Friday, October 14, 10am – 12pm EST

Hands-On Math for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Linda Delano Schumacher, M.Ed.

Math learning starts when children first begin to explore their world. Learn what “mathematics” looks like for an infant and how math skills gradually develop as the child grows and prepares for kindergarten and beyond. Gain some ideas for developmentally appropriate, easy-to-plan math activities that can be adapted for mixed aged groups or children at differing skill levels.

Nature Play & Outdoor Environments

Colleen Christman

NATURE PLAY has taken center stage as a solution to the increasing behavior, health and learning challenges that children face. More and more children are growing up noticeably weaker– their balance systems significantly underdeveloped compared to children of previous generations. The cause? Children are not spending enough time playing outdoors and it is affecting their sensory systems and quality of life. Based on the philosophy from TimberNook, an innovative outdoor program developed by author & pediatric occupational therapist, Angela Hanscom, this workshop aims to empower parents and educators with strategies and resources to reverse this childhood trajectory.

Image of the Child as an Artist: Process Art

Carrie Becker

Art is a powerful tool for developing motor skills, meeting sensory needs and expressing thoughts and emotions. Children learn to express themselves without restriction when we provide a variety of materials and allow them to explore, get messy and experiment. Workshop participants will discuss product versus process art practices and learn to create process-oriented experiences for their children.

Leadership and Whole Brain Living

Cassandra O’Neill

In Jill Bolte Taylor’s new book, Whole Brain Living: the anatomy of choice and the four characters that drive our life, she answers questions we didn’t know we had. She teaches how we can work with our brain and nervous system to create the life (and world) we want.
Deep seated dominant cultural views tell us that we are at the whim of external circumstances, however, wisdom traditions tell us something different. Wisdom traditions teach that we go within for the deepest knowing. This book applies the most current neuroscience to help us choose peace within ourselves. By choosing peace, we can positively influence our own life and those we are in relationship with.

Working with Wool

Jed Norris

This workshop will work to connect to our agricultural community through building connections to the fibers that we were. We will spend the majority of the time exploring wool and will have time to learn to clean & card, make a simple felting project and have a discussion around how this medium could benefit the classroom experience.

Valuing Diversity: Integrating Culture with Authenticity

Paula Nadeau

In this workshop we will explore how to move past simple acknowledgment of celebrations from other cultures and into authentically celebrating the cultures of our children, families, and our educators with humility, respect and curiosity. As our populations diversify, we will need to also grow a teaching workforce representative of this diversity. In this workshop, we will also explore how to welcome the culture of New American educators with the same authenticity.

This workshop is an Advanced Specialized Care Training.

Milestones Matter! Learn to Track Early Development

Janet Kilburn

With co-presenter Cooper Siegel

Come to a fun, interactive workshop where you will learn to use tools that support all children’s healthy development and resilience. As an early childhood educator, you play a key role in supporting children’s early development. This workshop will address how early development is a dynamic process that can be influenced and weighted toward health and wellbeing. Through hands on learning, videos, and group activities, you will learn to use CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) Program tools for developmental monitoring and use brain building tips to add learning to everyday moments. These tools help strengthen protective factors like parental knowledge of child development and understanding social and emotional skills. Teachers will receive free resources to support families to better understand their child’s early development, celebrate milestones, and identify concerns so that young children get connected to the services they need at an early age when the benefit is greatest.

This workshop is an Advanced Specialized Care Training.

Joy in Motion: Integrating African-American Art, Culture, Creativity and Resilience into Pre-K-3 Education

Lydia Clemmons, PhD, MPH

With co-facilitators: Kia’Rae Hanron, Clemmons Family Farm K-12 Arts Learning Advisor; and KeruBo Webster, Clemmons Family Farm Teaching Artist

Participants will be introduced to Clemmons Family Farm’s Joy in Motion Pre-K-3 curriculum and learn to use lesson plans, discussion questions, curated resources, and participatory creative activities built around the fascinating and little-known history of Black roller-skating. Each workshop will be co-facilitated by two Clemmons Family Farm team members- a visual arts educator and a music and movement teaching artist.