1) Managing Stress: Turning Challenges into Blessings
Challenges are a little like rain showers on a summer day. They make life interesting. They water our plants. They support life. Of course, big storms may frighten and flood us too. They can drown our crops and ruin our parties. In your everyday life, you probably experience the full range of weather and challenges. There are sunny days when everything runs smoothly. Other days there are challenges that inconvenience us, but also stretch us and benefit our lives. Then there are the big storms that frighten us and throw our lives off course. This program teaches you ways to turn your stresses into growth, your challenges into blessings.
2) Color Me Stress Free
Do you know what stress is? Do you know how to recognize it? Color Me Stress Free is a program developed to help you learn what stress is, how to recognize it, and suggest ways to manage stress. This program will focus on one specific stress management technique, coloring. The program will teach you the benefits of coloring from a stress management perspective.
3) Getting Our Hearts Right
Conflict is a universal problem. We all hope to have good relationships, thriving marriages and families, close friendships, and well-functioning teams at work. And yet, along the way, we all encounter conflict and disagreements. Despite our best efforts and intentions, we bump into conflict regularly. The Getting Our Hearts Right Program is focused on three keys for getting past bias and strengthening relationships. When combined with our knowledge and skills, these keys can turn our differences and conflicts into harmony and growth. We won’t be different all at once. We should expect that it will take a while to get our hearts right and that we will likely make mistakes along the way. Don’t become discouraged or give up. Little by little we can learn to be more open to other people (humble), more sensitive to their concerns (compassionate) and more appreciative of their efforts (positive). When we use these principles that build healthy relationships, we can create new stories for our relationships, stories filled with peace, growth and sweet companionship. Getting our hearts right will help us have the thriving relationships we want!
4) Keeping Your Brain Young
As we grow older, we tend to get wiser in many ways...thanks to experiences. We may be better at making decisions, have bigger vocabularies, and be more of an expert in certain areas than we were when we were younger. As our brains get older, however, it may be a bit harder for us to learn certain information or remember things. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep your brain sharp and working well throughout your life! This program will provide participants tips on how to improve their “cognitive vitality.” Knowledge is power!
5) Block Party
Block Party events are times of free play with blocks of all sizes for families and their children ages 8 months to 8 years. Block Party events provide an opportunity for parents to interact and play with their children while learning how they can help them develop a variety of skills through block play. Five stations are set up, each with a different set of blocks that aids the children in learning a specific skill. Parents are provided with parenting tips and information on how they can help their child or children develop each skill to the best of their ability. Research has shown that through block play children can learn a variety of skills such as math, science, social, physical, new words, pre-reading, creative and problem solving skills.
Research has also shown that:
- Early block play provides aptitude and achievement differences by 7th grade and into high school.
- Dramatic (pretend) play predicts greater vocabulary growth in young children.
- Through play children learn to share, take turns, and negotiate.
- Block play teaches impulse control. This control predicts better school performance and less problem behaviors later.
Young children who hear more words learn more words. Early vocabulary growth predicts later reading achievement in school.
6) Ray & The Sunbeatables
A sun safety curriculum for preschools, kindergarteners, and students in the first grader. This curriculum was created by MD Anderson Cancer Center. This program educates preschool directors, teachers, parents, and children about protecting themselves from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.
7) Where Does Your Money Go
Do you know where your money goes? Most of us don’t. Where Does Your Money Go is a program designed to help you better understand how you spend your money.
- Money: Is There Ever Enough?
- Making Wise Choices
- The Spending Game
- Tracking Expenses
- Money: Where does it go?
- Tracking Your Expenses
- Identifying Spending Leaks
- Adding up the Extras
- Money: Deciding Where to Spend It
- Tracking You Expenses
- Wants vs Needs
- Goal Setting
- Money: Let’s Make a Plan
- Tracking Your Expenses
- Occasional Expenses
- Create Your Plan
8) Captain Cash
“Captain Cash” is an interactive educational program designed to teach basic financial management skills to your students. This dynamic curriculum was designed to address the following issues:
- Money behaviors observed and learned in childhood impact adult behaviors.
- Money management messages that children process in the home, the community, on television, and via other media.
- Individuals and families are not able to respond to economic disruptions because they have not learned critical money management concepts and skills
To address these issues, “Captain Cash” includes 4 classroom sessions of approximately 45 minutes each that focus on earning, saving, spending, and borrowing money. Each session introduces vocabulary words, one or more basic economic concepts, a game or activity, and a take-home handout. All lessons meet Indiana Academic Standards for math and social studies. Along with learning basic financial concepts, students will learn and practice important life skills to foster self-sufficiency.
9) *You Decide, I Implement*
Do you have a different interest or topic that you would like incorporated into your classroom? Would you like to co-teach a class with another educator? Purdue Extension in LaGrange County is more than willing to assist you. Brittney focuses on topics such as health, food, money, and family. If you have a different interest or would like to provide any of the programs in this brochure, please contact Brittney Pender at the County Office Building in LaGrange, Indiana. As an educator, I strive to improve the quality of life of students. Together we can make a positive impact on the students in LaGrange County.