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An engaging 6-part e-Course for both early childhood educators and parents of young children based on Teacher Tom's popular methodology.Discover how to fundamentally shift how you speak with young children so they can think for themselves.

Who is Teacher Tom?

Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson is an early childhood educator, international speaker, education consultant, teacher of teachers, parent educator, and author. He is best known, however, for his namesake blog Teacher Tom's Blog, where he has posted daily for over a decade, chronicling the life and times of his little preschool in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest corner of the USA.

For nearly two decades, Teacher Tom was the sole employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative School, a parent-owned and operated school, knit together by Teacher Tom's democratic, progressive play-based pedagogy.

Today, Teacher Tom shares his play-based pedagogy through online e-courses for early childhood educators and parents; produces online early childhood conferences; consults with organizations about his "Family Schools" program; and inspires early years audiences around the world (Greece, UK, Iceland, Australia, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Canada, and across the US) both virtually and in-person with his engaging views on early childhood education, play, and pedagogy.

He has authored two bestselling books, aptly named Teacher Tom's First Book, and Teacher Tom's Second Book.

Episode 1:

We've all known people who seemed to be able to work "magic" with young children, motivating, inspiring, and building relationships with them without raising their voices, bossing them around, scolding, or threatening. In reality, there is nothing magical about it. In this session, Teacher Tom shows how to apply scientific knowledge for practical purposes, which is the actual definition of technology.

Episode 2:
How the Language We Use Creates Reality

In a very real sense, the language we use creates reality. The world around us is the result of the stories we tell, the ideas we express, and, indeed, everything we utter right down to individual sentences. And according to neuroscientists and philosophers, this isn't a metaphor, but actual reality. Teacher Tom illustrates how most of us use language without being aware of the reality we are shaping, often creating a world that is opposite of the one for which we hope.

Episode 3:
The Language of Punishment, Disbelief, and Command

Pertaining to our roles as early childhood educators and as parents, Teacher Tom believes we should support children to achieve their highest potential versus aiming to control them. In this session, he explores three areas in which our language habits frequently sabotage our intentions, inadvertently creating a world we would rather not share, one in which children experience the adult as dominant, punitive, and commanding.

Episode 4:
The Language of Informative Statements

Where Our Power Lies

Our power lies in our use of informative statements, statements of fact that create a "space" in which young children can actually think for themselves. In this session, Teacher Tom examines strategies for stepping back from the language of control and command and replacing it with the "magic" (or technology) of informative statements.

Episode 5:
Best Language for Rules and Tidy Up Time

We are most prone to using the language of command when it comes to enforcing rules and rallying children for tidy up time: "No hitting!" "No taking things from people!" "Put that away!" "Stop playing!" Teacher Tom shares how to apply the technology of speaking with children to create an environment in which children are more likely to abide by the rules and participate in community activities of their own accord. And why this is always preferable to being compelled to do so by a bossy adult.

Episode 6:
Examples, Stories, and Wrap-Up

The habit of speaking with controls and commands, even for most experienced educators, is a difficult one to break. In this session, Teacher Tom offers specific examples and illustrative stories that help us deepen our understanding of how the technology of speaking with children works, both in the classroom and at home.

Live Webinar with Teacher Tom

After completing this e-course, leverage a live webinar with Teacher Tom to get your questions answered, practice your new language strategies, and network with other early childhood educators and parents of young children. (A recording will be available for those not able to participate in the live event.)

What Others Say About

The Technology of Speaking with Children

Dawn C.

"Teacher Tom has completely changed both how I teach and how I parent."

Isabella M.

"It's amazing how little changes in how we speak with children transform everything. I love Teacher Tom's insights on how to give children the space to do their own thinking."

Lavanda H.

"I wish every parent, not just teachers, had this information."

Register for The Technology of Speaking With Children

$129 USD / person


Lifetime Access

Earn a 3 Hour Professional

Development Certificate

Online Forum to comment, discuss and ask questions

Live Zoom Webinar with Teacher Tom (recording will be available if you cannot make it to the call)

High quality coaching in the comfort of your own home

Group Discount Pricing

Starting with 5 users and moving up, users will receive a 20% discount off of the $129.00 per person.

Schools and ECE program directors, please contact about larger groups (100 persons and higher) to discuss additional discounts and bespoke PD programs for your community.