Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Speaking and Consulting




Upcoming Presentations
Reggio Inspired Programs Fall/Winter Learning Series
Sponsored by Enchanted Moments Early Learning Centre
Departure Bay Elementary, Room 115 
Sept 16 The Classroom as Third Teacher,
Oct 15 A Day In The Studio -The Atelier
Jan Playful Literacy through Story Play
Feb The Art of Observation

$20. pp, 
Preschool Certificates Available


Developing a Nature Primary Program
Reggio -Playful Learning Literacy & Math
April 1st, Kamloops Professional Teacher Association


Contact: Liz McCaw      elizmccaw@gmail.com

Consulting

Classroom as Third Teacher
We will work together to redesign the learning space to consider space, flow, colour, nature and light to infuse calm, organization and beauty into the room. Careful consideration is given to the age and vulnerability of your learners, student access to resources and building a learning community. This valuable consult often has great impact on the learning environment and can either be a first step towards Reggio Inspired Practice or a redesign to make the environment work. For mid island schools, pre and post visits are included in this consult as tweaking is often required throughout the first term as teachers transition. 

If you work in or near Nanaimo I can arrange for you to visit a variety of classrooms so that you can see how the elements are used in different spaces and begin to imagine it for yourself. 

Like Reggio Emilia classrooms you do not need to purchase beautiful furniture, the beauty emerges from the thoughtful use of the five elements: light, colour, nature, flow and space. Often little or no funds are needed for this change as the resources are recycled or repurposed.

I have worked 1:1 with many teachers Pre-K to 6 as well as with school teams. When working with schools a successful approach been to work as a team to transform rooms. This contributes to a team understanding, sharing of resources and ongoing support for each other.

Current Workshops Available

Storytelling with Kylie Oussoran & Liz McCaw (certificates provided as needed)
This workshop can be tailored for the participant audience i.e. preschool teachers, kindergarten or grade one.
Benefits of storytelling
Framework for telling a story
How to develop storytelling skills
Working together to develop your own repertoire of stories

Google document with frameworks, strategies and stories to practice will be available

as well as preschool certificates if needed

e-Portfolios in a primary program
·      Benefits of e-portfolios for students, family and educators
·      New BC Curriculum
       Making Learning Visible
·      What is Process Learning and Why Use It?
       Transparency with family

Developing a primary nature program.  Pre K-4
·       Making a shift in your practice
·       Resources: physical, community, family
·       Funding a primary nature program
        Collaboration with your colleagues
    
      Google Document with workshop highlights, links to web sites  
      and videos will be included. My book, Outside Our Window: 
      Developing a Primary Nature Program will be available at   
      the workshop. Payment can be made with cash, credit card or debit 
      card. You can also pre-order through Strong Nations or Amazon.ca

Reggio Inspired Practice: The Classroom as Third Teacher 
  This workshop is intended for educators interested in creating a 
  learning environment where students work collaboratively in a 
  beautiful, functioning and calm environment.

  We will examine the elements of flow, colour, nature and light to 
  infuse calm, organization and beauty into the room. Careful 
  consideration is given to the age and vulnerability of 
  your learners, student access to resources and building a learning 
  community. Examples of classrooms that have been transformed
  from Pre-K to grades 4 will be shared.

  Google Document with highlights, links to web sites and videos
  will be included.

 Reggio Inspired Practice: The Power of Loose Parts
·       What to collect
·       How to organize and store
·       Making Curriculum links
        A Shift in Your Practice
·       Reggio Inspired Pedagogy

   Google Document with highlights, links to web sites and videos 
        will be included.

Reggio Inspired Practice: Daily Five Flow (K/1/2)
·       Teaching with Intention
·       Instructional frameworks
·       Resources
·       Mini literacy lessons with loose parts and process learning

   Google Document with highlights, links to web sites and videos
        will be included

Reggio Inspired Practice: Playful Inquiry
  Teacher framed - Student led inquiry
  Emphasis on process learning, play based program & collaborative partnerships
  Reggio inspired learning environments
  Q- what does it look like to play with ideas?

  Google Document with highlights, links to web sites and videos 
  will be included

Reggio Inspired Practice: Developing Your Atelier
  Creating a dedicated art space or room in your school/classroom
  Emphasis on process learning, collaborative art, self directed art play
  What art materials to purchase & how to introduce them
  Organization, storage and access to art materials
  Creating display spaces i.e.: Gallery Wall ...

  Google Document with highlights, links to web sites and videos as well
  as recommended reading list






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