2018 Workshop Descriptions

The Fourth Moment

Presenter: Marc Battle

I once read in a book on Eastern philosophy about a moment called the fourth moment. It is a moment not rooted in the past or the future or even the present, but in the here and now; where you truly experience life and practice living. Such a moment often happens during music time with children. The objective of this workshop is to allow you to explore your own voice, and discover the fun and joy in songs. To sing with another person is an intimate experience. As adults we sometimes are self-conscious about our singing due to feeling that we are being judged, but the child’s criteria is simple – to participate with and observe an adult enjoying a song. Come and explore how musical interactions can be a vital part of relationships with children.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in South Centennial (main conference room)


Landscape Literacy: The Stories Tracks Tell!

Presenter: Barret Miller

Tracking is a skill that has become a specialty – but it doesn’t have to be! With practice, anyone can learn to track, and engage children to do the same. Based on teachings from my Dad and Grandad, and my experience with school children, FortWhyte campers, and my nephew, this workshop will teach educators to read simple Manitoba animal tracks. We can help children understand who made the tracks, how they were made, and what the animal might have been doing. Nothing excites kids more than finding fresh tracks – knowing their story just adds to the excitement! When children learn to read tracks they become “landscape literate”. They learn to value and care for the animals, the land, and the web of life that supports everyone. This value and care leads everyone to a more sustainable future.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 3 (max 20 participants)


Escape from Plymouth Rock

Presenters: Brian Harrison and Karen Riediger

Many early years classrooms default to planning based on popular holidays such as Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. This often results in a focus on creating cute crafts that have little learning value or meaning to the community’s culture. This workshop will suggest alternatives to holiday planning that are play-based and relevant to the children and community they live in.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) Tuesday, February 27 and Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 3


The Seven Teachings in the Early Years

Presenter: Arlene Flatfoot

The Seven Teachings of honesty, wisdom, respect, courage, humility, truth and love continually remind us that we are all connected. This hands-on workshop will use different colours of tempera paint to create various works of art. Participants will have an opportunity to share and discuss rich learning experiences within the classroom.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy D


Nobody’s Perfect Parenting – What is it and Why it Works for Our Communities?

Presenter: Carmen Paterson-Payne

Nobody’s Perfect is a program that aims to improve parents’ capabilities to maintain and promote the health of their children (aged 0–5 years). It is a Canadian best practice with clear measured impacts on positive parenting that can be readily adapted. Through participation in Nobody’s Perfect, parents learn about resources and supports in their community. They also get to know other parents, and build support networks that strengthen individuals and communities. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the program and its materials, and will discover that when using a participant-centered experiential learning approach to parent education, parents are more likely to be engaged and motivated to learn.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy E


Strategies for Communicating with Parents

Presenter: Tracelyn Cornelius

Research shows that parental involvement allows teachers to focus more on teaching children. Through increased contact with parents, teachers learn more about children’s needs and home environments, which is information they can apply towards helping their students. Additionally, parents who are involved tend to have a more positive view of teachers. Participants will learn about building sustainable parent-teacher relationships; explore effective communications strategies; and develop an awareness for culturally appropriate guidelines when communicating with parents. Children Embody the Past, Live the Present and Promise the Future, therefore, a collaboration of educators, parents and other community members is needed for students’ success.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy D


What Do We Know About Self-Regulation?

Presenters: Mindy Sinclair and Jessica Chisholm

This workshop will share the science, the five domains and the five steps of self-regulation. Participants will explore up to date research by renowned researcher and expert on child development, Dr. Stuart Shanker. Self-regulation has extensive implications for the early years both mentally and physically. Participants will discuss the following questions: What child behaviors do you see in your classrooms? How do you currently handle these behaviors? How can the self-regulation approach support you in the classroom?

Session 1 &2 (1:10-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy C


Reducing the Risk of Child Exploitation

Presenter: Graham Milliken

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charity dedicated to reducing the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children. In this workshop, we will talk about the scope of the problem of child sexual abuse, what our agency is seeing through the operation of Cybertip.ca—Canada’s tip line for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, and three of our resource programs for early years educators:

-Kids in the Know, a national safety education program for K-10 that reduces the risk of child victimization.

-Commit to Kids, a program to help child-serving organizations (like schools) reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and create safer environments for the children in their care.

-Teatree Tells, a child sexual abuse prevention kit.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 4 and Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday,

February 28, 2018 in Centennial 4


Early Math Learning: Developing Spatial Thinking in Young Learners

Presenter: Liz Barrett

Learn how the JUMP Math Kindergarten resources can help you provoke and develop spatial thinking in your Kindergarten setting as you introduce and explore intentional spatial language, and purposeful and playful tasks.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy B


First Nations Astronomy

Presenter: Wilfred Buck

Using the MFNERC portable, inflatable Planetarium, this interactive session will introduce participants to cultural knowledge regarding astronomy that is different from the mainstream view. Constellations, planets, stars, moon, sun, mythologies and legends will all be presented from a First Nations perspective. The workshop will include a 30-minute presentation followed by 40 minutes in the portable planetarium.

Session 1 (1:10-2:25) & Session 2 (2:45-4:00) continuous session Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 6 and Session 3, 4, 5 (10:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 6


Opikiwawasowin “Raising Our Children Well”

Presenters: Jennie Tait, George Ross, Virginia Moose and Sandy Robinson

In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore Nehethowaywin, Neyinawewin Mitho Opikihowasowin, First Nations child rearing practices from conception to 5 years old. These practices have been influenced by our ancestors’ values and beliefs, and include the holistic being of a child that leads to mithopimatisiwin, minopimatiswin, good living.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 5 and Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 5


Spreading Fire Safety Knowledge: Surviving a Daycare, School or Home Fire

Presenter: Gerry Desjardins

In this workshop, participants will learn about the operation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and gain an understanding of the recommended amount of detectors required and where they should be placed. Participants will also learn about making a fire escape plan, how to use a fire extinguisher and the stop, drop and roll method.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy B


Using Music, Games and Movement Activities to Teach First Nations Languages

Presenters: Wanda Barker and Gloria Barker

This highly entertaining and interactive workshop will demonstrate how to integrate Anishinaabemowin (or other First Nations languages) into early years classrooms. Both presenters are experienced at teaching a First Nations language at all grade levels, but will focus on introductory First Nations language songs, games and movement and interactive activities that can be easily integrated into ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and Physical Education/Health.

Session 2 (2:45-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 3 and Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy D


Playdough Power

Presenter: room will be monitored by volunteer ECE II students

Playdough can support children’s development and learning in all developmental domains, and also encourage language and literacy, and science and math skills. In this come and go workshop, participants will explore various playdough stations and experience firsthand how playdough supports children’s development and learning. Participants will also gain new ideas for props and materials that can enhance playdough play.

Session 1 &2 (1:10-4:00) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and Session 3, 4, 5 (10:45-4:00) in Centennial 2a


A Box is Not a Box

Presenter: room will be monitored by volunteer ECE II students

This come and go workshop is inspired by the Global Cardboard Challenge, an annual event to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Participants are invited to build something amazing using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. So come together to play and celebrate creativity!

Session 1 & 2 (1:10-4:00) Tuesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 2


I See You!

Presenter: Debra Mayer

How does your early childhood classroom reflect your own image of the children you teach? Where do children see themselves, their families, cultures and communities reflected in your classroom? And how does your learning environment facilitate rich playful learning, extend and build upon the children’s own interests, and support emergent literacy and numeracy and other curricular goals? This workshop will explore these questions.

Session 1 (1:10-2:45) Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Centennial 4 and Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy D


The Impact of the Overuse of Technology on Child Development:

Presenter: Pam Becker

This workshop will help participants understand how technology use impacts the brain and children’s development in relation to attention and executive functioning. Participants will gain an understanding of how children need to move and be active when learning.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 3



Building Movement Skills in the Present to Open Opportunities for the Future

Presenter: Katherine West

Critical achievement of gross motor skills occurs in the early years. Therefore, being familiar with gross motor development is important for educators. Participants will have an opportunity to try the gross motor skills in the screening process and evaluate a partner completing the same. We will explore the plan of action following a screen, and potential interventions available to assist a student. Participants will also receive educational materials on what is normal for each age group. Aspirations for the future are modulated by gross motor skill achievement, and understanding what is possible with gross motor development helps children reach their full potential.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 4


Planned Learning Centers Through the Components of Daily 5

Presenters: Donna Prince, Margaret Monias, Deborah Tegg, Bonnie Monias and Evannah Braun

Participants will learn how to develop literacy learning centers using the components of Daily 5. This workshop connects with the conference theme by promoting students’ prior knowledge from the past, modeling/sharing literacy strategies to promote gradual release of student responsibility in the present; therefore, creating student independence for the future.

Session 4 (1:1-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy D


Bridging Literacy and Development

Presenters: Michele Henderson, Dawn Flood and Anne Rundle

This workshop will guide participants to understand the importance of emergent literacy from a child development perspective. Participants will learn about the stages of emerging literacy with materials and activities to support this process with young children.

Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28 in Embassy E


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)

Presenter: Holly Fontaine and Arlene Flatfoot

STEAM refers to an approach to learning that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to encourage student inquiry. The “A” is added for “Arts”. We recognize that to be successful in the technical fields, students must also be creative, expressive and use critical thinking skills. These skills, found in STEM careers, are best developed using exposure to the arts! This workshop will give participants an overview of what STEAM is and how to host a STEAM event at your school.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 5


Animation in Tynker

Presenters: Alberto Mansilla and Jessica Chisholm

In recent years, the importance of programming has become a subject of increasing international attention. There is a growing understanding that knowing how to program is essential, especially for younger generations. Simply memorizing facts is less and less relevant in a world where Google can satisfy just about any question in a matter of seconds. It is technical skills that will enable children to succeed, and that set of skills must include programming. Participants will learn why programming is important, that programming is a basic literacy in the digital age, and how programming can change the world.

Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 3


Early Childhood: Where Math Learning Begins

Presenters: Ardel Smith, Georgina Moody and Virginia Birch

Children need to have a sense of what numbers mean, the ability to perform mental math, understand symbolic representations, and effectively use numbers in real life situations. Research has found that children who have a well-developed number sense are able to succeed in early math and beyond.

In this workshop, participants will learn some great hands-on activities that will help children develop early number sense. You will receive make-and-take activities and blackline masters for your classroom. Key activities and demonstrations for developing early number sense through observations, assessment, and planning will include the following “big ideas”: sequencing & subitizing; counting & comparing; representing & relating numerals to quantity.

Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy E


Preserving Our Traditional Culture through Children’s Literature

Presenters: Paula Parisien, Sylvia Sinclair and June Montour

Participants will be introduced to various book apps during the workshop, and will design a culturally relevant children’s book using an iPad.

Session 4 & 5 continuous (1:10-3:40) Wednesday, February 28 at 478 Madison Avenue transportation to and from session provided


A Story Guide to Prepare Young Children for Learning to Read

Presenters: Audrey Fourre and Tracy Groenewegen

This workshop will focus on a storybook written by Dr. Jean Ciborowski Fahey. It shares the story of a new single mother who adopts a child from China. The story also shares strategies for parents and teachers on how to help their child learn to read. The workshop will include an art activity and participants will learn how the foundation for reading begins at home with parents and then with teachers and practice over time. Participants will receive tips on how to get children ready to read and succeed in school and life.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy B


Play: The Foundation of Learning

Presenters: Gerrie Stolz and Shelly Marques

Children learn best through play. Play has a vital role in a child’s past, present and future learning and development. Early Childhood curriculum must value the child at the centre of planning for a play-based program. Participants will gain an understanding of what play is, value play as learning, respect children as competent learners and encourage children to lead their own play.

Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy B


Image of a Child and Image of a Teacher: Building Relationships to Enhance Learning Environments

Presenter: Sue Narozniak

Participants in the workshop will learn the origin of the Reggio constructs: Image of a Child and Image of an Educator, and explore the perspective of child-centred, rights-based education and care. Image of a Child is important for all who work directly with children as well as for administrators to be aware of; it informs curriculum, pedagogy and both the physical and affective (social/emotional) environment. Image of an Educator, which is not as often considered, is important to explore as it goes hand-in-hand with the pedagogical perspective of the educator as relationships are built and learning unfolds.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 208 in Embassy C


Indigenous Parenting Resources – An Adaptation Project to Create Culturally-relevant, Localized and Respectful Public Health Tools for First Nations and Metis Parents in Manitoba

Presenters: Roberta Stout and Lisa Murdock

In 2013, the First Nations Health Authority and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) created a series of parenting resources for First Nations and Metis parents: 1) Growing Up Healthy, 2) Family Connections, 3) Parents as First Teachers, and 4) Fatherhood is Forever. In this workshop, participants will learn about how these parenting resources, through the Healthy Child Manitoba Office (HCMO), prompted the implementation of a collaborative adaptation project between NCCAH and HCMO. The parenting booklets focus on the diversity and strengths of First Nations and Metis families in Manitoba, as parents and caregivers of young children aged prenatal to 6 years.

Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy C


The Joys of Geometry

Presenter: Liz Barrett

This workshop will explore the patterns that are found in geometry. Participants will play using clay to construct skeletons of pyramids and prisms and look at geometric patterns found in nature. We will also look at strategies such as using an IPad or a camera to collect pictures of geometric shapes in your community and take students on a scavenger hunt. Finally, we will look at using recycled material and different games to explore shapes.

Session 3 (10:45-12:00), Wednesday, February 27, 2018 in Embassy C


The Relationship Between Language and Literacy

Presenters: Deanna Gilbart, Meghan Macaulay and Christine Crawford

This session will examine the relationship between language, vocabulary and literacy. Strategies and activities to support and enrich language and literacy skills in classrooms will be discussed and modeled for the participants. Activities will be arranged by themes to encourage vocabulary growth throughout all academic subjects’ ways of experimenting with language and form, setting preferences and goals, and the different ways we can extend young children’s learning in nursery and kindergarten.

Session 5 (2:45-4:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy E


Fine Motor Skill Development in the Early Years: Normal Development & Strategies for Supporting Development

Presenters: Debrah MacDonald, Camilla Thorne-Tjomsland, Yael Berkowitz and Katelynn Chabot

Development of fine motor skills continues to impact a student’s ability to succeed throughout school. Fine motor skills are required to develop the skill of printing, which is largely how students’ understanding of subjects is assessed throughout their schooling. Many gross, fine and visual motor skills develop between the ages of 0-2. Understanding the stages of development for educators is important because it informs how to help maximize a student’s functioning within the school setting. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the fine motor component of the DIAL-4, such as building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, and writing. Participants will have the opportunity to try the DIAL-4 components, and receive educational materials on typical development for fine motor and visual motor skills for each age group.

Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Embassy B


Using Physical Education to Strengthen Pimatisiwin

Presenters: Lee Spence and Dustin Murdock

Physical education is not a strict set of movements, but a lifelong journey. Participants will develop their movement vocabulary and engage in a wide variety of physical activities that contribute to skill/fitness development and enjoyment. Participants can share this knowledge to promote awareness of long-term physical fulfillment and encourage lifelong physical movement among students.

Session 4 (1:10-2:25) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 4


Building Brains for Success in School and Life

Presenters: Susy Komishin, Anne Rundle, Louise Cameron, Sheila Murdock, Audrey Fourre, Mindy Sinclair, Jessica Chisholm and Tracy Groenewegen

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how experiences impact the architecture of the brain. Participants will play the brain architecture game to gain awareness of how the experiences we provide in the early years impact students’ mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Participants will also discuss the types of programs and strategies that educators can implement to create positive learning environments.

Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 5


Healing the Caregiver through the Power of Art

Presenter: Kisa MacIsaac

Have you heard the saying, “You must take care of yourself first so that you can take care of others”? Our children and families are sacred – indeed they are our past, present and future – they deserve to have happy, healthy, loving educators and caregivers to support them on their journey. Come join your peers in this hands-on workshop as we remind ourselves about the importance of self-care, engage in self-reflection, brainstorm new ideas, and learn some new tools to draw from – including the healing power of art. We will talk about “healing the caregiver” from a traditional perspective and touch on some teachings of the Medicine Wheel. We will also embrace the healing method of being creative, as each participant will be guided through the process of creating a unique and beautiful painting. A work of art to take home (all materials provided), that will hopefully serve as a visual reminder to make time for personal wellness.

Session 4 and 5 (1:10-4:00) continuous Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 2  


Everyday Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

Presenter: Bryanna Spina

In this workshop participants will be introduced to yoga and mindfulness tools and activities for nursery to grade 3. Participants will be guided through demonstrations and activities. The tools learned in this workshop will help caregivers channel a child’s energy in a positive way to encourage present moment awareness and improve physical and emotional health.

Session 3 (10:45-12:00) Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Centennial 2

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