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Join Lethbridge College for our Early Childhood Education professional development webinar series. Listen and interact with leading Early Childhood Education professionals. Each webinar is delivered through the Lethbridge College collaborate online system.

Next Webinar:

Winter is a Magical Time for Children’s Outdoor Play

Dec. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Beverlie Dietze

Children's outdoor play in the winter is magical. The more they run, jump, slide, climb and experiment with rain, snow, ice and frost, the more opportunities they have to embrace the beauty of the season. Outdoor play in the winter inspires children to become explorers and discoverers of many wonders such as animal tracks, what makes crunching sounds, and how snowflakes and snow feel on mittens and tongues. This webinar provides practical ideas for making outdoor play magical in the winter and highlights how math, science, language, physical literacy and dramatic play is inherent in winter play.

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ECE Webinar Series Presenters

Katherine Bonell has been a licensed Early Childhood Educator in British Columbia for more than 30 years. She is a full-time instructor for Lethbridge College and the founder of the Rural Communities Early Childhood Institute.

Tim Van Brummelen is the vice-principal at Mar Jok Elementary and has had the opportunity to collaborate with each teacher from K-6 to develop a full school learning continuum in coding and robotics.

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, and investigator with B.C. Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the B.C. Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention, including the developmental importance of children’s risky play.

April Cutler is a kindergarten/grade 1 teacher at Mar Jok Elementary in West Kelowna, B.C. with 15 years’ experience at a variety of elementary grade levels. She has a passion for finding innovative ways of promoting the development of the whole child.

Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College. Her research interests include outdoor play, staff development in early learning programs and landscape designs for young children.

Joanne Keilty is an advocate for quality early childhood education. She is a retired instructor from the ECE program at Lethbridge College.

Bora Kim is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She greatly values outdoor play pedagogical documentation as a learning tool to gain children’s insights, enhance their outdoor play experiences and partner with parents. Her master’s thesis focused on pedagogical documentation and outdoor play environments.

Mavis Lewis-Weber has worked in early childhood education in Manitoba for more than 35 years. She is active in the Manitoba Nature Summit Board of Directors and is a Course Assessor for Nature School Canada.