CAYC-MB - Negotiating the Return to Classroom Life: Indoors & Outside

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Canadian Association for Young Children - MB (CAYC-MB)

Conference Title:
Negotiating the Return to Classroom Life: Indoors & Outside

Location: Varies based on sessions - Virtual, Kildonan Park, The Forks

Date: October 22, 2021

Schedule of Event
9:00 - 12:00 - Morning Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 - Afternoon Sessions

Choose AM or PM or FULL DAY
Morning 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Afternoon 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CAYC Membership Fees
Please note: Memberships must be renewed annually

Student (Pre-service Educators).......$30.00
Associate (Educational Assistants)...$30.00

CAYC Conference Fees
CAYC Conference FULL Day Fee.....$25.00
CAYC Conference HALF Day Fee....$15.00

Cancellation Policy: payment can be refunded if registrants were unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Note: If you are unable to pay by credit card, please send an eTransfer to or a send a cheque (payable to CAYC-MB) to:
C/O Lisa Stewart
806 Beach Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2L 1C9

Please note: No on-site registration will be available.

Become a CAYC Member:
In addition to a sense of pride in joining with others on a national basis to speak out on behalf of young children - you, as a CAYC member, will receive the following benefits:

- Discounted registration rates when attending regional and national CAYC conferences.
- Notice of professional development opportunities throughout the year available exclusively for members.
- Eligibility to apply for various grants

If you have questions or need more information, please send email to:
Sessions - 9:00 AM-10:15 AM

AM2A - Understanding the Natural World Through Stories

The natural world can be explored through cycles: seasons, seeds, water, weather, lives of animals and people, and more. These cycles are often catalysts for stories. In this session, participants will explore a variety of beautiful children's literature that celebrates these natural cycles through and in stories. We will discuss the richness of the texts, the curriculum connections to the cycles and their stories, and how they relate to children's own storied lives. Feel free to bring your favourite story of a natural cycle to share.

Presenters: Laurie Cessford, Teacher-Librarian, River East Transcona School Division

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Platform: Virtual

Sessions - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

AM1 - Walking Land Acknowledgements

This outdoor walking session will explore several sites of public pedagogy/monuments and artworks at The Forks. We will use multiple lenses to see familiar Winnipeg sits in new ways. The hope is to come away with deeper understandings in relation to place, a sense of mutual responsibility, and call to action. We will meet under the canopy.

Presenters: Katya Adamov Ferguson, Early Years Support Teacher, Winnipeg School Division

9:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: The Forks

Sessions - 10:30 AM-11:45 AM

AM2B - A Garden for Everyone: How Gardens Can Engage All Children

School gardens are interactive learning environments which allow all students a personalized gateway to engagement. A thoughtfully planted garden can inspire student participation, connect with newcomers by highlighting familiar plants from their home countries and have a calming effect for children. Gardens offer interpersonal, intrapersonal, community, curricular and environmental benefits. School gardens can be a collective activity where all of the children can find their own level of engagement, inspiration and learning.

Presenters: Suzanne M. Simpson, M.ED.; Teacher-Librarian, Louis Riel School Division

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Platform: Virtual

Sessions - 1:00 PM-2:15 PM

PM2A - Construction of Gender in Children's Literature

Early years teachers have influential power to support children’s knowledge and awareness of gender and sexual identities. Children’s literature can be an important tool for helping children realize more flexible understandings of identities. In this session, participants will have opportunities to consider children’s books for their ability to broaden children’s narratives of gender and consider the critical questions teachers may pose to their students after reading such each story.

Presenters: Nicole Trottier, Teacher, Seven Oaks School Division

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Platform: Virtual

Sessions - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

PM1 - The Outdoor Classroom: Learning About the Land Through Story

A teaching in applying pedagogy and practice that engage students in an understanding of the relationship between human nature and non-human nature here on Treaty 1 Land, beginning with story.

Presenters: Bela Luis, Outdoor Education Learning Support Teacher, Seven Oaks School Division

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Kildonan Park

Sessions - 2:30 PM-3:15 PM

PM2B - We got this! Embracing the Power of Resiliency and Student Voice

Our students have put in a position where they have been told by trusted adults that the world is a dangerous place; so much so that they have had to stay away from friends’ houses, schools, parks and most places where a sense of community, safety and belonging are developed. This trauma has not been the Coronavirus, rather, the trauma is the separation and loss that has been felt due to the impacts of the virus. This workshop will focus on the ways in which students might present when they return to school and what that might be telling us; some possible strategies to use to create conditions for resiliency to develop or in some cases, return; and suggested structures/routines to support a thoughtful transition.

Presenters: Mia G Guenther, Principal and School Counsellor, Seven Oaks School Division

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Platform: Virtual