Engaging Outdoor Environments for Young Children
by Joan Leff and Connie Shugart
Lincoln Land Community College - Trutter Center
April 25, 2013
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)
5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, Illinois
Description:Outdoor environments are more than swingsets and slides! This presentation includes all the Illinois Early Learning Standards in uncovering
the mystery of the process for creating an outdoor classroom. Young children can be as engaged in learning through play in the outdoors as much as they are
indoors. Participants will understand the value of play in the outdoor setting that promote social interactions, independence, creativity, and most
importantly, friendships. Join us for a look outside the window.
Presenter Bios:Joan Leff is currently a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with numerous years of experience with STARNET Regions I & III.
Her past experiences have been in the early childhood profession, working with professionals as well as young children and their families in Early
Intervention, preschool, and primary grade settings. Joan has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and has been the Executive
Producer of numerous Apples Video Magazine programs (a monthly in-service training program designed specifically around early childhood issues for
professionals and families). Joan also has been a mentor for the Preschool for All programs. Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special
Connie Shugart, Project Coordinator for STARNET Regions I & III, has close to 30 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education.
Her experiences include teaching and/or training of early childhood and early intervention professionals and families. She has done presentations at many
regional, state and national conferences. A few of her topics include curriculum, assessment, standards, environments, child development, and play. Connie
is also one of the Executive Producers and hosts of Apples Magazine training videos. Her passions include educating professionals and families on play and
the impact that the early childhood environment has on teaching and learning.
This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:
- CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
- CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #1, #2, #3
- CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
- Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) A, B
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
Registration form for this workshop.