BREAKWATER'S PARENT EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS OFFER INSPIRATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW AND EXPERIENCED PARENTS, CAREGIVERS AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON CRAFTING FUTURE CLASSES, COURSES, AND WORKSHOPS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. STAY TUNED FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES! BELOW ARE DESCRIPTIONS OF PAST WORKSHOPS OFFERED THROUGH OUR PARENT EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

Navigating Change: 
An 8-week Program for Greater Health and Well-Being in partnership with Stanford University

Danielle Gorman, c-IAYT

CHANGE CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE

This embodied mindfulness training program combines movement, mindfulness, and confidential community connection to support life transitions and challenges. Steer through worry, anxiety, and stress with greater ease. Learn how to drop anchor in the midst of rough waters while raising and working with the young people in our lives.

This program is part of a national clinical evaluation for Stanford University's Psychiatry Department of Research on Veterans Affairs on the applied benefits of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy group programs to alleviate chronic mental and physical health issues


HOW TO: DIY TOYS THAT INSPIRE CURIOSITY DRIVEN LEARNING 

Josephine Roberts

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. (Date TBD)


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

With Shawn Aylward

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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