* Items marked with an asterisk are open to the public. Please join us!
* Adult Ed: It’s a Sensory Rich World! Let’s Get Out and Play!
Wednesday, Jan 20 7:30-9 pm
Join us as we explore the importance of sensory play to promote healthy development for every child! The seven senses will be discussed and a wide variety of sensory play experiences in each domain will be given to help parent and teachers build their sensory play toy box so that all children can thrive in the world around them. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.
Participants will be able to:
- Explain how lack of play is impacting child development in children today
- Discuss how play provides children with a fun, protective way to learn how to engage in the world
- Create playful indoor and outdoor environments and activities to help children develop gross and fine motor skills
- Provide children with sensory rich play experiences to support development
- Create playful environments that support all children in their care to help children learn more about their world
- Design and implement activities and strategies to help meet the needs of all children in their care
Ingrid M. Kanics is an Occupational Therapist and architect who has worked for over 15 years helping communities create and run amazing places where all children can play together. She was senior play environment specialist at the Center for Creative Play, Pittsburgh, PA. She worked with numerous communities and children’s museums helping them expand their understanding of Universal Design and the importance of Sensory Play in every child’s development. She continued this work as Therapy Director at Hattie Larlham, Mantua, OH, where she oversaw therapy and recreation programs for children of varying abilities. For over the past 10 years she has operated her own consulting business (Kanics Inclusive Design Services LLC) focusing on creating great play spaces in communities where everyone can play. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences on the topics play, sensory processing and Universal Design. Conferences include the Association of Children’s Museums, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Parents as Teachers, and National Association of the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).
The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill
Tuesday, Dec 8 10:30-11:30 am
Thinking about the kindergarten year and what’s next after Acorn Hill? Parents are invited to join Faculty Chair Kate Gage for a talk on The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill, via Zoom. Hear from current and alumni parents about the value of the kindergarten year at Acorn Hill, as well as transitioning to other schools. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.
* Give Your Child the Gift of Waldorf Education: Exploring the Life-Long Benefits of Waldorf Education
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 7:30-9:00 pm
Open to the public, grandparents and friends welcome!
- Waldorf curriculum, from nursery through high school, teaches to a child’s developmental needs
- Waldorf education fosters critical thinking, empathy for others, and a love of learning
- Waldorf education leads to academic success
Jennifer Page is the Faculty Chair (Head of School) at the Washington Waldorf School. She is a graduate of Northwestern University (BME) and the University of Georgia School of Law (JD), and has been involved in Waldorf education for over 20 years. As a trained Waldorf teacher and administrator, she has served in many capacities. For the past two years, she has represented AWSNA and Waldorf Education in meetings with the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Jennifer’s teaching experience includes middle and high school music and history in the Chicago and Atlanta area public schools, elementary and middle school class teaching at the Washington Waldorf School, and coaching varsity track and field and softball. She practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and was the former Director of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. She and her husband Greg have three adult children, all of whom attended the Washington Waldorf School. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.