Educators and caretakers seeking to teach young children the joy of learning and experiencing the world to the fullest are invited to attend a special one-day event on October 19th: Building Bridges through Story and Song. Participants will learn ways to utilize story and song while working with children to build relationships and teach social skills while creating an ideal learning environment.
The day’s main sessions are Moving Stories, a segment that embodies a multi-sensory approach to social emotional learning, and Music in Early Childhood, designed to impart positive strategies for unlocking potential and sparking joy.
Along with the workshops focused on story and song, the day includes mini-workshops dedicated to the integration of movement, including yoga, Zumba, and pound workouts. Other mini-workshops will teach about Passamaquoddy language preservation and leatherwork activities, healthy nutrition with Healthy Acadia, and information from the Family Child Care Association of Maine. Tara Williams, Executive Director of the Maine Association of the Education of Young Children [MaineAEYC], will be the keynote speaker.
Building Bridges through Story and Song is a collaborative event hosted by WCCC, Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, and MaineAEYC. “This conference gives us an opportunity to celebrate our incredible early childhood professionals, as well as providing a chance to get together with others to network and share ideas right here in Washington County,” said Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator for Maine Roads to Quality. The goal is to hold the program each year.
Anyone working with young children – from educators to family childcare providers to Head Start staff to parents – are invited to attend Building Bridges through Story and Song on Saturday, October 19th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The registration fee is $10. Lunch and light refreshments will be served. Attendees will receive an event t-shirt and be eligible for door prizes.
For more information, contact Fisk at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit www.maineaeyc.org/registration.