InspirED Programs and Practices for Thriving Children
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Programs and Practices for Thriving Children
InspirED can provide workshops and seminars on wide range of subjects including the importance of connection to nature, creativity, the importance of play, healthy nutrition & how to create healthy environments for children.
Below is a list of some of the topics
- More Fun in the Mud – Creating Stronger Connections to Nature
‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ has become a call cry to reconnect children and nature. Explore simple affordable ways to increase connection to nature to enhance children’s wellbeing.
Learning Outcome: Learn fun, simple ways to increase connection to nature both indoors and outside to support children’s optimal wellbeing. Practical activity: Create the ideal nature play settings – simple leaf stenciling. (*)
- A Fresh Start! Creating Healthier Family Relationships through Nurturing Environments – Five Principles
The rise of individualisation, self-actualisation and self-fulfilment has had a profound influence on family life and mental wellbeing. Families are ever increasingly affected by significant social, economic and technological changes. This is evidenced with increasing divorce rates, disturbing parent-child conflicts and increases of stress, anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.
Learning Outcome: Explore ways to support healthier family relationships through nurturing environments. Activity:How to Create a Family Vision and Mission Statement.
- Natural Non-Toxic Makeover for Early Childhood Spaces
The environments we create for children can contribute to their health and optimal wellbeing. However they can also be places that contribute to chronic and everyday illnesses including asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, auto-immune disorders and more. From the air we breathe indoors to our laundry detergent to that harmless-looking bar of soap, our children may be absorbing toxic, disease-causing chemicals.
Learning Outcome: Learn how to create toxic-free home/children’s environments that support good health and positivity. Learn how to remove chemicals from your children’s diet, laundry, bath and skincare products and the garden. Practical Activity: Make your own beeswax wraps as a sustainable toxic free alternative to using plastic. (*)
- Educating for Creative thinking
It is widely recognised that is essential in order for children to meet contemporary and future challenges they need a broader set of capabilities including collaboration, communication and creativity. Explore how creativity is emerging as a one of the ‘must-haves’ in education and ideas for working with children to lay the foundations for creative thinking.
Learning Outcome: Learn why it is important to create optimal play and learning environments for young children and affordable ways to create open ended free imaginative play spaces to support young children’s creativity and creative thinking.
Create a child’s simple doll – ideal for sleep time and to calm a restless child. (*)
- New Perspectives on Children’s Development
Enhance children’s development and wellbeing through a wholistic perspective on the developing child 0- 5 years.
Child development has been traditionally viewed through the lens of the needs of the growing physical child along with the mental, social and emotional aspects of a child’s development. A wholistic view of child development explores the more-than-human element of the developing child.
Learning Outcome: Support children to reach their full potential through wholistic understanding of child development.
- Fewer Toys! Why Less is Better.
New research suggests that fewer toys leads to longer, more creative play in toddlers. How do we create optimal play environments for young children?
Learning Outcome: Learn why and how to set up play areas with fewer toys and how to reduce excess toys from the home environment. Practical activity: create your own tree blocks. (*)
- The Importance of Play
Most educators know the importance of play in the early years. However there is often pressure from parents who are not familiar with research that indicates early academic learning can have negative impact on children’s long term wellbeing. Explore latest research and how to discuss the topic with parents and families.
Learning Outcome: Explore ways to support children’s free imaginative play and the evidence behind why it is so important. Practical Activity: Create a simple fleece felt ball for young children. (*)
- How to Increase Music, Rhythm, Songs, Games and Stories into Children’s Environments
Lullabies and music have been shown to quiet and calm babies and children. Strong flexible rhythms can assist young children not only cope but even excel in classroom settings.
Learning Outcome: Explore and learn ways to increase music, rhythm, songs, games and stories in early childhood settings. Practical Activity: Learn how to create a healing story for children.
- Warming the Heart and Working with Beeswax
Children’s fine motor skills are fast disappearing in the age of technology. Beeswax modelling, decorating and working with the warmth of beeswax are practical ways to support the development of young children’s fine motor skills.
Learning Outcome: Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills with Beeswax. Practical Activity: Working with beeswax (*)
- Unplugged! Young Children and Screentime
Media is everywhere, television, the internet, computer and video games all compete for our children’s attention. Screens are becoming more and more part of our everyday life and the lives of our children.
Learning Outcome: Explore the tools to help understand and implement healthy recommendations on children and media, and how to discuss the topic with parents and families. Practical Activity: How to Create a Family Media Plan
- The Beauty of Silence – Mindfulness and Meditation with Children
Mediation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. Some of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation with children include managing distractions, perseverance and reflecting.
Learning Outcome: Explore some tools and techniques to bring stillness and silence into the practice of being with children.