SHHHHH THIS IS YOUR SECRET INVITE
Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
Your pass includes access to all recordings until July 28th. Extended access is available if you need more time!
But you aren’t going to believe how epic year 2 is shaping up to be! Our virtual conference is packed with 30 pre-recorded sessions and an unforgettable weekend of 12 live events, games, giveaways, and movement breaks.
As a Canadian educator, you’ll connect with others from across the country and gain access to practical, engaging, and FUN workshops that will help you make next school year one for the record books!
Join us and make this summer one to remember!
Camp Kinder 2023 is coming back bigger and better than ever before.
From incredible workshops to fabulous live events and pre-recorded “just for fun” sessions to boot, Camp Kinder 2023 is the event of the summer.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Camp Kinder runs July 21-23rd, 2023. Need more time? You can hang out in the Campground until July 28th and have the option to extend your access!
Camp Kinder is BACK!
The fun continues!
NEW for 2023! An extra day of learning.
CAMP KINDER HAS MORE THAN JUST WORKSHOPS!
The weekend is jam-packed with games, giveaways, and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow educators from across the country. Start your Friday morning off right with a fun-filled morning meeting, and join us again later in the day for the Campfire Kickoff party, where you can win amazing prizes and play games with your fellow campers. Finally, close out the weekend with a bang at the Closing Campfire party, where we’ll celebrate the memories we’ve made. Replays will be uploaded after the live events.
Jessie is leading a playful “Camp Kinder” style yoga practice that’s perfect for all levels. Let go of stress and tension as you roll, shake, and move with self-compassion. There will be plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself with movement invitations throughout the practice. Bring your camp swag and meet us on the mat! Replay will be uploaded after the live event.
It’s time to unleash your creativity and have some fun! Join Liz in the Craft Corner for a one-hour live crafting session where you’ll get to make something special just for you. We can’t reveal the exact craft just yet, but we promise it will be trendy and totally Instagram-worthy! A supply sheet will be provided in advance, so you can gather everything you need to make this project a success. Replay will be uploaded after the live event.
Ready to get your blood pumping? Join KeepFit Women Toronto’s Head Coach Holly for 15 minutes of functional movement that’s perfect for all fitness levels. Using only your bodyweight as resistance, this high-energy movement break will leave you feeling strong and invigorated. Don’t forget to bring a chair for extra support! Pre-recorded and available on demand.
Join Creativity Coach & Yoga Teacher, Meghan Johnston for a yoga practice that will help you connect with your creative rhythms. This feel-good practice includes gentle movement, breath work, and meditation to help you tap into your inner magic. All you need is yourself, but bring a blanket and journal for extra comfort. Pre-recorded and available on demand.
Get ready to move and groove with Mel at Camp Kinder 2023! Mel’s bringing The Movement’s Release class: a choreographed movement session that allows you to find your own flow. Let your nervous system regulate and your soul ignite with this fun and empowering movement break. You’re the driver, so let your body tell you where to go! Pre-recorded and available on demand.
Join Registered Social Worker and therapist, Jessica Shewbridge, in an interactive discussion on mindfulness. Learn about the science behind mindfulness, its power over how we feel, and techniques to harness your breath and five senses to create a sense of peace and calm anytime, anywhere. Build your resiliency and avoid burnout with this empowering workshop. Replay will be uploaded after the live event.
Connect with your fellow campers and build a cross-Canada support network in our moderated and inclusive space with the TAPP team. Participate by video, audio, or typing and foster new friendships while enjoying the Camp Kinder community.
Get ready to have your burning questions answered by a diverse and knowledgeable panel of experts. Our three live Q&A sessions will leave you feeling inspired and equipped with new strategies to implement in your own classroom. The panels are divided into three categories: Community & Inclusion, Ask Us Anything (General Questions) and Special Education. Replays will be uploaded after the live events!
“Music in the Primary Classroom” empowers educators to integrate music into their curriculum, even without formal training. This workshop teaches how to incorporate music across subjects, including planning and assessment strategies. Don’t let music be sidelined; provide ample opportunities for students to engage in this enriching art form.
To make primary and French Immersion classrooms safer for 2SLGBTQIA+ students, this session introduces vocabulary and explores real-life examples. Focusing on language, decor, and resources, attendees learn how to create more queer-inclusive spaces. Participants leave with further learning opportunities and actionable ideas for their classrooms.
Creating classroom spaces that promote belonging and well-being can be challenging for both new and experienced kindergarten educators. This workshop provides ideas and solutions for setting up responsive environments that accommodate all students, ensuring confidence and independence throughout the school year.
French teaching can be tough, but Madame Amy from 123 Petits Pas is here to make it fun and engaging. With her innovative workshop, she introduces movement games, mystery, laughter, and song to revitalize French education. The aim is to help students view French learning as a valuable means of communication while playing and interacting with others.
Navigating relationships in kindergarten teaching teams can be challenging, but it’s essential for a positive learning environment. Drawing from diverse experiences, this session explores compromising, listening, and working with different personalities without losing yourself or your passion. It emphasizes that strong teamwork doesn’t require being best friends, but rather a shared commitment to students’ well-being.
Teaching post-COVID students demands emotional regulation and patience. If you’re struggling with meltdowns, yelling, or emotional exhaustion, this workshop offers five tools and strategies to help restore calm. Avery and Alannah bring a curious and humble perspective to managing big behavior, ensuring that you’re better equipped to handle emotional storms in the classroom.
Learn how to create an inclusive classroom with diverse books and materials in this workshop. Breyen provides a step-by-step guide on sourcing affordable resources representing various cultures, genders, and abilities. Leave with a book list, art materials list, and simple lesson plans for embracing diversity in your classroom.
Discover the potential of the dramatic area in a kindergarten classroom, a space for creativity and learning. This workshop helps educators understand the benefits of dramatic play and how to assess learning using the Four Frames. Gain a fresh perspective on transforming standard “play furniture” into endless possibilities.
Community circles are essential for successful classroom management. In this session, learn the background of community circles and receive an actionable framework with free tools. Gain confidence in implementing this valuable routine to foster connection and fulfillment in your primary program.
Introduce storytelling, movement, and relaxation to improve students’ attention, self-regulation, and emotional resilience. This workshop offers strategies and tools to enhance classroom experiences, cultivating calmer, healthier, and happier students.
Establish thriving relationships with your students’ families and overcome imposter syndrome in this workshop. Jasmine shares insights on creating healthy parent/guardian relationships and their importance for classroom success, transforming your performance as an educator.
Avoid burnout by maintaining mental health through regular self-care rather than intense, infrequent sessions. This presentation discusses burnout factors and offers strategies to prevent it, ensuring a sustainable and healthy approach to emotional well-being
If you’re feeling burnt out or seeking a change from classroom teaching, but want to stay in education, this workshop can help you find your “why” and explore other opportunities. Reflect on your readiness for a potential transition and consider PD, job, and career opportunities within educational organizations.
Not sure what to pack in your Wonder Wagon? Don’t worry, Kat has done all the work for you. Join her, as she shares her list of must have materials for outdoor education adventures. Kat will point you in the right direction to source everything you need. She will help you shop at home and around your classroom, as well as provide links and sources where you can purchase materials.
Learn effective strategies to handle sudden student outbursts with Kate. Walk away with specific tips and techniques to implement immediately, preparing you for any challenging situations that may arise during the new school year.
Overcome stress and anxiety about evaluations with Katie’s guidance on acing your Teaching Performance Appraisal. Receive tips on lesson selection, documentation, and student preparation to ensure a successful evaluation experience.
Discover how to support students and families in reclaiming their Francophone language and heritage with Kelly’s simple strategies for a fully French play-based learning environment. Begin the year with renewed confidence, helping French immersion and French students speak “en français” regardless of their starting knowledge.
In this workshop, learn to create an Autism-friendly classroom by understanding why students with ASD require visuals. Gain tips and tricks for making lessons and activities more accessible, benefiting not only students on the spectrum but all learners in K-2 general or special education classrooms.
Explore outdoor mathematical learning opportunities in this session. Learn core routines for establishing an outdoor classroom and examine real-life examples of primary students uncovering math concepts through personal inquiries and investigations in nature.
Develop a weekly schedule and daily routine that works for you with Mariah’s guidance. Create a flow that leaves you feeling accomplished, confident, and energized at the end of the day, and helps your students effectively self-regulate.
Dive into loose parts play with Marissa’s step-by-step guide. Learn where to source materials, build a collection on a budget, and discover storage solutions, ideas for different grade levels, and more. Leave feeling confident in implementing loose parts in your classroom.
Nicole shares simple and easy ways to incorporate dance and movement into your classroom. Gain ready-to-go activities and ideas for using dance to foster skills across your program, and build the confidence to experience the joy of dance with your students.
Discover the benefits of team teaching in this workshop for both new and experienced educators. Learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how of team teaching, and consider adding collaboration to your practice and classroom to improve your experience.
Transform your digital space into an organized filing cabinet with this workshop on managing digital resources. Learn tips and tricks for organizing content on OneDrive™, Google Drive™, or your desktop, and save time searching through files by using folder creation, color coding, and categorization.
Learn about playdough and sensory play in the classroom with Sarah from Little Birds At Play. Discover the whys of playdough and sensory learning, examples of children learning through play, organization tricks, sourcing items, and safety tips. Leave ready to introduce playdough and sensory learning into your classroom or home.
Discover tips and tricks for cooking with your kindie class in this workshop. Learn about the benefits, curricular links, and simple ways to incorporate cooking into your classroom, even if you’re not a chef. Suitable for kindergarten and primary teachers.
In this workshop, learn how to use unplugged coding to develop students’ creative problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and reasoning skills without using a computer. Join Tara for practical ideas, games, inexpensive coding kit suggestions, and more, connecting it to assessment, inquiry, and outdoor learning.
Revitalize French Immersion teaching with Taryn’s Projects and Play approach, emphasizing process, creativity, and community. Foster student-directed learning, choice, and curriculum discovery through unique final projects that promote creativity, independence, and critical thinking. Learn how to get started, incorporate inquiries and project-based play, assess and report on projects, and find inspiration in subject examples.
Address the challenge of meeting diverse students’ needs with Zara’s culturally responsive pedagogy for kindergarten. Learn strategies to ensure students feel represented in their learning environment and take away practical ideas for implementation in your own classroom.
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 McGregor, On
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 hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to inquire about accessing union funds for professional development for the upcoming summer. I am excited to be attending Camp Kinder, the virtual conference for Canadian elementary educators happening from July 21 to July 23, 2023. This year, the conference will feature 30 practical and inspiring workshops with topics ranging from math in the outdoors to supporting LGBTQ+ students to managing student outbursts. You can find more information about the conference here. Please see my receipt attached to this email and let me know if you require any additional information to process my request. Thank you and have a great day!
Want more time to enjoy Camp Kinder? No problem! When you register, you’ll have access to the Campground and all 30 workshops until July 28th. And, if you want even more time to dive deeper into your learning, you can add an extended pass at checkout for a low fee. It’s a stress-free way to keep the inspiration flowing all year long!
Choose FROM TWO PAYMENT OPTIONS AT OUR SPECIAL RETURNING CAMPER PRICE!
Need extended access? Add it to your order at checkout TO LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE ALL YEAR LONG.
*Prices do not include taxes and fees which will be added at checkout
Refund policy in effect until july 20, 2023
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 30 sessions, only a handful have a true “kindergarten” focus so you will have plenty of amazing workshops to choose from! The truth is we just love the name Camp Kinder so much we didn’t want to change it.
Camp Kinder workshops open on July 21st with 10 released on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Included in your registration is access to Camp Kinder until July 28th! Need more time? Awesome! Select the extended pass at checkout and you will be able to access everything for the year!
Totally! All of the workshops will be pre-recorded. The lives are a place to have fun and connect, but you can chat and bond with presenters and other campers in our community Facebook group. You can watch the replays of all the live events after they have been uploaded!
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 and Kelly’s workshops which have 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 July 28th and then you can extend to a monthly park pass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of enrolment and she’ll give you our student discount code. See you at Camp!!
If at any point before July 2oth you feel Camp Kinder is no longer a fit for you we will issue you a full discount- no questions asked. Due to the nature of the conference, once the content is live we will be unable to issue refunds.
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