Archive for January 15th, 2014

January 15, 2014

Join Us for an Early Childhood Workshop Just for Museum and Library Educators!

by Melissa Harding


Shady Lane School and Phipps Conservatory present a creative exploration through art, music, movement, literature, and science. Thursday, February 13 at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Education Through Play:  Effective Methods for Early Childhood Learning in Museum and Library Settings”

Morning Session                9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We will define ways in which physical space and materials can influence and maximize children’s potential to acquire knowledge.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact and develop process-oriented experiences that best meet their interests.  Through hands-on activity, we will demonstrate understanding of when and how children are able to achieve individual learning goals.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for mixed-age groups
  • Becoming an “Emergent Educator”
  • Small Group Discussion – Webbing (Process)
  • “Build It and Take It With You”

Lunch                                      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Networking As We Dine (Cost not included in registration; more details to come)

Afternoon Session             1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

We will define ways to positively partner with and engage families in our activities.  Through careful listening and open-ended questioning we will further provide developmentally and culturally appropriate communication.

“Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”, will provide additional materials and experiences that can be replicated in a multitude of settings, and end the day with some FUN!

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Engaging Parents
  • Open Ended Questions – What are they?  Where do they belong?  Who should use them?  Why?
  • “Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”

Wrap-Up/Next Steps

The group will facilitate direction for on-going interaction and support among participants and other educators who work with young children.


Participants can register for the full day for $50, or for either morning or afternoon sessions individually for $35. Click here to register by February 7th! For additional information, contact Polly Lipkind at Shady Lane (

The above photo was taken by Christie Lawry.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 199 other followers

%d bloggers like this: