NAPTA 2019 Conference - Back to the Basics of Play: Nature and Risk

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Chateau Louis

11727 Kingsway Northwest

Edmonton, AB T5G 3A1

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The Nothern Alberta Preschool Teacher's Association is pleased to invite you to our 2019 Conference - Back to the Basics of Play: Nature and Risk


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April 27, 2019 - Chateau Louis, Edmonton - $150/attendee

Keynote + 4 Breakout sessions - Coffee and Lunch Provided - Vendor Fair - Door Prizes


8:15 - Registration and Vendor Fair

8:45 - Welcome Message from NAPTA

9:00-10:15 - Breakout Session A

10:30-11:45 - Breakout Session B

12:00-1:00 - Lunch and Vendor Fair

1:00-3:00 - Keynote


Please read the following important information for conference registrations:

In addition to registering through EventBrite, you must pay via etransfer to naptatreasurer@gmail.com, or by cheque to 51 Second Ave, Ardrossan, AB, T8E 2A2. This is NOT a free event. You must also email your breakout session preferences to naptacanada@gmail.com - breakout sessions are limited to 60 participants, so please email your preferences as soon as possible. Include "REGISTRANTS NAME - BREAKOUT SESSIONS" in the subject line of your email. Conference attendees who do not email their breakout session choices will be assigned to a session based on available space. Refunds will not be provided; if a registrant is unable to attend the conference, they may transfer their paid spot to someone else - please notify us of any changes.


Keynote: Reframing Risky Play with Adrian Merrick - 1:00-3:00pm

Join Adrian as he explores the rise of "bubble-wrapping" and its effects on child development, the benefits of risky play, social and personal barriers and challenges in supporting risky play, and how educators can play a more effective role (and be more comfortable) in managing risky play. Alternatives to "be careful" are also explored. This session will also include policy considerations and parent education tips to help make your risky play implementation a success!


Breakout Session A - 9:00-10:15am

1. Behavior Basics 101 with Aynsley Pidgeon

Provides an understanding of why children behave in challenging ways and how educators and care providers can collaborate to create harmonious learning environments. I will introduce the Behavior Way-finding Framework, an assessment tool that can be used to identify the area that a child is struggling in, potential skill deficits that are contributing to behavior challenges, and how to build schedules and routines to support positive behavior. I provide simple strategies for educators and care providers to put into practice before behavior becomes an issue, and that makes a big impact!

2. Engaging Children in Outdoor Learning Experiences with Donna Brown, Keri Devlin, and Amry Gavin from Roberta McAdams School, Kindergarten

Through their varied roles, Donna, Keri and Amry have discovered their passion for teaching and learning outdoors and designing environments that foster a sense of comfort, joy, and love for learning. They are currently engaging in a special project within Edmonton Public School Board to co-create a nature inspired Kindergarten. Join them in learning about their experiences alongside young children in land-based teaching, risky-play and emergent curriculum - including how to engage children in outdoor learning experiences in urban settings.


Breakout Session B - 10:30-11:45am

1. Behavior in the Back 40 with Aynsley Pidgeon

Let’s explore some of the unique challenges that come with outdoor physical play and exploration. Supervision, running away, transition times, and risky play, learn how we can our support children as they explore the natural world and their physical limitation. Providing behavior support is not limited to the classroom, come find out how you can continue to provide support out in the big wide world!

2. Inspiring Children with Lessons from Cree Folklore and the Medicine Wheel with Victoria Vilaivan

Victoria is an active yoga practitioner with over 20 years experience as a student, along with a decade of teaching wholistic movement to children. Through her company, seek yoga, Victoria embraces a therapeutic teaching approach combined with Cree folklore & teachings from the Medicine Wheel - seek yoga’s curriculum is FUN, IMAGINATIVE, and ENGAGING within the framework of 'sustainable movement’ ideology. Join Victoria for a presentation on how we can integrate aboriginal knowledge and the sacred teachings from the natural world to inspire the children we teach.


We look forward to seeing you April 27, 2019!

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