White Light, a Spark funded project, will be part of a very exciting workshop event on August 18th and 19th. Hosted by The Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School and  Dr. Sharon M. Carver, the event will provide educators and administrators with original ideas for improving early childhood education. Read on to learn more about the event and the workshops offered!

When: Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19, 2011 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Children’s School, Carnegie Mellon University (parking available in the Children’s School Lot)
Cost: $65 (includes 2-day workshop, materials, snacks & drinks, but please bring your own lunch)
Please make checks payable to: CMU Children’s School.
Register early, space is limited.  PA Keys and ACT 48 Credit are available.
For more information, contact Allison Drash at 412-268-2199

Enhancing Early Childhood Science & Math:
Developmentally Appropriate Introductions & Explorations

• Would you like innovative ideas for strengthening your center’s science and math emphasis at the preschool and kindergarten level?

• Do you want to expand your comfort level with science and math topics so you can better interest and engage young children?

Light & Color: Exploring Properties and Principles

Thursday Morning (Maggie Rosenblum, Krissy Opferman & Artist Amanda Long)

Designed to demonstrate strategies for guiding young children to explore the fundamental concepts of light & color via a thematic study with both white light and black light explorations. NOTE: Participants will have an opportunity to borrow a traveling, interactive White Light exhibit funded by a Spark Award.

Meaningful Math: Numbers, Shapes, Patterns, Measurements & Data

Thursday Afternoon (Linda Hancock & Sharon Carver)

Designed to help educators intentionally integrate all five mathematics content areas in meaningful ways throughout the day.

Building: Beyond the Basics for Young Children

Friday Morning (Jean Bird)

Designed to encourage educators to explore building more deeply by learning about our whole school building unit and engaging in hands-on construction and woodworking activities.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Introducing Young Children to Environmental Responsibility

Friday Afternoon (Maggie Rosenblum & Jean Bird)

Designed to share ideas for engaging young children in a thematic study that can lead to long term “green practices”, such as recycling, composting, etc., at school and home.

Presentations will involve photos, demonstrations, discussion, and exploration of materials designed for preschool and kindergarten programs. Brainstorm science & math enhancements with colleagues from a range of programs, consider varied approaches to involving families, learn about available community resources for schools, and plan specific improvements for your own center.

Click here for the flyer and registration form.