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Location: Middlebury

Training Type: In Person

Total Hours: 6

Cost: Free

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Cookie Danyow
(802) 388-9688

Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Gentle: Nature-based Play and Learning through the Seasons – SUMMER Sylvia Kennedy-Godin

Special Topics:
Sponsor: Addison County Starting Points Network
Instructor: Joanne Pye, Elly Moriarty, and Lisa Purcell

This series will engage early childhood professionals in the best practices for authentic play in nature for children and the learning that it fosters. We’ll explore the adult role in this learning, discuss risk and benefit, describe some approaches to getting all students ready to be outside learning together, identify how to document and extend the learning, and discover how the language and experiences of outdoor play can help us build more compassionate children and peaceful communities. We’ll do this while spending time outside looking for signs of the seasons and learning how to involve young children in “doing science” – observations, questions, sharing discoveries. Summer investigations outside are full of bugs and flowers and dirt. Learning Objectives: Learn how nature-based play outdoors is critical for children’s overall development; Learn best practices for authentic play in nature; Explore the adult role in outdoor learning environments and identify how to document and extend outdoor learning.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Family & Community Partnerships
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
Session Dates
Session Times
August 19, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
September 30, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Additional Information

Location: Counseling Services of Addison County (CSAC)- Catamount Park, Middlebury, VT. This is a 2+2+2 training model, 2 hours of training, 2 hours of assignment work, 2 hours of training. You must attend both sessions and complete the assignment in order to receive all 6 hours of PD.