Stick and Stone: The Intersection of Literacy and Math in Nature
Date(s) - Feb 20, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Child Care Options CCRR
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Inspired by the book Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld!
This interactive workshop will demonstrate how literacy and math can come together in a playful way with inspiration from nature. Participants will have an opportunity to re-enact the story, create math experiences and document the play and learning possible with nature’s gifts to children – sticks, stones and pinecones. There will be an opportunity to discuss the aesthetic importance of the inclusion of nature materials indoors as well as the significance of supporting literacy and math outdoors in nature, where it belongs!
Suitable for all early learning and child care professionals
Dr. Diane Kashin
Diane earned her Bachelors of Honours from York University and an early childhood education diploma from Seneca College. Diane worked as an early childhood educator and centre director before beginning graduate studies at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto and teaching early childhood education at Seneca College at both the degree and the diploma level. Diane earned a Masters and Doctorate of Education successfully defending her doctoral thesis: Reaching the Top of the Mountain: The Impact of Emergent Curriculum on the Practice and Self-Image of Early Childhood Educators in 2007. Diane has co-authored two early childhood education textbooks with Pearson Canada; Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education (2012) and Empowering Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education (2016). Diane retired from Seneca College in 2014 and is excited to be teaching part time at Ryerson University, consulting and providing workshops provincially, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include Reggio inspired practice, the philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins, forest/nature schools, technology integration in ECE and social media for professional learning. Diane is the author of a blog that she writes to support professional learning in early childhood education: http://tecribresearch.wordpress.com and moderates Twitter chats for educators and students. Diane is passionate about her volunteer work as the chair of the York Region Nature Collaborative www.yrnature.ca as well as engaging and learning through social media.
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Please bring one stick, one stone and one pinecone