Teacher Workshop with Adrienne F. Hofmann M.Ed, Founder & Director, Nature Play All Day – A Nature and Play-Based Early Childhood Program
Play Barriers are the inhibiting beliefs and practices that hinder early childhood educators from embracing play-based learning. Many of these beliefs stem from childhood memories or have even been passed down generation after generation, with no direct experience or factual truth. Breaking play barriers challenges the conventional notions of teaching and underscores the power of play in facilitating deep and meaningful learning. By acknowledging and overcoming personal barriers to risky, messy, and open-ended play, educators and caregivers can revolutionize their approach to early childhood care. Become a YES caregiver by understanding and practicing observation.
Learning outcomes include recognizing and dismantling ingrained narratives about early childhood education that then allow for a more open-minded and effective teaching approach, understanding the profound impact of play on learning with scientific evidence suggesting it accelerates synaptic formation in the brain by 20-40 times and empowering educators to embrace and incorporate more dynamic, engaging, and messy play experiences leading to a revitalized and transformative approach to early childhood care.