WORKSHOPS & EVENTS!

 

Here is what I have to offer this year for your professional development pleasure! If you see a workshop, training, or event that you are interested in and would like it offered in your community, send me an email and let's make it happen! I can also design workshops specifically for your educational community needs. Send me an email and let's collaborate!
 

                                                             
OUTDOOR LEARNING in the SCHOOLYARD!
Friday, October 25th
Designed for K-Grade 3 Educators 
9:30am-3:30pm
Quadra Elementary School
Educators will learn:
  • Easy and fun nature-based activities that can be used in any schoolyard.

  • How to create routines that support regular outside learning.

  • How to connect outdoor learning & permaculture principles to the new BC curriculum.

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

  • Design ideas for more nature-based and permaculture focused outdoor spaces in schoolyards.

  

Presented by:

Bonnie Davison, B.Ed, B.Mus, B.MT 

Education Consultant

Founder, Victoria Nature School Society, Forest School Practitioner, Permaculture Designer

SINGING ENGLISH LEVEL  2 -Expand your Singing English expertise!
Saturday, Nov. 02, 9:30 a.m. – 03:30 p.m. PDT
Sunset Labs, 400 Herald St, Victoria, BC 

 

 

This training is designed for educators who have completed the Level 1 Training in person or have completed

watching the Level 1 Live-Stream recording. This training allows participants to expand upon the song-games

they have learned in Level 1 to explore how to apply Singing English techniques and the Sound to Symbol

Methodology to their literacy and language lessons. 

Educators will learn:​
  • Easy to learn and implement Sound to Symbol techniques such as song-maps, tapping & song-dotting that will enhance current language arts lessons. 

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

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

 

​*If you haven't attended a Singing English Level 1 Training with Bonnie, sign up right away to watch the replay of the Level 1 Livestream training that happened in May! Included in the registration for Level 1 are 4 free video support conference video calls for participants who would like support and some accountability to finish watching the replay before November 2nd! (calls are optional and will be recorded for those who can't watch them live)

The video calls will be via zoom video and will take place on the following Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST: 

October 3rd, October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd.

SINGING ENGLISH LEVEL 1 -REPLAY

Watch this so you can join us for Level 2!

 

 

*This online viewing is only available until November 1st, 2019 and is designed for preschool educators

as well as K-Grade 2 classroom teachers. 

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!

This event was recorded on May 4th, 2019. To attend the Singing English Level 2 Training on November 2nd either in person or via live-stream, educators must either have attended in person a Level 1 training with Bonnie Davison or have completed watching the Level 1 live stream event before the Level 2 event on November 2nd, 2019.

FREE SUPPORT CALLS!

To support educators with the Livestream Level 1 training, Bonnie is offering 4 free conference calls. Each call will be no more than a half-hour long and each call will focus on one of the 4 sections of the Level 1 training. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, hear the song-games and a way to help educators hold themselves accountable to finish the training before Level 2 begins!

Once you register, you will be emailed the link to the Level 1 live-stream recording as well as a link for the conference video chats The video chats will be via zoom so please make sure you can watch zoom videos on your computer or device. The calls are planned for Wednesdays from 3:30-4:00 pm PST on the following days: October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th, and October 23rd. They will also be recorded so you can watch it later!

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

PLEASE REACH OUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

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.