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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 2018-2019 school year. This year our topics focus on:  fostering resilience in young children; playful early literacies; and the benefits of sensory 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. We will post the dates for the workshops later this spring. 

During the 2017-2018 year our morning workshops focused on three early childhood topics: the complex dynamics of handheld devices; the potentials of nature play; and the importance of block play. Resources for each workshop are available upon request.

The Reason for Resilience

The Reason for Resilience

With Lisa Wright, Ed.D., Director of the Hollingworth Center
October 16, 2018

You’ve heard the buzz words grit, zest, and flourish. And while these attributes, among  others, are key for a positive self concept, it is resilience that is at the core of the holistic robust development of a child. In this presentation Lisa shares the essential aspects of resilience and the role parents and educators play in nurturing this growth. We will:

  • Learn that resilience is not innate and can be acquired through the experiences of positive challenges even while very young

  • Understand that educators and parents must model their own tenacity and optimism in the face of obstacles and unexpected events

  • Examine the tools children need to persist in all facets of their development

  • Grapple with Harvard’s Center for Child Development (2015) finding that executive functions enable young children to respond adaptively and build the capacity to bounce back and move forward  

In addition to highlighting the daily life experiences that  foster resilience through supportive adult-child relationships, Lisa also shares picture books in which narrative arcs illuminate self-efficacy, control, and optimism. This session focuses on the optimal window the early years provide to build resilience and how this foundation is essential for continued growth in later childhood.

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu

Home, School, & Playful Literacies: Encouraging Young Lifelong Readers & Writers

Home, School, & Playful Literacies: Encouraging Young Lifelong Readers & Writers

With Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed.D., Director of Hollingworth Preschool
November 27, 2018

We are often asked by parents, “How do I help my child with developing their pre-literacy skills?” and “How can I help my child become more comfortable with writing?” At Hollingworth Preschool we firmly believe literacy is all around us in our everyday world and experiences and best fostered through authentic opportunities for engagement. In this workshop we explore the philosophical stances Hollingworth Preschool espouses to encourage positive lifelong relationships with literacy and specific strategies parents and educators can use to offer young children vital, organic, early experiences in literacy. From how to encourage a love of reading, to how to provide spontaneous opportunities for writing, to our favorite books and materials, Heather will offer participants a balanced perspective on literacy theories and successful strategies for the young child.

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu

Slime, Silly Putty & Squish Bags, Oh My! Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Sensory Play

Slime, Silly Putty & Squish Bags, Oh My! Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Sensory Play

With Elizabeth Carlson, MA, Afternoon Class Head Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool
Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib, M.Ed., Morning Class Head Teacher at Hollingworth Preschool
Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed.D., Director of Hollingworth Preschool
March 12, 2019

Concerned about your child's pencil grip or fine motor skills development? Skip the pencil and consider adding more opportunities for sensory play in your child’s play experiences. Waterplay, slime, goop, silly putty, playdough, pom poms, water beads and other sensory play explorations provide young children the opportunity to engage in important sensory experiences, exploring the world through tactile interaction. Furthermore, sensory play is vital to young children’s holistic development as it supports cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development, and can encourage early explorations into mathematics, literacy, scientific reasoning, and more! This workshop will be a hands on experience for our participants as Elizabeth, Marisa, and Heather guide us in exploring and learning how to provide children enriching opportunities for sensory play that specifically supports children’s fine motor skills while engaging children in fun!

Please RSVP to hollingworthpreschool@tc.edu

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 17, 2017

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.  

Tea & Coffee at TC: Nature Play

Tea & Coffee at TC: Nature Play

With Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Ed. D., Director of Hollingworth Preschool
November 14, 2017

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.

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 8, 2018

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.