simply our global child outcome sums it up “Have positive social relationships.”  Such a simple statement but such a complex concept.

Do you need to learn more about Emotional Development? Or maybe about how ECI works for and with kids that may be at your center?  As always, Contact Me for more information!

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It’s been 2 years

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It’s been 2 years since I last blogged on here. 2 years of a whole lot of change.

Shortly after my last post, I did do a training at Odessa College for Pre-Service. It went very well. The next week, school started and I taught PreK at a public school. It went extremely well. I couldn’t have asked for a better principal and the year went really well overall. I got to attend a NAEYC conference, which was fun and a good time of learning. It was a broadening experience to teach in public school and I really enjoyed everything I learned there.

However, in November of that year, we had a 9 day old baby placed with us. We fostered him for 17 months until we were able to adopt that sweet boy.  And we could not find childcare for him so we had a rough spring semester of making it work while I finished my contract.

Through having the baby placed with us, I found out about ECI-Early Childhood Intervention and began working as a part time EIS/SC-Early Intervention Specialist/Service Coordinator.

We then adopted our son and moved back home to the Brazos Valley and I am working for our new local ECI.  Working for ECI has brought a very different perspective for me.  I’m able to use a ton of knowledge I gained in childcare and teaching in some unique new ways.  I work with teachers in childcare and with parents in working with their children.

I plan to blog a bit more about all of this and probably will create some trainings, or at least bat around some ideas, based on my more recent experiences but for now, I’m happy to have this site updated and going again. I will get Facebook updated soon and will try to write a bit more!

As always, I am available to train for you! Please Contact Me if I can help you.

Branalyn

Why, Hello There!

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It’s been a little crazy around my house since I last posted in September!  Things are settling down for a time, just in time to get a little crazy again this summer. I like being busy, but I also like my routines.  With all the craziness going on, I’m happy to announce a few awesome things going on in my business:

1)I got a projector and speaker set up together, which means I now only require a screen (or wall that will work as a screen) and possibly a microphone, depending on group/room size to come train for you!  Obviously, if you have a set up in place, I’ll be happy to use your equipment, but I am excited that this may open up some more possibilities.

2) I am developing an extended 7 hour Emotional Development course.  This is because I am teaching a few Continuing Education Classes for Odessa College.

3) Another class I am developing, for the same reason, is a 7 hour Pre-Service, which includes everything state-required but SIDS/Shaken Baby/Early Brain Development.

4) Between Odessa College, family summer plans, church involvement this summer, and a few other training opportunities, my summer availability is becoming limited. Please contact me soon for your summer training needs!

5) I will be sending in some new proposals to Odessa College soon about fall trainings, so be sure to look out for those as I get them developed on my Portfolio page.  Remember that I can take long classes and chop them up into smaller classes to better suit your needs!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be going through the website and doing a little updating here and there to reflect these exciting announcements!  I can’t wait to see where the next few months will take me.

Branalyn

Lessons from Youth Camp

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I wish that this were a funny post about the lessons one can learn at church youth camp, but its not.  I do have a great piece of advice though-if you are going to camp on a college campus and staying in the dorms, there is a good chance there will be laundry facilities so take some detergent and use them!  We came back with no piles of dirty laundry!  It was a stroke of brilliance!

I also had some personal growth and I think my husband, the youth pastor, and the youth came back refreshed and with a new zeal.

But none of that is why I started writing this post.

You see, we took the youth to Super Summer, a camp that neither my husband, the youth, or I had ever been to.  And, unlike most other youth camps, the adults go off and do their own thing while the youth are with “Team Leaders.”  Many youth pastors choose to go as team leaders, but some choose to attend the Leadership Forum.  Having never been and being incapable of going down early to be a Team Leader, my husband chose for the two of us to attend the Leadership Forum. So there we are, at basically a very small training for youth pastors, and what do I start noticing?  Child development themes, of course!

I remember leaning over to my husband at one point and excitedly saying “that’s scaffolding!” The leader was talking about making disciples, using the way Jesus made disciples as an example, and it was very clearly scaffolding.  So I started really paying attention at this point!

I already know about the areas of child development being the same as the areas in which Luke says Jesus grew, now I had scaffolding, and, by the end of the week, I had thought through discipline, modeling, planning, and more!  It was rather a silly revelation, really, because I had already made some of the connections, but suddenly, that light bulb just clicked and I realized how much child development and best practices could be backed up with the Bible!

So, in addition to the Breaking Out of Survival training that I have in the works, I now am planning a Child Development in the Bible training.  Both ideas are still mostly in my head, but as  soon as we are finished with the insanity that is June and July around here, I plan to get these trainings on “paper!”

Also, I took the time today to improve the Back to the Basics page in my Portfolio (I added the words to the pictures if you hadn’t seen it before) and will try to have the other Portfolio pages similarly updated within a week!

Branalyn