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Welcome to Camp Kinder

This is the PD you’ve been waiting for.

 

With 24 pre-recorded sessions to watch at your leisure, and new workshops added each month, Camp Kinder brings you the information you want to learn, when you want to learn it.

 

Connect with educators like you across the country and  learn the strategies and tools that you actually want to learn in engaging, practical and FUN workshops.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a wonderful opportunity for educators to further their learning and their practice. I watched every single workshop and learned so much even though I’ve been teaching for over 10 years!"

-Avery, 2022 Camper

CAMP KINDER WEEKEND 2022 SPONSORS

SO, LET ME GUESS…

You're tired of sitting through the same useless fluff PD sessions, wishing you were doing just about anything else.

Laminating. Putting student work away. Cleaning your countertops. Sharpening pencils.

You know the workshop isn’t for you when these are the things you start dreaming about mid session.

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE.

Logging in to another useless and out of touch workshop that you already KNOW will not work for your students.

It’s like your ice-cream is melting all down your arm but you aren’t allowed to taste it yet so you just have to sit there with a grimace on your face. Okay… you probably have a more colourful analogy handy but hey, we’re all about keeping it fun.

Say goodbye to the boring PD of your past.

WHAT

Immediate access to all 24 Camp Kinder Core Workshops PLUS a brand new workshop added monthly.

WHEN

Watch the sessions at your leisure! The program is open until June 2023, so you have lots of time to learn.

WHY

The monthly sessions are purposefully planned to give you the boost you need throughout the year.

HOW

Once you log in, browse through the workshops. They are organized by subject, easy to watch and inspire action.

This PD is for educators like you, by educators like you.

INTRODUCING…

CAMP KINDER ALL ACCESS

In summer 2022, the first ever Camp Kinder weekend took place and blew old PD out of the water. Camp Kinder is a virtual conference for Canadian elementary educators, by Canadian elementary educators.

Now, Camp Kinder is available ALL YEAR LONG so that your learning can take place at the pace you want.

With over 24 core workshops from passionate educators across the nation, plus new workshops added monthly, there is something for everyone!

The last few years have been rough. Okay.. the last few years have been BRUTAL and the PD you’ve been forced to sit through has been the opposite of helpful. It’s probably felt like a waste of time and been totally out of touch.

That’s why we invented Camp Kinder. 

This is the PD you’ve been waiting for.

With practical information you can implement into your real-life classroom, Camp Kinder sessions are created for you, by educators like you. Educators who walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

OUR 2022 CAMPERS LOVE CAMP KINDER!

A perfect “pump me up” for September. It reminded me of a lot of things that I love about K and that I’m already doing but WOW did it give me some amazing ways to prep and plan and some great freebies to use throughout the year. I can already see how I’m going to change a few things this year because of what I learned this weekend and I’m really excited.” 

-Camp Kinder Weekend Participant

“Full of meaningful information, from teachers in the profession. The array of workshops really touch on every aspect of teaching as well as personal care.”

-Michelle

“A thoroughly enjoyable, custom tailored Early Years/Early Primary pro-d experience with something for everyone! The counselors/presenters are warm and knowledgeable, relatable and approachable. Camp Kinder is a must for anyone working with littles!”

-Shauna

YOUR PD COULD BE FREE

Unions across Canada have been reimbursing their members for attending Camp Kinder! Simply email your local to ask about accessing PD funds.

👉 Search the name of your local and contact information. Example: Ottawa ETFO contact information

👉 Look the title office administrator OR email the general inquiry address- they will direct you to the right person!

👉 Copy paste the message below to the body of your email and have your receipt ready to attach.

Hello,
I am writing to inquire about accessing union funds for professional development. I will be attending Camp Kinder, a virtual conference for elementary educators across Canada. There are 24 virtual workshops with topics ranging from outdoor education to the science of reading to Anti-Racist education. You can learn more about it here.
Please let me know what other information you require to complete my request.
Thank you

JOIN US AT CAMP KINDER

Choose the payment option that works for you AND THEN COME MEET US IN THE CAMPER CONNECTION GROUP!

$205 CAD*

Includes access to all 24 pre-recorded workshops + new monthly workshops

Payment Plan: 3 payments of

$72.50 CAD*

Includes access to all 24 pre-recorded workshops + new monthly workshops

*Prices do not include taxes and fees which will be added at checkout

REFUNDS ARE NOT POSSIBLE GIVEN THE IMMEDIATE ACCESS AND DIGITAL NATURE OF THE PROGRAM

Say hey to the CAMP KINDER CORE presenters

Meet your 2022 Camp Kinder Counsellors! This group of passionate educators from across Canada has something for everyone. From the Science of Reading, to effectively using play dough and Anti-Racist education to systems to prevent burnout, we’ve got the learning you have been craving on the menu. These workshops are available immediately inside the campground once you register!

Amanda

@creativekindergartenblogontpt
Kindergarten Classroom Environment and Set-Up

Amy

@123petitspas
Teaching French through movement, music & fun!

Andrea

@ms.girt
Culturally Relevant Kindergarten: A Non-Indigenous Teacher in a First Nations Perspective

Breyen

@ouimadamewee
Teaching Diversity and Inclusion in Kindergarten

Courtney

@lmennoplay
The Ins and Outs of Sensory Play

Hailey

@earlyyearsinquirer
Unlocking the Secrets of Outdoor Learning

Jessica

@mme.stairs
The Magic of Orthographic Mapping

Jill

@planninginpjs
Making Math FUN: Using Games to Motivate Learning

Kait

@borntoedukait_b2e
Finding Balance: Routine Management & Systems for Self-Care

Karen

@learningblackismajack
Anti-Racist Education in Kindergarten

Kat

@je_me_demande
Take the Learning Outside: Meeting Curriculum Expectations

Kate

@specedukate
Ready or Not, Here They Come: Spec Ed in Kinder

Katie

@kt_in_kinder
Meaningful Documenting and Reporting

Krista

@my.gut.instinct
Understanding the Effects of Chronic Illness and Disability on our Students

Laura

@bilingualmingle
Representation Matters: Exceptional Picture Books with Disabled Characters

Mariah

@aplayfulpurpose
Weekly Workshops: Consistency to Support your Littles & Yourself

Meera

@montessori_meera
Let's Get Creative with our Resources!

Natalie

@thelakesideteacher
Collaboration and Team Based Planning

Rebecca

@inquiryteacher
Documenting Inquiry with your Littles

Sarah B.

@littlebirdsatplay
Let’s put the PLAY in Playdough!

Sarah G.

@funinfrenchimmersion
Embracing Technology in Kindergarten

Sarah S.

@loosepartsofkinder
The Science of Reading

Sophia

@creative.kids.co
Arts & Crafts in Kinder

Vanessa

@today.in.kindergarten
Make Your Own Felted Story Mats

The learning continues... Hello monthly additions!

Every month a new workshop is added to the site. Take a look at the amazing topics and presenters who will be joining us all year long.

August

Tamara

@theculinarynutritionist
Lunchbox Nutrition
September

Fabiana

@specialed.advantage
Not So Scary Assessment: How to incorporate authentic assessment into your classroom
October

Dani

@namasteinschools
Practical Ways to Bring your Primary Classroom from Manic to Mindful
November

Hanna

@myliteracyspace
5 Benefits of Wordless Picture Books
December

Jess

M.Ed, R.S.W, C.C.C. Clinical Manager at LifeWorks
Mental Health Matters: Causes of burnout and how to avoid it
January

Krista

@mrsreidsroom
Building Relationships: The Key to Student Success
February

Cindy

@thespedzone
Building Blocks to Independence in the Non-Verbal Classroom
March

Taryn

@aseriesofwonder
Project Based Planning and Executing Curriculum Series
April

Lia

@fdk_learnandplay
Maximizing Loose Parts: Why, How, When and What to Use
May

Lauren

@parfaitementbilingue
The Intentional Ten Process: How spending ten minutes now can save you 1 hour or more each week.
June

Nicole & Sydney

@kind_kindies
Building Community Through Collaboration

Is Camp Kinder right for you?

You are a Canadian educator who teaches a primary grade

You want practical, inspiring and engaging PD

You want to learn & grow as an educator

More than 430 educators have said YES to camp so far. Here's what a few of them have to say!

“Camp Kinder is a wonderful online professional development experience! Full of workshops, learning and fun with a supportive community of passionate educators. All of it from the comfort of your own home. The flexibility to attend the workshops of your choice on your own time is amazing for busy professionals and parents. Thank you for the unique experience. I am already excited for next year!”

Jenn

“Camp Kinder was an awesome experience. It was fun, uplifting, and motivating. I am ready to start the year off fresh and with a whole notebook of new ideas, books to read, and ways to document learning. Probably one of the best PD opportunities I’ve done in 14 years of teaching.”

Erin

“Camp Kinder is the PD (without feeling like PD) that teachers have been yearning for! The sessions were meaningful and engaging, applicable for Early Years and Primary teachers alike! There was a perfect blend of academic/curricular topics as well as more personal topics, like the importance of self-care (which I’m sure we’ve all tried to do but has been put on the back burner the last few years). 

Victoria

IT's time to take the plunge!

Choose the payment option that works for you AND THEN COME MEET US IN THE CAMPER CONNECTION GROUP!

$205 CAD*

Includes access to all 24 pre-recorded workshops + new monthly workshops

Payment Plan: 3 payments of

$72.50 CAD*

Includes access to all 24 pre-recorded workshops + new monthly workshops

*Prices do not include taxes and fees which will be added at checkout

REFUNDS ARE NOT POSSIBLE GIVEN THE IMMEDIATE ACCESS AND DIGITAL NATURE OF THE PROGRAM

Have a question about Camp Kinder?

Most local unions have funds you can access for PD opportunities. At the end of the conference you will be given a certificate of completion that you can submit with your receipt. Please check with your individual local or school board for full criteria to see if Camp Kinder applies.

Yes! Everyone is welcome. Out of the 24 sessions, less than 5 have a truly “kindergarten” focus so you will have plenty of amazing workshops to choose from!

Yes! Camp Kinder is an excellent addition to your teaching portfolio or resume. You will be granted a certificate at the end of the weekend that you can print out and include in your files. 

We have a balance of educators presenting who teach in French and in English. While the workshops will be offered in English, the content will be applicable to kindergarten educators regardless of language of instruction. *The exception being Amy’s workshop which has a French focus.

All of them! Unlike in person PD, you don’t need to pick and choose your workshops! Your registration fee includes access until June 2023.

24 pre-recorded workshops are available immediately, with new sessions added monthly.  

The workshops included in the regular camp pass that will go live this summer are: 

-Kindergarten Classroom Environment and Set-Up

-Teaching French through Movement, Music and Fun!

-Culturally Relevant Kindergarten: A Non-Indigenous Teacher in a First Nations Perspective

-Teaching Diversity and Inclusion in Kindergarten

-The Ins and Outs of Sensory Play

-Unlocking the Secrets of Outdoor Learning

-The Magic of Orthographic Mapping

-Making Math FUN: Using Games to Motivate Learning

-Finding Balance: Routine Management & Systems for Self-Care

-Anti-Racist Education in Kindergarten

-Take the Learning Outside: Meeting Curriculum Expectations

-Ready or Not, Here They Come: Spec Ed in Kinder

-Meaningful Documenting and Reporting

-Understanding the Effects of Chronic Illness and Disability on our Students

-Representation Matters: Exceptional Picture Books with Disabled Characters

-Weekly Workshops: Consistency to Support our Littles and Yourself

-Let’s Get Creative with our Resources!

-Collaboration and Team Based Planning

-Documenting Inquiry with your Littles

-LEt’s put the PLAY in PLaydough

-Embracing Technology in Kindergarten

-The Science of Reading

-Arts & Crafts in Kinder

-Make Your Own Felted Story Mats

Click here for more information!

Welcome! We Canadians are very friendly and would love to welcome you to camp. The presenter team is 100% Canadian, but we won’t be referencing specific curriculum or programs since they vary province to province. Check out the workshop descriptions and if you are interested in them, please join us!

First of all, KUDOS for showing such passion and interest in your field all ready. The education world is SO lucky to have you. You are more than welcome to attend- and we offer a student discount. Send an email to mariah@aplayfulpurpose.com with proof of enrolment and she’ll give you our student discount code. See you at Camp!!

Due to the digital nature of the program, and the immediate access granted to all content, refunds are not possible.