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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Good News! Saturday Only Ticket Now On Sale

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

After many requests from those of you that have to work on Friday we are now able to offer a Saturday Only option for this conference Please click here to purchase tickets.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-boundaries-during-challenging-times-tickets-141872990935

About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Schedule:

Friday March 5th 9am to 3pm 

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini – Crossing Boundaries
 
 10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Loretta Bertani – Coexistences:
Relationships Between Living Organisms

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the two sessions:

1
Growing Place Marine Park, Infant Toddler
Cecilia Carrillo & Beth Nakatsui, Teachers
Saying Hello to a New Classroom: Meaningful School
Transitions During the Pandemic:
Offering knowledge and practical suggestions to help
make transitions (during this pandemic) meaningful
for children, parents, and teachers.

2
Branches Atelier, Los Angeles
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director 
& Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director/Teacher
Creativity, Connections, and Relationships:
Materials and Environments to Bridge Physical
Distancing and Help Build Community.

2:30-3:00pm: Return to the same breakout group for
reflections and Q&A.




Saturday March 6th 9am to 3 pm
 
9:00 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms

10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms
continued

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1
Bright Start, Santa Barbara
Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista
Bridging Boundaries Between School & Home: A
Collaborative Process with Educators, Children, and Parents
During a Global Pandemic.

2
The New School West, Venice
Kristin Sherman, Pedagogista & Roleen Heimann, 
Co-Founder/Co-Director
“We got to see a feeling!”: How we’ve supported
collaboration, expression, and community building while
physically distancing online and on the ground.

3
Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista
Metaphors for Resiliency: Observing how children see the
 world, what impressions they offer to us about the
resiliency of humanity and our connection to nature and
community.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Closing Panel with representatives  from each school
 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID and proof of enrollment) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer for your school

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Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

Our Early Bird Discount expires Tonight 2/26/21

at midnight

About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Schedule:

Friday March 5th 9am to 3pm 

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini – Crossing Boundaries
 
 10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Loretta Bertani – Coexistences:
Relationships Between Living Organisms

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the two sessions:

1
Growing Place Marine Park, Infant Toddler
Cecilia Carrillo & Beth Nakatsui, Teachers
Saying Hello to a New Classroom: Meaningful School
Transitions During the Pandemic:
Offering knowledge and practical suggestions to help
make transitions (during this pandemic) meaningful
for children, parents, and teachers.

2
Branches Atelier, Los Angeles
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director 
& Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director/Teacher
Creativity, Connections, and Relationships:
Materials and Environments to Bridge Physical
Distancing and Help Build Community.

2:30-3:00pm: Return to the same breakout group for
reflections and Q&A.




Saturday March 6th 9am to 3 pm
 
9:00 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms

10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms
continued

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1
Bright Start, Santa Barbara
Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista
Bridging Boundaries Between School & Home: A
Collaborative Process with Educators, Children, and Parents
During a Global Pandemic.

2
The New School West, Venice
Kristin Sherman, Pedagogista & Roleen Heimann, 
Co-Founder/Co-Director
“We got to see a feeling!”: How we’ve supported
collaboration, expression, and community building while
physically distancing online and on the ground.

3
Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista
Metaphors for Resiliency: Observing how children see the
 world, what impressions they offer to us about the
resiliency of humanity and our connection to nature and
community.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Closing Panel with representatives  from each school
 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID and proof of enrollment) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer for your school

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Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

Our Early Bird Discount expires on 2/26/2021

About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Schedule:

Friday March 5th 9am to 3pm 

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini – Crossing Boundaries
 
 10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Loretta Bertani – Coexistences:
Relationships Between Living Organisms

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the two sessions:

1
Growing Place Marine Park, Infant Toddler
Cecilia Carrillo & Beth Nakatsui, Teachers
Saying Hello to a New Classroom: Meaningful School
Transitions During the Pandemic:
Offering knowledge and practical suggestions to help
make transitions (during this pandemic) meaningful
for children, parents, and teachers.

2
Branches Atelier, Los Angeles
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director 
& Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director/Teacher
Creativity, Connections, and Relationships:
Materials and Environments to Bridge Physical
Distancing and Help Build Community.

2:30-3:00pm: Return to the same breakout group for
reflections and Q&A.




Saturday March 6th 9am to 3 pm
 
9:00 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms

10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms
continued

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1
Bright Start, Santa Barbara
Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista
Bridging Boundaries Between School & Home: A
Collaborative Process with Educators, Children, and Parents
During a Global Pandemic.

2
The New School West, Venice
Kristin Sherman, Pedagogista & Roleen Heimann, 
Co-Founder/Co-Director
“We got to see a feeling!”: How we’ve supported
collaboration, expression, and community building while
physically distancing online and on the ground.

3
Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista
Metaphors for Resiliency: Observing how children see the
 world, what impressions they offer to us about the
resiliency of humanity and our connection to nature and
community.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Closing Panel with representatives  from each school
 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID and proof of enrollment) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer for your school

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Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer

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Returning to School in the Time of COVID – What happened? Video and Resources

Greetings All,

If you missed the webinar, want to see it again, or want to share it, we have posted it on our resources page which also includes the past 2 webinar videos and all resources related to the webinars.

We have also updated our resources as compiled by Pauline McPeake and Patricia Hunter McGrath.

Here is the link to the resource page:

http://www.branchesatelier.com/resources

Here are the direct links to the updates:

Returning to School in the Time of COVID – What happened?

Resource List compiled by Pauline McPeake of the Growing

PlaceHealthMatePlus Air Purifier 

Please feel free to share this info with your colleagues, friend and families.

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Happening Tonight! – Returning to School in the Time of COVID: What happened? FREE Webinar

Join Patricia Hunter McGrath of Branches Atelier and Pauline McPeak of The Growing Place as they reflect on what happened when they’re opened their schools. They will be hosting a follow-up webinar, to our Education in The Time of Coronavirus,
and Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID webinars.

Together they will share:

What really happened?

How did our preparation help out children and families transition back into the school?

How were materials used to support children’s connections?

How was positive psychology used with the children to help them understand the importance of social/ distancing?

What did we learn?

Where do we go from here?

When: Wednesday 9/30/2020 6:30 PM- 8:30PM PACIFIC TIME

Where: Online via Zoom

Please note that this event begins 6:30 pm Pacifc Time Online via Zoom

Please click here to register via EventBrite and receive your Zoom link.

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Happening This Wednesday Evening – Returning to School in the Time of COVID: What happened? FREE Webinar

Join Patricia Hunter McGrath of Branches Atelier and Pauline McPeak of The Growing Place as they reflect on what happened when they’re opened their schools. They will be hosting a follow-up webinar, to our Education in The Time of Coronavirus,
and Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID webinars.

Together they will share:

What really happened?

How did our preparation help out children and families transition back into the school?

How were materials used to support children’s connections?

How was positive psychology used with the children to help them understand the importance of social/ distancing?

What did we learn?

Where do we go from here?

When: Wednesday 9/30/2020 6:30 PM- 8:30PM

Where: Online via Zoom

Please note that this event begins 6:30 pm Pacifc Time Online via Zoom

Please click here to register via EventBrite

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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

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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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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?

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

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