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Early Learning Book Chats

Early Learning Book Chats is a free professional learning community that helps educators and caregivers find the tools that they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. Moderated by Gryphon House, the community hosts regular webinars presented by award-winning early childhood authors and experts who will provide information, resources, and ideas to support educators as they positively stimulate language, cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children.

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WEBINAR: Making Space for Preschool Makerspaces

Early Learning Book Chats (EdWeb)

Oct. 06, 2021 ‐ 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT. Presented by Robin Marx-Mackerley, MS, Early Childhood Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno Extension; and Cathryn Peshlakai, M.Ed., Program Officer, University of Nevada, Reno Extension Moderated by Jennifer Lewis, President, Gryphon House, Inc. The goal of this edWebinar is to spark interest in developing makerspaces in the preschool classroom. Authors Robin Marx-Mackerley, MS and Cathryn Peshlakai, M.Ed. will: Define what a makerspace is and how it is different from other makerspaces; Explain the various types of makerspaces for different settings; Present the benefits of a makerspace and briefly describe the phases of a maker; Describe what resources are available in their book, Making Space for Preschool Makerspaces. We hope by attending this edWebinar, participants will be energized and motivated to create makerspaces in preschool classrooms. The authors seek to expand the maker community and build maker champions. This edWebinar will be of interest to preschool teachers, librarians, and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

WEBINAR: Loose Parts in K-3 Classrooms

Early Learning Book Chats (EdWeb)

Nov. 18, 2021 ‐ 2:00 pm

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST. Presented by Dr. Carla Gull, Faculty, University of Phoenix; and Dr. Suzanne Levenson Goldstein, Full Time Faculty, University of Phoenix. Moderated by Jennifer Lewis, President, Gryphon House, Inc. Loose parts are open-ended, natural, and manufactured materials that can be manipulated with limitless possibilities. In this edWebinar, you will discover that a loose parts mindset: Supports invention; Promotes imagination; Inspires innovation; Instills problem-solving skills; Builds confidence. How can we use this in our learning settings? During this edWebinar, we will explore the development and application of a loose parts mindset in our classrooms and schools. While loose parts is a holistic approach, we will share examples applying the loose parts mindset to science, technology, reading and literacy, engineering, art, and math lessons. You will learn how loose parts create the opportunity to interact with and manipulate variables. Loose parts challenge children to think, build, learn, and create. Join us for a little loose parts play and imagine the possibilities for your setting! This edWebinar will be geared toward K-3 teachers; however, the universal loose parts principles apply to school librarians, principals, district leaders, PreK, and upper elementary classes as well. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

WEBINAR: Enticing Environments for People Under Three

Early Learning Book Chats (EdWeb)

Dec. 15, 2021 ‐ 2:00 pm


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