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Video Resources

The following videos have been produced to highlight and support concepts taught in the seven core courses. The "Featured Videos" are referenced within various course assignments. The "Additional Videos" are clips that might be helpful to illustrate specific concepts or classroom environments.

Featured Videos

  • Classroom Therapist Deegan Interactions Video (Length: 2:34)
    This 2:34 minute video demonstrates techniques a physical therapist uses to incorporate physical therapy within a mixed-age (6 week - 3 year old) classroom for Deegan, a 2 year old boy with Marfan syndrome.
  • Deegan's Story Video (Length: 15:28)
    This 15:28 minute video explores the life of Deegan, a 2 year old boy with Marfan syndrome. Deegan's mom explores his life and her goals for her son. Deegan's physical therapist is also extensively interviewed exploring how therapy is provided within Deegan's mix-age (6 week- 3 year old) classroom.
  • Family Conference Video (Length: 6:09)
    This 6:09 minute video highlights a family conference between a parent support specialist and a mom who has a 2 - year old daughter, McKale, who has Down syndrome. McKale attends the Child Development Lab at Heartland Community College.
  • Family Story: MF (Length: 20:54)
    This 20:54 video explores the life of the Marquis family who has three children; the youngest (2 - year old), McKale has Down syndrome. The family shares experiences prior to McKale's birth, present day strengths and priorities, and hopes and concerns for the future.
  • Family Story: NF (Length: 18:10)
    This 18:10 video explores the life of the Ngeno family who recently immigrated to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The family shares the story of their immigration, their current strengths and priorities relative to their three children, and their hopes and concerns for the future.
  • Fingerplays Video (Length: 3:18)
    This 3:18 minute video demonstrates the use of fingerplays in two different classrooms at the Child Development Lab at Heartland Community College. The first classroom is a mixed-age (6 weeks - 3 years) infant/toddler room. One of the children in this room has Marfan syndrome. The second classroom is a preschool classroom where one of the children has Down syndrome. Fingerplays help to support some of the therapy goals for the children within a natural classroom setting.
  • Focused Portfolio Conference Video (Length: 5:51)
    This 5:51 minute video demonstrates a portfolio conference between a classroom teacher and a parent of a toddler from a mixed age infant/toddler room. The teacher uses a focused portfolio to document the child's development. This segment focuses on language development and the use of integrated speech therapy is also discussed.
  • Home Visit (Length: 20:01)
    This 20:01 minute video shows a home visit by the parent support specialist at the Child Development Lab at Heartland Community College. The visit takes place with dad and his 2-year old daughter in their home.
  • Interview with Parent Support Specialist Video (Length: 7:37)
    This 7:37 minute video interviews a parent support specialist who works at the Child Development Lab (CDL) at Heartland Community College. She describes the role of a parent support specialist and how family-focused services support parents at the CDL.
  • Meghan Reading to Class Video (Length: 3:47)
    This 3:47 minute video demonstrates reading a singable book to a group of 3-4 year old children in a preschool classroom. Language development strategies are highlighted.
  • Talking to Parents When Concerns Arise Video (Length: 5:06)
    This 5:06 minute video shows a parent conference following a developmental screening performed by a classroom teacher. The child being screened is a toddler from a mixed-age infant/toddler room. A concern about communication development is documented and further steps are outlined to address this concern.
  • Teacher/Parent Interview ASQ Video (Length: 8:06)
    This 8:06 minute video highlights a conference between a classroom teacher and a parent of a 2-year old girl following the completion of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Mom and teacher share and compare their observations of Ann.
  • Wendy's Planning Time (Length: 16:39)
    This 16:39 minute video highlights planning time or circle time in a preschool classroom. Literacy activities surrounding "Cooking with the Alphabet" are shown.

Additional Videos

  • Art Easel Interactions (Length: 1:17)
    This 1:17 minute video highlights children in a preschool classroom interacting around an art easel.
  • Assessment: Preschool Curriculum (Length: 1:43)
    This 1:43 minute video discusses the use of assessment and how it helps to guide a preschool curriculum.
  • Benefits of Preschool Mixed-Age Grouping (Length: 2:02)
    This 2:02 minute video discusses the benefits of mixed age groupings in a preschool environment and how this models real life.
  • Building Relationships (Length: 2:28)
    This 2:28 minute video highlights interactions between a classroom teacher and various students in a preschool classroom.
  • Career Pathways (Length: 2:07)
    This 2:07 minute video provides a historical perspective on changes within the childcare profession and how this translates to a change in educational expectations.
  • Caring for Children in Groups - Toddlers (Length: 1:11)
    This 1:11 minute video demonstrates how to support the needs of individual children within a group setting.
  • Challenges in Preschool Education (Length: 1:05)
    This 1:05 minute video discusses how challenges arise from the “push-down theory” that children must address certain educational tasks in order to be “ready” for kindergarten rather than focusing on the foundational elements that prepare children to be ready to learn.
  • Child's View - Preschool Classroom (Length: 5:23)
    This 5:23 minute video provides a child's eye view of a preschool classroom during a “clean-up” transition time from free play to morning meeting.
  • Child's View - Toddler Classroom (Length: 1:44)
    This 1:44 minute video provides a child's-eye view of a toddler classroom at the Child Development Lab, Heartland Community College.
  • Community Building (Length: 2:31)
    This 2:31 minute video describes community building within an early childhood classroom. How does community building start, what does it look within the classroom, and how is it supported among children are a few of the topics explored.
  • Co-Teaching Relationship (Length: 2:39)
    This 2:39 minute video discusses the benefits of a co-teacher relationship vs. a teacher / assistant teacher relationship.
  • Documentation Panels (Length: 1:16)
    This 1:16 minute video describes documentation panels within an infant-toddler classroom.
  • Family-Style Lunch: Opportunities for Language Interactions (Length: 4:15)
    This 4:15 minute video shows how family-style lunches provide opportunities for language interactions and development in an infant/toddler classroom.
  • Inclusion within Infant Toddler Programs (Length: 1:06)
    This 1:06 minute video discusses the importance of including all children and how a quality classroom deals with each child's individual needs regardless of disability.
  • Integrated Therapies Video (Length: 5:40)
    This 5:40 minute video demonstrates techniques a developmental therapist uses when working with a young child and her teacher in an infant/toddler classroom. The video shows play around a rice/noodle table and throwing a ball. Many developmental goals are being supported within the natural play environment. Children in the video include a 2 - year old with Down syndrome.
  • Integrated Therapies With Mom Video (Length: 5:40)
    This 2:20 minute video shows play with integrated therapy around a rice/noodle table. Techniques a developmental therapist uses when working with a young child and her mother in an infant/toddler classroom are demonstrated. Participants include a 2 - year old child with Down syndrome, her mom, classmates and the classroom teachers.
  • IT Language Support (Length: 1:53)
    This 1:53 minute video shows 2-year old children at play outdoors. Language instruction is embedded within the typical activities occurring during outdoor play.
  • Language Example Video (Length: 1:47)
    This 1:47 minute video demonstrates integrating speech and language therapy goals into classroom play activities. A 2 - year old student with Down syndrome is shown with teachers in her infant/toddler classroom.
  • Language Interactions (Length: 1:30)
    This 1:30 minute video highlights a teacher interacting and supporting language development with two children during an outside playtime. The children are about 2 years old and part of a mixed-age infant/toddler (6 weeks - 3 years old) classroom.
  • Mixed-Age Grouping Benefits (Length: 1:41)
    This 1:41 minute video discusses the benefits of a mixed age grouping within an infant-toddler classroom contrasted with a single-age toddler classroom.
  • Natural Play / Suporting Belonging Video (Length: 1:55)
    This 1:55 minute video shows playtime in a preschool classroom. Two students, one who has Down syndrome, are highlighted as they interact with each other and the classroom teacher.
  • Preschool Accountability (Length: 1:36)
    This 1:36 minute video discusses the challenges faced by teachers when addressing accountability standards in light of how children learn.
  • Preschool Project Approach (Length: 1:55)
    This 1:55 minute video discusses the project approach used in a preschool classroom at the Child Development Lab at Heartland Community College.
  • Preschool Teaching Philosophy (Length: 3:50)
    This 3:50 minute video explores the many aspects of preschool curriculum. The role of the teacher, the classroom environment, the structured group setting, and the role of students as learners and teachers are discussed.
  • Project Work in Child-Initiated Curriculum (Length: 2:50)
    This 2:50 minute video describes how the use of project work and child-initiated work can be intertwined in an early childhood classroom.
  • Role of Assessment (Length: 1:47)
    This 1:47 minute video describes the role of assessment in an early childhood classroom and how assessment benefits from careful classroom observation.
  • Role of Environment (Length: 1:14)
    This 1:14 minute video discusses how the environment provides a positive base for children to explore and learn.
  • Role of Screening in the Assessment Process (Length: 1:14)
    This 1:14 minute video describes the role of screening in the identification of possible delays in a child's development.
  • Sand and Water Play (Length: 1:25)
    This 1:25 minute video shows preschoolers playing in a sand and water table. They attend a mixed-age infant/toddler (6 weeks - 3 years old) classroom.
  • Social and Emotional Curriculum - Infants and Toddlers (Length: 1:04)
    This 1:04 minute video describes the fundamental importance of social and emotional curriculum in an infant and toddler room.
  • Sociodramtic Play (Length: 1:12)
    This 1:12 minute video shows preschool age girls in socio-dramatic play.
  • Supporting Consultation Video (Length: 1:03)
    This 1:03 minute video shows a speech therapist providing suggestions to support speech and language development for a toddler with Down syndrome. Mom, classroom teacher, speech therapist and child are shown reading a singable book.
  • Supporting Infant-Toddler Self Esteem (Length: 2:23)
    This 2:23 minute video talks about self-esteem and sharing in an infant toddler classroom. The use of security items in the classroom is also discussed.
  • Supporting Literacy (Length: 1:33)
    This 1:33 minute video highlights a teacher - child interaction that supports the child's understanding of the letters in her name. The video takes place in the preschool classroom at the Katie's Kids Learning Center.
  • Supporting Transitions (Length: 4:29)
    This 4:29 minute video highlights a classroom of young children as they transition from independent centers into a group activity.

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