WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

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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

At this workshop educators will learn:

  • Easy and fun nature activities that can be used in any school yard.

  • How to create routines that support regular outside learning.

  • How to connect outdoor learning to the new BC curriculum.

  • The importance of creating nature connections for both student and staff wellness.

 

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.