Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc.

   

Let’s Go All Out: Nature-based Play and Learning in Early Childhood

Presented by: Joanne Pye, Emily Pals, Katherine Brown, Hilary Redman, and Lisa Purcell

Hathorne Room

Registration 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Morning Session 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
(Hathorne)
Lunch 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Arches)
Afternoon Session 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Hathorne)

Dinner on your own

Attendees of this workshop should be prepared to spend a good deal of time outdoors.

Young children are mud pie makers, shell collectors, fort builders, rock stackers, and stick-sword wielders. That is, they’re scientists, artists, mathematicians, and engineers learning about the world around them. They are also communicators, negotiators, community members and learners.

In this daylong workshop, we’ll focus on how children make sense of and connect with their world and with each other through nature-based play and learning. We’ll explore ways early childhood professionals can nurture young learners by giving children opportunities to: be outdoors, explore, play, investigate, make observations using all of their senses, ask questions, collaborate, communicate, and be responsible for their own behavior and learning. We’ll introduce language and strategies to help participants create more peaceful learning communities as they foster children’s curiosity, compassion and confidence. And of course, we’ll spend time outside engaged in nature-based play and science learning, so bring warm winter wear with you.

Workshop goals:
1. To strengthen, inspire, and explore effective practices for creating rich outdoor learning opportunities and unstructured play experiences in nature.

2. To increase familiarity with resources related to different aspects of nature-based play and learning.

3. To reflect on one’s role as care provider and teacher and the language we use to support children’s growth and learning through nature-based play and learning.

4. To evaluate and document the growth that young children experience when engaged in nature-based play and learning and science practices outdoors.

3. To reflect on one’s role as care provider and teacher and the language we use to support children’s growth and learning through nature-based play and learning.

4. To evaluate and document the growth that young children experience when engaged in nature-based play and learning and science practices outdoors.

OCFS Training Topics: 1, 3


Family Child Care Association of New York State, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5486, Albany, NY 12205

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