Head Start and Early Head Start
Welcome Head Start / Early Head Start Educators!
- Improve CLASS TM Scores
- School Readiness
- American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN)
- Migrant Education
- Bilingual / ESL
Time to Sign Solutions for Early Childhood provides professional training for childcare providers, teachers and parents of young children, birth to five. We know that the first five years of a child’s life are the most significant when it comes to his/her ability to communicate effectively. That is why Time to Sign is dedicated to supporting effective and meaningful communication for all by teaching American Sign Language (ASL) in a fun and educational way.
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- Conference Speaker(s)
- In-service and Pre-service Trainings (Half Day, Full Day, Multiple Day)
- Train the Trainer
- On-site Trainings or Virtual Webinars
- Parent / Family Programs
- In-class Role Modeling, Coaching, and Mentoring
- Social and Emotional Academic Learning
- Understanding and Motivating Young Children: Brain Usage & Development and Communication Patterns
- Emotional Support
- Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
- Let’s Communicate – Sign Language to Promote a Positive and Healthy Social Environment
- Classroom Organization
- Ready, Set, Sign! – Sign Language for Classroom/Behavioral Management and Smooth Transitions
- Back to the Basics – Create an organized Inclusive Environment
- Instructional Support
- Sign to Read – Literacy, Phonics, and Story Telling the Fun Way!
- Birth to Five – Sign Language for Teachers and Parents of Children Birth to Five
- Parent Involvement
- New Level Parenting to meet our Parent / Family / Connection and Engagement Goals
- Knowledge of Family Wellness, Health, and Safety
- Positive Nurturing Relationships Techniques that Support Child Learning, Behavior, and Social Emotional Development
- How to Support Everyday Learning of Children in Their Homes, in the Program, and in Their Communities
- Life Long Learning for Children and Their Parents
- Enhancing Family, Peer, and Community Connections
- How to Use a Picture Schedule for the Home Environment
- Communication Languages for Your Child
- Age Appropriate Developmental Milestones
- Age Appropriate Signs and Activities
- Understanding Our Four Brains and Their Development
- The Importance of Learning through Play, via the Use of Songs, Games, and Stories
- Picture Scheduling of Activities
- Early Childhood Communication and Literacy Skills
- And Much Much More! Click for the Families + Engagement + Workshop Flyer
Materials and Services can be Provided in Spanish / English / Sign.
Business and Leadership Services for Your Head Program Managers / Directors
Topical Areas of Training, Coaching and Consultanting
- Grant Writing ABC’s
- Writing and Achieving Goals
- PFCE – Parent, Family and Community Framework and Building
- Board and / or Policy Council Team Building, Roles and Responsibilities
- Engaging Community and Business Partners
- S.E.A.L. – Social Emotional Academic Learning
- Classroom Management
- Working with Special Needs Children
- Continuous Program Measurement and Improvement
- Leadership Training
- Dollars and Sense: Creating Financial Security for Your Program
- Team Building
- And More...
This component of Time to Sign: Solutions for Early Childhood Education and Development is founded by Dr. Michael Hubler, Ed.S., who is also the Vice President of Time to Sign. Michael has over 30 years’ experience working in non-profit and government environments; developing programs, partnerships and running non-profit organizations as the Executive Director. He is also a talented instructor, former Graduate Teaching Fellow at Radford University, who prides himself on his ability to convey even the most complicated information in a manner that everyone can understand. Michael completed his Educational Doctorate degree from Regent University. He has also published 43 educational books and curriculum as the lead researcher and product developer for Time to Sign.
For his outstanding service work and dedication to children he was named Brevard County, Florida’s 2013 Citizen of the Year and the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Space Coast Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Additionally, Michael received the Florida Governors Award for the 2005 Outstanding Minority Educational Institution, the Gifford Youth Education and Activity Center.
He has founded many non-profit initiatives that include: family engagements, recovery homes for drug and alcohol addicted parents, job clubs, food programs for hungry children, homeless children and family's wrap around service programs, foster children’s programs, as well as educational and personal growth and development programs for at-risk youth. He is renowned for building relationships and partnering with other non-profit organization, governmental agencies, and the private sector to establish county-wide initiatives to help children.
Time to Sign Programs for Early Childhood Development & Learning
How does Time to Sign’s improve CLASS scores:
Time to Sign’s extensive training promotes Emotional Support through its Social – Emotional Program (indeed this is Dr. Michael S. Hubler’s area of expertise in which he obtained his Education Doctorate) creating a climate in which children can express their emotions positively and learn to solve many of their own peer interaction issues.
Time to sign’s program enhances Cognitive (see benefits at end of document) and Language Development (pre-literacy and literacy skills, and concept understanding and communication).
Time to Sign’s Classroom and Behavior Management program provides teachers with strategies, techniques and resources to enhance Classroom Organization to improve children's behavior and time and attention in the classroom.
All of Time to Sign’s programs (Social – Emotional learning, Signing Fundamentals, and Classroom and Behavior management) all work together provide teacher’s with a plethora of Instructional Support that enhances young children’s thinking, problem solving and conversational skills, and vocabulary.
The Time to Sign SCORE daily Lesson Planning Guides help teachers implement standard Head Start curriculum and provide activities with outcomes and indicators for each early childhood area of learning.
About Time to Sign’s Programs
Signing Fundamentals for Birth – Five Years
This presentation will discuss using American Sign Language in the classroom with a focus on promoting a positive educational environment where children can communicate, socialize, and learn effectively. Participants will learn basic communication signs and classroom phrases from birth to five years. The purpose of this workshop is to teach participants how to use sign language daily to compliment learning and enhance young children’s behavior through the use of mnemonics, songs, games, activities, and stories. Attendees will also learn about the benefits of sign language for all children, how to incorporate sign language into their daily routine, as well as strategies and signs for augmenting learning through the visual support of words.
Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
This workshop will instruct educators on basic signs for pre-literacy concept understanding and social and emotional development. Participants will learn about children’s social-emotional development, communication languages, establishing routines, picture schedules, visual classroom rules, and how to use music, games that provide a powerful foundation to enhance children’s learning readiness, and pre-literacy concepts. This sign language workshop will teach teachers and specialist methods and practices to enhance their capacity to guide their children in a socially and emotionally journey through a positive, preventative, and effective instructional approach. During this workshop participants also learn to use sign language and other techniques to bring young children out of their emotional brain into their logical brain to enhance self-control, peer relations, and behavior.
SOAR to Change: Sign Language for Classroom & Behavior Management
This segment of the training will instruct educators on basic signs for classroom and behavior management; as well as pre-literacy concept understanding and social and emotional development. Participants will learn common sign phrases for use in controlling the classroom quietly, teaching children self-regulation, and about children’s communication languages, establishing routines, picture schedules, visual classroom rules, and how to use music, games that provide a powerful foundation to enhance children’s learning readiness, and pre-literacy concepts. This sign language workshop will teach teachers and specialist methods and practices to enhance their capacity to enhance behavior and provide teachers with necessary classroom management techniques in sign. During this workshop participants also learn to use sign language and other techniques to bring young children out of their emotional brain into their logical brain to enhance self-control, peer relations, and behavior.
Understanding & Motivating Young Children
This portion of the program will cover children’s ‘Four Brains’ and ‘Communication Languages’. After which this segment will teach participants how to utilize this information to motivate and take advantage of each child’s unique set of personal traits/gifts.
Parent Engagement Program
The purpose of this workshop is to teach parents how to use sign language as a daily compliment to learning and to improve young children’s communication skills through the use of songs, games, activities, stories.
This presentation will discuss using American Sign Language in the classroom with a focus on enhancing language development, concept understanding, and pre-literacy and literacy skills. Participants will learn basic communication signs for children ages birth to five years. Enhancing communication reduces parent and child frustration and strengthens the parent-child bond.
Parents will learn how they can add sign language to early childhood in-home learning to enhance concept learning and recall providing a significant boost to young children learning pre-literacy and literacy skills.
Parents will also learn about the benefits of sign language for all children, how to incorporate sign language into their daily routine, as well as strategies; and signs for augmenting learning through the visual support of words, colors and animals.
Participants will learn over 75 basic signs to use with stories such as Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon to enhance their classroom storytelling
Participants will receive: ABC to Animals Poster, Farm Animals Cards, Emotion Cards, and Handout with Activities to Enhance Language, Songs, and Signs to Use with Stories.
Benefits of Signing with Children: What the Research Says?
Sign language is a 2-sided brain activity that increases brain functioning. It utilizes the right brain for visual learning/recognition, the left side of the brain for cognitive second language usage/storage, it also creates additional connections or synapses in the brain, which in turn creates higher IQ levels in children. It enhances fine motor coordination. It is a visual activity, as 80% of signs are pictorial representations of the represented concept, therefore it is easier for children to learn than the spoken word. It also raises communication awareness and abilities as when signing you have to be looking directly at the person with whom you are speaking. Sign enhances children’s vocabulary, concept understanding, pre-literacy and reading skills. Babies can communicate their pre-verbal wants and needs and be understood, which reduces frustrations and enriches the bond between for caregivers, parents, and children. Sign can also be used reinforce the instruction of the positive expression of emotions, self-regulation, and in the development of social skills. With hyperactive children (ADD, ADHD) sign has been shown to better enable children to self-control, which is the number one skill determining success or failure in life (your superpower).