Jeff A. Johnson blends humor and learning strategies Oct 8

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Jeff A. Johnson

Dawson Community College Early Childhood Education program and DEAP Child Care Education and Support present keynote speaker, Jeff A. Johnson, October 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ullman Center on the DCC campus.

Johnson, author of Let's Play (Un) Curriculum Early Learning Adventures, inspires listeners with a blend of humor and teaching techniques that trust kids to lead their own learning through play. At the 3 hour session, he will coach child care providers, parents, homeschoolers and teachers in the importance of the four T's: time, team, task and technique.

The Glendive session at DCC takes a hands-on look at dozens of ideas for using materials from home recycling bins, grocery or dollar stores, to promote learning through child directed play, exploration, and discovery. "I absolutely enjoyed the presentation!" said Ronda a past participant. "I haven't laughed so much in a long time. I've been in early childcare for 13 years and am leaving today with even more FUN, cheap, awesome ideas!!"

After 16 years directing a child care center and community center for a large non-profit agency, Jeff A. Johnson opened Explorations Early Learning, a family child care program, in 2003 with his wife, Tasha. Their program focuses on emergent learning in a play-based and child centered environment.

According to Jeff, "The best thing about our program is the great kids we get to work with each day. Our days are spent with laughs, conversation, play, exploration, discoveries, and fun. We enjoy creating an environment conducive to 'light bulb moments', those moments where kids grasp new ideas. It is wonderful to get to see them rediscover the world."

Jeff travels around the country presenting keynotes and workshops at over 30 events a year on two main themes: caregiver self care and child centered early learning.
Jeff is the author of the Redleaf Press books Do-It-Yourself Early Learning, Finding Your Smile Again, Everyday Early Learning, and Babies in the Rain as well as The Child Care Alphabet Book of Early Learning and The Child Care Alphabet Book of Manipulatives, published by Explorations Early Learning LLC.

Jeff also publishes a monthly electronic newsletter distributed to early care and education professionals in all 50 states and a number of other counties, writes a blog devoted to helping caregivers remember to care for themselves, and offers other support for caregivers on his website. For more information, you can visit his website at or email him at [email protected].

To register for this unique event contact Cori at DEAP 406-234-6034 or 800-224-6034. Cost is $15.

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