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Program # Title & Description

Having Fun Together: Music and Developmental Activities for Use with Young Children (Apples #1)

Ocotober 14, 1989 This video teaches how parents and educators can enhance the ability of their young child with special needs to use music and song to support the development of young children with special needs.


Emergent Literacy in Young Children (Apples #9)

September 5, 1990 This video addresses how children begin to develop literacy in a play setting and apply it to practical use.


Communication with Parents...The Management of Difference (Apples #11)

October 15, 1990 This video explains why parents and educators become uncommunicative and how they can overcome this together to create a safer atmosphere for discussing the needs of children.


Special Needs Child: Impact on the Family,The (Apples #12)

November 19, 1990 This video focuses on what life is like for a family with a special needs child and how families can be supported by caring professionals.


Why Should Young Children Spend Time Drawing and Painting? Aren't There More Important Things to Do? (Apples #13)

December 4, 1990 This video discusses the stages that children?s drawing goes through and how those graphic images become an important part of the learning process. The tape offers many different tools to help children develop their creative communication skills.


Young Children and Attention Deficit Disorders Part I (Apples #14)

January 28, 1991 This video defines the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD in children and the role it plays in the lives of those children and the difficulties they experience among group settings.


Effects of Drug Abuse on Children in Infancy & Early Childhood, The (Apples #16)

May 22, 1991 This video focuses on culture in learning environments and ways to create a caring learning environment where all students are respected, valued, and where they can reach their full potential.


Understanding Social Interaction in your Classroom (Apples #18)

May 22, 1991 This video focuses on culture in learning environments and ways to create a caring learning environment where all students are respected, valued, and where they can reach their full potential.


Observation of Children (Apples #20)

October 23, 1991 This video discusses the use of observation as an effective and efficient approach to obtaining useful information about children, and introduces appropriate methods of observation.


Parent Teacher Partnership (Apples #21)

November 20, 1991 This video explains how to form productive partnerships that support effective communication between parents and teachers.


Linking Whole Language Into the Early Childhood Curriculum...Naturally (Apples #23)

January 22, 1992 This video defines whole language and presents routines used to help children learn.


Attention Deficit Disorders and Preschoolers: What it is...and What To Do-Part III (Apples #24)

February 26, 1992 This video addresses the special needs of children with ADD/ADHD and the current status of this diagnosis.


Creating Opportunities for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Health and Developmental Needs (Apples #26)

April 22, 1992 This video addresses the needs and concerns of brothers and sisters who have siblings with special needs. The presenter also discusses how to support siblings by developing ?sib shops.?


Goodbyes and Hellos: Effective Strategies for Bridging Early Services (Apples #27)

April 22, 1992 This video addresses the needs and concerns of brothers and sisters who have siblings with special needs. The presenter also discusses how to support siblings by developing ?sib shops.?


Crazy Shoes and Circus Feats (Apples #28)

September 16, 1992 In this video, Jim Gill performs activities created to motivate children to participate in a performance that really puts the audience ?on stage.?


Transdiciplinary Play-Based Assessment (Apples #31)

September 16, 1992 In this video, Jim Gill performs activities created to motivate children to participate in a performance that really puts the audience ?on stage.?


Uncertainty & HIV Disease in Families (Apples #32)

January 20, 1993 This video responds to the uncertainty and psycho/social issues that surround families with children who have challenges with the uncertainty of HIV.


Medically Fragile Child,The (Apples #33)


Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Autism (Apples #34)

March 17, 1993 This video provides a clear understanding of Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders within the context of Early Childhood.


Seven Ways of Knowing: Understanding Children's Multiple Intelligences,The (Apples #37)

September 15, 1993 David Lazear presents an overview of the multiple intelligences of children and guidelines for activating them. He offers lesson plan ideas for stimulating multiple intelligences across the curriculum.


Early Learning in Reggio Emilia, Italy (Apples #38)

October 20, 1993 Brenda Fyfe presents an overview of the Reggio Emilia Schools through discussion and slides. The Reggio Emilia Approach to early education is a child-centered approach that utilizes the ?many languages? of young children within an authentic curriculum.


Helping Children Manage Their Own Behavior (Apples #39)

November 17, 1993 This video addresses the importance of providing young children with the support and strategies that allow them to develop self-control and manage their own behavior.


Secrets of Successful Grant Writing,The (Apples #41)

January 19, 1994 This video presents practical advice for writing grant proposals and focuses on the process of completing a grant application.


Gourmet Science: Discovery Science Explorations for the Early Years (Apples #43)

March 16, 1994 This video explores a rationale for integrating science into the Early Childhood Curriculum that utilizes teachers and children as co-participants int he science advantage. Dr. Rockwell also demonstrates classroom science activities.


Soundings From a Day in the Life of a Reggio Emilia School (Apples #46)

March 16, 1994 This video explores a rationale for integrating science into the Early Childhood Curriculum that utilizes teachers and children as co-participants int he science advantage. Dr. Rockwell also demonstrates classroom science activities.


Early Intervention's Response to Child Maltreatment (Apples #51)

February 15, 1995 The presenters will discuss the importance of supporting the socio-emotional development of young children whose environments often place a multitude of stressors in their mental as well as physical health.


Breaking Paradigms: The Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Center (Apples #53)

April 19, 1995 This video identifies paradigms and program modifications designed to develop a new model for early learning at the Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Center in Peoria, Illinois.


Living and Learning in Our World: Outdoor Education for Young Children (Apples #54)

May 17, 1995 This video presents nature as a more natural classroom than the four walls that define our schools. Living and learning in our world at early stages also helps foster environmentally aware citizens.


Quality Daycare is for All Children (Apples #55)

September 20, 1995 This video focuses on inclusive childcare initiatives in neighborhood centers, preschools, and child care centers that are committed to providing appropriate environments and activities for all children, including those who have special needs or disabilities.


Authentic Assessment (Apples #56)

October 18, 1995 This video introduces viewers to the assessment system used at the Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center. It features a collection plan of on-site videos of classroom teachers assessing and discussing their observations and work samples from classroom projects.


Family: Heart and Soul of the IFSP,The (Apples #57)

November 15, 1995 This video includes insights into utilizing the IFSP through discussion, readings, and personal experiences to achieve the best services and outcomes for young children and their families.


Developmental Goals Through Technology (Apples #58)

December 20, 1995 This video teaches the appropriate use of computers and technology for children with special needs.


Pro Social Skill Building in Young Children (Apples #60)

February 21, 1996 This video provides an overview of the development of social relationships in young children and presents strategies for teaching children social skills that allow them to establish and maintain relationships with peers and adults.


Moral Classrooms, Moral Children (Apples #62)

May 1, 1996 This video illustrates ways in which teachers can create a democratic classroom atmosphere and engage children in the process of becoming self-regulating.


MAPS: Building Futures (Apples #63)

May 22, 1996 This video presents how the MAPS (Making Action PlanS) process was used by Becky, her family, and her educational team to develop an inclusive educational plan that welcomes her into a typical kindergarten classroom in her neighborhood.


Children Affected by CMV and Related Viruses (Apples #64)

September 18, 1996 This video discusses cytomegalovirus with a nurse practitioner, and parents of children with CMV. It also includes factual information, history, family stories, implications, and universal precautions, and resources.


Jump Start: Quality Skill Development for Young Children (Apples #65)

October 16, 1996 This video discusses the stages children go through in developing basic motor skills. Appropriate equipment and sample activities are also presented.


Communication Activities for Young Children (Apples #66)

November 20, 1996 This video presents practical, easilly designed activities that promote communication and various language concepts in the Early Childhood Classroom.


Once Upon a Time...Computers and Early Literacy Development (Apples #67)

December 18, 1996 This video presents proven classroom strategies for incorporating technology into emergent literacy activities and shares successful curriculum ideas involving participation in meaningful and functional literacy activities from the child?s perspective.


Genetic Disorders and the Young Child (Apples #68)

January 15, 1997 This video defines genetic principles in easy to understand language and later focuses on the child who has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder or could benefit from the diagnosis of such a condition.


Renewing Commitments: Building Partnerships with Families (Apples #69)

February 19, 1997 This video offers positive strategies that encourage parent-child interaction and family relationships which enhance parenting skills and home-school partnerships.


Hearing Concerns and the Young Child (Apples #70)

March 19, 1997 This video answers some of the most commonly asked questions about hearing loss in young children. The program also presents from the parent?s perspective the value of early intervention and home-school relationships, and includes suggested activities.


Vision Concerns and the Young Child (Apples #71)

April 16, 1997 This video presents an overview of a healthy visual system as well as visual impairments that affect children ages birth to three. The program teaches how typical toys and household objecs can be used to stimulate a visually impaired infant or toddler.


Brain Basics: Supporting Brain Development Through Best Practices (Apples #73)

September 18, 1997 This video begins with a brief ?geography? lesson of the brain. The presenter also examines ways in which parents and practitioners can incorporate the knowledge of the brain into their daily relationships with young children.


Looking at Children Through New Eyes: Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration (Apples #74)

October 16, 1997 This video defines the theory of sensory integration and illustrates a number of adaptive expercises that can be done to support a child with sensory challenges.


Waves of Change: Integrated Speech and Language Services in the Classroom (Apples #75)

November 20, 1997 This video discusses ways to develop integrated speech and language therapies into the Early Childhood classroom. Speech/language patholgists, Early Childhood Education teachers, parents, and administrators share their perspective on this topic.


Beyond Testing: Guiding Principles of Early Childhood Assessment (Apples #76)

December 18, 1997 This video focuses on assessment: the definition, a parent?s perspective, and types and purposes. Developmental screening, diagnostic testing, and assessment for the planning of instruction and communicating with parents will be explored.


Exploring Science and Math through Children's Literature (Apples #77)

January 15, 1998 This video explores a variety of ways teachers can use a literature based approach to provide children with hands-on science and math reasoning and problem solving activities. Strategies for introducing children to math and science skills are modeled through the use of various children?s books and activities.


Young Child with Motor Challenges,The (Apples #78)

February 19, 1998 This video focuses on the young child with Cerebral Palsy by discussing the definition, incidences, characteristics, etiology, associated deficits, and treatment alternatives.


Introduction to the Project Approach (Apples #79)

March 19, 1998 This video introduces the opportunities project work provides for teachers to engage their children in rich, meaningful, and integrated experiences by showing why we do projects with young children, the phases of those projects, and the important process of selecting a topic.


Every Move Counts: A Sensory-Based Approach to Communication and Assistive Technology (Apples #80)

April 16, 1998 This video reviews an assessment tool that aids in the development of functional technology applications and communication systems for individuals with severe to profound disabilities. This includes an overview of identifying interests and abilities and the use of that information to build a communication system.


Getting in Touch with Children who are Deafblind (Apples #81)

April 16, 1998 This video reviews an assessment tool that aids in the development of functional technology applications and communication systems for individuals with severe to profound disabilities. This includes an overview of identifying interests and abilities and the use of that information to build a communication system.


Illinois Early Intervention Services System: The Sooner We Start the Farther They'll Go,The (Apples #82)

September 17, 1998 This video offers an overview of Part C Illinois Early Intervention Services System.


Peaceable Environment, A (Apples #83)

October 15, 1998 This video teaches techniques that work with young children such as: conflict resolution, ownership of problems, and group brainstorming of classroom problems.


Head Start: A Major Player in the Early Childhood Community (Apples #84)

November 19, 1998 This video highlights the nationally recognized Head Start program. It depicts the importance of responding to family and community needs as evident in the addition of the Early Intervention Head Start program.


Children as Story Tellers to the World: Hyperstudio, Literacy and the Internet (Apples #85)

December 17, 1998 Hyperstudio is a software tool used in the classroom that engages children in learning while meeting their IEP goals. This video incorporates photos, drawings, speech, sounds, and text into the creation of an interactive story that can be published on the web.


Planning for Play: Playing to Learn (Apples #86)

January 21, 1999 This video features a play-based environment that creates opportunities for deeper levels of play by children and more effective guidance by adults, thus enhancing the contributions of play to children?s learning and development.


Alternative Therapies: Experiences with Canine and Equine Assisted Activities for the Young Child (Apples #87)

February 18, 1999 The first half of this video delves into the use of dogs to enhance therapies in an early childhood classroom. The last 30 minutes covers horses assisting in therapies and activities for young children with special needs. Both sections feature interviews with families, teachers, principals, and therapists as they discuss the healing potential of contact animals.


Natural Environments: It's More Than a Setting; It's a Philosophy (Apples #88)

March 18, 1999 This video reviews the federal law which promotes the delivery of services in natural environments for young children with disabilities based on their family activities. The perspective of parents, providers, and trainers on the challenges and services in natural environments are included through video clips and interviews.


Discovering Children's Aqua-bilities Through Water Play (Apples #89)

April 15, 1999 This video offers the viewer exposure to discussion and footage of hands-on learning experience and knowledge in aquatic movement.


Supporting Early Literacy Development: What Parents and Educators Need to Know (Apples #90)

May 20, 1999 This video focuses on the Report of the National Reading Council?s Preventing Difficulites in Young Children. The research is aimed at presenting an ?integrated picutre of how reading develops and instruction should proceed.?


Celebrate Children's Learning through the Expressive Arts (Apples #91)

September 16, 1999 This video shares the successful strategies of teachers who work with children with various levels of developmental challenges. See children communicate their knowledge, ideas, and feelings through drawing, music, movement, and dramatic play. Strategies for successful integration of expressive arts will also be discussed.


Abracadabra: Using Your Own Magic to Build Positive Behaviors Through Relationships (Apples #92)

October 21, 1999 This video focuses on the need for establishing relationships with children in order to provide a foundation for teaching positive behaviors. Strategies for developing these connections with children are presented through interactive exam


Conflict Resolution: A Life Skills Approach (Apples #93)

November 18, 1999 This video focuses on the six abilities that children can learn toward resolving conflicts peaceably. Concepts and theories will be discussed through ?real-life windows? of conflict resolution opportunities.


Sing With Me! Using Music Therapy in Children's Learning Environments (Apples #94)

December 16, 1999 This video explores the use of music with children and how music facilitates the development of their cognitive, communication, motor, and social skills. Ideas for using music within the classroom or home setting to facilitate the accomplishment of individual and group goals are shared.


Sharing a Vision: Making it Happen for Illinois' Children (Apples #95)

January 20, 2000 Early in November over 2000 early childhood professionals gathered in Springfield to share their common vision for all children in Illinois. Our shared challenges and dreams are documented through this video project which captures a small part of the excitement, enthusiasm, and dedication that exists in the Illinois early childhood community.


Planting the Seeds of Literacy with Mrs. Broccoli (Apples #96)

February 17, 2000 Environments rich in literature and print are essential to the growth and development of young children. The highlight of this video will be our visit, through video, to the Springfield Ball Charter School, a multi-age learning environment where adults model and participate in the lifelong learning process together with their students.


Autism Puzzle, The (Apples #97)

March 16, 2000 This video features family members, educators, therapists and others who have worked with, lived with, and loved children diagnosed in the autistic spectrum. Our featured guests will discuss strategies for success in the classroom and at home, as well as giving a family perspective.


Recipe for Young Children: Blended Programs, A (Apples #98)

April 20, 2000 This video focuses on the ongoing process involved with moving toward a more inclusive service delivery. The first step in making this a reality is the blending of PreK and Early Childhood Special Education programs.


Early Childhood Education in the Millennium: Continuity, Linkages, and Best Practice (Apples #99)

May 18, 2000 Highlights of this video are our visits to various elementary buildings where teachers and administrators tell their stories of building continuity and embracing best practice. Also included are examples of an initiative that, through teamwork, is having an impact on the early childhood world of public schools.


Illinois Early Learning Standards: Enriching Learning Through Play,The (Apples #101)

October 19, 2000 This video introduces the newly developed Illinois Early Learning Standards draft document, spearheaded by the Division of Early Childhood Education at the Illinois State Board of Education. Through interviews and classroom examples, viewers see how the new learning standards are integrated into daily practice.


Illinois READS: The Early Reading Initiative (Apples #102)

November 16, 2000 This video focuses on the Illinois Early Reading Initiative. Highlighting Illinois READS, an initiative introducted by Governor Ryan, The Early Reading Initiative will focus on early reading intervention and introduce the audience to the Early Reading Tool Kits, Early Reading Staff Development Modules, and the pilot project Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy.


Tackling Technology: Two Early Childhood Technology Projects from the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (Apples #103)

December 21, 2000 This tape assists teachers, familes, and program staff in tackling the challenges of technology in early childhood settings. Technology offers the means through which all children participate in activities which promote critical thinking skills and concept development.


Children's Journey: Investigating the Fire Truck, A (Apples #104)

January 18, 2001 This video brings to life the experiences of a group of young investigators in a community early childhood program serving children of all abilities. Through the narration of the teacher and the children, as revealed in actual classroom footage, the viewer connects to the children?s wonder and curiosity as they investigate the community fire truck.


Transitions: The Neverending Story (Apples #105)

February 15, 2001 This video assists families, teachers, and program staff to identify the needs, issues, and challenges surrounding transitions.


Paraeducators and Teachers: Relationships and Roles (Apples #106)

March 15, 2001 This video addresses the partnerships, training, support, and preparations for the educators, paraeducators, familes, and students that are necessary in successful classroom experiences for all involved. Through interviews and on-site video footage practical suggestions for educators and paraeducators are discussed and demonstrated.


Overview of Cochlear Implants and a Personal Perspective, An (Apples #107)

April 19, 2001 This video contains a brief review of the Cochlear Implant and how it works as well as a description of the different companies and devices.


Reflections on Documentation and Engaged Learning (Apples #108)

May 17, 2001 This video explores how projects, child initiated investigations, provide rich opportunities for all children to grow through active and engaged learning experiences. This broadcast includes classroom footage and documentation of projects from the University Primary School, serving children 3-6 years old, in Champaign, Illinois.


Play-Based Screening: Looking at the Whole Child (Apples #109)

September 20, 2001 This video covers play-based screening?from the decision to change to play-based to the actual screening process. Topics include preparations, the screening team, setting up the environment, the screening day begins, in the screening room, completing the screening process, referrals fro further assessment, and the team meeting.


Fragile X Syndrome: A Genetic Disorder that Impacts Development, Behavior, and Learning (Apples #110)

October 18, 2001 This video provides a basic review of the physical and behavioral characteristics prominent in children with Fragile X Syndrome. The presenter assists parents and providers in gaining a better understanding of the impact of this disorder on a young child?s development, behavior, and ability to learn.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Disorder that Impacts Development, Behavior, and Learning (Apples #111)

November 15, 2001 This video highlights the characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and provides an overview of the incidence and impact on young child?s development, behavior, and ability to learn. In addition, a parent?s perspective on the impact for their child and family is presented.


Early Learning Standards: Supporting Language Arts with Technology (Apples #112)

January 17, 2002 This video focuses on how the Language Arts Standards and benchmarks can be supported through the integration of technology into early childhood curriculum. The presenters share how technology supported the Project Approach in an early childhood special education classroom.


Illinois Birth to Three Program Standards: Laying the Foundation for Quality Infant and Toddler Programs Across the State (Apples #113)

February 21, 2002 The standards and quality indicators reflect current knowledge, research findings, and shared beliefs about high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood care and education in the context of programs for infants and toddlers and their families.


Home Visiting: Research, Respect, and Rapport (Apples #114)

March 21, 2002 The focus on this broadcast includes research/preparation; repect/recognition of the importance of the family and acknowledgement of their values; and rapport/building a partnership committed to meeting the needs of the child.


Helping Children Deal with Tragedy, Trauma, and Terror (Apples #115)

April 18, 2002 This broadcast focuses on the role that teachers, parents, and other adults play in helping children deal with death, divorce, illness, war, abuse/neglect, and domestic violence presenting resources that can be used in dealing with these issues, including appropriate children?s literature.


Continuity, Integrity, and Change: How are We Doing in Early Childhood Education (Apples #116)

May 16, 2002 Judy Harris Helm and Joan Krupa discuss their concerns about continuity and integrity in early childhood practices. Discussion includes the challenges of providing a sense of continuity for children, families, and ourselves. Includes Early Childhood Panel discussion.


Educating Young Children with Syndromes (Apples #117)

September 19, 2002 This Apples Magazine focuses on three syndromes - Down Syndrome, Willliams Syndrome, and Asperger?s Syndrome. The prevalence and etiology of each syndrome are addressed as well as the identification, hereditary patterns, physical and behavioral characteristics, and educational interventions.


Siblings Need Support Too! (Apples #118)

October 17, 2002 Rose Slaught and Mary Smith are STAR NET Family Resource Specialists and parents of typically developing children and children with disabilities. Included in this session are a discussion of the range of emotions a sibling may experience and strategies to enhance communication and provide support.


Supporting ESL Learners in Early Childhood Programs (Apples #119)

November 21, 2002 Through the experiences of the staff at Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Moline, IL, and local community organizations, this broadcast covers the support of English as a second language (ESL) learners in Early Childhood Programs. Integral to this program is the importance of the support of families and the integration of community resources.


Schoolyard Garden Project: Linking Expressive Arts to Learning,The (Apples #120)

January 16, 2003 This program follows an Early Childhood Center in Macomb, Illinois using the Illinois Learning Standards as a guide, as they document how children represent their interests, knowledge, and skills through a variety of arts media in their schoolyard garden project.


May There Always be Sunshine: Linking Music and Literacy (Apples #121)

February 20, 2003 This broadcast explores ways children apply pre-literacy skills to music. Songs with rhyming, repetition, and phonemics awareness help children develop their literacy skills. Making a book based on a song also enhances a child?s literacy development. This broadcast features songwriter, singer, and now author, Jim Gill.


Managing and Supporting Young Children with Angry & Aggressive Behaviors (Apples #122)

March 20, 2003 This satellite program focuses on the origins of the child with angry/aggressive behaviors, what factors contribute to their behavior, interventions which focus on handling the angry/aggressive outbursts, and suggestions for teaching children to Manage their own behavior.


Thinking Outside the Circle: Developmentally Appropriate Circle Time (Apples #123)

April 17, 2003 During this pogram, based on NAEYC?s Guidelines for Decisions about Developmentally Appropriate Practice, viewers see how developmentally appropriate practices are embeded into daily circle time activities.


Developing Relationships with Families (Apples #124)

May 15, 2003 This satellite features perspectives from families of young children with delays/disabilities in regard to experiences that have been helpful in developing beneficial relationships with education and service providers.


Developing Relationships with Families-Part II (Apples #125)

September 18, 2003 This program focuses on the importance of working with families and developing a relationship which enhances the home/school connection. This satellite features settings and providers of young children, including those at risk or with delays/disabilities, reflecting good relationship building.


What If Today was Their Only Day: Creating Child-Centered Environments (Apples #126)

October 16, 2003 Although there are other indicators of a child-centered place, Lisa addresses these four essential ones: long periods of uninterrupted free time, few restrictions, adults acting as facilitators, and lot of outdoor time. In this video, viewers hear from Lisa as well as other educators on the four essential indicators of a child-centered environment.


Those Other People: A Self-Reflection on Bias (Apples #127)

November 20, 2003 Cross cultural communication suffers when assumptions and prejudgments are made about others with a perconceived idea about what is ?right? or ?normal.? This Apples Video addresses bias in our education system, our communities, and our lives inspiring us to begin the life-long process of learning & teaching cultural competency.


Tools of the Trade: Early Childhood Software (Apples #128)

January 15, 2004 Discover new ways to meet standards by using software and hardware tools that challenge you to change the way you integrate technology in your classroom. Highlighted software includes Kidspiration, Photo Kit Jr, PowerPoint, HyperStudio, and Smartboard.


Peek Inside: Creative Environments (Apples #129)

February 19, 2004 This program centers on the forethought and planning necessary for a facilitator of learning to design a classroom that best engages children in their learning process. Come along as we ?peek inside? classrooms designed with creativity in mind!


Adaptations, Accommodations, and Attitudes: Including All Children (Apples #130)

March 18, 2004 This program focuses on how adaptations, accommodations, and attitudes allow for discovery, increase a child?s opportunity for success, address the individual needs of each child in the classroom community, give each child a level of control over his or her surroundings, and promote and facilitate enjoyment for all!


Peek Out the Window: Creative Outdoor Classrooms (Apples #131)

April 15, 2004 This program includes all Illinois Early Learning Standards in uncovering the mystery of the process for creating an outdoor classroom that offers children the same opportunities as they would have indoors. Playgounds are not just for swingsets anymore!


Power of Documentation: Children's Learning Revealed,The (Apples #132)

May 20, 2004 This program tells amazing stories through examples of children?s constructions, narratives, drawings, paintings and photographs collected from a variety of programs in Illinois by Dr. Judy Helm through a grant make possible by the McCormick Tribune Foundation. Interviews with their teachers center on the learning revealed through the children?s work.


Exploration: Science Through the Eyes of Young Children (Apples #133)

September 16, 2004 It is natural for young children to have a sense of wonder and motivation to explore the world around them. This program investigates the natural integration of science into all areas of learning.


Animal Assisted Therapy for Young Children (Apples #134)

October 21, 2004 Speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, nurses, teachers, social workers, and psychologists use specially trained animals in their sessions to facilitate the attainment of therapy goals and goal directed intervention. Join us as we explore therapy with dogs and horses, talk to professionals and families, and most importantly, see the impact on children.


Cross Cultural Contact: How Far Do You Reach? (Apples #135)

November 18, 2004 The degree of difference between home and school culture is a factor that gages the ability for a young child to gain a sense of belonging and feelings of success in the school environment. This program is about finding children's unique balances between the two cultures.


Work Sampling System - Illinois (Apples #136)

January 20, 2005 This program provides an overview of Work Sampling System-Illinois (WSS-IL), an exciting system for assessing the learning of young children, ages 3-5 years. Teachers value this tool because it helps them determine how children can be taught more effectively and identifies areas for improvement in their own teaching.


Documenting Young Childrens Learning with Technology (Apples #137)

February 17, 2005 This program discusses and demonstrates techniques for using technology as a tool to document progress of young children. Content for the program is organized around five types of documentation; individual portfolios, project narratives, child observations, child products, and child self-reflections using digital cameras, scanners, printers, computers, and PDAs.


Project Approach: The Allerton Experience (Apples #138)

June 16, 2005 The Project Approach is one that incorporates project work, in-depth extended investigations, as a major part of the curriculum. Project work provides contexts in which developing and emerging literacy and numeracy skills are readily understood and accepted by the children. In this video you will see educators experience the project approach first hand at the Robert Allerton State Park.


Effects of Parental Incarceration on Young Children, The (Apples #139)

April 21, 2005 Join us as we delve into the difficulties children face when their parent is incarcerated. We will look into what support young children in the classroom need, talk with teachers who have made efforts to include the incarcerated parent into the child?s life, and talk with parents about the effects of incarceration on the whole family.


Drawing and Sketching: The Art of Expression (Apples #140)

May 19, 2005 Dr. Sylvia Chard talks candidly about the puzzling changes in young children?s attitudes toward drawing and sketching. Two-, three-, and four-year-olds cannot wait to leave their mark on the the world, yet as children enter first, second, and third grade, 80% say they can?t draw. In this program Dr. Chard will leave the viewer with ideas for encouraging drawing and sketching during the early years.


When Parents are Incarcerated: Supporting Young Children in All Environments (Apples #141)

September 15, 2005 This 60 minute program will focus on how teachers and caregivers can support young children who are faced with a parent's incarceration. Interviews with practitioners, parents and providers address the needs of children facing the absence of their parents. Practical tips are given for support of these young children.


Oral Language: The Heart of Your Early Literacy Program (Apples #142)

October 20, 2005 Recent advances in our understanding of the nature of literacy development have made increasingly apparent the pivotal role of oral language, with particular importance for children from low income families. This program will provide guidance and examples of effective classroom-based strategies for fostering language learning.


Fostering Young Children's Friendships (Apples #143)

November 17, 2005 Children who do not have the skills or opportunities to form friendships in preschool are in danger of later social problems. It is up to us to learn how to support their social interaction and friendship formation. This program will help viewers do just that! The focus will be on young children with disabilities, but the content will be appropriate for all children who are having difficulty with social play and making friends.


From Drawing to Writing: How Technology Supports the Process (Apples #144)

January 19, 2006 This broadcast will take you into classrooms to observe strategies, integrated activity ideas, and the authoring of children's books through the use of technology. Viewers will gather ideas for using graphic, writing, authoring programs and to plan opportunities for children develop their own marks, symbols, and early writing. By the end of the broadcast, viewers will better understand how technology fosters learning across many domains, including early writing.


Work Sampling System-Illinois (WSS-IL) Part I: Focus on Developmental Guidelines & Checklist (Apples #145)

February 16, 2006 WSS-IL is an authentic assessment system for assessing young children between the ages of 3-5 that assists teachers to learn more about how individual children are learning and how they can be taught more effectively. WSS-IL is based on three components: Developmental Guidelines and Checklist, Portfolio, and Summary Report/Conferencing with Families.


Work Sampling System-IL (WSS-IL) Part II: Focus on the Portfolio (Apples #146)

March 16, 2006 This program is the second part of a three part series to introduce an exciting system for assessing the learning of young children who are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, Work Sampling Illinois. WSS-IL is based on three components: Developmental Guidelines and Checklist, Portfolio, and Summary Report/Conferencing with Families. This program will focus on the Portfolio component.


Work Sampling System-IL (WSS-IL) Part III: Focus on the Summary Report (Apples #147)

April 20, 2006 This program is the third part of a three part series to introduce an exciting system for assessing the learning of young children who are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, Work Sampling Illinois. WSS-IL is based on three components: Developmental Guidelines and Checklist, Portfolio, and Summary Report/Conferencing with Families. This program will focus on the Summary Report/Conferencing with Families component.


Looking Through the Eyes of Boys (Apples #148)

May 18, 2006 Join us as we spend time with Dan Hodgins and other professionals in the early childhood field as we explore the work through the eyes of young boys. Learn about brain differences, pause states, testosterone spikes, and the physical/spatial needs of boys.


Looking Through the Eyes of Boys: Part II (Apples #149)

September 21, 2006 Dan Hodgins and other classroom teachers (Lisa Lee, Barb Gallick, and Minda Jones) will help us understand how to address boys' unique learning approaches. We will take a look at providing engaging literacy activities, vigorous outdoor play, and action-oriented activities within the classroom.


All Children Can Explore and Discover: Science Activities for Home and School (Apples #150)

October 19, 2006 Dr. Robert Rockwell shares a variety of hands-on science activities that can be implemented using materials that are inexpensive and easy to use. According to Dr. Rockwell, the child's natural environment provides a myriad of opportunities to awaken natural curiosity and reveal the magical world of science. Join us as we learn more about the Discovery Science approach!


H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music (Apples #151)

November 16, 2006 Researchers have found that children retain 50% more when music and movement are added to a learning activity. This Apples Video Program features Carole Peterson sharing musical activities that are easy to build into your routine. Join us as we listen to Carole Peterson share her music, her enthusiasm, and important information on the connection between music, movement, and literacy.


We're All on the Same Team (Apples #152)

January 18, 2006 How do we support children in the classroom through family involvement? Explore with us this question during our half-hour Apples Video Magazine. Learn how programs have successfully involved families from daily activities to decision making. By encouraging good relationships with each other, we benefit the student and the classroom as a whole.


Tools of Inclusion: Assistive Technology for Young Children (Apples #153)

February 15, 2007 It is doubtful that you have ever wondered too much about 'why' assistive technology is a good thing for young children with special needs, but you have probably wondered 'how!' This program will show you how children use assistive technology as a learning and inclusion tool. The format will include application of low to high tech changes that enable children to participate across the centers of the early childhood classroom, enhance curriculum goals and provide important strategies.


Literacy: Bringing Books to Life (Apples #154)

March 15, 2007 Early Literacy begins with reading to children. How do you encourage children to investigate books, to understand that books tell stories through printed languages? The focus of this program is exposure to a variety of effective, fun, and inexpensive strategies for reading to, reading with, and supporting independent reading with young children including children with hearing loss.


Addressing Adventuresome Behavior While Keeping Dignity Intact for ALL! (Apples #155)

April 19, 2007 What is adventuresome behavior? This program will focus on communication, the environment, choice-making, and problem solving. Dr. Schwarz shares thought-provoking ideas and tips on how we can best support ALL children.


Visual Supports and Other Strategies for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Apples #156)

May 17, 2007 The implementation of visual supports can significantly improve a child's independence, interaction with others and participation in the early childhood years. This program will address the use of schedules, mini-schedules, calendars, transition tools, choice boards, social stories and picture cues to enhance communication and structure the learning environment.


Illinois Early Childhood Outcomes Training (Apples #157)

September 20, 2007 This training is an overview training resource for school district personnel in understanding the outcomes measurement system to meet the reporting requirements for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The system is based on school districts' use of multiple sources of information on a child's functioning as it becomes available.


Second Language Learning Environments at Home and School (Apples #158)

October 18, 2007 Embracing a child's first language at home and in the classroom is the foundation for successful acquisition of any second language. Becoming bilingual or multilingual is a necessity for some children, and a privilege for all. This Apples Video Magazine inspires a positive philosophy and provides where-to-begin guidelines as well as hands-on activities to create the environment that is absolutely necessary for strong development of a second language in young children.


It's Natural: Differing Abilities (Apples #159)

November 15, 2007 In this program we are asked thought provoking questions about how we view people with differing abilities. We are led through some inspiring views held by the people who have these abilities and the people that love and support them.


The Extinction of Play (Apples #160)

January 17, 2008 In this APPLES video, Dan Hodgins, an early childhood consultant and former teacher at Mott College Child Care Center in Flint, Michigan will examine the importance of play, how children's play has changed and the implications in the early childhood classroom. Join us as we look at this important issue in children's lives and realize how our classroom practices must reflect a child's need and right to daily play.


ABC: Autism, Behavior, and Communication?Using Visual Support Strategies to Support Young Children (Apples #161)

March 20, 2008 In this Apples Video Magazine, Linda Hodgdon will explain the link between behavior, communication, and visual strategies for young children with autism spectrum disorders or other communication and behavior challenges. She will discuss a multitude of visual tools that have been used effectively to support communication and manage behavioral issues. This presentation is guaranteed to provide practical approaches to help families and educators support children who have behavior or self-management challenges.


Early Childhood Outcomes Scenarios (Apples #162)

September 18, 2008 This video shows three scenarios with teams discussing children?s functioning in the three outcomes areas that state early intervention and early childhood special education programs must measure and report to the U.S. Department of Education. Discussion questions follow each scenario to help viewers think critically about what they observed.


When I Am 3, Where Will I Be? A Family's Transition Workbook and DVD Set (Apples #163)

December 18, 2008 This Apples Video Magazine accompanies the workbook, When I?m 3, Where Will I Be? developed by families, early intervention professionals, and school personnel. The more you know about transition, the more comfortable you will feel as you and your child get ready to move beyond EI together. Printable copies of the workbook in both English and Spanish are available on the DVD.


Reggio Inspired: Welcome to Maplewood Richmond Heights! (Apples #164)

February 19, 2009 This Apples Magazine features Brenda Fyfe, Ed.D. from Webster University. Brenda presents an overview of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Also featured is Jennifer Strange, the atelierista and pedagogista from Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. The Reggio Emilia Approach to early education is a child-centered approach that utilizes the "many languages" of young children within an authentic curriculum.


Why Are These Children Acting This Way (Apples #165)

All behaviors communicate messages. Children need teachers who model and encourage respectful interactions. Examining our own behaviors and how this impacts our interactions with children takes reflection and intention.


Engaging Young Children in the Outdoor Environment (Apples #166)

Outdoor environments are more than swing sets and slides! This Apples Video Magazine will address the Illinois Early Learning Standards in revealing the mysterious process of creating an outdoor classroom. Young children can be equally engaged in learning through play outdoors as they are indoors. Viewers will understand the value of play in outdoor settings that promote social interactions, independence, creativity, and most importantly, friendships. Join the fun as we view outdoor play.


Enhancing Observation and Data Collection Using Technology (Apples #167)

Observation and documentation is a way for teachers to learn about their children and document each child?s progress over time. Discover ways to use various technologies to improve observation, documentation, assessment, and instructional practices.


Paraeducators at Work (Apples #168)

The relationship between the classroom teacher and paraeducator has a direct affect on the success of the children in the classroom. View this Apples Video Magazine and gain effective strategies that can ensure positive results.


Stuck on Stickers?...STOP! (Apples #169 )

Few topics in early childhood produce such heated discussions as whether or not to praise children for their behavior. Do you use stickers, candy, special privileges or lots of “good job” to send the message to children that they are good or they are doing what you want them to do? If so, you are not alone. Many of us were taught that we should use these kinds of motivators to get children to conform and behave. But we need to stop and ask ourselves, “Do these approaches really work? Do stickers or verbal praising really help children to internalize appropriate behaviors?”


Planning, Preparing and Partnerships (Apples #170)

Engaging all children in a general education classroom does not occur by accident. Improving opportunities and outcomes for all children requires planning. Gain insight into the planning that leads to successful teaching and learning.


Conversations with Dr. Lilian Katz (Apples #171)

Dr. Lilian Katz possesses a wealth of knowledge and wisdom related to the development and education of young children. During this show she shares her motivation for entering the field of early childhood education as well as her thoughts on various topics concerning young children.


Diversity in Our Schools: Understanding & Supporting Hispanic & Latino Families (Apples #172)

Join David Carrillo along the principal and staff from deLacey Family Education Center in Carpentersville, Illinois as they share personal and professional insights into understanding and supporting Hispanic and Latino families.


Integrated Therapies and Teamwork Equals Success! (Apples #173)

All children in the classroom benefit from having physical, occupation, and speech therapies embedded in daily routines. Research shows that children with and without IEPs improve their skills as a result. Planning, communication, and the support of the administration are key factors in the successful implementation of integrated therapies. Sound like a daunting task? View this video to see teachers, administrators, and therapists discuss how this model works, and how they implement their various roles in the classroom. It is evident that these teams are driven by the positive impact the integrated therapy model has on ALL children.


The Fred Rogers Legacy: A Dialogue with Hedda Sharapan (Apples #175)

Do you remember Mister Rogers? Neighborhood? In this Apples Magazine we listen to Hedda Sharapan share Fred?s fascinating background and how his work continues to influence our lives today. Fred focused his work on trying to see the world through the child?s eyes and building a relationship with each child. Join us as we look back at the legacy of Fred Rogers and the work he did to promote social emotional development.


Bodies Jumping; Brains Pumping! Movement for the Whole Child (Apples #177)

Children need to move! Not only to improve their physical development, but also to enhance their social, emotional and cognitive development. Movement really does benefit the whole child. Join us, as we interview children?s physcial development specialist, Rae Pica, to learn about making movement activities meaningful for all areas of development.


A Proactive Approach to Involvement (Apples #178)

Can families and schools come together to improve educational outcomes for all? How can communities become a better resource for educators? We will explore these topics and more in this Apples Video Magazine.


Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-K (Apples #179)

Early childhood teachers and families provide young children the foundation for strong math skills and concepts. In this Apples Video Magazine, Sally Moomaw explains the five math content standards and what that looks like in a Pre-K classroom. She gives some ideas of how parents and teachers can incorporate math concepts into the child?s day.