Workshop Samples

Meaningful Interactions While Children Play 


Are your conversations with children inspiring deeper learning?  Our conversations with them can be the springboard for problem solving and critical thinking skills. Learn about and practice techniques for having conversations that include open ended questions, extend their play and help them to build on what they know. 

Talking about Rules with Children   


In order for young children to truly learn about boundaries and rules, they need to understand why, what and how to behave in different settings.  Come to this session to learn about the essential rules for early learners and how to communicate them. Learn strategies for talking about rules in a way that teaches children what they mean and why they are important.  Get tips for application for the challenging behaviors you have in your classroom.

Project vs. Craft vs. Art  


Projects are not crafts.  Crafts are not art. For many years, we have used the words project, craft and art interchangeably.  They are not actually the same.  Experience the difference through hands-on activities and discover the differences in what children learn from each.  

Build A Brain:  Play the Renowned Brain Architecture Game*** 


The “Brain Architecture Game” is a hands-on exploration as to how positive experiences, tolerable stress and toxic stress can impact the structure and development of the brain.  Using pipe cleaners, straws and weights, players randomly draw from Life Experience Cards and roll the dice to determine the materials that they can use to build the tallest brain possible.  Cards take players from years 1-8 in a child’s life experiences. Positive, nurturing caregivers play an important role in our ability to tolerate life’s stresses and attendees will leave with a new understanding of the important role they play in the development of the brain.

***The Brain Architecture Game was developed through a partnership between: Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center @ University of Southern California, Center on the Developing Child @ Harvard University, Clinical & Translational Science Institute @ the University of Pittsburgh, FrameWorks InstituteProduction and distribution of The Brain Architecture Game were generously sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

New! Observation and Assessment During the Preschool Day 


Do you struggle with taking meaningful notes as you observe and interact with preschoolers?  Meaningful observation notes help us to address the needs of individual children, plan for group activities and ensure that the experiences we offer young children are based on the goals for their developmental level. Learn about the characteristics of good observation notes and how we can use them to drive our teaching.  Then, we will view videos and practice taking notes that are rooted in the goals for children’s development and learning in the preschool years.