Professional Development Workshops
Find inspiration, uncover new ideas and develop practical and creative skills to apply to your setting both now and in the future during our uniquely crafted workshops for educators of children 2.5 - 6 years of age.
WORKSHOPS AT YOUR SITE
Specialty workshops are available for many different topics, including new, Hands-on Health, at your site. All convenient, two-hour educators' workshops come to your location.
Group size: Up to 30 (please inquire about groups over 30)
Cost: Starting at $500
Schedule: Museum staff will work with you to select a date and time that fits your needs.
For more information, please call Ava Turner at 651-225-6054.
CHOOSE FROM ONE OR MORE WORKSHOP TOPICS BELOW!
Bound to Read: Early Literacy
The role of literacy in the early years is vital to creating strong readers and writers. In this workshop we pull back the curtains to unveil literacy’s main characters- listening, speaking, reading, and writing- and discover their role in developing a lifelong love of reading. We also discuss that when you are in the director’s chair guiding and leading with intention, everyone has a chance to shine in the spotlight.
NEW! Hands-on Health
True health is about achieving optimal well-being for the body and mind. Promoting healthy habits with young children in the classroom can be simple, natural and fun. Rev up the intensity of health-focused activities and kick start a more intentional approach to shaping children’s knowledge of healthy food choices, active lifestyles, good self-care practices and positive self-concept.
Math is all around us - every day in many ways. When children are introduced to and explore basic math concepts in fun and meaningful ways, it helps build their understanding and confidence. Crack the code and unlock the simple ways you can help children notice, focus and explore the mathematical dimensions of their world through play, conversation and intriguing activities.
Music and Movement Play
Young children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development is harmonized through the instruments of music and movement. In this workshop we compose ways of incorporating music and movement into classroom routines or any part of the day. Get ready to sing, move, and giggle by exploring fun ways of creating experiences for children that go beyond pushing play on the CD player.
Nurturing Nature: Environmental Education for Young Children
The grandest of all classrooms for learning about nature is the great outdoors itself. Unearth the many ways to celebrate nature and showcase all its beauty for children to understand, respect, and explore. We’ll show how even when indoors, songs, games, large group activities and art can foster an appreciation of nature and a connection to the natural world.
A driving force in children’s learning is their innate interest in how things work or why things happen. The groundwork for scientific thinking is laid when children engage in playful experiences that elevate curiosity, propel inquiry and crank confidence. Discover how to recognize the simple science already happening in your early childhood setting and how to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.