Hello educators, teachers, Recreation/Community Centre Programmers, interested families and members of the Vancouver community,

 

Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program (HIH) is happy to announce the following (upcoming) workshops and conference, see below.

JARRETT KRENTZEL

DIRECTOR, HAND-IN-HAND EARLY YEARS NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Introduction to Coyote Mentoring

(Presented by Jason Roberts, co-founder of Taproot Nature Kids)

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10am – 3pm, Cumberland:

Coyote Mentoring is a highly effective educational approach developed by Jon Young and the Wilderness Awareness School. It is based on techniques that Earth-based cultures from around the world have used for thousands of years to teach their children in “invisible schools”. Coyote draws on children’s innate enthusiasm for the natural world as a setting to actively engage them in their learning process. Techniques include story-telling, reflective questioning, and both structured and spontaneous experiences. This approach develops the capacities of students for learning, problem solving and full expression; and re-awakens their natural sense of wonder.

Singing English Level 1: Song-Games for Reading & Writing Success

(Presented by Bonnie Davison, President of the Outdoor Learning Association and Founder of the Victoria Nature School and Singing English Education)

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10am – 4pm, Cumberland:

This workshop is designed for any preschool educator, kindergarten and grade 1-2 teacher, support staff, Recreational Programmer and parents/guardians and/or family member who are interested in creating ideal learning environments for children of all abilities. Singing English is a research based oral literacy program for children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports current research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success. For more information visit: singingenglish.com. The Outdoor Learning Association offers cutting edge professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, primary teachers (K-3) and college and university students focused on outdoor learning and early childhood education.

Singing English Level 2: Sound to Symbol Methodology & Techniques

(Presented by Bonnie Davison, President of the Outdoor Learning Association and Founder of the Victoria Nature School and Singing English Education)

Friday, April 28, 2017, 10am – 4pm, Comox Valley, TBA:

This workshop is for educators who have attended the Singing English Level 1 Workshop or will be attending the Singing English Level 1 Workshop on Saturday, April 29th at the Cumberland Community School (to register for Level 1, please click here). No singing experience necessary! Singing English is a research based oral literacy program for children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports current research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success. For more information visit: singingenglish.com. The Outdoor Learning Association offers cutting edge professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, primary teachers (K-3) and college and university students focused on outdoor learning and early childhood education.

2nd Annual Vancouver Island Nature Preschool Campference…for KIDS ONLY!

(Presented by Vancouver Island nature educators and presenters)

Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park:

Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education Program (HIH) is excited to host the 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Nature Preschool Campference…for KIDS ONLY! This 3-day nature inspired event is for children, aged 3-6 (must be out of diapers) who have been enrolled in a Nature Preschool (or Early Learning Nature Education Program) on Vancouver Island. This Campference is a volunteer event, put together by the collective efforts of Nature Preschool and Early Learning Nature Education Program educators as a way of giving back to the many Vancouver Island families who believe in and support us.

Forest and Nature School Practitioner’s Course

(Presented by Forest School Canada)

December 8-12, 2017, Cumberland:

Forest School Canada is the Child & Nature Alliance flagship educational program, providing early childhood educators as well as primary educators with professional learning opportunities that are evidence-based, practical, and inspiring. They strive to support communities of practice through the delivery of their ‘Forest and Nature School Practitioner’s Course’ and other workshops. This means they invest in deep-rooted change in education to support a pedagogy that incorporates play and child-directed learning in nature.