BREAKWATER'S PARENT EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS OFFER INSPIRATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES TO NEW AND EXPERIENCED PARENTS, CAREGIVERS AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS.

 
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PRACTICAL STRATEGIES TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE, SLEEP BETTER, AND GET SICK LESS

Lindy Grigel MHP, PA-C, CCH
Thursday, January 25 | 6-8:30pm

Optimal nutrition, quality sleep, and positive human interactions are essential for the growth, development, and long-term health of our children. Join Lindy S. Grigel, MHP, P.A.-C, CCH to learn practical tips that your family can employ every day to raise happy, healthy, resilient kids. 

This interactive workshop will use the metaphor of a mandala to illustrate the interconnectedness between nutrition, sleep hygiene, digital media and toxic environmental chemicals. Through combined teachings drawn from scientific research, evidence-based practice and Integrative Medicine participants will gain knowledge and skills to support our children to become successful learners at home, school, community and the greater world at large. 

Includes Practical Tips:

  • Getting optimal nutrition (even for picky eaters) and what vitamins and mineral supplements kids may need 
  • Ensuring proper sleep quality and addressing sleep debt 
  • The impact of screen time on learning and ideas for alternative activities to enhance brain development
  • Benefits of an integrative medicine approach to preventing and treating illness

HOW TO: DIY TOYS THAT INSPIRE CURIOSITY DRIVEN LEARNING 

Josephine Roberts
Part 1: Wednesday, February 7 | Part 2: Wednesday, March 7 | 6-8pm

Two part series for parents and teachers curious about making their own toys for the home or classroom. Workshops explore a handful of simple techniques using a variety of easy-to-find toy making materials. Participants will craft some toys to take home and explore a handful of kid-tested activities designed to inspire play-based, curiosity-driven learning.

  • Part 1 focuses on making Story Stones and how to successfully engage with children around the stones various creative and educational uses, including child-driven literacy and numeracy activities. 
  • Part 2 makes Felt Food & Friends with easy to master felting techniques and looks at extensions that include children in felting while practicing motor and executive function skills.
     

(not) RUNNING WITH SCISSORS- LETTING YOUR CHILD USE REAL TOOLS SAFELY

Shawn Aylward
Wednesday, March 21 | 6-8pm

Injury prevention plays a key role in keeping children safe, but emerging research suggests that imposing too many restrictions on children’s explorations hinders their development. The maker’s movement has inspired attention to the benefits in allowing children opportunities to use real tools and materials to explore, discover and create. Breakwater’s tinkering teacher will share his expert experience balancing the priorities of risky opportunities and children’s safety for optimal child development. A multiage student group will be on hand to model tool use and protocols!

Practical tips and hands-on experiences to help participants 

  • briefly discuss about what is "ok dangerous" and what is irresponsibly or inappropriately dangerous.
  • better understand the benefits of allowing children to do risky things.
  • gain some practical language and skills to help their children or students judge the safety of different situations on their own; be aware of and handle their own bodies in space; create and enter contractual agreements with children around safety and safe use of tools.
  • use some of the tools themselves that children are using at Breakwater.

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