Seminar

Parent and Child Caregiver Seminar Series

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Seminars will be hosted at the following community center

    Penfield Recreation

1985 Baird Road
                                                    Penfield, NY 14526                                                       585-340-8655

To register click here and type “parent” into the keyword search field or call the front desk at 585-340-8655

Generation Joy!™

 6:30-8:30pm

3 chances to attend, Tuesdays, Feb. 4th,  March 31st,  June 2nd

In this workshop we discuss how self-directed play increases Joy! We discuss the research about the decline in play and the rise in childhood mental disorders and the science of joy. Then we discuss how to increase joy at home, in our classrooms, among the children in our care, and within ourselves. If we keep play and joy the center of our work with children we will successfully help raise “Generation Joy”! This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

STEAM Activities and Loose Parts

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday March 3rd

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Loose Parts play are so important for children and are linked with innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, and success! This workshop explains why STEAM and loose parts play, are important for growth and development,  we discuss how to use Loose Parts as STEAM activities and to create new STEAM materials using loose parts, and participants will get to work creatively with loose parts provided during the workshop. There will be a slide show presentation that may inspire you with new ideas while working with your children or children in your care. This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, childcare, preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets OCFS criteria for 2 hours training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Circle Time 

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday March 17th

In this workshop we discuss how to keep “Circle Time” (or whatever you call it) Developmentally Appropriate, engaging and fun for the children. We learn some songs and fingerplays and get silly! Participants also get to act out a circle time “gone bad”, and if they can stifle their laughter long enough, we discuss strategies on how to improve the experience for the children and their teachers. This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Behavior Management 

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday April 21st

In this workshop we discuss common behaviors found among our children and in our classrooms, and how we might go about managing them. This might mean a completely different approach than we have previously undertaken. It might mean changing our own perspective and perception of children and their behavior. It might mean just tweaking our practice slightly. We discuss all of this along with child development, meeting children’s needs, and providing appropriate guidance.This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Process Oriented Art

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday May 5th

Children learn so much more and are much happier when they are allowed to experience art in an open-ended, process oriented way. In this workshop we discuss why the process is so much more important than the product when it comes to children’s art. We see examples of beautiful art made by children through an open-ended process. In this workshop we will learn how to allow the child full ownership over their art work, allow them their process, and still usually have a beautiful “fridge worthy” piece of art. Participants will make a variety of paintbrushes and art materials from common items you can find around your home or program, and create their own art. Paint and other materials will be provided. This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Rough and Tumble, Tough and Rumble!™

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday May 19th

Children love rough house play! It is the foundation of all other forms of play. All mammals take part in some form of rough house play. Come hear about the research into and the benefits of rough housing with your children. Children benefit tremendously from rough house play but it is often immediately stopped by adults, and it’s a shame. In this presentation we discuss the benefits of allowing rough house play, the research on the subject, and some good techniques to use while facilitating this type of play. This presentation is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

The Power of Play

 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday June 16th

Play is such a powerful force in the life of a child! In fact it is an intrinsic human drive like eating or procreating. The ever growing body of evidence from the vast amounts of research on the topic, show how important it really is for education, mental health, physical well being, and more. Come find out why play is so important in the lives of children, what negative consequences there could be when play is hindered, and how children benefit from different types of play. This presentation is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

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