Ann Neubert Enrichment Series Workshop

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Too often educational settings are predominately preoccupied with the child’s intellectual development. However, an individual’s ultimate success in life is affected by the ability to interpret and handle social situations, including emotions and feelings – both one’s own and those of others.

Emotional empathy surfaces in the early preschool years and directly affects the child’s ability to relate respectfully and appropriately with others. This presentation will address social and emotional intelligence by examining research applicable to young children, particularly in the Montessori learning environment.

Effective techniques will be discussed in terms of modeling appropriate social behavior for young children. In addition, we will examine how the adult’s increased understanding of the child’s behaviors as means of communication can reduce frustration and lead to an increase of positive outcomes.

Some of the areas of emphasis to include:

  • feeling cards
  • role playing scripts
  • Grace and Courtesy to enhance social and emotional skills
  • reducing risks of bullying and exclusion

Summer Workshop

Workshop Title:

Social and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children

Dates:

July 24 & 25, 2017 (Monday and Tuesday)

Class Hours:

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

Presenters:

Sister Leonor J. Esnard

Sustainability from the Start (top)

Nurturing gardens (or just classroom plants) is a good way to nurture children’s love of the natural world. Such nurturing and care cultivates an ethic of stewardship for our planet, and sustains us from within and without! If you are a classroom teacher or school administrator looking into your school’s usage of resources, recycling program or lack-there-of, or other areas of sustainable improvement, then this workshop is for you.

School sustainability continues to be an area of interest and concern with many teachers and leaders in both the private and public school sectors. What does it take to begin a school-wide sustainability program in a small, medium, or larger school? From waste stream management, to Green Team audits, to Terracycling, from toddler classrooms to middle school, the aspects of this type of programming are vast.

Using classroom and school initiatives as examples, we will delve into the process of becoming a more sustainable school (one classroom at a time) and talk about our dreams for shaping the future stewards of tomorrow. Participants should walk away with tips and tools for starting the conversation at their schools, as well as ideas to implement immediately upon entering the classroom tomorrow!

Some of the topics to be covered in this two-day workshop include:

  • Circles of Sustainability (environmental, social and economic)
  • Growing our future Earth Stewards
  • Exploring our Natural Surroundings
  • Conscious Consumerism
  • Animal Adaptation
  • Nature Walk — looking at adaptations in nature
  • Leaf Identification
  • Tracking with Children and The Art of Seeing
  • Introducing a School Gardening Curriculum

Fall Workshop

Workshop Title:

Sustainability from the Start

Dates:

October 21 & 22, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

Class Hours:

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Bay Farm Montessori Academy, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Presenters:

Heather Vinci and Janey Fryer