Did you know?
- Teachers spend over 10 hours a week searching aimlessly on the internet looking for new ideas that they think maybe their children will connect with and engage with!
- Directors spend hours thinking about each classroom and what the teachers are doing.
Maybe you are a super creative director and ideas burst through your veins?
Or maybe you aren’t that creative and you wish you had what it takes to inspire your staff.
No matter where you are in the journey as a director…
You just cannot afford to wait any longer!
By keeping this all mashed up in your head, you are missing out on the opportunity to have the school that you want!
Here’s the thing…
Teachers and directors are prone to burnout a whole lot faster than they ever were before.
We’re all bombarded with millions of ideas all the time.
And your teachers struggle with choosing the ones that are right for them and the children in their class.
For example, not too long ago, I was speaking with a teacher who had tried a sensory activity in her classroom. It was a great activity and the children were going to have the opportunity to engage in various new mediums.
She set up the provocation beautifully.
She told me later, “It was crazy, the place got so messy! It was all over the walls and the chairs. The kids couldn’t get to the sink in time. I was so excited about doing this activity, but I ended up being stressed out the whole time, that I didn’t even really engage with them. I was just waiting for them to be done, so I could clean up the mess.”
She spoke with such desperation in her voice, “What did I do wrong?”
I said, “You didn’t do anything wrong, you weren’t ready to bring this type of sensory into your class yet.”
You HATE a mess, and so bringing this huge mess into your class right away was a recipe for a disaster. I suggested a few simple sensory activities that she got started with.
A few months later she reached out again.
“I put out this provocation again, this time, I sat down with my apron and latex gloves, I pulled back my hair and was ready to be with the kids.
My gosh! The children loved it! They were so involved I didn’t even realize how long they were playing with it, my assistant told me it was time to clean up so we can go outside.
What difference from the first time around. This time I was ready.”
The thing is… there’s a HUGE myth out there.
The myth is: There’s one, universal ‘right’ way to teach.
And an offshoot of that myth is – the right thing to do is always to focus 100% on what the kids need – even if that means the teacher has to make sacrifices or do things they’re uncomfortable with.
There are so many teachers out there, trying to do what’s “right.”
But what’s ‘right’ for one teacher isn’t always ‘right’ for another teacher.
Everyone has unique strengths, as well as challenges and areas they’re uncomfortable going toward.
(I’m not suggesting that a teacher should never stretch herself out of her comfort zone, BUT when a teacher consistently does things she’s uncomfortable with or doesn’t feel like she’s good at, she’s going to be miserable… and the kids will feed off that energy and be miserable, too.)
As the director, if you can help your teachers to discover their strengths and then choose ideas and strategies aligned with who they are (and with the children in their classroom), what you can accomplish in your school will amaze you!
4 Mindblowing Reasons
Teachers who understand their strengths and know which activities are developmentally appropriate for their children can…
1. Engage better with their children
2. Make lasting connections with the children and their parents
3. Have better classroom management
4. And pique their children’s curiosity by asking the right questions
…because there are always great things happening in their classroom.
On top of that…
These are the teachers who are always motivated and excited.
You walk into their classrooms and you actually feel the passion because they're doing what they love.
HOW can you make this happen in YOUR school?
Nobody teaches us how to inspire staff.
When you took the job, nobody told you how hard it would be to train your teachers to understand developmentally appropriate practice.
More than that, we aren’t taught how be leaders.
We just get placed into that position and then when we don’t know what to do, we feel weak, because somehow everyone else “seems to have it all
You look at other schools and wonder…
“How come her school can do this?”
“How is her team able to be so innovative?”
“Why do her parents seem to be so much more engaged than mine?”
And then you tell yourself…
“I don’t have enough experience.”
“My teachers are veterans.”
“My teachers are stuck in their ways.”
“My parents don’t care – they’re just coming to drop off their kids.”
“I live in XYZ City. We’re very different here.”
And that’s when you probably do what most directors in your position do…
… you do more research.
… you do more networking.
… you join more Facebook groups.
… you do more Googling and Pinteresting.
Because there’s a part of you that feels like you just need more knowledge and information.
Here is the hardcore truth!
If KNOWLEDGE were the magic key to opening the door to everything you want in your school and ending all the challenges you face every day – then all you need to do is go on to the internet and start searching, RIGHT?
So then, WHY – with all the FREE access to knowledge and Facebook groups – are teachers still struggling to bring mindful provocations into their classroom?
Why are teachers unaware of what activities are developmentally appropriate?
Why don’t they know which activity builds which skills and how to write a professional newsletter?
It’s because more knowledge is NOT the key.
The REAL key is TRANSFORMATION.
Yes, your teachers do need the knowledge, BUT…
They need the right MINDSET to support their new ideas and path for growth and change.
They need the right GUIDANCE AND FRAMEWORK to TAKE ACTION! So they aren’t just soaking up wisdom but actually doing something with it.
That is TRANSFORMATION.
And YOU can be the one to guide your staff to take action in these areas.
You just need some help along the way.
So who am I?
I’m Chanie Wilschanski MS.Ed founder of DiscoverED Consulting, a RESULTS-DRIVEN company specifically designed for early childhood educators.
I began my teaching career as an early childhood educator, spending eight years teaching toddlers, and preschoolers. While teaching in Manhattan’s highly innovative and acclaimed Preschool of the Arts, I began to develop my vision of a creative, progressive and revolutionary path in early education.
In 2013, I took a break from teaching to pursue higher studies at Mercy College where I received my Masters in Special Education and Early Childhood. Filling a much-needed void, I turned my passion to the development of outstanding, hands-on workshops and seminars, using technology, videology, multi-media and group interaction to provide relevant direction and guidance to teachers, special Ed educators and directors in the field.
In 2014, I realized how hard I was working to consistently bring in new fresh ideas.
How challenging it was to always match up the skills and activities that my students were engaged in. and many other things.
So, I started documenting my work and systematizing it.
When other teachers would see my classrooms, they’d see that:
- My students were engaged, involved, and motivated
- My parents were excited to collaborate
- I created beautiful documentation panels that told a story of the children’s process
- My lessons were full of mindful provocations that intrigued the students
… and they wanted to do the same in their own classrooms.
To them, it looked effortless.
But really, it was about working smart – about systematizing the work that needed to be done in a way that didn’t keep me up late at night.
So I started sharing my content with them.
And I realized, I love teaching.
I love people.
I love seeing teachers take these ideas and USE them.
Creating their own spin on it!
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce, the newest edition of….
Write compelling newsletters that highlight to the parents what skills each activity builds.
AND learn the skills to create beautiful documentation panels.
AND take advantage of all the learning opportunities in the classroom.
They can engage with their children, be mindful and present during the day.
You don’t need to constantly be bringing new ideas to motivate and try to give them a better framework.
Researching and questioning and asking if it’s developmentally appropriate.
Spending hours on Pinterest or searching for a new idea or just something fresh…
Here is what you get…
11 booklets — each one is a different unit (spring, fall, winter)
- Themes in the curriculum series
- High Holidays
- All about me / Emotions / 5 senses
- Chanukah / Fire Safety
- Winter/ Health and Hygiene
- Tu B’shebat / Healthy eating habits
- Shavous / Spring
When you buy, you get all 11 booklets together, in a hard case (easy storage, like a magazine holder — so when the teacher puts it back, it doesn’t get lost): The school buys 1 series, and the teachers share the booklets.
Each theme is broken into 2yr old, 3yr old, and 4yr old
Every unit is divided into 3 sections
When you buy the curriculum, you can give it to all of your teachers, regardless of the age groups
Different ideas for each age group
One of the Problems: teachers don’t know what’s developmentally appropriate. This divides up the activities, so you don’t have to figure out, “Is this appropriate for a 4-yr old?”
Bulletin Board — teachers always struggle with what to put on their boards. Based on this activity, this is a board you could create.
Newsletter Entry — excerpts that you can put into your newsletter that you send to parents every week — so you don’t have to write it from scratch.
Skill Development — so the teacher knows that these are the skills the children are building with this activity
Parent Partnerships — teachers are always wondering, “How do I bring the parents in?”
If you are a Reggio-inspired school and think that you shouldn’t be purchasing a curriculum for your staff to follow, then watch this short video clip from Anita Batt. She is a director of a Reggio-inspired school and shares her personal experience with the series.
Time Stamped Notes
55 second -“My teachers got a lot of visual cues and a framework in what that experiential experience was going to look like in the classroom.” ~ Anita
1.22- “My veteran teachers, it gave them a sense of freedom that they can think outside the box. What other opportunities were available.”
1.36- “For my not experienced teachers, it gave them a whole different framework of what was age appropriate.”
“It gave us a whole different structure that wasn’t in place before.”
2.01 – Chanie – “Much of the Reggio-inspired approach is NOT to follow a specific curriculum and really teach from the interest of the child, How is this series NOT a contradiction to that?”
2.25- Anita – “For my school, we are new to Reggio and we are on a journey. we are going to have road stops along the way. But they needed to know a little bit of the destination and what it would look like. to figure out how they fit into that, and how their students fit into that. So with the curriculum it wasn’t foreign to them!”
3.37- Anita – “I looked at the curriculum as a springboard to bring my staff and move them forward.”
“The curriculum guided in what was developmentally appropriate for different ages and what skills were going to be addressed.” -Anita
“It gave my teachers the beginning language to talk to parents on what skills their children were working on.”
4.47- Anita – “The curriculum created the partnership that we were looking for between the parents and the teachers, and I think that’s so important in a Reggio Inspired school.”
5.43- Anita –
“This was a minor investment with a log of bang for the buck!” -Anita
6.03- Anita – “This was an investment for my teachers.”
So you might be wondering…
What does this do for my teachers?
It creates a framework for the teachers to follow. Gives them a visual layout of what to follow when creating their lessons and curriculum.
It goes through every Learning Center in the classroom and shows you how you can teach each unit in every Center. The Series shows you how!
“When I’m in a particular center, what questions do I ask? How do I engage them?”
Teachers are always wondering, “What book is appropriate to complement the unit?” I’ve created that list for you – a list of books for each unit.
Teachers: “I’m not artistic.” I have pictures of the bulletin board — you can put your own angle on it.
Teachers: “I’m not creative.” There are so many ideas and strategies and tools that fit everyone’s learning styles and what they’re comfortable doing. There’s something for every kind of teacher.
Here is one teacher’s story…
“I once believed I needed to organize most aspects of my students’ learning. I prepped and prepared different games and activities. While I still feel these teacher-made activities hold a great deal of value in my classroom, I hadn’t realized how much my students could gain by playing with “loose parts.” By providing the children with various random objects and allowing them to direct their own play, they are expanding their creativity, language, and social maturity.”
~Jaimme Sulberg, 3 year old teacher at the Community Synagogue in Port Washington
What this does for you, as the director, and your school.
You don’t have to supply all the ideas. (Besides, they don’t want to use your ideas, anyway.)
Let’s take a look at your time during the day.
How much time do you spend on researching ideas for your staff to use?
How much time does that leave you to interact with parents?
Market your school effectively?
Focus on new school programs?
You can’t do any of that if you’re always having to come up with material for the teachers.
With the series, you can just give them the framework, and they can take it from there.
You can let your parents know that your school is following a progressive curriculum.
Guides the teachers on how to ask higher-level thinking questions. How to guide that dialogue.
Guides on what skills and activities are developmentally appropriate.
You can use this on your website, your newsletters… when you meet with a potential new parent. You can actually show them booklets and say, “This is what we follow.” These are some of the creative activities and strategies that the teachers bring into the classroom.
Stimulate innovation and conversation with your teachers:
You can highlight the strategies that you really like. It’s on page 14. Check it out, let me know your thoughts.
In meetings, you can take out the booklet and brainstorm strategies the teachers want to use in their classrooms, which ones they think will really connect with their kids.
5 ways your school and life will change for the better
1 – Your staff will have a roadmap to bringing intentional play and mindful provocations into each center EVERY DAY!
2 – You don’t need to spend hours trying to edit their newsletters so it looks more professional and adding what skills each activity builds
3 – You’ll walk down the hallway and your staff have created bulletin board panels and documentation displays
4 – You’ll walk into a classroom that has a parent engaged in activity related to the theme that the class is exploring during that time.
5 – You can wake up in the morning knowing that every classroom will have different and creative provocations out on the table and learning centers.
The ENTIRE curriculum is tested and proven strategies that really work!
I have personally done every single one of these activities.
I know they work! You aren’t trying an activity that a mom on a blog tried with her kids and it worked for her, but you don’t know how it will pan out.
I have used all of these strategies either my students or my own children!
You get the EXACT supply list of what you need, so you don’t come to the activity and realize that you forgot to buy something.
The complete bundle of the curriculum
with the training video bonus is valued at over $500.
But I believe in this material and I’ve seen the dramatic shifts it can make in a school, so the regular price is $350 (+$15 shipping for US residents).
But – I know you’re heading back into the school year with a lot of expenses and a tight budget.
So I wanted to make this easier for you (because I truly do want this material in the hands of as many directors and teachers as possible!).
So for a limited time, you can get in on…
DiscoverED Curriculum Series
The Ultimate Idea Generator
Just $365 including shipping for US addresses.
(Please contact me for international shipping.)
“But I’m a small school! I only have like 2 or 3 classes”
“I live in a small town, my parents don’t even know anything about Reggio”
“I need to wait till I have my staff, I don’t have the teachers that I really want”
If you have said any of these things, then watch this video.
Time Stamped notes
53 seconds – Haya – “We had 4 Nigerian teachers and they didn’t know anything, and I was stressed out!”
1.20- Haya – “To have the curriculum… all the material and the list.
“For mothers, they were saying, wow this is so cool.
It really attracted people!” – Haya
2.09- Chanie – “What value did you find from using the Jewish Holiday booklets, even though you weren’t teaching every holiday?”
2.15- Haya – “I go tot teach them, they dint feel like i was teaching Chanukah, we learned about counting, sensory, and a lot of different skills. They really enjoyed, and the parents saw what was going on. They didn’t the same thing, they saw things that were more advanced.”
3.23- Haya – “At first I though i was going to use Google and Pinterest, but it takes a lot of time!”
4.01- “IN the curriculum, first its divided my theme, then by age of children, i have different age children, and I was able to adjust, and I dint have to think what matches what age. I knew what was okay for the 2 year old range! Also it saved me so much time!
4.43- “I also live in Nigeria and I can’t get all the supplies that I want to do everything, I take my books when I go to Israel or the USA, and then I know what to buy!”
If your teachers see the curriculum, work with some of the strategies and they don’t love it, I offer a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee!
Email me and I will give you a courteous refund. There is no RISK in making this investment today.
Who is this for?
You are preschool that is looking to move more towards progressive education and want more Reggio Inspired ideas.
You have teachers that are super creative and want more ways to dig deeper into the curriculum
Your staff wants to learn how to integrate developmental domains, literacy, math and science into their everyday activities with the children.
You want your teachers to be asking the children higher order thinking questions and guide the children to explore their curiosity.
You want your teachers to be writing more effective newsletters
You want your staff to know what activities build which skills.
You want your staff to be creating more documentation boards and panels
You would love if your staff invited the parents into the classroom more as partners in their child’s education.
The curriculum is NOT for you if…
- You want a rigid lesson plan that tells your teachers what to do every day of the week.
- You believe that creativity is innate and whoever doesn’t have it is doomed and will never learn.
- You believe it’s OK to have your teachers be consumers of information instead of transforming information and taking massive action.
The 7 Question Marks in you head?
I’ll take care of those for you!
1. My teachers could just Google, so why do they need this curriculum?
It takes away the hours of research that the teachers are doing — you could go on Google and Facebook to find ideas… but the series gives you all the ideas you need. Plus, these ideas are tested. (When you find a random idea online, you don’t know if it’s going to work. I’ve used every single one of these activities — they work.)
You also don’t know the ingredients and materials you’ll need.
When you have the hardcopy in front of you — visuals, examples, instructions, the words already written for you. Very step-by-step.
2. My staff is very creative and they like to use their own ideas. Will they benefit from this curriculum?
The Ultimate idea generator offers even the most creative teachers incredible insight and depth into other ways and strategies.
She might be super creative, and will benefit from the skill development section or the newsletter entries will make her Wednesday evening go a lot faster.
3. I’ve bought other curriculums in the past, how is this different?
This curriculum series isn’t wordy pages that tell you tons of child theory. It is all ACTIONABLE strategies that the teachers can do RIGHT AWAY in their class.
“Seeing a hands-on idea is much better than reading about abstract philosophies. The teachers have an “ah-hah moment”, where they understand the Reggio goals in creating curriculum.” Shaina Pollac
4. I need to ask my staff if they want this. How do I make sure I don’t buy something they won’t use?
I get that, especially if you have veteran teachers, you don’t want to throw anything on them. That’s why the curriculum comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. If you teachers don’t LOVE IT, then email me, and we will give you a courteous refund!
4. I have a mixed group of teachers from different religious backgrounds, will this curriculum cater to them?
YES! The curriculum is designed to be user friendly and sensitive for all backgrounds.
5. “We have the Creative Curriculum” or “We are a Reggio-inspired school, we don’t use curriculums.” How is this not a contradiction?
The Creative Curriculum costs over $2,000, and while it’s a fantastic investment for your school, the DiscoverED Curriculum Series is a supportive tool. This offers ACTUAL strategies that the teachers can use EVERY DAY!
Teachers need support. Even the most creative and innovative thinkers can benefit from the curriculum as it will give them a springboard to think deeper and open their minds to other possibilities.
6. How long does it take to ship?
The curriculum typically ships within 7-10 business days.
7. What if my school is out of the USA, how can I get shipped to me?
Make the purchase for the curriculum and enter in all your information. Someone from our support team will contact you for further details of additional shipping costs.
Here is recap of what you get:
11 booklets – each booklet is a different unit (spring, fall winter)
- When you buy, you get all 11 booklets together, in a hard case (easy storage, like a magazine holder — so when the teacher puts it back, it doesn’t get lost).
- How many copies of each booklet? You get one copy.
- The school buys 1 series, and the teachers share the booklets.
- Each theme is broken into: 2yr old, 3yr old, and 4yr old
- Every unit is divided into 3 sections
- When you buy the curriculum, you can give it to all of your teachers, regardless of the age groups
- Different ideas for each age group
My hope for you is that you staff use this curriculum every time they sit down to map out and plan their curriculum, or whenever they get a new inspiration or see the children inspired by something knew, they can open the curriculum to see creative pathways and a journey to take the child on.
DiscoverED Curriculum Series
The Ultimate Idea Generator
Just $365 including shipping for US addresses.
(Please contact me for international shipping.)