Teachers from the Pressman Academy ECC are traveling to Atlanta in November, 2012, to present a 3-Hour Workshop at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) at which we will present the process that we have gone through in creating the beautiful, colorful jungle that has taken over the first floor hallway. NAEYC is “the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children” and their annual conference draws thousands of early childhood educators from around the world.
The workshop we are presenting is called: “The Hallway Project: Using School-wide Collaborative Art as a Means of Teaching and Exploring Math, Science, Sensory Play, Language, Literacy and Social-Emotional Development in an Early Childhood Center.” It will be based on the collaborative work engaged in by all the ECC classes as we created the multi-textured jungle of flora and fauna. In our workshop we will lead participants through the process of creating a similar project in their own schools, beginning with discussions and meetings amongst the faculty, discussions within each classroom, devising a plan, and then carrying it out. We will teach the participants how such a collaborative project can enhance children's social-emotional development and serve as a springboard for teaching and exploring math, science, language and literacy. Participants will also discover how they can provide sensory, play, and process art experiences which will provide rich opportunities for exploration, discovery and creative expression. We will also engage the participants as adult learners through many small-group and hands-on activities to allow them to have these experiences themselves.