Branches Atelier On-Line Courses FREE COURSE

I am so very excited and happy to have finally created my first online course for parents and teachers! This course covers an Introduction to Watercolors and Mixed Media Collage with Young Children.

This is my gift to you for being the amazing, dedicated educators and parents that you are. It is free! Go to the following link and sign in to Teachable and enjoy. Share with parents and teachers you know.

The more creative we all are during times like this, the better. Pass on the love! And if you have a moment, please leave us some feedback at the end of the course. 

Branches Atelier On-Line https://branches-atelier-on-line.teachable.com 

Much love to you all,

Patricia

 

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Branches Atelier Online Preschool, Toddler, Infant and DK classes are open for all!

Branches Atelier Online

Since March, with the impact of COVID-19  early childhood education has changed.  Many preschools remain closed or have had to adapt by offering limited in-person options with social distancing. These changes have created an enormous need for quality and innovative educational classes for young children. 

Earlier this year, in response to COVID-19, Branches  Atelier moved all of our classes online.  Using a wide range of curated materialsand supplies that we sent home, we were able to successfully continue to engage the children in long term projects and, at the same time, still have them feel connected to their peers and community. This September in response to the needs of our Branches familes we will be offering onsite programs, and at the same time we will also be expanding all of our Branches classes online.

With these changes  in mind, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the US and abroad an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood online programs.

We invite families to join our dedicated, passionate, and experienced  Branches teachers and parent educators in our creative cohort online programs. Our Programs will be specializing in materials introductions and using these materials as tools of the mind for expression, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Our courses are designed to help support all areas of children’s continued learning and development.

Our parent education component that will share our strategies on fostering children’s social and emotional development, at home and across distances. Parents will learn how we integrate materials and their properties to strengthen underlying academic learning, and how to engage the magic of long term explorations by incorporating art, math, narrative, science, creativity, and problem-solving into experiences.

Online Preschool Click here for flyer

Online DK Click here for flyer

Online Parent & Toddler Click here for flyer

Online Parent & Infant Click here for flyer

Please feel free to share the news with anyone looking for an exceptional online early childhood educational experience.

-~- PRESCHOOL ONLINE -~-

For children ages 3 to 5 years by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September  14th,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative virtual Reggio inspired Preschool program. 

Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teaching team in our Preschool cohort online program. This class will explore a wide range of carefully curated Branches materials. These materials will be used by the children as tools of the mind to express ideas, support problem-solving, creativity, and communication. 

During our year together we will embark on several long-term projects that will ingrate math, science, literacy and the arts though deep collaborative investigations and inquiries. Join us as the children embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder, creativity and joy! 


Our Branches Preschool program offers parents the opportunity to:

Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.

Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination and problem solving with carefully selected Branches curated materials and supplies sent home 3 times a year.

Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.

Learn not only the about materials curated for the preschool children, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories with our expert faculty and Branches Teachers.

Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.

Learn how Branches teachers engage children through the use of materials.

Participate in a monthly check in to go over  the thinking behind our curriculum and offer parents ideas and strategies to support the children’s learning at home.


Our Branches Preschool Program will offer children the opportunity to:

  • Gain mastery using materials and media as tools of the mind,  opportunities for expression through clay, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil pastels, collage, mixed media, fiber, stitch, natural materials, and photography- Beautiful curated Branches materials and supplies will sent home three times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peers.
  • Delight in the wonder of community and relationship building through the creation of a digital space just for them, facilitated by experienced Branches Teachers
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.
  • Discover a love of language and literacy through story plays, story book journals, key words and poetry.
  • Learn how math, literacy, science and the arts can be woven through all of our investigations in a meaningful way.
  • Be able to look at the world through many different perspectives and points of view.
  • Learn how to be flexible, open minded, resilient and collaborative with their peers.
  • Discover how reflection meetings are a tool for co-construction, daily organization and planning.

Online Preschool 

Monday – Thursday 

9:30am – 10:30am (PST) one hour hands on Zoom meeting

Every other Friday parent support Zoom Meeting

One extra curricular per week included 

Materials sent home three times a year

Approximately 35 weeks September – June

Tuition  $9,995 .00

Registration  $650.00 

Materials fee  $1,150.00 

Total $11,795.00 (includes deposit)

Deposit         $2,400.00

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


 -~– DEVELOPMENTAL KINDERGARTEN ONLINE -~-

Our Branches DK program offers children the opportunity to:

For children ages 5 years by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September 14th,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative virtual Reggio inspired Developmental  Kindergarten program.

Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teaching team in our DK cohort online program. This next step of the Branches philosophy  will specialize in using materials as tools of the mind to express ideas, support problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Together we will explore new pathways for ideas on narrative expression and literacy for emotional development.  Through story and dramatic play we will also embark on explorations on power and social justice issues. Connections with our natural world as a springboard for scientific and mathematical inquiry.

Our Branches DK Program will offer children the opportunity to:

  • Gain mastery using materials and media as tools of the mind, opportunities for expression through clay, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil pastels, collage, mixed media, fiber, stitch, natural materials, and photography- Beautiful curated Branches materials and supplies will sent home three times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peers.
  • Build a shared, collaborative experiences through distance learning
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.
  • Learn how math, literacy, science and the arts can be woven through all of our investigations in a meaningful way.
  • Be able to look at the world through many different perspectives and points of view
  • Learn how to be flexible, open minded, flexible, resilient and collaborative with their peers.
  • Discover how reflection meetings are a tool for co-construction, daily organization and planning.

Our Branches DK program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting children’s contemporary academic learning at home.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination and problem solving with carefully selected Branches curated materials and supplies sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the Kindergarteners, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories with our expert faculty and Branches Teachers.
  • Experience how our pedagogical team meetings are used to uncover and support children learning.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.
  • Learn how Branches teachers  how to engage children through the use of materials.
  • Participate in a monthly check in to go over  the thinking behind our curriculum and offer parents ideas and strategies to support the children learning at home.

Online Developmental Kindergarten  

Monday – Thursday 

9.30am -10:30am (PST) 1 hour hands on zoom meeting

Bi-monthy parent teacher check in  Fridays via Zoom

One extra-curricular included per week 

Curated Branches materials sent home 3 times a year.

Runs from September-June

Tuition  $9,995.00

Registration  $650.00

Materials fee  $1,150.00

Total $11,795.00 (includes deposit) 

Deposit      $2,400.00

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


-~- PARENT / TODDLER ONLINE -~-

For children ages 18-36 months by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September  21st,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood programs. Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teachers and parent educators in a cohort program, specializing in materials introductions and using these materials as tools of the mind for expression, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. 

Parent and toddler classes meet online with a teacher for forty-five minutes once a week for singing, movement, story, and a hands-on component with beautiful materials supplied by Branches followed by a weekly, one-hour parent meeting online with one of our excellent parent educators. 

This Branches Parent and Toddler program offers children the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience with the fundamentals of clay, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, collage, mixed media and the use of natural materials – Curated materials sent home on a quarterly basis.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peer.
  • Delight in the wonder of songs, movement, story and community building while interacting with their parents, peers and experienced Branches Teachers.
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.

This Branches Parent and Toddler program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting children’s explorations of clay, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, collage, mixed media and the use of natural materials.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination with carefully selected Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the toddlers, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories, guided in weekly sessions with expert faculty and Branches Teachers.
  • Form a community of parents with support from parent educators to discuss contemporary issues, child development theory and strategies for parenting toddlers in a caring and non judgmental  digital space.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings, workshops and seminars.

Tuition $2,730.00

One Time registration Fee  $150.00 

Materials Fee  $400.00

Total     $3,280.00 (includes deposit)

Deposit  $750.00 

Meets Wednesdays, 11am to 11:45am (PST) via Zoom

A one hour parent meeting meets weekly via Zoom (date & time TBD) 

Curated Branches materials sent home three times during the year

One 10 week extra-curricular session included 

Approximately 35 weeks September – June

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


 -~- PARENT / INFANT ONLINE -~-

Branches Atelier Parents and Infant Online Classes  for infants 2 – 18 months by 9/1/20

Classes start September 2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood programs. Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teachers and parent educators in our parent-infant cohort program, specializing in supporting your child’s social, emotional, and creative development. 

Your Parent and Infant classes meet online with an experienced and dedicated Branches teacher for 30 minutes once a week for a wide range of experiences that will develop over the year, including singing, movement, puppets, story, and hands-on, creative experiences with beautifully curated art materials supplied by Branches. The class is followed by a weekly, one-hour parent meeting online with our wonderful parent  facilitator, Brandi Sharkey, MFT. 


Our Branches Parent and Infant program offers children the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience with a wide range of developmentally appropriate experiences.
  • Explore beautiful Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder, joy and creativity.
  • Engage in building communication skills through quality parent child interactions..
  • Delight in the wonder of songs, movement, story, puppets and community building while interacting with their parents, peers lead by one of our dedicated and experienced Branches teachers.
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.

Our Branches Parent and Infant program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting your child’s curiosity, resiliency, flexibility and problem solving skills.
  • Learn to parent from the inside out.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination with carefully selected Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression, creativity, sensory explorations  and social interactions.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the infants but also gain experience in best practices in contemporary child development theories, guided in weekly sessions with expert faculty.
  • Form a learning community of parents with support from our parent educators to discuss contemporary issues, child development theories and strategies for parenting infants in a caring and non judgmental  digital space.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.

Online parent and Infant 3 months to 18 months

Dates TBD

10.30am to 11am (PST) Parent and infant hands on zoom 

One hour parent/facilitator meeting (Dates TBD) 

Curated Branches materials sent home three times during the year

Tuition  $2,500.00

Registration  $150.00 

Materials fee  $300.00

Total                  $2950 (includes deposit)

Deposit  $600.00 

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register

Please feel free top share this with friends, colleagues and families

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Introduction to Inspirations from Reggio Emilia in American Contexts

Santa Monica College presents:

Introduction to Inspirations from Reggio Emilia in American Contexts

ECE 51 (1933)

Created by Ellen Khokha, MA.

Everyone interested in Early Education, teacher, parent or citizen is welcome. Spaces are now available. For the safety and health of the students this course is completely virtual. Fall Semester begins August 31st.
Enroll now at SMC.edu

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Spread the News: Branches Atelier Online Preschool, Toddler, Infant and DK classes are open for all!

Branches Atelier Online

Since March, with the impact of COVID-19  early childhood education has changed.  Many preschools remain closed or have had to adapt by offering limited in-person options with social distancing. These changes have created an enormous need for quality and innovative educational classes for young children. 

Earlier this year, in response to COVID-19, Branches  Atelier moved all of our classes online.  Using a wide range of curated materialsand supplies that we sent home, we were able to successfully continue to engage the children in long term projects and, at the same time, still have them feel connected to their peers and community. This September in response to the needs of our Branches familes we will be offering onsite programs, and at the same time we will also be expanding all of our Branches classes online.

With these changes  in mind, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the US and abroad an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood online programs.

We invite families to join our dedicated, passionate, and experienced  Branches teachers and parent educators in our creative cohort online programs. Our Programs will be specializing in materials introductions and using these materials as tools of the mind for expression, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Our courses are designed to help support all areas of children’s continued learning and development.

Our parent education component that will share our strategies on fostering children’s social and emotional development, at home and across distances. Parents will learn how we integrate materials and their properties to strengthen underlying academic learning, and how to engage the magic of long term explorations by incorporating art, math, narrative, science, creativity, and problem-solving into experiences.

Online Preschool Click here for flyer

Online DK Click here for flyer

Online Parent & Toddler Click here for flyer

Online Parent & Infant Click here for flyer

Please feel free to share the news with anyone looking for an exceptional online early childhood educational experience.

-~- PRESCHOOL ONLINE -~-

For children ages 3 to 5 years by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September  14th,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative virtual Reggio inspired Preschool program. 

Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teaching team in our Preschool cohort online program. This class will explore a wide range of carefully curated Branches materials. These materials will be used by the children as tools of the mind to express ideas, support problem-solving, creativity, and communication. 

During our year together we will embark on several long-term projects that will ingrate math, science, literacy and the arts though deep collaborative investigations and inquiries. Join us as the children embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder, creativity and joy! 


Our Branches Preschool program offers parents the opportunity to:

Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.

Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination and problem solving with carefully selected Branches curated materials and supplies sent home 3 times a year.

Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.

Learn not only the about materials curated for the preschool children, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories with our expert faculty and Branches Teachers.

Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.

Learn how Branches teachers engage children through the use of materials.

Participate in a monthly check in to go over  the thinking behind our curriculum and offer parents ideas and strategies to support the children’s learning at home.


Our Branches Preschool Program will offer children the opportunity to:

  • Gain mastery using materials and media as tools of the mind,  opportunities for expression through clay, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil pastels, collage, mixed media, fiber, stitch, natural materials, and photography- Beautiful curated Branches materials and supplies will sent home three times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peers.
  • Delight in the wonder of community and relationship building through the creation of a digital space just for them, facilitated by experienced Branches Teachers
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.
  • Discover a love of language and literacy through story plays, story book journals, key words and poetry.
  • Learn how math, literacy, science and the arts can be woven through all of our investigations in a meaningful way.
  • Be able to look at the world through many different perspectives and points of view.
  • Learn how to be flexible, open minded, resilient and collaborative with their peers.
  • Discover how reflection meetings are a tool for co-construction, daily organization and planning.

Online Preschool 

Monday – Thursday 

9:30am – 10:30am (PST) one hour hands on Zoom meeting

Every other Friday parent support Zoom Meeting

One extra curricular per week included 

Materials sent home three times a year

Approximately 35 weeks September – June

Tuition  $9,995 .00

Registration  $650.00 

Materials fee  $1,150.00 

Total $11,795.00 (includes deposit)

Deposit         $2,400.00

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


 -~– DEVELOPMENTAL KINDERGARTEN ONLINE -~-

Our Branches DK program offers children the opportunity to:

For children ages 5 years by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September 14th,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative virtual Reggio inspired Developmental  Kindergarten program.

Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teaching team in our DK cohort online program. This next step of the Branches philosophy  will specialize in using materials as tools of the mind to express ideas, support problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Together we will explore new pathways for ideas on narrative expression and literacy for emotional development.  Through story and dramatic play we will also embark on explorations on power and social justice issues. Connections with our natural world as a springboard for scientific and mathematical inquiry.

Our Branches DK Program will offer children the opportunity to:

  • Gain mastery using materials and media as tools of the mind, opportunities for expression through clay, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil pastels, collage, mixed media, fiber, stitch, natural materials, and photography- Beautiful curated Branches materials and supplies will sent home three times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peers.
  • Build a shared, collaborative experiences through distance learning
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.
  • Learn how math, literacy, science and the arts can be woven through all of our investigations in a meaningful way.
  • Be able to look at the world through many different perspectives and points of view
  • Learn how to be flexible, open minded, flexible, resilient and collaborative with their peers.
  • Discover how reflection meetings are a tool for co-construction, daily organization and planning.

Our Branches DK program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting children’s contemporary academic learning at home.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination and problem solving with carefully selected Branches curated materials and supplies sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the Kindergarteners, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories with our expert faculty and Branches Teachers.
  • Experience how our pedagogical team meetings are used to uncover and support children learning.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.
  • Learn how Branches teachers  how to engage children through the use of materials.
  • Participate in a monthly check in to go over  the thinking behind our curriculum and offer parents ideas and strategies to support the children learning at home.

Online Developmental Kindergarten  

Monday – Thursday 

9.30am -10:30am (PST) 1 hour hands on zoom meeting

Bi-monthy parent teacher check in  Fridays via Zoom

One extra-curricular included per week 

Curated Branches materials sent home 3 times a year.

Runs from September-June

Tuition  $9,995.00

Registration  $650.00

Materials fee  $1,150.00

Total $11,795.00 (includes deposit) 

Deposit      $2,400.00

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


-~- PARENT / TODDLER ONLINE -~-

For children ages 18-36 months by 9/1/20

Starts the week of September  21st,  2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood programs. Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teachers and parent educators in a cohort program, specializing in materials introductions and using these materials as tools of the mind for expression, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. 

Parent and toddler classes meet online with a teacher for forty-five minutes once a week for singing, movement, story, and a hands-on component with beautiful materials supplied by Branches followed by a weekly, one-hour parent meeting online with one of our excellent parent educators. 

This Branches Parent and Toddler program offers children the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience with the fundamentals of clay, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, collage, mixed media and the use of natural materials – Curated materials sent home on a quarterly basis.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder and creativity.
  • Engage in long term investigations intertwined with immersive language, mathematics and scientific explorations with their peer.
  • Delight in the wonder of songs, movement, story and community building while interacting with their parents, peers and experienced Branches Teachers.
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.

This Branches Parent and Toddler program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting children’s explorations of clay, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, collage, mixed media and the use of natural materials.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination with carefully selected Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression and meaning making.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the toddlers, but also gain experience in best practices and contemporary child development theories, guided in weekly sessions with expert faculty and Branches Teachers.
  • Form a community of parents with support from parent educators to discuss contemporary issues, child development theory and strategies for parenting toddlers in a caring and non judgmental  digital space.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings, workshops and seminars.

Tuition $2,730.00

One Time registration Fee  $150.00 

Materials Fee  $400.00

Total     $3,280.00 (includes deposit)

Deposit  $750.00 

Meets Wednesdays, 11am to 11:45am (PST) via Zoom

A one hour parent meeting meets weekly via Zoom (date & time TBD) 

Curated Branches materials sent home three times during the year

One 10 week extra-curricular session included 

Approximately 35 weeks September – June

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register


 -~- PARENT / INFANT ONLINE -~-

Branches Atelier Parents and Infant Online Classes  for infants 2 – 18 months by 9/1/20

Classes start September 2020

Community continues to be important, especially during these trying times; with that in mind for the first time, this year, Branches Atelier is excited to be offering families from all over the world an opportunity to enroll in our innovative early childhood programs. Throughout our school year, join our dedicated Branches teachers and parent educators in our parent-infant cohort program, specializing in supporting your child’s social, emotional, and creative development. 

Your Parent and Infant classes meet online with an experienced and dedicated Branches teacher for 30 minutes once a week for a wide range of experiences that will develop over the year, including singing, movement, puppets, story, and hands-on, creative experiences with beautifully curated art materials supplied by Branches. The class is followed by a weekly, one-hour parent meeting online with our wonderful parent  facilitator, Brandi Sharkey, MFT. 


Our Branches Parent and Infant program offers children the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience with a wide range of developmentally appropriate experiences.
  • Explore beautiful Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Embark on a journey into self-discovery, wonder, joy and creativity.
  • Engage in building communication skills through quality parent child interactions..
  • Delight in the wonder of songs, movement, story, puppets and community building while interacting with their parents, peers lead by one of our dedicated and experienced Branches teachers.
  • Grow and learn in a Reggio inspired nurturing community.

Our Branches Parent and Infant program offers parents the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to  set up provocative  learning spaces at home.
  • Gain experience in supporting your child’s curiosity, resiliency, flexibility and problem solving skills.
  • Learn to parent from the inside out.
  • Support and develop your child’s creativity and imagination with carefully selected Branches curated materials sent home 3 times a year.
  • Observe as the children gain confidence in working with a range of media and use materials as a form of joyful expression, creativity, sensory explorations  and social interactions.
  • Learn not only the about materials curated for the infants but also gain experience in best practices in contemporary child development theories, guided in weekly sessions with expert faculty.
  • Form a learning community of parents with support from our parent educators to discuss contemporary issues, child development theories and strategies for parenting infants in a caring and non judgmental  digital space.
  • Join us and take part in our Branches Parent evenings workshops and seminars.

Online parent and Infant 3 months to 18 months

Dates TBD

10.30am to 11am (PST) Parent and infant hands on zoom 

One hour parent/facilitator meeting (Dates TBD) 

Curated Branches materials sent home three times during the year

Tuition  $2,500.00

Registration  $150.00 

Materials fee  $300.00

Total                  $2950 (includes deposit)

Deposit  $600.00 

Please contact Heather@BranchesAtelier.com to apply and register

Please feel free top share this with friends, colleagues and families

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Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19 *Repeat Workshop* This Wednesday

 

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

This Wednesday

Back by popular demand incase you missed this the first time.

Wednesday 7/15/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm Pacific Time $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curriculum-in-the-time-of-covid-19-71520-700pm-tickets-111879488562

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19 *Repeat Workshop*

 

 

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Back by popular demand incase you missed this the first time.

Wednesday 7/15/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm Pacific Time $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curriculum-in-the-time-of-covid-19-71520-700pm-tickets-111879488562

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops – from Branches Atelier Online

 

Tonight

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

TONIGHT!  7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time  $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-creating-online-extracurriculars-wednesday-7120-630pm-tickets-108586769952

 

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 7/15/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm Pacific Time $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curriculum-in-the-time-of-covid-19-71520-700pm-tickets-111879488562

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops – from Branches Atelier Online


Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-creating-online-extracurriculars-wednesday-7120-630pm-tickets-108586769952

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops – from Branches Atelier Online

 

This Wednesday 7pm Pacific Time

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 6/24/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curriculum-in-the-time-of-covid-19-62420-700pm-tickets-108588465022

 

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-creating-online-extracurriculars-wednesday-7120-630pm-tickets-108586769952

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Persona Dolls Workshop Next Wednesday 6/17/20

Back by Popular Demand – repeat workshop

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Wednesday 6/17/2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom and expand anti-bias curriculum. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class.

This workshop will cover:

  • What are persona dolls?
  • Demonstration of how to introduce persona dolls into the classroom
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • How do you create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • What scenarios are persona dolls used for?
  • When do you use persona dolls?

During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:

  • Anti-Bias Scenarios
  •     English as a Second Language
  •     Race
  • Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19 Face Masks
  • Death

Read what Teachers and Parents had to say about the Persona Dolls workshop

“This workshop was incredible!  I appreciate the thoroughness of how and when to use persona dolls with children, your passion and wonderful creativity!  I loved the authentic demonstrations of the various scenarios that you shared with us with using the persona dolls.” ~Teacher

“Through this meaningful workshop, I am energized, excited, and committed to adding them into my teaching practice.  I am certain they will be a valuable addition to the lives of children in my life!” ~Parent/Teacher

“These workshops have been such a grounding experience in the midst of the pandemic. Being able to spend more time think about practices and learning from educators has truly been such a special opportunity. I wholeheartedly appreciate everything you’ve done to make this possible!” ~Keri Brewer – Educator – Hana Fenichel

“I enjoyed everything very much. There was so much information I did not know. I have  been in the field for over 25 years and in this approach for the last 5 years, and I learned so much. I am always looking for webinars to enrich myself as a professional.” ~Veronica Hendricks ~Teacher

“This was a wonderful experience. It was nice to see how you use the persona dolls; how naturally it seemed that the conversation flows when you were demonstrating how to use the dolls.” ~Teacher

“Thank you for the opportunity to see how you use the Persona Dolls. Each Scenario was so related to topics we see our children face. I just wish some day I can be as good as you in using the dolls.” ~Teacher

“I loved the experience and the innocence that came along with using the dolls as a tool to help discuss challenges. The remainder of using the dolls for happy moments is crucial too and I appreciate how that was acknowledged. I am excited to begin implementing the dolls as a tool to adjust back to the classroom, in whatever form that may be, and use them as an outlet of expression.” ~Teacher 

“Branches is on the forefront of early childhood development and is a resource for the most innovative and best practices in the field. Their community outreach programs are an invaluable resource.” ~Beth Sayoun – Teacher Magic – Years Nursery School


Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 6/24/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops – Tonight, How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom

We still have some spaces for tonights workshop

How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom – A Hands on and Virtual Workshop

6/10/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin and Berenice Vallejo

In this workshop we will explore the many ways literacy can be integrated into the classroom and the home. Join us as we consider how we use the many aspects of literacy to support collaboration, grow a love for words and poetic language, engage all learners and connect children in deeper relationships to each other and the world. These are only a few of the many resources that will be included in this workshop:

Together we will explore:

  • How can literacy support collaboration?
  • What are Key Words?
  • How can songs and games support literacy?
  • What are Story Book Journals?
  • How to support in-depth and on-going narratives.
  • How to keep letter writing engaging for learners of all types.
  • How can literacy support personal and emotional growth in young children?
  • How can we utilize literacy to support children during this time of the COVID-19 Virus?

Back by Popular Demand – repeat workshop

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Wednesday 6/17/2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom and expand anti-bias curriculum. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class.

This workshop will cover:

  • What are persona dolls?
  • Demonstration of how to introduce persona dolls into the classroom
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • How do you create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • What scenarios are persona dolls used for?
  • When do you use persona dolls?

During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:

  • Anti-Bias Scenarios
  •     English as a Second Language
  •     Race
  • Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19 Face Masks
  • Death

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 6/24/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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