Educate Yourself

   Written by on September 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

logo-wee-notesHow many of you are aware of the opportunity available to you in the area to learn more about Early Childhood Education.  Twice a year, the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Farmville provides residents of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward a conference on areas of Early Childhood Education and Development.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how children learn and ways to provide the preschool child with stimulating, fun, necessary skills in preparation for growing, learning, socializing, and indeed for life!

The fall 2016 Heartland Early Childhood Education Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st. Cost for one workshop is $5 or $8 for both if you register by the deadline, ($10 if you do not). The conference begins with registration from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Workshop 1 begins at 8:30 and ends at 11:30. Lunch will be provided at 11:30-12:00 noon. Workshop 2 begins at 12:00 and ends at 3:00.  Door prizes and certificates will be awarded after that.  The venue for the conference is College Church, Hampden-Sydney (see directions below). You may earn three hours professional development for each workshop toward recertification for licensing.

The workshops for this conference will be lead by Wolf Trap Theater Master Teaching Artists.

Workshop 1: Outside Your Door: Exploring the Arts in Nature: Explore earth, life, and physical sciences through drama, music and puppetry. Discover how the arts can enhance your child’s understanding of weather and seasonal changes, life needs, and the natural world outside your door. Goal: To expand participants’ science curriculum while discovering new strategies for engaging children in the natural world, increasing their curiosity and knowledge through drama, music, and puppetry.

Workshop 2: Share, Care, and Play Fair. Explore children’s literature to find the messages so important to a child’s social and emotional growth. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn drama strategies that promote the social skills of empathy, respect, self-control, kindness, cooperation, problem solving, and self-confidence in our youngest learners. Goal: To examine literature and drama strategies that promote children’s social-emotional development, with an emphasis on kindness, empathy, and respect for self and others.

(Directions to College Church: Take Rt.15 and turn on Rt.133 at the light across from The Fishing Pig. Continue straight onto Rt.692/College Road. Continue through the college gates. College Church will be past the football field on the left. Parking is available both beside the church on McFarland Lane and in the church lot behind the church.) For more info, contact Patsy Pelland at 434-395-2974.

©2016 Brenda Holland-Robinson

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