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Apr 20

Building Community Through Music & Literature for EC April 20

Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest

 Workshop with Valerie Wheeler 

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $50

STARS hours available

Location: Woodinville Montessori School, 19102 North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011

Coffee & tea available, bring your own snacks

This half-day, in-person workshop will guide Early Childhood teachers through accessible lessons for teaching basic musical concepts with storytelling, creative movement, and community building for their multi-age classrooms. Lessons are inspired by children’s literature that explores themes of body positivity, diversity, creativity, and inclusion, with differentiated activities for each level.
Facilitator Valerie Wheeler has 17 years of experience teaching and building music programs, and is currently the music director at Woodinville Montessori School. Cost $50. STARS hours available.

Introduction - Ways to Get Students Singing, Moving, Improvising, and Making Musical Choices


Call Me Tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez

The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom

Counting On Community by Innosanto Nagara

Closing - Songs and Activities to End the Day

Valerie Wheeler has 17 years of experience teaching and building music programs. She recently moved to Washington from Dallas, Texas to become the music director at Woodinville Montessori School. In Texas, Valerie taught music and theater at White Rock Montessori and The Clariden School. She also taught music at Redeemer Montessori, in addition to leading a teaching workshop for classroom teachers. Valerie incorporates the Orff, Dalcroze, and Kodaly methods for teaching music, which give children opportunities to sing, move, play, compose and collaborate in an environment that fosters creativity and community.

STARS CREDIT - 4 hours available on completion

Workshop fee: $50 payable via check payable to MEIPN.  

Refund Policy: Cancellations by registrant must be received in writing at [email protected] by midnight April 18. Fee will be fully refunded less at $10 processing fee. Cancellations after April 18 are not refundable.

Cancellation Policy: MEIPN reserves the right to cancel the class due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a cancellation prior to the start of class a full refund, minus credit card fees, will be issued.  

Emergency Closure Policy:  If weather or other conditions necessitate rescheduling, you will be notified via email, so please check your email if any questions.

Photo & Recording Release: Participants acknowledge that by attending any part of the workshop they are agreeing that their picture/likeness may be taken/recorded and they release permission for that picture/likeness to be used by the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) as it sees fit. They attest that they are not entitled to any form of monetary/financial compensation for the use of the likeness, have not been promised such, and recognize MEIPN need not and will not provide compensation for any type of use of their picture/likeness.

Woodinville Montessori in Bothell
19204 North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011
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Apr 20, 2024 08:30am - Apr 20, 2024 12:30pm