COEO Make Peace With Winter –
Nippising District – You missed us in January but can catch us in April!
Risking it All
Fredrick, MD – April 6-8 – You missed us at the beginning of April but catch us in a few weeks!
SCDSB Outdoor Learning Conference – Singing in the Rain
Special Spaces, Special Places, working with Children with Special Needs Outdoors
Barrie, Ontario April 28
Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium
Taking the Risk
Brampton, Ontario April 29
Full Time Families Rally and Conference
Topic to be announced
Mattawa, Ontario September 6-9
COEO Fall Conference
Topic to be announced
YMCA Camp PineCrest, Ontario September 21-23
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 Seconds.com. 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 Play – Thories of Play and how to document it
Loose Parts – Let them Loose!
Special Kids, Special Needs, in the Woods
Special Tours 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