The Learning Caravan Teachers' Circle 2016

Inspiring learning journeys that will transform your practice!

The Learning Caravan organizes study groups for early childhood educators. These study groups are small & informal professional learning circles for early childhood educators who are motivated to gain deeper understanding on how they could offer rich, authentic childhood experiences that deepen a child’s natural sense of wonder & imagination.  The study groups run for 1 – 3 days. 

The theme for study group is "The Power of Play."  We would devote time to talk about the importance of play in the early years and how we could incorporate more play into our programmes for children.

The study groups are informal meetings with like-minded early childhood educators that are keen to develop deeper understanding of the emergent curriculum and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

Educators will visit different Reggio-inspired early-years centres, meet with with educators at the host centres, engage in dialogue with fellow educators and participate in group sharing & discussion sessions facilitated by the study group leader.  

Spots are available on a daily basis up to 3 days. Early registration is advised in order to secure a seat in the study group.  You can sign up for any number of places subject to availability of places.

"Your life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner."
Robert John Meehan

Topics (in relation to the theme) that we would be discussing with our Centre Hosts, fellow participants and study group leader include:
  • Emergent Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings
  • View of the Child
  • Disposition of the Teacher
  • The Environment as the Third Teacher
  • Listening to Children's Voices
  • Making Sense of Intentional Teaching
  • Observation Strategies
  • Documentation Tools

    Group Leader
    The Learning Caravan Pte Ltd will assign a study group leader to take charge of the learning activities and school visits. The study group leader will meet with you and fellow participants at a city area venue for group travel arrangements to the schools.

    Target Audience
    1. Early Childhood Educators 
    2. Centre Leaders 
    3. Curriculum Planners
    4. Trainers and Facilitators 
    5. Early Childhood Researchers

    This study group will give you the opportunity to see theories being implemented, gain deeper understanding of the emergent curriculum, engage in valuable discussions with global early childhood colleagues and generate fresh ideas that will transform their teaching practice.

    By the end of the study programme, you should be able to gain knowledge on ways to collaborate with your students, parents & community to support child-directed learning and leave with better understanding of how you could offer rich, authentic childhood experiences that deepen a child's natural sense of wonder & imagination.

    "We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience."
    John Dewey

    Day 1 - Welcome Reception
    Day 2 - school visit / dialogue / lunch break / presentation / reflections
    Day 3 - school visit / dialogue / lunch break / presentation / reflections
    Day 4 - school visit / dialogue / lunch break / presentation / reflections

    A typical study group day would begin at 9am and end around 4pm.

    A Welcome Reception would be organized for all participants one to two days before the first day of the study group.  The reception would be for around an hour in the evening.  The actual date & time of the welcome reception would be confirmed and notified to participants three months before the commencement of the study group.

    This pictogram is only illustrative of a typical study group day. The Learning Caravan reserves the right to make changes to the daily schedule. Participants would be informed of all changes prior to the start of the study group.

    "What I liked about The Learning Caravan? I met with other teachers who worked in Reggio-inspired ways, learnt from what they had accomplished and had the opportunity to reflect with them about the work with children.   We were all inspired and got lots of ideas to new projects to do with the kids.  For instance, last week we built an outdoor kitchen in the kindergarten.  I had also seen that some of the staff reflecting more about how they can work more Reggio principles into their daily work. We learnt how important it is that adults working with the children think about the children's interests.  So I think that our trip to Stockholm and meeting all of you paid off well." - Karen Elise Fjelde

    "Alyna, through The Learning Caravan, has made continual efforts to create new workshops and opportunities for early childhood practitioners to improve ourselves and expand our horizons." - Emily Yeo

    "The Learning Caravan is a wonderful platform for Early Childhood educators to rediscover themselves and do better for the children they work with!" - Cheryl Ng-Ang

    "The Learning Caravan promotes/ inspires passion in intentional teaching!" - Eve Lee Morreale

    Important Notes
    • Participants need to arrange for their own air-travel to and from the destination country.
    • Please wait for notification of confirmation of study group before making air-travel arrangements.
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    Nelson Mandela

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