Sample sessions

Is It Play?

This thought provoking session challenges providers to look at their own settings and programs to look at whether or not real play is really happening. Participants have an opportunity to look a the various definitions of play and ask themselves some hard hitting questions.

Environments that Support Play

Just like there are many wrong ways to create an environment, there are many right ways too! This session focuses on the key elements necessary to create a culture and climate to promote independent play and creativity! Participants will have an opportunity to take a look at a wide range of environments and programs that are truly play based.

Supporting ALL TYPES of Play

There are many different ways in which children play, and for most of us, some of those types of play are easier to support than others. This session will allow providers to look at the benefits of a wide range of types of play, and to problem solve ways to "get over it" when it comes to some of the play that we may personally find challenging!

The Science of Art and "BIG" pictures

Participate in a hands-on art exploration workshop incorporating science. Some activities will include: pendulum painting, catapult painting, centrifugal painting, gravity paints, spin art, melting paint, snap painting, fizzing sidewalk paint..... and so much more!

The Art of Creating- Celebrating the Process of Art

Join us for hands on, fun, easy, process art activities you can use with the children tomorrow. Learn how to make your own art supplies, great recipes for: finger paints, watercolors, chalk, chalkboard paint, sidewalk paint, etc. Recycle and process at the same time with unique tools and techniques.

Take It Outside! Creating an Outdoor Classroom

Who said an outdoor play area needed to cost a million bucks? Join us for an inspirational discovery of outdoor spaces from around the world, featuring big ideas on a small budget. Learn how you can incorporate spaces and activities into your outdoor environments to enrich the opportunities for the children in your care for little or no cost.

It's not Rocket Science, but Sometimes It Feels Like It!

Why is science so scary? Science is all around us. Breakdown the fear barrier and join us for a hands on discovery of simple science experiments you can do with children. Review the basics of the scientific method and walk away with easy techniques and fun ideas you can incorporate with your children tomorrow.

That's Life! Encouraging Scientific Observation with Life Cycles

As concrete learners, children learn through their direct observation and experiences. Learn about various science observations and activities related to the life cycles of plants, butterflies, frogs, chickens, and more! (This workshop works best at a location where milkweed is available as we will be hunting for Monarch eggs).

"Sense"-ational Learning Fun

Join us for a hands-on recipe share of sensory exploration and fun for children of ALL ages. Make slimes, goops, putty, playdough and so much more…Over 100 ideas for your sensory explorations both in and out the table! Don’t have a table? No problem, we will give you the plans to make a couple of different styles. Please come dressed for messy play!

Wintertime Snow- GET OUT and GO!

We live in a winter wonderland. Let’s face it, getting outside and staying energized in the winter can sometimes be a challenge. Join in for an interactive session packed with activities and tips to get you re-energized about outdoor winter play! We will spend time exploring activities and discussing ways to energize yourself, staff, and the children you work with about our wonderful winter!

Sensory and Science Experiences from the Start!

Infants and Toddlers are natural scientists; they learn and grow through their experiences with the world around them! Join in for a hands-on workshop exploring ways to integrate early sensory and science experiences for our youngest learners! Although this workshop focuses primarily on activities for younger children many of the activities could easily be extended and elaborated to engage older children as well.

“Care”frontations: Stocking your Communication Tool Box for those “Tough Talks”

As an early childhood professional, you wear many hats. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to practice your communication skills and prepare yourself for a wide range of situations where you are required to resolve conflict and talk about issues that may not be easy to address. Often times as providers, we have to confront parents about policies and/or issues of concern with child development. Role play scenarios will allow participants to tackle issues such as comforting first time parents in regard to childcare choices, addressing developmental delays/concerns, behavioral issues, enforcement of policies/procedures, etc. (Participants are encouraged to email the instructor prior to the session if there is a particular scenario they would like to see addressed).

101 Ways to Paint Without a Brush!

Process art and exploration are so important! This hands on session works to remind us of the importance of process based experiences and to think outside of the box when creating simple art experiences for young children.

"Just" Another 4-Letter Word!

“I’m just a home daycare provider/preschool teacher/stay at home mom....”

“The children are “just” playing” Sound familiar? For some reason many of us in the field do not give ourselves or our profession the respect that is deserved. When we use the word “just” it seems as though we aren’t doing much, when in reality—We are doing some of the most important work out there! Take some time to share stories, build confidence and work towards advocacy for our profession and the importance of play!

Journey to Play

Being an early childhood professional can be exhausting... The amount of conflicting information out there is clearly overwhelming. We all want to do what is best for the children in our care, but it is hard. It is difficult to know exactly what to listen to, and CHANGE is hard! We know in our hearts that play is how children learn, yet many of our practices don't always reflect our beliefs. In this workshop we will spend some time reflecting upon our own personal play journeys, evaluate our own belief systems and take some time to action plan for the future.

Light that Fire! (and keep it burning!)

As caregivers, our passion can sometimes lead us into some stressful situations. The day to day tasks sometimes overwhelm us and the stress leads us to burn out. I forget who said it, but we all need to remember... "The good thing about being burnt out means that at one time- You were on fire!" This workshop is geared toward finding what keeps our fire burning, how to manage stress and how to bounce back from burnout!

Additional topics and sessions available, I'm willing to develop the best training package to fit your needs- please contact me to discuss what I can help develop for your group!