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© 2023 by Early Childhood Teacher of the Hudson River Valley. 

For questions or comments see Carol Murray cmurray@bard.edu

MAGIC CAPES SERIES: Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 2019 October 23, November 20,         2020 February 19, March 25th

Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 5:30-7:30
Wednesday, Nov 20th, 5:00-7:30
Wednesday, Feb 19th, 5:30-7:30
Wednesday, Mar 25th, 5:30-7:30

Each month we will focus on a chapter from Magic Capes and Amazing Powers by Eric Hoffman. Additional articles, such as the work of Vivian Gussin Paley and Ben Mardell will be scanned and shared on google docs, or sent in email, to support our collaborative pondering and keep us connected in between meetings. Central themes and questions may include: 


• PLAY and IDENTITY: How does the way children play and the themes they explore shape their identity? How does play influence concept of self and others, perspective taking, power, empathy, gender, ethnicity, flexible thinking, self-regulation and rule making? 

• PLAY and PEDAGOGY: What role do teachers take in supporting play and what is our comfort level with various play themes? How do we describe play? How does superhero play perplex us or challenge us? How do we find balance between observing and seeking to understand play, or joining children as guides, coaches and companions? How does play shape emergent curriculum? How does play promote thinking, listening, and slowing down for children, teachers, and families? 

• LISTENING and DOCUMENTATION: How do we catch children’s stories as they play? What form does documentation take? How does presenting play back to children allow them to reflect and grow? 

To register, please email
Carol Murray  cmurray@bard.edu