Friday, October 13 Sessions

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and Awards
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address: Kristen Peterson
10:00 – 12:00 Whole Group Session with Kristen Peterson
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Poster Presentations
1:30 – 4:00 Whole Group Session with Kristen Peterson
4:00 – 4:30 Closing Session

 Kristen Peterson

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Trust the Children and Your Cape - Fear. Fear holds us back from doing what is right for the children we serve. Fear of what others will say. Fear that we will look like less of a teacher if we don't have control and the children in our care aren't quiet. Kristen will inspire attendees to release the fear and to trust their cape as they head back into the world to care for children.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

They Can’t Learn with an Itchy Butt - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs lets us know that children can't learn with an itchy butt or an absence of relationship with their caregiver. Learn to apply Maslow to your every day routine with young children as well as dig into the buzzword: DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) and what this REALLY means.

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Saying yes can be a lot harder than saying no. However, when you say no, you are taking away valuable learning experiences for the children in your care. Learn why saying yes is a way to meet the needs of each child, why saying yes propels learning, and how to easily flip a NO to a giant YES!

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Say Yes to the Mess - Our adult goggles can make it hard to let go and really let children enjoy the process of interacting with materials with all of their senses, especially when it makes a mess. In this workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks for saying yes to the mess AND they will get to play around and make a mess themselves! We also will touch on many of the other aspects of play that feel "messy" to adults. Things like conflict, risk, rough and tumble play, weapon play, superhero play, death and dying play and more!

Cabinets of Curiosity - The Cabinet is filled with open ended materials that will get children (and adult learners) curious and creative.  There will be many things that will make attendees say, "Why didn't I think of that?". Kristen starts with a showcase of the contents of the Cabinet of Curiosity, then attendees will have time to interact with the materials and create their own play.  Attendees will learn the benefits of curious and open-ended materials, understand how play schema drives behaviors in early childhood and walk away with SO MANY NEW IDEAS.