NATURE & CONSCIOUS EDUCATION SUMMIT

 

                                Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 -attend both or just one day!
 
                                          
 
 
 
Saturday, May 25th, 2019 
10:00  am -4:00 pm
NATURE SCHOOL 101 WORKSHOP
-The logistics educators need to know to start adding more nature exploration to their teaching.
 
This workshop is designed for child-care educators, ECE's, K-Grade 6 Educators

 

Participants will learn:

  • The 'must haves' when choosing an outdoor site. (school yard, nearby park, beach, forest)

  • No walls? -How does that affect classroom management and safety?

  • Risk Management -Being prepared for the unknown; writing a risk management plan.

  • How do you balance routine, exploration, and learning while outside?

 

Presented by: Bonnie Davison, Education Consultant & Founder, Victoria Nature School Society

 

 

Sunday, May 26th 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
EXPLORING CONSCIOUS EDUCATION
-Taking a deeper dive into conscious education and what it means
for the future of education!
 
This day is designed for parents, educators of all ages, and community
members looking to explore conscious education! Join us from
anywhere in the world online via LIVE-STREAM!

 

SUNDAY SESSIONS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 am - 9: 30 am      What is Conscious Education? 

                                       -with Bonnie Davison, Education Consultant & Founder, Victoria Nature School Society (read more about Bonnie...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 am - 10: 30 am   Meeting the Educational Needs of Our Children

                                      -with Peter Tongue, former High School Principal, 5-year host of the weekly radio show: Awakening to Conscious                                                                      Co-Creation,  Gene Keys guide, and trainer. (read more about Peter...)

Session Description: 

As a former High School Principal of a well known University Preparatory School, Peter came to see the limitations placed upon our children by our archaic Educational System. Many students who appeared to Graduate successfully, struggle in their chosen careers, as they felt forced to conform to an acceptable profession and now live a life of compromise. Peter will discuss the need to create a system which supports the creative expression and passion our children have for life so that they fully embrace their Educational experience and go on to lead happy, responsible and exciting live

 

10:30 am - 10:50 am     Coffee & Tea Break  *Sponsored by Level Ground  (please bring your own mug!)

10:50 am - 12:00 pm     Awaking Your Wellbeing

                                          -with Lisa Baylis, Founder of AWE, Awaken Wellbeing for Educators (read more about Lisa...)

Session Description:

Self-care practices are important for educators, but the biggest difference for educator wellbeing in today’s classroom will be in their own personal learning of mindfulness and self-compassion.  When educators learn to create space to reflect, understand, and meet themselves with kindness under times of stress — instead of ramping up their anxiety and then projecting it back into our classroom  — we are creating a safer and less traumatic school environment. Therefore, a mindful self-compassion practice for our educators can have a significant impact on their personal self and the classroom environment.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm       LUNCH (Bring your own to eat in or outside with your colleaugues)

 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm        Gifts of the Soul

                                        -with Fran Gallaher, Intuitive Life Coach, Writer, Speaker, 

                                        and Speaking Coach (read more about Fran...)

 Session Description: 

  • Learn how the soul holds our gifts and talents as well as our life or soul purpose and soul contract

  • Discover the true purpose of present moment awareness

  • Explore the mysteries of soul loss and gain and the value of longing and desire for meaning and purpose for  ourselves and for those we love

  • Experience the presence of the soul, how to recognize soul loss and how to produce conditions that invite soul  gain for ourselves and those we love

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm      Closing Ceremony 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful to have the following sponsors supporting this event!

Victoria Nature School SocietyRogers SocietyHand-in-Hand Early Years Nature Education ProgramXploration Centre, and O.U.R.Ecovillage

 

 

 

TAKING LITERACY OUTSIDE

Monday, April 8th, 2019. Kimberley, BC.

Private Event

 

 

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

Level 1: Song-Games for Reading & Writing Success

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-2 Educators, & Parents

 

Singing English is a research-based oral literacy program for adults working with children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports recent research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success. 

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Powerful tools, techniques and easy to implement lessons for using song-games to create a strong foundation for reading, writing, and speaking success.

  • How to use song-games to create an inclusive learning environment for children of all abilities.

  • No music experience necessary!

  • Click here to read more & watch a video!

 Level 2: Sound to Symbol Methodology & Techniques

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-2 Educators, & Parents

 

This training program is designed for participants who have completed Level 1 Training and allows participants to expand upon the song-games they have learned in Level 1 Training to explore how to apply Singing English techniques and the Sound to Symbol Methodology to their literacy and language lessons.

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • A deeper understanding of the connection between song- games and development of literacy skills.

  • Sound to Symbol techniques such as song-maps, tapping & song-dotting.

  • Developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities that are easy to implement both indoors and outdoors.

Level 3: Song-Games
& Techniques Extended

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-2 Educators, & Parents

 

This training program is designed for participants who have completed Level 2 Training. This engaging, high-energy program provides the opportunity for participants to learn additional song-games. It also teaches new Singing English techniques and how to extend them into engaging writing lessons.

Nature Play: What is it & how to make it happen!!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1/2 Educators, & Parents

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Why children need to play outside.

  • How to create opportunities for physical and emotional risk-taking in nature play.

  • Practical strategies for safely taking children outside.

  • Games and activities for using nature play as part of any program.

 

Coyote Mentoring
& Forest Fun!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1/2 Educators, & Parents

 

Jay Roberts, founder of  Tofino Nature Kids and Bonnie Davison, founder of the Victoria Nature School team up to offer a day of inspiring sessions.

 

At the morning session educators will learn: 

  • An introduction to the Coyote Mentoring approach to Nature Education.

  • How the Coyote "teacher-trickster" inspires a compelling need to know, guiding the passion of the student to his or her own learning.

  • Coyote Mentoring Theory, interwoven with practical applications such as fun games and songs.

 

At the afternoon session educators will learn:

  • How routine is important even in a child-led program.

  • Songs and activities that help promote routine and safety in a forest or nature session.

  • Songs and activities that promote literacy as well as curiosity for nature.

 

Nature School 101
Making it Happen!

                                                            Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-3                                                               Educators, & Parents​

 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • The 'must haves' when choosing an outdoor site.

  • No walls? -How does that affect classroom management and safety?

  • Risk Management -Being prepared for the unknown; writing a risk management plan

  • What does the first day of a nature program really look like? What routine works best for your students?

Nature School 101-Part 2

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-3 Educators, & Parents who have attended Nature School 101

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • How to connect outdoor activities to curriculum expectations.

  • Games and activities that promote routine and outdoor learning.

  • How to assess and document learning in an outdoor classroom.

  • How to help students have ownership over behaviour when in an outdoor classroom.

  • How outdoor classrooms can make a teacher's life easier!

 

Outdoor Learning
in the School Yard!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1-3 Educators, & Parents 

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • How to engage teachers, parents, and the community in creating more nature play spaces in a schoolyard.

  • Outdoor learning activities educators can be used in a current schoolyard, no matter how little nature is currently there!

  • How to include students in the design process for creating more nature play spaces on the schoolyard.

  • How and what to share with teachers, students, parents, and the community regarding the importance of connecting with and learning in nature.

 

Taking Literacy Outside
Oh Yes, You Can!

Designed for preschool, K, Grade 1-3 Educators & Parents

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Developmentally appropriate activities such as Singing English song-games that create strong literacy foundations for reading and writing success.

  • Classroom management tips for literacy activities in an outdoor classroom with no walls, chairs or tables.

  • How to extend a child's interest into reading and writing fun!

 

Risky Play
Where to draw the line!

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1/2 Educators, & Parents

 

At this workshop, educators will learn:

  • The benefits of taking risks

  • How to assess risk; where to draw the line

  • How to chose and/or create the ideal natural environment for maximum benefits!

  • Games and activities that help children learn to manage choices during risky play opportunities.

 

RISK!
How to plan for it.
How to manage it.

Designed for Preschool, K, Grade 1/2 Educators, & Parents

 

At this workshop, educators will learn:

  • How to write a risk management plan

  • How to assess any outdoor location for potential risks

  • The benefits of students taking risks

  • How to assess risky play; where to draw the line

  • Games & activities educators can use to create routines that support safe outdoor learning environments.