Breath of Fresh Air features hands-on workshop opportunities for attendees
More to be announced!
Demystifying play: Using pedagogical documentation technology to understand and explain play-based learning
Many educators struggle to explain the purpose and value of play-based learning to parents and guardians. Research shows that the use of a pedagogical documentation technology called Storypark helped kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators to explain their play-based curriculum and understand it better themselves. This workshop will explore how pedagogical documentation and Storypark can be used to deepen practitioners’ understanding of play-based learning and strengthen their abilities to communicate with parents and guardians about play-based learning.
Outdoor play: Great for kids, tough [to measure] for researchers
Facilitator: Michelle Guerrero, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
This workshop looks at the need for a standardized approach to measure outdoor active play. Participants will discuss existing approaches along with their strengths and limitations, and have the opportunity to explore and ‘play’ with subjective (e.g., activity logs) and objective (e.g., accelerometry) measures commonly used in outdoor play research. Attend this workshop to offer ideas and provide input for developing a new instrument/measure and take away best practices for measuring outdoor active play.
Land as Our First Teacher: Establishing and maintaining relationships
The workshop is a land-based introduction to relationships between Indigenous worldviews and Ontario’s Early Years pedagogy through respectful approaches to Land, protocol, and Natural Curiosity. A hands-on demonstration of our walk with Indigenous community to make space for children, families, and ECEs to learn from multiple worldviews at the edge of the bush.
How-to guides: Play Charter and Mobile Adventure Playground
Do you want to mobilize your community to support play? Or help your organization start a loose parts play program? Then this workshop is for you. The Alberta Recreation & Parks Association (ARPA), the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta and the City of Calgary have partnered to develop ‘How-to guides’ for a Play Charter and Mobile Adventure Play. In this interactive workshop, you will work through some of the tools provided in the ‘How-to guides’, share ideas, hear about lessons learned and play a little.
Pedagogy of play: Early years perspectives on outdoor play
Facilitator: Laura Molyneux and Sinéad Rafferty, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada facilitators
Walking with place: Storying forest encounters
Facilitator: Lynn Short, Humber College Aboriginal Resource Centre; Louise Zimanyi, Humber College, Early Childhood Education; Kaitlin Beard, Humber College, Child Development Centre
Experience the importance of place from an Indigenous perspective through Four Directions teachings and the Seven Gifts of the Grandfathers. Through this walkshop, participants will engage in place-based, earth-centered storytelling (September moon and related stories), create a journey stick and a collective story of place. Stories of place from the forest nature program at Humber College will also be shared.
Loose parts and outdoor learning: Thinking and playing outside the box
This workshop will focus on how to support healthy child development through self-directed play opportunities outdoors with loose parts. Participants will explore how a variety of creative, up-cycled and open-ended materials can help expand the potential for play and learning in any outdoor environment.
Forest school in the city: Building an ethic of care with urban green spaces
Location: To be announced
Running a forest school in the city of Montreal, The Lion and The Mouse have spent five years navigating the needs and limits of public green spaces and the communities they serve. In this workshop, you will hear about their collaborative experiences, conservation efforts and negotiation tactics as we discuss what it means to have an ethic of care, both towards the spaces we frequent and each other