Mountain Academy Faculty of Teton Science Schools will facilitate 6 mini-workshops to inspire and engage participants in a discussion.
Picture Book Provocations
Discover ways that some of our favorite picture books can provoke explorations in and with nature and be the beginning of an adventure! Provocations will focus on different mediums that could be explored through various books to learn about nature. Come prepared to engage in a literary discussion!
Erin Solomon, Head of Early Childhood for TSS, has over 15 years of experience teaching and learning about the Reggio Emilia philosophy and implemented nature-based experiences for young children with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Exploring Sounds in Nature
Discover how a year long exploration of sounds in nature can lead to a deeper understanding of the natural world and self for children as they experience the world around them through their sense of hearing. This session will not only explain the unfolding of this project but will specifically focus on the questions, provocations and materials provided to children to further their interests and curiosities around sounds.
Paige Fisher, Preschool Faculty, is an alumna of the TSS graduate program and in her fifth year of teaching.
Crash Course in Risky Play
Why oh why must these tiny people try these risky things?! Short answer – because they must in order to learn and to grow. Let’s explore the types of risky play that children are inherently drawn to and the strategies we can use to understand and support them better.
Erin Tanzer, is a former TSS Faculty member and current adjunct instructor for the College of Early and Special Education at Boise State University and the Early Childhood Education Program at the College of Southern Idaho.
Outside in Any Weather
How can we leverage outdoor play to teach young children independence, bodily autonomy, and confidence? Come ready to discuss real world scenarios and discover just how well preschool children can care for themselves outside, in any weather.
Caitlin Davis, Preschool Faculty, has five years of teaching experience with Mountain Academy.
The Impacts of Project Based Learning
This will be an overview of Project-based Learning through the viewpoint of Kindergarten and 1st grade students in two projects past and current! We will explore the Project-based Learning Gold Standards and relate each of those standards to these projects and some projects of your own.
Katie O’Connell, K-1 Faculty, is also an alumna of the TSS graduate program and in her second year of teaching for Mountain Academy.
Discovering Life All Year
Katie Rose Griffith
Simple ways to cultivate a love and connection to the natural world all year long.
Katie Rose Griffith is our Farm & Garden Coordinator and Pre-K to 8th Faculty, and holds a Masters Degree from Goddard College with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, Birth to 8 years old.