From conferences to intimate retreats and workshops to leadership trainings, Reflective Perspectives will design a perfect presentation to meet your specific program’s needs.

The goal of each of our events, while unique in their own right, is always to engage, educate and inspire.

 

REFLECTIVE PERSPECTIVES OFFERS

Using Child Development Theories to Inform Practices and Support Play:  Examine documentation of children’s play to discern developmental theories that inform our practices.  Participants will take away strategies on how to apply theories to make children’s learning visible and validate developmentally appropriate practices that respond to children’s interests. 

Loose Parts – Inspiring Play in Children:  In this workshop, participants at all learning levels will explore a wide variety of loose parts, learn the value of loose parts, discover how to incorporate loose parts into the learning environment, and gain an understanding of how loose parts support curriculum and children’s development. Participants will take away an understanding of what loose parts are and how they promote active learning, deepen critical thinking, promote divergent and creative thinking, and support developmental domains.

Loose Parts to Promote STEAM:  Loose parts are alluring objects that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play.  Learn how loose parts promote STEAM concepts, support scientific thinking, engage children in mathematical and engineering concepts, enhance play and artistic abilities, and empower children to be creative. In this workshop, participants at all learning levels will explore a wide variety of loose parts; learn the value of loose parts, discover how to incorporate loose parts into the learning environment, and gain an understanding of how loose parts engage children in the wonder of science, engineering, art and math.

Loose Parts-- Infusing Loose Parts into Play Environments: The afternoon will expand on the morning presentation. It begins with an interactive workshop by Lisa and Miriam on how to effectively incorporate loose parts into the learning environment, set aesthetic provocations to invite children to investigate and engage with loose parts, organize and arrange loose parts to facilitate play, and respond and expand on children's interests to promote learning. Participants will work in small groups to create an aesthetically pleasing provocation using loose parts. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the process and define new ways to incorporate loose parts into the environment. Participants will take away an understanding of what loose parts are, how they promote active learning and the importance of designing responsive and aesthetically pleasing provocations.

Using Loose Parts to Support Emerging Language and Literacy Development: Loose parts nurture a culture of language and literacy development. Fascinating stories and captivating photographs will be shared oh how children use loose parts as props to engage in rich conversations, more complex language, and storytelling with peers and adults. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how ample, continuous use of loose parts helps children improve their memories, vocabularies, and literacy. Inspiring and meaningful language arts experiences with loose parts will be revealed. 

Loose Parts for Infants and Toddlers: Through captivating photographs and learning stories, this workshop will engage participants in discovering how loose parts support the dynamic and multidimensional nature of infants' learning and pave the pathway to lifelong learning. Consideration and guidance for incorporating novel, upcycled materials, especially appropriate for infants and toddlers, will be presented along with how to assess the durability, size, and age appropriateness of loose parts, and innovative ways to display materials that invite investigation. Particularly ideal for infant/toddler educators and parents, the workshop covers insights about how loose parts support infants' development as they experience object, assembly, instrumental, and locomotion exploration.