Workshops at our Materials Center
"An Introduction to Working with Materials" with Wendy Gelsanliter
Wednesday, Sept. 26th 4:00 - 5:30PM
The Materials Center began with the belief that children need and deserve opportunities to express their ideas. Objects sourced from the local community are ripe with possibility, compliment children’s innate curiosity and their desire to explore. Join Wendy Gelsanliter, our Material Center's Educator, in this introductory workshop on ways to collect and introduce materials in the classroom. Through hands-on activities and visual examples of how children from city schools use materials, participants will walk away with both a practical know-how in starting materials collections in their own schools, and an understanding of why materials belong in early childhood contexts.
"Intro to Emergent Curriculum & Documentation:
Structures, Strategies and Systems For Your Early Childhood Classroom" with Yeshnaya Dougherty
Session 1: Sept. 27th | Session 2: Oct. 25th | Session 3: Dec. 13th
Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30PM
Emergent curriculum brings together the joys of childhood and learning by fostering the unique passions and interests of a group of children to create a memorable and developmentally appropriate study. Please join Teaching Beyond the Square’s educational coach, Yeshnaya Dougherty, for this special on-going workshop where she will help you develop a structure for your classroom that can empower and inspire you and your students to co-create curriculum that fosters creativity, collaboration and academic learning. The first session will be an introduction to classroom systems that promote reflective and inquiry-based learning throughout the school year. The second and third sessions will focus on how pedagogical practices such as observations of children in open-ended play and documentation of their work and ideas can support emergent curriculum. Participants will be encouraged to share documentation threads and will gain feedback and support from Yeshnaya and members of the group over the course of this series.
$150 fee for this workshop series, minimum 5 full-paying participants to run it.
"Literacy Workshop" with Jen Carvajal
Monday, February 4th 4:00 - 5:30PM
With increasing expectations for young children to gain academic literacy skills at an early age, how can teachers prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten while also honoring their progressive and play-based approaches to teaching? Jennifer Carvajal will share her strategies for infusing traditional academic skills into a Reggio-inspired classroom, sharing real examples from her own classroom and strategies she has developed in her work for Teaching Beyond the Square as a coach and consultant to schools in the NYC metro area. This workshop will include identifying the unexpected ways that children can develop literacy skills and fine-tuning story time and read-aloud methods. Participants will walk away with a "toolbox" of literacy strategies and a plan to incorporate them into their classrooms.
““Mid-Year Shift: Re-thinking the Art Center in the Classroom””
with Robin Koo
Sunday, Jan. 21st from 11:00AM - 1:00PM
It’s late-January, marking the middle of the school year, and you and your students may be feeling likes it's time for a change in classroom art experiences. But what kinds of change should you make and how does one go about making environmental and pedagogical shifts? Which tools, materials, and art techniques are developmentally appropriate, and what are some ways that they can be introduced? And how does reflection and documentation of children’s art experiences further curriculum investigations and children’s symbolic and social development?
Drawing upon her experiences as Studio Teacher at Beginnings Nursery School and Coordinator of The Materials Center, Robin Koo will offer participants an overview of artistic development in children ages 2 through 6 years of age, and share ideas and strategies of how to set up art areas and materials in order to support fluency in the visual arts languages. She will also share how documentation and reflection plays a role in children's experiences and social development.
10lbs of materials from The Materials Center included with registration fee.
Sunday, Jan. 21st 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Workshop fee, includes a 10lb bag of materials to take home:
$35 non-members, $20 members
Number of participants: 20