Professional Development Workshops
For Early Childhood Educators, Parents and others interested in the education of young children.
Professional Development Workshops
Contact us to schedule a private class for your group of educators.
Minimun group size is 8 adults.
Length: 1 1/2 hours
Fee: $45 per participant at The Wonder Room/ $55 per participant at your site
This service is available in Saratoga County. Travel fee will be added outside the area.
Choose a Topic:
Math and Science for Young Children: Participants will discover how to create skill-based math and science activities for children age 2-6. We'll explore how to engage young children in the development of math and science concepts and vocabulary through hands-on activities that use dough, exploration tubs, charts and graphs, and manipulative. Participants will walk away with ideas that promote an understanding of time, patterns, sequencing and more.
Exploring Art with Young Children: How do we encourage and nurture the artist in each young child? Primary art includes exploration of line, shape, space, perspective as well as practice with perseverance, risk-taking and trial and error. Gather ideas for open-ended, process-oriented art activities Discover activities that foster the development of self-expression, understanding of concepts, fine motor skills and the creative and practical uses of a variety of materials and tools.
Extending Children's Literature Across the Curriculum: This workshop will explore the many ways that children's literature can be incorporated into every learning center. Both fiction and non-fiction texts provide a wealth of opportunity for individual and group investigation. This workshop will also explore several skill-based ideas and activities around both classic and modern storybooks. Participants will have the opportunity to make and take home several of the ideas.
Using Blocks Leads to Learning: Children use block play of all kinds to develop gross and fine motor skills as well as to expand social-emotional capabilities. we'll explore how using a variety of blocks throughout your curriculum can lead to great discoveries and growth for children of all ages. Enhance your block play with sets of props and prompts that encourage experimentation, develop make believe play, nurture social interactions and allow for creativity to bloom. We'll discuss how when you document children's block play, it provides insights into the child's thought process and the development of patterns of growth and exploration over time. You'll have time to create some props for your own program.
Quotes from participants of our training:
"I'd be interested in anything these ladies present"
"There were lots of examples that they use everyday. It broke everything down and simplified it all. Best math and science training I've been a part of."
"Has made 'teaching' it (math/ science) much easier.
"Please come back!"
"Great ideas on math and science activities for young children using materials that are affordable and easy to find. Loved how excited the teaching staff was while exploring the materials, lessons, and talking with each other about this training!"
For Parents, grandparents, caregivers of young children
Contact us to schedule a private talk for your group of friends, moms club, parent group, or play/story group
Maximum group size is 10 adults
Length 30 - 45 minutes
Fee: $50 per session (rate will vary if travel is required outside our area or for larger groups)
How Do Babies / Toddlers Learn Through Play
Do you wonder how to support your baby's development?Play is how your baby learns. join us for this workshop and get some questions answered, and lots ideas for supporting your child's natural curiosity about the world. We'll discuss the importance of incorporating books, language and music into baby play. We will use everyday items and opportunities as tools for learning through play.
Choosing Toys with High Play Value (can be adapted for parents of different age groups i.e. 9months - 4yrs or 4yrs - 8 yrs)
As the holiday season approaches, you may wonder how to choose the best toys. We'll share some tips for selecting toys and materials that nurture wonder. Which ones will be used the most as your child grows? Also, how can you extend play with toys that you already own? Go home with ideas that will have your child engaged in learning day after day and for years to come.
How Do I Set Up My Home for Fun, Learning and My Own Sanity?
Let's face it - kids come with a lot of stuff! Their clothes, toys, equipment, papers and projects need to find a place in the home environment. Your stress level and productivity are dependent on a functional space and a solid routine. We'll share some tips and tricks that will help you to think about ways to get it all under control.
How to Choose a Preschool
Will you be looking for a preschool program in the next year? Join us for an informal conversation about the various considerations that families make as they are exploring preschool programs. We will cover the people, the program and the place. You will walk away with information and a checklist that will help you find the "right fit" for your family.
Reading with Pre-readers
All the data suggests that reading to children is necessary to create strong readers. Why? What about squirmy kids who don't sit still? What about books that get stepped on and torn? How do I choose books for my kids? How do I avoid reading the same books over and over until I have them memorized and can read them in my sleep? We'll give you a ton of ideas that will make you eager for a trip to the library!