Back to School Workshop with Jeff Johnson

Welcome to GoAEYC's Annual Back to School Workshop featuring Jeff Johnson

An affiliate of NAEYC

Come join us for GoAEYC's Annual Back to School Workshops.
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
This workshop is Registry-approved and you will receive 5 inserivce hours. There will be a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is on your own, you may go and get lunch or bring a sack lunch.

GoAEYC Standard or Premium Members $25
Non-Members $45
(+$2/person on-line fee)

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Loose Parts Play
Human brains crave novelty and are driven to understand and classify the world- just two reasons loose parts play is so valuable. This hands-on session dives deep into loose parts play. We'll look at why such play is important, how to support it, and spend time exploring lots of loose parts play materials.

Building Brains with Hands-On Play
Young children learn best through hands-on, up-close-and-personal, in-your-face interactions with the world. The problem many adult caregivers have with such learning is that it is often messy. Kids who interact closely with their worlds often end up with their world all over their hands, face, and clothes. This session looks at why messy play is an important part of early learning, messy play ideas, and tools and tips to help caregivers make messy okay.

Cows in the Basement
A child's lofe should be full of whim, fantasy, imagination, and goofiness, but all too often kids are forced to grow up too soon. This session will look at how caregivers can feed their need for fun and fantasy... and have a good time while doing so. This session will share with you the relationship between fantasy play and learning and give you ideas for supporting fantasy and imaginative play.

Zombie Vampire Veterinarian Moms
Weapons, play, rough-and-toumble-play, superhero play, and death play get a bad rap in many early learning settings. Attempts are made to restrict and outright ban these types of play because they are loud, rowdy, aggressive, violent-looking, and make many adults uncomfortable. The problem is, such play is ripe with learning possibilities. This session looks at the positive side of such play and offers suggestions for making it a part of your program. 

Jeff A. Johnson opened Explorations Early Learning, a family child care program in 2003 with his wife, Tasha, after spending 16 years directing a child care center and community center for a large non-profit agency. Their programs focused on supporting emergent learning in a play-based and child-centered environment. In August 2013, they closed thier family child care program and retired to pursue thier hobbies: speaking at early learning events, making toys, recording podcasts, and advocating for child-led play and caregiver self care. Jeff presents regularly at early learning conferences across the United States, Canada and Austrilia and has keynoted an international conference in Cork, Ireland. He produces a number of early learning podcasts that currently have over 250,000 downloads a year. Jeff is the author of ten books.

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  • Saturday, September 15, 2018   Add date to your calendar
  • 8:30 am to 2:30 pm CST

         Sign-in Time: 8:00 am to 8:30 am CST
  • Harper College
    J Theater
    1200 W. Algonquin Rd
    Palatine, IL 60067
    United States
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    When entering Harper Campus, please drive around to Lot 5 and park by the J Theater entrance.
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