Creating Teachable Moments The Value of Classroom Decor

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Creating Teachable Moments The Value of Classroom Décor 

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0314

CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Environmental Design [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2: Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hours

Amount: $ 31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care

 Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • Preschool-Age Children

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

During the preschool years, children experience significant physical, social, and emotional growth. Effective décor in child care facilities can lead to teachable moments that enrich children’s development and learning experiences. Teachers should expose children to various types of classroom décor and plan activities to engage them in teachable moments. It is important to model safe decorating practices and encourage children to participate in designing the classroom. 

This course defines the term teachable moment and identifies situations that can lead to teachable moments. It discusses classroom décor appropriate for preschoolers and how teachers can use it to support curriculum. Safety guidelines and cost-effective sources for classroom décor are also discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • DEFINE the term teachable moment.
  • IDENTIFY situations that can become teachable moments.
  • RECALL ways to use classroom decor to reinforce and develop preschoolers skills.
  • RECALL types of classroom decorations and appropriate ways to use them to support curriculum topics.
  • RECALL ways classroom decor can be used to showcase children's achievement.
  • RECALL ways classroom decor can be used for guiding behavior and motivation.
  • IDENTIFY age-appropriate classroom jobs for preschoolers and ways to implement a job chart.
  • RECALL safety guidelines for displaying classroom art in preschool classrooms.
  • RECALL methods for involving children in assembling and displaying classroom decor.
  • RECALL benefits of involving children in decorating the preschool classroom.
  • RECALL cost-effective sources four classroom decor supplies.


  • Introduction
  • Recognizing and Maximizing Teachable Moments
  • Using Classroom Art to Reinforce and Develop Skills
  • Using Classroom Décor Themes to Support Curriculum
  • Showcasing Achievements
  • Motivating Students and Guiding Their Behavior
  • Classroom Decoration and Safety Guidelines
  • Involving Preschoolers in Classroom Decoration
  • Cost-Effective Sources for Supplies
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test

This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 







CEU courses provided by Successful Solutions Professional Development LLC are offered in partnership with Smart Horizons, and  can be applied toward the educational requirements of a National CDA Credential or CDA Renewal as required by the Council for Professional Recognition.


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8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 4
    good class

    Posted by Unknown on 12th Dec 2014

    I liked the way the information was divided into sections and had review questions. The information was relevant and presented in an easy to understand way. It also was presented well for various types of learners. I would have liked a section on decorating for infants.

  • 5
    Thank you!

    Posted by Janae on 11th Jul 2014

    It was very helpful to know that you were readily available to answer my questions. It made it much less intimidating going into. Responses were always quick and very helpful and personable!

  • 5
    Very In Depth

    Posted by Sheryl on 27th Mar 2014

    I liked that it was very in depth and clearly covered all aspects of the course in detail. I was able to learn alot, some I already knew, but also some new things as well.

  • 5
    Great Ideas!

    Posted by Noelle on 25th Mar 2014

    liked the tic tac toe section. It was a nice break and fun. I also felt the information was clearly stated and easy to follow. Thank you for the ideas suggested. I am excited to put them to use.

  • 5
    all information was great!

    Posted by Nancy on 23rd Jan 2014

    I enjoyed the specific examples of how to create teachable moments through the use of décor. I felt somewhat happy that I am presently using some of the opportunities suggested in the course. But I also gained knowledge of others I will make use of in the future.

  • 5
    I enjoyed the training

    Posted by Amanda on 22nd Jan 2014

    I enjoyed the parts that discussed helpful ways to involve the children in decorating the classroom, I often forget to include them in this process.