Early Learning Connection Registration: Workshops: Workshop Details
WorkshopWorkshopJeff Johnson Workshop
DepartmentDepartmentESU 10 Early Learning Connection
Default ContactDefault ContactAlexandra Dillon
Default LocationESU 9 Hastings, 5807 West Osborn Drive
DescriptionUnderstanding Loose Parts of Play
    This session starts with a look at Simon Nicholson’s definition of loose parts and at how the term covers so much more than pine cones and shells. After defining loose parts, we dig into sourcing loose parts, supporting loose parts play, the learning that happens during loose parts play, and how to explain loose parts to parents and others who may not grasp their value.

Trusting Kids as Learners
    Children are wired for learning–they are good at it, eager to do it, and driven to it. Yet, too often, they are not supported in leading their own learning. Based on ideas from our book, Let Them Play, this session is about trusting kids as learners and creating environments where they are empowered and supported in leading their learning.

Supporting "Bad" Behavior
    Activities like running, climbing, throwing, spilling, punching, pinching, kicking, biting, tattling, and yelling often are labeled as bad behavior and many early learning settings attempt to limit them–if not outright ban them. This session takes a contrarian view, examining these activities as learning opportunities, and offers up ideas for encouraging and supporting them. It turns out these things can be done in safe ways–without hurting others–and don’t have to create friction between children and their caregivers.
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AudienceAudience: Early childhood educators of all learning environments