A professional development workshop for early childhood educators wishing to develop or expand their outdoor classrooms. Explore the benefits and challenges of being outdoors with children and the many different approaches that nature-based early childhood education encompasses.
In this lively workshop, we will share and discuss topics that include:
- Identifying the opportunities of your outdoor space
- Balancing artistic and practical activities in nature-based programs
- Protecting and nurturing the lower senses year round and in all weather
- Understanding the role of risk in play and learning
- Inviting parents as partners
Opportunities for community-learning will include small group activities, time for individual reflections, and presentations including a peek into the creation of Acorn Waldorf School’s Forest Program and The Neighboring Tree Project.
Note: Attendance at this online workshop is recommended, but not required, for registration at our in-person April 28-29th workshop, Forest Kindergarten Through the Year: Breathing Through Rhythms and Practices — Hands-on Practice.
Motria Shuhan is the founder/director of Acorn Waldorf School, a full WECAN member in Accord, NY, where she serves as lead teacher in the Oaks Mixed Age Kindergarten. Prior to Founding AWS, she spent nine formative years at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, working in the nursery and kindergarten and serving as pedagogical chair for three years. Motria also serves as a mentor and educator in Sunbridge’s Early Childhood Teacher Education program and an instructor in our Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education Summer Series course. With a special interest in the art of puppetry, Motria has staged shows for conferences, festivals, and other community events. She completed a three-year Advanced Therapeutic Course for Early Childhood Educators in Denver and her Waldorf Early Childhood training at Sunbridge College.
This workshop will be presented over Zoom and will not be recorded.
Friday, March 3: 7:30pm-9pm Eastern Time
Saturday, March 4: 10am-11:30am Eastern Time and 12:30pm-2 pm Eastern Time
$165 includes non-refundable $25 registration fee
- 15% off for schools sending two or more registrants
- 15% off for Sunbridge program graduates
- 25% off for payment made in Canadian dollars
- Total cost for current Sunbridge program students in good standing: $25
Discount codes will appear on your registration form. Other than CAD, discounts may not be combined.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.