Foundations for Emotional Responsiveness – The LUME Approach Core Curriculum 

Purpose: To embed the LUME Approach model of early childhood education which drives a culture of caring for and educating young children that is rooted in their emotional development, supporting their social development, and laying the foundation for academic success.
24.0 clock hours for the LUME Approach Core Curriculum (includes the four courses outlined below). 

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and distinguish common vs. uncommon /typical vs. atypical behaviors
  2. Identify developmental roots of children's behavior
  3. Use that identification to create strategies for supporting each child
  4. Demonstrate mirroring or report use of mirroring to develop an emotional partnership with children
  5. Understand the appropriate strategy for specific mischief in relation to their own hot buttons
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of best practice in early literacy, beginning with infancy through the preschool years
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of early literacy to the emotional milestones
  8. Create a literate classroom environment
  9. Demonstrate how the eight essentials of literacy are integrated into their practice
  10. Facilitate the important role of families in early literacy

Timeline:  Upon completion of this course, participants will have 33 contact hours and 24 clock hours completed including: 

  • 24 hours of class time – (Four six-hour classes  OR eight three-hour classes)
  • 4 hours of coaching (Four 90 minute on-site sessions, small groups),
  • 1 ½ hours Classroom observation (One)
  • 1 ½ hour Online coaching session

 College Credit: 2 undergraduate college credit hours available –Additional fee, additional coaching, and final paper required.

The LUME Approach Core Curriculum 

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Emotional Milestones (6 hours) Based on recent research in neuroscience and the work of major developmental theorists,  this segment explores the emotional and social development of infants, toddlers and pre‐school aged children and introduces the emotional milestones of children through salient stories, examples and group activities. Through increased understanding of emotional development, teachers learn how to support children from the inside‐out. 



Mirroring: A Window to the Soul (6 hours) Mirroring is a process that enables teachers to develop a deeper relationship with the children in their care through non-verbal interactions that meet children where they are at emotionally.  These interactions powerfully support children’s biological, psychological, and social development.



21st Century Discipline Part 1 and 2 (6 hours) Dissect children’s mischief, identify underlying emotions and develop effective responses. Discipline is always challenging, but 21st Century Discipline helps participants look at discipline strategies through a different lens with positive results.



Early Literacy and the LUME Approach (6 hours) This course focuses on the why and how of literacy development beginning at birth. It explores the relationship between literacy and the emotional milestones and outlines the 5 Early Predictors and 8 Best Practices for developing literacy in preschool age children.