Training Programs for CHILD CARE, DAYCARE, PRESCHOOL, and Pre-K Educators and Teams
Team Building for ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL Faculty
Embodied Learning helps people who work with youth appreciate learning in the way it comes from children. We use sensory perception, movement, and imagination to support educators, curriculum teams, and entire schools understand the needs of children, students, and their families and provide fitting solutions to each community.
#1 Learning through Movement
Perception, movement, and learning are closely intertwined. Through active play, young children (0-6) gain greater awareness of their own body, which instantly feeds their brain and minds.
Movement and Socioemotional Development
The program’s goal is understanding how to foster children’s intellectual and social-emotional learning through movement.
This in-person very dynamic and interactive training session offers practical ideas to appreciate how children’s bodies and brain develop over time autonomously.
You will learn experientially how to set up new sensory-motor skills related activities to implement easily and successfully.
Furthermore, you will learn creative ways to integrate movement into teaching with a special focus on relaxation, self-regulation, and creative interaction with natural and zero-budget materials.
Several dynamic experiences involving the senses will help you to understand and appreciate how your own system of perception functions and interacts with children in your everyday life.
This way, you will discover how to enhance both intellectual and social-emotional learning of young children through age-appropriate “forms of play” as sensorimotor play, exploration, symbol-playing, role-playing, pretending and rules-based-play.
Learning is also a physical and emotional act. Learning comes from children. Adults have to make sure to be aware of every aspect of it to assist them as they deserve.
#2 Behavior is Communication
Approach Children’s Challenging Behavior Through Embodied Cognition
Teachers and educators have been experiencing new challenges as a result of evolution and changes in society.
While detailed and well-tailored academic curricula help them to accomplish their mission effectively, some challenges in everyday school life are still unsolved. These include “understanding and teaching the most challenging students.” In many cases, the effort to understand behavioral issues generates frustration, excessive demand, and even helplessness.
“The Only Behavior” Adults “Can Control Is Their Own.”
(Paraphrasing from: Nancy Rappaport, Jessica Minahan, The Behavior Code, Harvard Education Press)
The goal of this hands-on training program is to face behavioral issues from the perspective of the adult (educator, teacher, parent) as an observer of herself or himself and as an assistant to students – or children.
It is about discovering new points of view in communication and children’s needs while using the language of the body, the role of sensory perception and movement, the function of learning environments, and the influence of transitions.
Behavior is communication – We just have to find the best way to listen.
The impact lies in gaining practice-related guidance that supports adults to work step by step on understanding their own behavior in specific situations, activities, places, and incidents during every day (school) life.
Its implementation is focused on consciously and successfully restructuring relationships with individual students.
Furthermore, in this workshop participants will learn how to keep track of their behavioral improvement, including hidden biases and negative attention towards students through anecdotes and situation oriented exercises, games, and creative activities.
#3 Learning in Outdoor Environments
The areas surrounding child care, daycare centers, preschools, and school facilities always provide opportunities for children to escape confining indoor spaces and open their eyes to what’s outside.
Urban and natural settings can inspire them to move, play, explore and learn in a completely new way.
Learning can happen outside, too!
In this practical training program, you will learn how to recognize learning opportunities outdoors.
You will try out ideas and approaches for using children’s movement and curiosity outside the classroom as learning tools.
You’ll also learn how to implement your curriculum in outdoor areas and how to reconcile any practical and technical concerns with educational objectives.
Working with light, shadows, water, grass, dirt, sticks, sand, clay, rocks, and more – in ways that are both creative and practical – you learn how to develop new settings and activities that allow you to engage with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners in a variety of projects outside the classroom.
Both outdoor and indoor “classrooms” can be allies in the learning process.
Discover how to prepare yourself for using outdoor areas for learning through play.
Experiment and understand the tremendous pedagogical potential of the various areas in and around your facility!
This training program will give you an extensive kit of practical ideas designed to broaden and enrich your institution’s educational approach.
The program focuses also on letting go and observing children develop on their own.
Make the rediscovery of environments outside the classroom the hallmark of excellence in the educational services you provide.
I also offer support to child care, daycare, preschools, and schools for designing outdoor spaces and consulting on how to plan your own outdoor concept.
a. 4-hour Intensive Starter Session
b. One-day Full Coverage PD Session
c. Two-day Full Immersion Training
d. Ongoing Support/Consulting Package
I will come to your school, child care, daycare, early education center, conference, courtyard, or rooftop terrace.