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Selected Professional Development Presentations

Beyond Playdough-The Importance of Sensory Play in Early Childhood

Beyond Playdough-The Importance of Sensory Play in Early Childhood

Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed.D. Lutheran Schools Association Conferences New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island Schools, November 2015, March 2016, November 2016.

We all know children love playdough--and understandably so! Playdough engages children's senses and allows them to create, explore, and hypothesize about their world. There is so much more than playdough that we as educators can offer children--goop, silly putty, squish bags, sand dough, and cloud dough, to name a few. This hands on workshop will focus on the importance of sensory play in early childhood. Sensory play encourages children's holistic development, engaging children in cognitive exercises supporting early literacy, mathematics, and scientific reasoning often through tactile explorations. Using everyday & easily accessible materials, this workshop will include sample homemade sensory play materials and demonstrations on how to make materials such as silly putty, squish bags, and foam dough. The workshop participants will leave the session with recipe cards to support sensory play in the classroom.

Curriculum of Passion: Supporting Interests and Potentials of Children & Graduate Students

Curriculum of Passion: Supporting Interests and Potentials of Children & Graduate Students

Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib, M.Ed.

Curriculum of Passion: Supporting Interests and Potentials of Children & Graduate Students. National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC, March 2016.

Re-envisioning Preschool Traditions

Re-envisioning Preschool Traditions

Elizabeth S. Carlson, MA; Marisa Chin-Calubaquib, MEd; Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed.D. Re-envisioning Preschool Traditions: A Renewal of Family Engagement and Events. National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers , Chicago, IL, March 2015.

Traditions are important components of preschool community and culture, however increasing food allergies led us to a re-envisioning of celebrations.  The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the potentials and challenges of re-envisioning traditions.    

 

 

Classroom Community as the Center of Curriculum

Classroom Community as the Center of Curriculum

Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib, M.Ed.

Classroom Community as the Center of Curriculum.  National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA, March 2013.

Story Stones: Literacy Craft Workshop

Story Stones: Literacy Craft Workshop

Heather J. Pinedo-Burns The Lutheran Schools Association Annual Conference, October 2017

Story stones are a unique manipulative, hand crafted using smooth stones, to encourage children's early literacy and foundational skills. In this two part workshop you will have the opportunity to create a variety of story stones to use in your classroom with your students. In the first part of the workshop we’ll learn how to make our story stones, using a variety of techniques, including easily accessible printouts, mixed media collage, and heat transfer embossing.

Then, while our story stones dry, we’ll explore a variety of approaches for creating and using this craft in your classroom with children. This hands on tactile manipulative and story sparker for children of all ages--toddlers through elementary school children, can be adapted to fit a variety of educational approaches. Teachers can use story stones to encourage early literacy explorations as well as mathematical concepts. Whether offering students story stones at choice time, at stations, or centers, or using them in different teacher led activities or assignments, they offer a unique tactile and visual cue to support all learners.