I am sharing two sessions at the annual WAEYC Conference in Lynnwood, WA this year. These sessions offer MERIT Hours for Washington Early Educators.
Friday, October 27 : Full day, hands-on Play Lab for Educators, 10:30 am - 5 pm
Play Lab is a curated installation of materials, offered to the audience for play however they would like. The session is an opportunity to spark practitioners' imaginations, developing a curiosity about materials by interacting with them!
Educators can interact with colleagues and co-teachers, learning new and out-of-the-box ideas for open-ended play in the classroom. Play prompts will include (but are not limited to) light and shadow; cardboard play; tabletop loose parts; and clay experiences. Experience materials in a brand new way, and refresh your classroom experience for yourself and your students.
Saturday, October 28 : The Secret Life of Materials, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
In this session, Participants will explore open-ended materials through play. Can materials do more than we expect them to? How can we curate materials in the classroom environment for children’s deep engagement? Participants will learn about sourcing free- and low-cost materials for their setting, and deepen their understanding of the endless potential of materials.
This session includes an element of reflective practice, with educators making deep connections with their own play ideas and preferences to gain an understanding of how those personal values affect planning and implementing play-centered curriculum.