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Children Conference-2018

Theme: Nature in Winter

All age groups check in to Wasylean Hall at 8:45.  Allow time to leave parent information.

Children (3-8) Wasylean Hall

9:00-9:15         Opening circle and meet one another
9:15-10:45       Songs and Dances
10:45-11:00     Snack Break
11:00-11:15     Perform a Song for Annual Meeting
11:15-12:30     What’s the Buzz? Bees and Beekeeping
12:30-1:30       Closed for Lunch
1:30                  Drop Off
1:30-3:00         Winter Wonders with Jackson Gillman
3:00-4:30         Winter Ecology Walk
4:30-5:45         Art and Story Time
5:45                  Parent Pick-up

For the youngest children who may have difficulty focusing on longer workshops we will have books, games, an art area, and a place to rest for the duration of the day, but we will strongly encourage children to participate in the workshops, especially the outdoor workshop where all of our staff will be required to be with children.

Songs and Dances

We will move, sing and play some instruments.

Perform a Song for Annual Meeting

Who doesn’t get a thrill listening to children sing? We will sing a song for the opening of the Annual Meeting.

Tad Hitchcock

Musician, music teacher, songwriter, parent, gardener and beekeeper.

 

What’s the Buzz? Bees and Beekeeping

Children's workshop discussing importance of honeybees and other pollinators.

I will show an observation hive with live bees, work with beeswax to roll candles and taste different honeys.

Mel Gadd

Beekeeper for 10 + years. Runs major beekeeping program at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Winter Wonders

Participatory songs and stories about shoveling, snowmen, snow angels, and nature in winter.

Jackson Gillman

Through song, comedy, mime and story, “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman engages and delights audiences of all ages.  

 

Winter Ecology Walk

We will go outside into the winter wonders! We will look at our own walking patterns, look for animal tracks and other animal signs, and identify trees and plants by their bark and shape. We will talk about how animals and plants cope with the cold and learn about hibernation, storing food, and deciduous trees.

Hazel Edwards

Smith College student, teacher naturalist/ camp counselor at Drumlin Farm summer camp.

 

Art and Story Time

Youth Coordinators Valerie Walton and Sharlow Hitchcock will lead a couple of craft projects, such as birdseed hangers for a tree, make a tree from sticks, or snowy owl collage. Also during this time the 9-12 year olds may have some stories to tell that they have practiced at their storytelling workshop.

Valerie Walton

Musician,teacher and gardener who loves doing crafts and hearing stories.

Sharlow Hitchcock

Mt. Holyoke student of Anthropology who is also in the process of getting her early elementary teaching certificate.

 

Youth (9-13) Student Center

9:00-9:15         Opening circle and meet one another
9:15-10:45       Mindful Games and Practices               
10:45-11:00     Snack Break (practice a song)
11:00-11:15     Perform a Song for Annual Meeting
11:15-12:30     Print Detectives
12:30-1:30       Closed for Lunch
1:30                  Drop Off
1:30-3:00         Winter Wonders with Jackson Gillman
3:00-4:30         Winter Ecology Walk 
4:30-5:45         Storytelling is Fun!
5:45                  Parent Pick-up
 

Mindful Games and Practices

We will lead a variety of fun and creative exercises to engage children in learning and practicing mindfulness.

Sara Epstein

Dr. Sara Epstein is a clinical psychologist who has studied mindfulness and works with adults and children.

Marina Strauss

Marina Strauss is an expressive arts therapist and mental health counselor.

 

Perform a Song for Annual Meeting

Who doesn’t get a thrill listening to children sing? We will sing a song for the opening of the Annual Meeting. This age group will have just a few minutes during snack to learn their part. It may be singing or playing percussion or moving. If they are extremely enthusiastic and want to bring an instrument have them contact us ahead of time aallspice@aol.com

Tad Hitchcock

Musician, music teacher, songwriter, parent, gardener and beekeeper.

 

Print Detectives

We'll look at the unique physical imprints we leave wherever we go: footprints, fingerprints... special imprints, like snow angels. We'll consider animal tracks and other traces. We'll explore energetic and emotional imprints. We'll sleuth the objects used to make various prints. Then we'll create some art imprints using recycled objects and "carve" our own stamps.

Marie Patrice Masse, M.Ed.

The Seed Snatcher, Worm Works... lover of nature.

 

Winter Wonders

Participatory songs and stories about shoveling, snowmen, snow angels, and nature in winter.

Jackson Gillman

Through song, comedy, mime and story, “Stand-Up Chameleon” Jackson Gillman engages and delights audiences of all ages.  

 

Winter Ecology Walk

We will go outside into the winter wonders! We will look at our own walking patterns, look for animal tracks and other animal signs, and identify trees and plants by their bark and shape. We will talk about how animals and plants cope with the cold and learn about hibernation, storing food, and deciduous trees.

Hazel Edwards

Smith College student, teacher naturalist/ camp counselor at Drumlin Farm summer camp.

 

Storytelling is Fun!

Do you like to tell stories? Come join us for some creative story building and theater games. We will talk about our favorite characters from some familiar stories and how to make up our own story characters. If you like we can tell our stories to the younger children at the conference!

Emily Hitchcock

Environmental Policy student at Smith College who loves telling stories.

 

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