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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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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Upcoming Workshops and free Webinar

Greetings all,

  • Introduction to Persona Dolls
  • How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom
  • Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

This week

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Thursday 5/28/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this online workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom. 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?
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • Why do we use persona dolls?
  • How do we choose the dolls?
  • How do we create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • 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:

  • First Day of School
  • New Baby
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19
  • Death
  • Divorce

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?

For those of you who missed our webinar Education in the Time of Coronavirus here is the full length video: https://vimeo.com/418278556 Our follow up webinar:

Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, 6/3/2020 7:30PM-9:30PM PST.

This is a free webinar Please click here to register

 

Also, we have a free Watercolor and Collage course for you. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and families.

teachable

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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Upcoming Workshops, Webinar and video from previous Webinar

Greetings all! For those of you who missed our webinar Education in the Time of Coronavirus here is the full length video: https://vimeo.com/418278556 Our follow up webinar:

Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, 6/3/2020 7:30PM-9:30PM PST. This is a free webinar Please click here to register

Introduction to Persona Dolls | A Virtual Workshop 

Thursday 5/28/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo  In this online workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom. 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?
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • Why do we use persona dolls?
  • How do we choose the dolls?
  • How do we create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • 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:
  • First Day of School
  • New Baby
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19
  • Death
  • Divorce
About the presenters: Jill Adamson Jill Adamson grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied education at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Masters degree in Education. During this time, Jill became involved with the Reggio Emilia philosophy through working at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Jill has gone on to work in four different schools across the United States in Reggio Emilia schools, and has also had experience teaching in public schools. She has taught at schools in Illinois, Virginia and Rhode Island. She is now in her sixth year as a senior teacher at Branches Atelier in California. Jill has had extensive experience with Reggio Emilia and has become a mentor teacher for new teachers. She trains new teachers and instructs them how to set up a classroom, interact with children and develop curriculum. She attended a study tour in Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in the philosophy. Jill was a keynote speaker and consultant in China, speaking to educators across seven provinces about Reggio Emilia and progressive education. Jill is highly experienced teaching preschool aged children, and also is an expert at teaching toddler aged children. Jill is passionate about progressive education and aspires to train other teachers how to ingratiate contemporary academics into their classroom. She brings her personal interests, playing the guitar and sewing, to the classroom as well. Berenice Vallejo​ was born in Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in her high school years. Berenice earned her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal State Los Angeles University. During her college years, she discovered her passion for working with children. Her teaching experiences started as a volunteer in the Head Start program in East Los Angeles Occupational Center. Later she became an assistant teacher at the Vine Street and Commonwealth Elementary Schools in the LA Unified School District and then a teacher in private preschools in Downtown LA. including the Infant and Toddler Program at Hope Street Friends. While taking Reggio-inspired courses at Santa Monica College, she was a substitute teacher at Branches Atelier for a year before joining the community as a full time teacher. Berenice has been a teacher at Branches for over 4 years and has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. Berenice has become a mentor teacher and offered workshops for other educators. She attended a nine days study group at Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in this philosophy. As Reggio-inspired school, Branches Atelier has motivated Berenice to broaden her understanding of the philosophy and the general interaction of instinctive curiosity with the world, as a process of development and learning for children. “Understanding the complex learning processes that go through the child’s mind while working with materials and making social connections has become my passion”.

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?
About the presenters: Franceska Schifrin is a lifelong painter, student of natural sciences, education and social justice. After studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, her international career took her to multiple places where she also worked with children and their families – refugee camps in Bosnia during the wars, orphanages in Haiti, Lakota reservations in South Dakota and Cuban villages, to name but a few. Franceska has always been dedicated to children, during her time in the East Village of NYC she made sure she had a shelf of early reader books for the local children who treated her apartment like an after school center. During the Balkan wars, she used her knowledge of visual arts and human compassion to share therapeutic art with the children in refugee camps. Deeply involved with Haiti since 1985, she has spent years working there with children in a multitude of ways. Franceska is the mother of 2 children and has a personal passion for helping multi-race families and their children navigate their paths. Her experiences with adoption have made her a constant student of the subject, studying family dynamics and child development from all angles. Her introduction to Reggio Emilia began with her 20-year-old son’s preschool in Cambridge, MA. She chose the school because it fit so well her concepts of care and respect of children. She was raised by educators, artists, and anthropologists. Franceska’s formal training in ECE has been at UCLA. She has taught school for over eleven years, including six as a lead teacher and assistant director at a Jewish preschool in Venice, California and three years with Branches Atelier. Berenice Vallejo​ was born in Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in her high school years. Berenice earned her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal State Los Angeles University. During her college years, she discovered her passion for working with children. Her teaching experiences started as a volunteer in the Head Start program in East Los Angeles Occupational Center. Later she became an assistant teacher at the Vine Street and Commonwealth Elementary Schools in the LA Unified School District and then a teacher in private preschools in Downtown LA. including the Infant and Toddler Program at Hope Street Friends. While taking Reggio-inspired courses at Santa Monica College, she was a substitute teacher at Branches Atelier for a year before joining the community as a full time teacher. Berenice has been a teacher at Branches for over 4 years and has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. Berenice has become a mentor teacher and offered workshops for other educators. She attended a nine days study group at Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in this philosophy. As Reggio-inspired school, Branches Atelier has motivated Berenice to broaden her understanding of the philosophy and the general interaction of instinctive curiosity with the world, as a process of development and learning for children. “Understanding the complex learning processes that go through the child’s mind while working with materials and making social connections has become my passion”. 
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