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1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play

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In 1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play, we will examine how children are naturally curious and learn best through practice and observation. A highlight from this webinar will be to gain strategies for being a strong play partner. In Have a Seat! Learning What Children Know Through Play, we will consider the advantages of assessing during play. A highlight from this webinar will be to learn strategies for engaging in authentic assessment practices as we aim to better understand what children know and can do. In When Play is More than Just ‘Playing‘: Delivering Intentional Instruction through Daily Interactions, we will focus on the importance of teaching the whole child and promoting emotional, social, motor, and cognitive skills through play. In this webinar participants will be to learn how to build upon children’s natural curiosity and embed instruction in a way that continues and extends vs. disrupts learning. Lastly, in Beyond the Shape Sorter: Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional Skills, we will examine the relationship between play and a child’s future success. A highlight from this webinar will be to explore how to support all children through play, even those who may be “stuck” and don’t seem to find new and more sophisticated ways to play.

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Have A Seat! Learning What Children Know Through Play

When we want to understand what children know and can do, we often turn to tests and other conventional assessment practices. However, what really allows us to get to know children is when we sit beside them and play. This webinar provides a context for seeing authentic assessment as the means by which we get to know children and foster their development and learning.

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When Play is More than Just “Playing”: Delivering Intentional Instruction through Daily Interactions

In this age of accountability, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters most and begin to value formal instructional approaches and the teaching of isolated skills. This webinar provides research on the efficacy of creating embedded learning opportunities and the importance of being a good play partner.

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Beyond the Shape Sorter: Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional Skills

A primary way children learn is through their interactions with toys and materials found in their environment. At times, however, children can get “stuck” in a loop, and they don’t continue to find new and more sophisticated ways to play.  This webinar will provide information on seven learning progressions that set the foundation for children’s success in school and in life.

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