2019 Workshops

COEO Make Peace With Winter

Community Classrooms

Bark Lake Leadership Camp Nippising District – January 18-20

SCDSB Outdoor Learning Conference – Singing in the Rain

Springwater Provincial Park Midhurst – April 27 2019 – Take your kids outside (and have them like it!)

Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium 

May 4-5 – Forest Kindergarten talk and Menotrship

Full Time Families Rally and Conference

Mattawa Ontario – September 2019 – To be announced!

COEO Fall Conference

Orillia Ontario – September 2019 – To be announced!

Barbara has 20 years experience in developing and training professionals and parents on child directed programming and techniques both through one on one consultation and small group workshops all over North America. Barbara Sheridan founded and is in her seventh 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, Playvolution HQ and 30 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.

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!

Special Kids, Special Needs, in the Woods

Don’t have time to make it to a workshop? You can still learn with your own Special Tour and Q&A

Forest Kindergarten School Tour with Q&A – focus on Pedagogy

Forest Kindergarten School Tour with Q&A – focus on building relationships with local Native Communities and Traditional Nations


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