Workshop Schedule 2017

COEO Make Peace With winter  –

Let Them Play Series

Nippising District, Ontario Concluded

Play Empowers

Risk Play/Challenge Play in the Early Years

Adamstown, Maryland – Concluded

Private Conference

Forest Homeschooling

Mattawa, Ontario – Concluded

COEO Fall Conference

Let Them Play Series

Rama, Ontario – Concluded

Hands in the Dirt 

Loose Parts

Midhurst, Ontario – Concluded

2018 Workshops

COEO Make Peace With Winter

Inquiring Minds

Nippising District – Concluded

Play Empowers

Risking it All (Formerly Risk and Challenge Play in the Early Years)

Fredrick, MD – April 6-8


Barbara has 20 years experience in developing and training professionals and parents on child directed programming and techniques. Barbara Sheridan founded and is in her sixth year of being lead teacher at Barrie Forest Kindergarten and Nature School, she is the host of Campfire Chats, a podcast produced by Early Learning Explorations, and a vlogger and resident writer for Play Empowers and Playvolution.  She has received her Forest Kindergarten Teacher training, a Child and Youth Work diploma, a Degree in Psychology and is  currently pursuing a Masters in Education focusing on innovation, creativity and sustainability. She is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to you.  Please explore our workshop section or contact us if you would like us to explore a new topic.

Read an interview with Barbara HERE

Watch as she explains her views on “bad behaviour” HERE

Hear a 20 Questions Podcast for everything you wanted to know about Barbara HERE 

We offer workshops with educators on how to include play and inquiry based learning in your classroom. We also provide workshops that include elements involved with innovative learning with your students (risk, self regulation etc). Workshops are customizable to your audience so we can tweak current workshops to suit your group or we can work on a new workshop topic you think would be of interest to your group.

Let Them Play 4 Part Series

Ontario has come out with a new innovative program for students in the kindergarten program that encourages play, inquiry based learning and innovative learning practices. This series benefits not only teachers in the Ontario school boards that teach kindergarten but also pre school and primary teachers in Ontario and outside Ontario who want to follow teaching practices that include more facilitation, play, inquiry and innovative learning.

Workshop Series (90 minutes each or 1 full day for all 4)

1. Problem Solving and Innovation in a Primary Classroom

2. Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics in an Innovative Primary Classroom

3. Who’s in Control? Self Regulation and Well Being in a Primary Classroom

4. Community classrooms. How to facilitate student belonging and contributing to the classroom. 

Single Workshops (90-120 minutes)

Inquiring Minds – Inquiry based Learning

Risking it All (Risk Play / Adventure Play in the Primary Years)

Child in PlayThories of Play and how to document it

Loose Parts – Let them Loose!


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