Participants will explore the outdoors and learn about the benefits of nature and loose parts play for children’s and adult’s development! Hear from nationally renowned speaker and author of early childhood books, Jeff Johnson, and nature/outdoor play advocates who hosts the podcast Q & A with T & K, Tiffany Pearsall and Kristen Peterson. Session topics descriptions are included below:
Trusting Kids As Learners with Jeff Johnson
Description: Children are wired for learning–they are good at it, eager to do it, and driven to it–yet too often we adults get in the way and take control of learning. We expect kids to learn what we want, when we want, how we want, and where we want. This session is about trusting kids as learners and creating environments where they are free to lead their learning.
Do It Yourself Early Learning with Jeff Johnson
Description: This session takes a hands-on look at dozens of ideas for using materials from your home center, grocery story, big box store, dollar store, or recycling bin to promote child-directed play, exploration, discovery, and learning.
Get them Outdoors! With Tiffany Pearsall and Kristen Peterson
Description: The hosts of the early learning podcast, Q&A with T&K, will speak about nature play, the importance of getting kids outdoors, and how to incorporate typical indoor activities outside! Participants will then get to play and interact in Butterfly Hill’s certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom in a workshop style setting.
Cost of Registration:
Early bird (Register before July 3rd) : $50
Regular Registration: $75
Student rate (high school, undergraduate): $40