CAYC-MB - Place as Curriculum: Stories We Tell Children

Event is FULL - Currently not accepting registrations

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

Conference Title: Place as Curriculum: Stories We Tell Children

Location: The Forks, Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Date: October 21, 2022

Schedule of Events
09:00 am - 11:30 am - Morning Sessions
11:30 am - 01:00 pm - Lunch on your own
01:00 pm - 03:30 pm - Afternoon Sessions

All sessions are half day and will be held at The Forks.
Participants may choose from one AM (9:00 am - 11:30 am) and/or PM (1:00 pm - 3:30 pm) sessions.
Full day refers to two half day sessions - none of the sessions are all day.

We will meet outside, under the canopy near The Forks Market. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to move around.
All sessions have limited capacities.

A small complimentary snack and coffee will be available between 8:30 am - 9:00 am. Please bring your own mug. No cups provided.

Participants are on their own for lunch and can enjoy a variety of options at The Forks Market from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Membership and Conference Fees
CAYC-MB Full Day Conference Fee ..............................$45
CAYC-MB Half Day Conference Fee .............................$25
CAYC-MB Full Day Conference and Membership ......$90
CAYC-MB Half Day Conference and Membership .....$70

Please note: Memberships must be renewed annually
CAYC-MB 2022-2023 Full Membership .......................$55
CAYC-MB 2022-2023 Student Membership ...............$30 (Pre-service Educators)
CAYC-MB 2022-2023 Associate Membership ............$30 (Educational Assistants)
CAYC-MB 2022-2023 Retired Membership ................$30

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

Note: If you are unable to pay by credit card, please send an eTransfer to secretary.caycmb@gmail.com or a send a cheque payable to CAYC-MB to:
CAYC-MB
C/O Lisa Stewart
155 Northcliffe Drive
Winnipeg, MB R2C 4K4

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 both CAYC-MB Director and Melanie Janzen:
secretary.caycmb@gmail.com and melanie.janzen@umanitoba.ca

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Sessions - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

FULL - AM1 - Forest and Nature Schools

Forest Nature Schools are educational programs that offer outdoor opportunities where children’s interests and child-led play lay the foundation for learning. FNS uses hands-on nature experiences to support an emergent curriculum which is, in part, derived from the daily and seasonal changes observed in nature. However, nature is everywhere so spending time outdoors in nature can happen even if you work in an urban setting. In this FWA Forest School Workshop, you’ll get tips, strategies and methods for how to work with young children outdoors. We will share our experience and knowledge about the role of the educators, loose parts, risky play, the whole child approach, and the art of questioning. We aim to give you the inspiration and courage to go outside and learn together with the children.

Presenter: Viktoria Forsberg, Forest School Manager at Fort Whyte Alive

Viktoria has been working in the Forest School program since 2020. She has a Preschool Teaching degree from Sweden, a Manitoba Teaching Certificate and a Forest School Practitioner Certificate.

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


FULL - AM2 - Reconcili-Action: Reconnecting to the Land through Prairie Plant Explorations

In this session participants will learn about the impact of displacing populations of people from their traditional lands. We will explore our interactions with the land, reconnection to it, and ways to engage young students in their natural environment while discussing moves toward Reconcili-Action. With a focus on traditional tall grass prairie plants, participants will engage in plant identification activities and be provided with ideas for how to introduce students to ideas of sustainability and land-based learning.

Presenters: Giselle Oakley and Jessica Grant

Giselle Oakley, teaches in Seven Oaks School Division
Jessica Grant, teaches in Seven Oaks School Division, MEd Student (UM)

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


FULL - AM3 - 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 sites 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.

Presenter: Katya Adamov Ferguson, Learning Support Teacher, Winnipeg School Division, PhD Candidate (UM)

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


AM4 - Math Treks for Young Learners: Exploring the Possibilities (7 spots remaining)

Math treks or math trails provide an opportunity for learners of all ages to see and engage in mathematical thinking as they explore their environment. Math treks/trails can unfold in amazing ways in urban or rural settings, indoors or out. In addition, many of the principles that are at the heart of math treks/trails can be enacted with little advanced planning which makes them ideal for the unexpected changes that educators so often need to navigate. In this session, participants will identify mathematical features at The Forks and engage in problem solving and problem posing unique to that setting. A resource package will be provided to all participants so that they can continue their learning and feel comfortable with creating and using math treks/trails to support the mathematical thinking of young learners.

Presenter: Martha Koch, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Participant Max: 25

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


Sessions - 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

FULL - PM1 - Forest and Nature Schools

Forest Nature Schools are educational programs that offer outdoor opportunities where children’s interests and child-led play lay the foundation for learning. FNS uses hands-on nature experiences to support an emergent curriculum which is, in part, derived from the daily and seasonal changes observed in nature. However, nature is everywhere so spending time outdoors in nature can happen even if you work in an urban setting. In this FWA Forest School Workshop, you’ll get tips, strategies and methods for how to work with young children outdoors. We will share our experience and knowledge about the role of the educators, loose parts, risky play, the whole child approach, and the art of questioning. We aim to give you the inspiration and courage to go outside and learn together with the children.

Presenter: Viktoria Forsberg, Forest School Manager at Fort Whyte Alive

Viktoria has been working in the Forest School program since 2020. She has a Preschool Teaching degree from Sweden, a Manitoba Teaching Certificate and a Forest School Practitioner Certificate.

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


FULL - PM2 - Prairie Plants and the Outdoor Classroom

In this session, we will share our experiences of bringing the classroom outdoors in an early years setting. Topics included: Indigenous prairie plants and gardening, land-based learning and the science curriculum, teaching math and literacy outdoors, how to start a “two-week outdoor challenge” at your school. Participants will make nature journals to take home.
Journals will be supplied but please bring a pencil for taking notes.

Presenters: Sandra Smith and Alice Sherwin

Sandra Smith, Grade 3 French Immersion Teacher, 7 Oaks School Division; PBDE specializing in Indigenous Education.
Alice Sherwin, Kindergarten Teacher, 7 Oaks School Division; working on her PBDE specializing in Inquiry-Based Learning.

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers


FULL - PM3 - Math Treks for Young Learners: Exploring the Possibilities

Math treks or math trails provide an opportunity for learners of all ages to see and engage in mathematical thinking as they explore their environment. Math treks/trails can unfold in amazing ways in urban or rural settings, indoors or out. In addition, many of the principles that are at the heart of math treks/trails can be enacted with little advanced planning which makes them ideal for the unexpected changes that educators so often need to navigate. In this session, participants will identify mathematical features at The Forks and engage in problem solving and problem posing unique to that setting. A resource package will be provided to all participants so that they can continue their learning and feel comfortable with creating and using math treks/trails to support the mathematical thinking of young learners.

Presenter: Martha Koch, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Location: The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Participant Max:

Suitable for: All Educators, Administration, Student Teachers