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Early Childhood Parenting Webinars

For parents of typically developing children
2-8 years old

Upcoming
Sunday, August 16, 2020

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Understanding the development of children

Successful Parenting Part 1:
Understanding the development of children as you are the architect of their journey

Performer: Prof. Tamar Andrews, Early childhood education professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education, California, USA

Each child is born with over 100,000,000,000 brain cells and each one can make up to 12,000 connections. Learn how to help your child make the RIGHT connections to help them learn and development appropriately.

Monday, August 17, 2020

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

"5 More Minutes" - PART 1

"5 More Minutes" - Part 1

Performers: Leila Chebbi, Artistic Director, Theatre Company Travelled Companions & Joe Shipman, Performer and Theatre Maker, UK 

5 More Minutes explores the fun, frustration and fantasy that can be had in that magical time between awake and asleep.
Join Travelled Companions in this 1st Session where you will explore bedtime routines and rituals. You will be invited to watch and join in with our two performers. You and your child will be guided in play using your body, voice and imagination. We will guide you through a magical underwater adventure where you will learn some basic puppetry skills using a simple yet very effective prop. 

Please bring socks, a bedtime sheet or a blanket and some comfy cushions.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Conversation starters about bedtime routines and feelings around bedtime
  • Link to Underwater music
  • Making a Sock fish puppet activity
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

STEM in the early years

STEM in the early years:
The importance of STEM learning for future development

Performer: Jo Grimmond, Community Engagement Coordinator, Lecturer/Tutor – The Early Years, Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia   

This webinar will explore the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning in the early years and the key role the home learning environment plays. We will examine what STEM involves in our everyday lives and introduce how we can easily embed STEM practice in play. We will learn the language of STEM and learn simple ways to use questioning to enhance learning and evoke wonder.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

The handout for this session will support families to think about the importance of STEM future life-long learning, and the importance to enhance learning in the home. It will include examples of open ended questioning techniques that families can easily use.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Artists At Home: Detailed Drawings By Using The Basics

Artists At Home:
Detailed Drawings By Using The Basics

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Performer: Ian Brown, Professor, Honorary, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia

This Webinar will provide parents with playful art experiences without ever leaving the kitchen or garden. Building on using simple ingredients, such as vegetables found in the kitchen or at the local market, both children and parents will be encouraged to draw and boost their creative skills. Children’s drawings will be kept safe and used at a later stage for the Voices of Children exhibition

Thursday, August 20, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Dr Yum: Encourage Mindfulness

Dr Yum: Encourage Mindfulness

Performers: Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, Founder of The Dr Yum Project, Pediatrician, Yum Pediatrics, USA – Sarah Moran, Registered dietitian, The Dr. Yum Project, USA – Wendy Cannon, Early childhood educator and preschool program director, The Dr. Yum Project, USA

ENCOURAGE MINDFULNESS / Parenting mindfully

Teaching kids about food starts before they take the first bite. Learn how to slow down and introduce new foods in a mindful way.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Ideas for making friends with food
Sunday, August 23, 2020

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Successful Parenting Part 2:
Boundaries, routines, flexibility and thriving as parents when our children are smarter than we are.

Performer: Prof. Tamar Andrews, Early childhood education professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education, California, USA

Boundaries, routines, flexibility and thriving as parents when our children are smarter than we are…and they are doing this all in a digital age.

We have all heard that children thrive with routines. What does that mean? And what happens when we can’t stick to those routines? Our children are exposed to so much more information than we ever were as children and we need to adjust our parenting to match this new world we are raising our children in.

Monday, August 24, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Story making and story sharing – A Journey to the Sea – Get Ready!
Part A

Performers: John Mee, Drama practitioner, Co-creative director, formerly senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Alive And Kicking Theatre Company, UK

Three webinars to help parents to prepare to make a fictional journey to an imaginary world with their children. And to have great times dealing with what they find on the way there as well as what they will get up to when they take to the waves in the boat that is waiting for them.

A family friendly, easy to follow guide into the world of play in which mothers, fathers, grandparents, carers and family friends will be helped to make stories, invent characters, go on adventures, face dangers and celebrate their victories!

In this first webinar you will be offered examples of how to set off on a fictional journey into an imaginary world. It will be different from your own world. Map-making, singing, planning, making lists, making promises, deciding what to take with you, taking your first steps on the journey and lots more. When you are with your children after this webinar you will be ready to step into that new world with them, to explore mountains, valleys, rivers and all sorts of places on your journey together. You will map out the route together ready to be on your way after the second webinar.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • An overview of the plans for creating all three sessions in ”A Journey to the Sea” with their children,
  • An outline picture of the map that they will be encouraged to complete with their children during and after session 1.
  • Suggestions for creating pictures for some of the places and dangers to include on the map during and after session 1.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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The wonder of discovery:
Exploring science in the indoor environment

Performer: Jo Grimmond, Community Engagement Coordinator, Lecturer/Tutor – The Early Years, Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia

This webinar will explore how we see science in our everyday. We will think about how we can use the indoor environment for learning about science and explore simple activities we can do with children in the home.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

The handout for this session will focus on specific ideas to explore science discovery in the home through play within the home learning environment, including some possible activities families can engage in.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Artists At Home: Vegetable Prints Found in the Refrigerator

Artists At Home:
Vegetable Prints Found in the Refrigerator

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Performer: Ian Brown, Professor, Honorary, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia

This Webinar will help and encourage parents to work with their children to undertake simple printing techniques. Continuing with the ‘vegetable & fruit’ theme parents help their children produce fantastic creative printed responses using simple everyday resources.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Dr Yum: Try, Try Again

Dr Yum: Try, Try Again

Performers: Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, Founder of The Dr Yum Project, Pediatrician, Yum Pediatrics, USA – Sarah Moran, Registered dietitian, The Dr. Yum Project, USA – Wendy Cannon, Early childhood educator and preschool program director, The Dr. Yum Project, USA

TRY, TRY AGAIN / Parenting consistently 

Parents of picky eaters can feel helpless and often don’t know what to do. Learn how to talk about food with your children and turn your picky eater into an adventurous eater.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Words are Important – Ways to talk about food with children
Sunday, August 30, 2020

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Raising Healthy Children in the Digital Age: Guidance for Parents and Families as Media Mentors

Raising Healthy Children in the Digital Age:
Guidance for Parents and Families as Media Mentors

Performer: Chip Donohue, PHD, Founding Director, Technology in Early Childhood Center (TEC), Erikson Institute, USA

Reflect on how digital tools, so ubiquitous in the lives of caregivers, parents and families, have quickly become integrated into the lives of young children. This session will help you to:

  • Learn about what we know about young children, technology and digital media in homes,
  • Understand what you need to know and be able to do to be a media mentor who guides your child to safely navigate the digital age,
  • Reimagine screens as beneficial tools that can empower parents and engage families,
  • Establish a healthy media diet for young children and adults and create a positive media ecology in the home that supports digital age “wellness” for children, parents, and families

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Tips for parents about raising healthy children in the digital age.
Monday, August 31, 2020

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Story making and story sharing – A Journey to the Sea – On the Way!
Part B

Performers: John Mee, Drama practitioner, Co-creative director, formerly senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Alive And Kicking Theatre Company, UK

There’s lots to do before we get to the sea in this imaginary world of ours and lots of places to explore. Your maps will hold many clues. And there might be a sleeping bear in the forest ….. A smelly swamp to get through …. An ice field to slide along …. A lake to cross … you name it. Using drama and playmaking we’ll examine ways of encouraging children to invent, describe and play their way through adventures that you create together. And just as the last adventure finishes you will see the sea in the distance. You will see just enough to be able to create a picture of the sea together and to make a soundscape of the waves, the seabirds and the fishing fleet setting out on their voyage.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • An explanation of some of the drama conventions that could be used as the journey is made during session 2: soundscaping; mime; song-making; shared story telling; dance; marking the space; landscaping and more,
  • A guide to recording moments of the journey through freeze-framing and thought- tracking during session 2,
  • A guide to working in role as you meet different people on your journey during session 2,
  • Ways of capturing a distant picture of the sea after session 2
Monday, August 31, 2020

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

23rd month -2

"5 More Minutes" - Part 2

Performers: Leila Chebbi, Artistic Director, Theatre Company Travelled Companions & Joe Shipman, Performer and Theatre Maker, UK 

In Session 2 we will be continuing our exploration of the bedtime routine. This time we will be building our very own sock monster puppet to play with using objects that we can find around the house. We will find games in tidying up and perhaps witness what happens when we don’t want to/or refuse to go to bed. 

We will calm things down with some beautiful breathing and relaxation techniques using a sheet or a blanket.

Hand Outs for parents to download:

  • Using objects to tell stories and explore emotions
  • Sensory activities using a sheet or blanket
  • Make a dream catcher
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