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CANCELLED ~ Unlocking the Magic of Emergent Curriculum:3 Part Series (6 hours total)

March 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - March 24, 2020 @ 8:30 pm


Observing, Planning, Documenting and Reflecting on
Children’s Play and Learning – 3 Part Series (6 hours total)

Let’s journey further into the magical world of emergent planning – where children are the key! This extended workshop series provides a more comprehensive version of our introduction session to emergent curriculum.  One of the best ways to learn new skills is to learn by doing and this is how we dive deeper into understanding emergent curriculum.  We will go through each component of emergent curriculum in more detail and with lots of practice trying these strategies out ourselves. What is emergent planning? Is it effective?  Will the children still enjoy the activities and learn? How does it work with the Alberta Flight Curriculum Framework? Discover the answers to these questions and much more as we look at some key tips and tricks to implementing an emergent curriculum. These workshops are designed to reveal the mystery and magic of the popular emergent curriculum concept and put it into practice in your classroom. Remember! Not all planning is the same – just like not all children or teachers are the same, so let’s figure out how to do it so it works for everyone!

Part 1: Observing with Wonder and Intentionality (2 hours)

Let’s start with observations! The core component to emergent curriculum is framed around our abilities to observe, record and interpret children’s interests, abilities, needs and learning styles.  This first session will allow participants to practice and improve their skills in observations and learn some key elements to recording children’s interests.  Identify what to observe, how to observe, when to observe and why this is all an important step in emergent planning.  Observing and including all the children in your care will help you get a better understanding of what to plan next in your program.

Part 2: Planning Activities Where Children are the Key (2 hours)

Now, what do we do with these observations?  The next session in this series will help participants interpret these observations and use them in their planning.  It may sound simple but it’s easy to get side tracked or miss out on some key elements, so let’s try this together!  Participants will use their observations to formulate a planning format that works for them.  And since every teacher is different, it’s important to find a format that works for you and the children in your care.  Think ‘outside the box’ and learn how to plan activities that are reflective of all the amazing things children do and say in your program.

Part 3: Documenting Samples of Play and Learning (2 hours)

The final session, and last component of emergent curriculum, is making children’s learning visible. How can we show what the children playing and learning and why it’s important? Express your creative side as we look at all the different ways to document the process of play – with a focus on documentation boards and learning stories.  This make ‘n’ take session will give participants hands-on opportunities to create their own documentation board or learning story. Take your teaching practices to the next level of excellence and enjoy all the pathways in our journey of exploring emergent curriculum.


March 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
March 24, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
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Riverbend Montessori Child Development Ctr
536 Riverbend Square NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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