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Tea and Coffee at TC

 

Open to our current, former, and prospective families in addition to the general public, Hollingworth Preschool will host three Tea and Coffee at TC workshops during the 2017-2018 school year. This year our morning workshops focus on three early childhood topics: the complex dynamics of handheld devices; the potentials of nature play; and the importance of block play. In each of the workshops we offer a window into our approach in working with young children as well as tangible resources for families to carry home. Please click here for more information about each event.

Tea & Coffee at TC: Before, After, and In Between Hand Held Electronic Devices

Tea & Coffee at TC: Before, After, and In Between Hand Held Electronic Devices

With Lisa Wright, Ed.D., Director of the Hollingworth Center
October 17th 9:00 am

iPads and other small screens are almost ubiquitous. Often offered at a restaurant, during a car ride, or while waiting for an appointment, these tiny screens entertain and engage children. Please join Lisa as she shares the latest research on hand held electronic and the impact on the development of children. While the data are young, a reflective stance on devices is key to parenting. As with most anything, moderation is key. Options for establishing age-appropriate screen time rules as well as selecting nonscreen alternatives for your child will be discussed. Lisa will share delightful and educational "on the go" screen alternatives through her curated collection. Peruse sample materials including small manipulatives, 3D puzzles, games, miniature blocks and figures, and the most intriguing activity books. Come with questions and leave with a bibliography to begin your own engaging collection for device free outings.  

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu

Tea & Coffee at TC: Nature Play

Tea & Coffee at TC: Nature Play

With Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed. D., Director of Hollingworth Preschool
November 14th 9:00am

From puddle jumping, nature walks, scavenger hunts, to a survey of the resources available to families, in this workshop Heather will guide you through some approaches to adopting a Nature Mindset to bring a little more mud, leaves, fresh air, as well as scientific inquiry, a sense of wonder, and fun to your urban naturalist! The importance of and value in nature play has long been observed and recognized within early childhood education (Carson, 1998/1965; Cadwell, 1997; Wilson, 1995). Nature offers children the opportunity to learn through inquiry and experience (Louv, 2008).  At Hollingworth Preschool we engage in nature play because it affords children the invitation to inquire about natural materials leading to explorations into conservation and the sciences, as they learn about geology, gravity, change, states of matter, and more (Inan, Trundle, & Kantor, 2010; Wilson, 1997). Nature play supports the development of the whole child: sparking and stretching the mind, tactile sensory exploration, social-emotional development, and gross motor activity (Davis, 1998; Wilson 1997). It also fosters children’s sense of wonder (Carson, 1998/1965; Wilson 1997). In New York there are countless ways to support each child's engagement with nature in a responsive way, from hands-on approaches, park programs, to ways to virtually engage with nature, we’ll explore resources that will support every child--from the child who loves to dig in the mud, to the child who would prefer to admire Mother Nature from a distance.

 

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu

Tea & Coffee at TC: Block Play

Tea & Coffee at TC: Block Play

With Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib, M.Ed., Hollingworth Preschool Morning Class Head Teacher
February 8th 9:00 am

Unit Blocks have been a foundational material in early childhood classrooms since Caroline Pratt (2014/1948) introduced them at the turn-of-the-century. Now there are a myriad of blocks for children to explore from nature tree blocks, legos, magnetic options including Tegu, Magnatlies, to ‘old school’ such as spools and Lincoln logs and other construction options. Blocks offer children the opportunity for rich explorations in imagination, mathematics, early physics, literacy, cooperative play, fine and gross motor development and determination (and more!). In this workshop Marisa focuses on our child responsive approach to block play.  Working from the child, our deep respect for the plans, ideas, and creativity of young children guides our approach.

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu