I have been asked to talk about my favourite topic, Encouraging Creativity in Children, on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7 FM on Thursday, March 20th at 4 pm. Kara Ko, the moderator of the parenting show “It Takes a Village”, heard me speak at a Parent Participation Pre School (PPP) education night a few months ago. I was delighted when Kara called to invite me on to the show and am looking forward to the interview.
This talk was one of several that I have given over the past few month to various groups of PPP parents in Metro Vancouver and Gibsons. I really enjoy talking to parents who care so deeply about their children.
I have had a very full and rewarding 3 months of workshops and classes. In addition to my ongoing sessions at Burnaby Association of Community Inclusion and drumcircles with elders I gave a lot of workshops to many different groups:
The Vancouver Society of Children’s Centers hired me to run a series of expressive arts workshops for parents. This included a storymaking playshop and a rhythm playshop for parents with their children that were really fun. I also gave my workshops Move and Grow 1 and 2 to the caregivers who work in the day care centers. I am very grateful to the society for giving me the opportunity to pass on artsplay skills to so many people.
In January I was the keynote speaker for 2008 Calgary Pre School Teachers Convention. It was extremely gratifying to speak about Encouraging Creativity in Children to such a welcoming group of caregivers. I also presented a two workshops and passed on artsplay skills in rhythm, drama, movement and storymaking to large groups of enthusiastic participants.
In February I gave Tell me a Story/Make me a Story to an energetic group of caregivers for the South Fraser Family Child Care Society. Tri Cities Child Care Resource and Referral Service hired me to give Self Care for Caregivers to a group in Coquitlam. Given the fact that I had been running at full steam myself, facilitating that workshop was a good reminder for me to practice what I preach! I ended the session with the drums and as always those instruments brought the group together and helped everyone tune into themselves.
Speaking of drums, a few weeks ago I facilitated an afternoon of dancing and drumming at the Veracis Wellness Center in Port Moody. I created a new playshop Dancing from Your Heart . We had a wonderful two hours of dancing together to some great music, and finished of the day with a lively drum circle. A good time was had by all.
I am now getting ready for my spring session and look forward to what the next few months will bring my way. I love my work!