Current Workshops and Courses

Mini Courses 

Introduction to bookmaking with 3-8 year olds

Facilitated by Marilyn Hayward and Katie Ashmead

This mini course has a focus on working with 3-8 year old writers in Kindergarten and Early Years of School.

Early Childhood Educators understand that young children bring with them a wealth of literacy understandings and competencies as they begin Kindergarten and Reception. The Book-making approach to literacy values and honours children’s prior learning, their cultural competence and their dispositions for learning. It uses these to drive learning deeper and to create a culture of thinking, talking and noticing about books. It values the intellectual quality of mark-making as an essential component of being a writer.

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Children as Researchers

Session 1: Saturday 27 May
Session 2: Saturday 10 June

What does it mean to research with children? How can we make our curriculum exciting and engaging for young learners and still meet the expectations of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum?

Inquiry projects offer opportunities for all children to learn in ways that strengthen their learning dispositions, provide contexts for applying their language, social, numeracy and literacy skills. Learners express their ideas, wonderings and theories in multiple ways.

We will explore ways of using inquiry approaches as a vehicle for children to develop and deepen understandings of their world

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Making & Tinkering – Playful Learning for all ages

Saturday 3 June

Tinkering, in its many forms, involves playing, investigating and problem solving through deep engagement, curiosity, persistence and resilience. Worldwide, educators recognise the benefits of provoking thinking and collaboration through tinkering. In this full-day workshop, Amanda Bartram will introduce you to tinkering as a means of engaging all learners in hands-on, investigative play, which has significant cognitive benefits and links to the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework. This workshop is suitable for educators of both early childhood and primary age children.

Includes hands-on tinkering and making so you will gain confidence leading this learning with your children.

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Masterclass with Matt Glover – Empowering Young Writers

Thursday 15 June

Matt’s work is one of the key inspirations and influences on our philosophy and pedagogy of Bookmaking with young writers aged 3-8 years. He is the co-author, with Katie Wood Ray, of one of the professional texts that first got us excited about this literacy approach – Already Ready. Matt’s writing has continued to inspire us since then. We connect so much with Matt’s work because he begins from a holistic view of the child and believes, like us, that every child is a competent learner and capable of growing as a writer.

This special Masterclass is the perfect extension to our Introduction to Bookmaking Mini Courses. Matt will lead us to deepen our reflections, build stronger understandings and to enrich our pedagogy with his insight and experience working side by side with young writers.

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Masterclass with Alan Wright – the Writer as Collector

Monday 19 June

A Writer’s Notebook presents as an essential resource for teaching writing. It is a safe place for writers of all ages to harvest and experiment with ideas and launch more in depth writing projects. Teaching effectiveness in the writing classroom is greatly enhanced when teachers model and demonstrate how writers use a notebook to explore writing ideas.  Teaching students to be keen observers is not only critical to their writing development, but has implications for developing world knowledge and a greater connectedness to the words developing writers create.

As an author and educator, Alan Wright has maintained writer’s notebooks for more than three decades. In this workshop Alan will take participants inside the writer’s world and share a range of strategies to stimulate writing through the use of notebooks. He will demonstrate how student and teacher voices emerge from writing in such places.

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Early Childhood Twilights @ IHM

Our popular series of Twilight Sessions continue.

Thursdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Of interest to all those working with children between 3-8 years.  Special focus will be on understanding contemporary views of childhood and learning in order to provide for continuity of learning between Kindergarten (Prior-to-School) and School contexts.

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Term 3  (registrations will open soon!)

  • Beyond Reading Levels – NEW! (2 Saturdays)
  • Introduction to Bookmaking with 3-8 year olds
  • Illustrators Think Like Writers Too