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Thursday, February 22
 

10:30

Loose Parts Outdoor Play: Better play makes better schools
Ropes, planks, logs, rocks and boxes may not seem meaningful in an educational setting; however, these types of open-ended materials - loose parts - advance children’s learning. When loose parts are combined with outdoor play, children’s learning opportunities are further expanded and maximized. Understanding the magic of loose parts can support you in deepening and enriching children’s learning experiences, development and therefore, their academic success. You don’t have to choose between play and learning.In this session, you will learn about how loose parts in outdoor play become the impetus for academic skills and knowledge as well as fundamental life skills, engage in loose parts play outside, and learn about the evidence based practice of loose parts outdoor play in a school setting from other provinces and countries. A small portion of the session will be held outside rain/snow or shine so please dress appropriately to the weather. Come play with loose parts and learn how better play can make better schools!

Speakers
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Bora Kim

Bora Kim is a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Study and advocates children’s healthy and active life styles through outdoor play.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Risky play: Not a risk
Risky play is not a risk but a benefit to children. Learn about what research says about risky play and how to support children in taking safe risks in a school setting. Climbing a tree, jumping off a tree, balancing on a tree log, using real tools… Numerous research has indicated that these types of risky play are not a risk but benefit children. In fact, risky play is an essential part of child and youth development. Risky play contributes to children’s critical thinking skills as well as their healthy and active life styles. Risky play also plays an important role in helping children establish competencies and a sense of identity. In this session, you will learn about research based knowledge of risky play, discuss how to support children in taking safe risks in a school setting, and learn how to manage risky play by engaging in a risk benefit assessment.

Speakers
BK

Bora Kim

Bora Kim is a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Study and advocates children’s healthy and active life styles through outdoor play.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

The Staff that Plays Together Stays Together!
All work and no play makes teachers boring and burnt out. Join Joyce Sunada for an active session full of challenging and fun team building activities for you and your staff. According to the Alberta Education Framework for Wellness, "Social Wellness"is: relating positively to others and is influenced by many factors including how individuals communicate, establish and maintain relationships, are treated by others and interpret that treatment. This session provides activities and experiences that challenge participants to communicate, work together cooperatively and reach group goals. (Skills that are necessary to create a positive, healthy work environment) My hope is participants take the activities back to their schools and recreate them with their staff, thus enhancing their social connectedness and wellness. "Playing together" and having fun as a staff fosters "Social Wellness" thus enhancing the overall wellness of the Educator. The impact - improved wellness of the students and whole school community.

Speakers
JS

Joyce Sunada

Over the past 30 years Joyce Sunada has been a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who creates healthy schools. She received the “Health Promoting Schools Champion” award from PHE Canada. Joyce is now a Wellness Coach, speaker and sessional instructor at the Werklund... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 143 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4