Join us for an evening with developmental experts to learn age-appropriate strategies to use with your kids that focus on language development, nutrition and the importance of nature play.
- - Enjoy takeaways and hands-on demonstrations!
- - Break into small groups and rotate through all three workshops!
- - Presentation slides and an electronic recipe book given to all attendees prior to the event!
- - Perfect for parents and educators of children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old!
Supporting Language and Literacy in the Early Years
This workshop will focus on the language developmental tasks of 2-6 year old. We will explore the activities they engage in as they expand their language, communication and literacy skills. We'll also examine the important and interactive role adults and older children play in supporting the emergence and development of these skills.
The Re-Naturing of Play: Connecting with Nature in an Urban Environment
Research has shown that children who spend time in nature are more creative, less stressed, better able to concentrate, are more physically active, and interact more positively with others. But living in an urban area can make it difficult to find opportunities to connect with nature on a regular basis. In this hands-on workshop, we will examine the barriers that keep us from enjoying time outdoors with our children and explore ways in which we can support daily connections with nature, for both our children and ourselves. Participants will walk away with a solid framework for providing nature play on a regular basis, as well as some simple take-home ideas to get the adventure going!
Early Childhood Nutrition and Picky Eaters
This workshop will focus on nutrition for toddlers and families alike. We will discuss providing healthy choices, how to handle picky eaters and take participant questions. We will also work as a team to prepare some healthy snacks the whole family can enjoy.
Sharon Syc, Ph.D.
Director of Erikson’s master’s degree program, child life concentration; and codirector of the Irving B. Harris Infant Specialist Certificate Program.
Rebecca Unger, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Pediatrician at the Northwestern Children's Practice, Attending pediatrician at the Wellness and Weight Management Clinic at Lurie Children's Hospital for more than 25 years.
Jennifer Stubbs, M.S. Child Development
Full-time mom, former science teacher and a lifetime nature enthusiast. Jennifer helped to develop nature play programs for children, families, and professionals at the Chicago Zoological Society.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Bennett Day School. Bennett Day School is a progressive, independent PK-12th grade school in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. Its mission is to provide a collaborative culture that nurtures children’s innate sense of inquiry and curiosity. Bennett Day School is committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders.
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|Location:||Bennett Day School|
|Address:||955 W. Grand Ave|
|When:||6:30 PM - 8:00 PM · Nov 14, 2017|
|Who:||Members & Non-members - Adults only|
|Parking:||There is free neighborhood parking available on Morgan but metered parking can often be found on Grand Ave, just East or West of Morgan. Bennett Day School is two blocks West of the Grand Blue Line stop and the Halsted 8 bus, and 2 blocks South of the Pink/Green Line Stop at Morgan.|
Non-members: Adults $10.00
Bennett Day School
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Bennett Day School is a PreK-12 progressive independent school at 955 W. Grand. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, Bennett Day offers a collaborative learning environment among its students, world-class faculty, and devoted families. Digital student portfolios with pictures, videos, and narratives capture project-based learning across all subject areas. Founded by fellow NPN members who are both parents and educators, the school is dedicated to creativity, innovation, academic excellence, and cultivating lifelong learners and leaders for the 22nd century and beyond.