Breakwater's Parent Education and Professional Development programs offer inspiration, information and community building opportunities to new and experienced parents, caregivers and professional educators.
Our winter semester includes:
How To: DIY Toys That Inspire Curiosity Driven Learning with Josephine Roberts. Part 1: postponed due to weather! New date- Wednesday, March 28 and Part 2: Wednesday, March 7. Both from 6-8pm
Two part series for parents and teachers curious about making their own toys for the home or classroom. Workshops explore a handful of simple techniques using a variety of easy-to-find toy making materials. Participants will craft some toys to take home and explore a handful of kid-tested activities designed to inspire play-based, curiosity-driven learning.
(not) Running With Scissors- Letting Your Child Use Real Tools Safely with Shawn Aylward. Wednesday, March 21 from 6-8pm
Injury prevention plays a key role in keeping children safe, but emerging research suggests that imposing too many restrictions on children’s explorations hinders their development. The maker’s movement has inspired attention to the benefits in allowing children opportunities to use real tools and materials to explore, discover and create. Breakwater’s tinkering teacher will share his expert experience balancing the priorities of risky opportunities and children’s safety for optimal child development. A multiage student group will be on hand to model tool use and protocols!