The #TransformEdBoutique has been offering curated learning experiences for children or siblings. I’ve been a little busy bee 🐝 ✨ this weekend putting every custom order together for Summer fun!! We also provide playdate prep to be enjoyed with small friend groups that can easily be setup in your home/backyard. . . Watch my short video to find out more about how we are working to make environmentally friendly packaging !!! (Inspired by my cousin @limiteditionmia and student @avaaugustin both of which consider their environmental footprint in all that they do ! Earth Day can be every day ! )
Free Preview and one-on-one Zoom Chat about @transformedvirtualstudio Monthly Membership . . . Curious about our private IG space and how it is organized? Have some questions about how it works or how it might be different from this IG account? . . Intended for: -teachers or RECEs looking for extra training (either on their own initiative or sponsored as a group from a childcare centre, school board, or private school) -parents wanting inspiration for at home learning (children ages infant to Grade 3) . . -all previous content saved in archives since April 2020 to view at your own time -four professional learning workshops monthly on the Reggio Emilia approach (certificate of participation and hours available) -practical video lesson ideas for you to try in your classroom or home (can also be applied to virtual learning contexts) -how to document using photography and video (apps, techniques, etc.) -Tea Talk special guest presentations -discount on longer 2h studio workshops (setting the stage for and documenting the creative process) that I will be facilitating on Zoom -savings on #TransformEdBoutique . . To schedule your free preview and zoom chat, please send me a DM. . . . Take advantage of our introductory pricing of $26.55+tax/month before it goes up July 20th, 2020 to $40.00+tax/month. I have groups of educators registered by their schools up until December and will continue to run this like an online Kindergarten AQ course or private blog/youtube channel until the end of the year.
Swipe to see how I feel about reopening ! 😃 Send me a DM if you would like details for our six week summer programs starting in mid July until the end of August !
Tea Talk: Children’s yoga/mindfulness and diy playdough recipes. Tonight (9:00-9:30 p.m.) I’m so excited to bring back our Tea Talk Tuesdays using IG LIVE at @transformedvirtualstudio (saved as videos in our archive for members to revisit). I have special guests present about topics that might educate teachers, RECEs, and parents. This evening we will be chatting with @onceuponamat about children’s yoga and mindfulness as well as @li_candi on diy playdough recipes !! So grab your favourite mug/notebook and come enjoy some tea together while learning from inspiring leaders!
🌻Happy Father’s Day🌻 to my μπαμπά (Dad) Κωνσταντίνος— best man I will ever know, our Daddy @arsenios 💙, my brother Alex, my father in-law, Godfathers @aatomassi/Anthony of my kids, and all the wonderful Dads I have met in The TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre. This year instead of expensive gifts, my children and I designed learning experiences that matched the interests of our special father figures from collaborative nature art in Pappou’s (grandpa) backyard to Ferrero Rocher pancakes 🥞 🤤!! It was nice to set something creative up that I could photograph and videotape as memories to cherish years to come... Hope you had a beautiful day with those you love most! 💋 💋 💋 How did you celebrate?
Wish fish 🐠 🐟! Throw them into water and make a wish — perfect for a walk with Daddy and as a creative learning experience which would allow them to paint together. Or you can always keep the rocks as paper weights if you don’t want to throw them into the pond, river or ocean!!! (For those still looking for Father’s Day ideas, I provided lots of inspiration like this @transformedvirtualstudio in our monthly membership which is like a private blog/YouTube account.)
Dearest Lily Boo — keep digging deep and listen to that tiny voice from within that will one day guide you in following your dreams! When life gets challenging never give up, because nothing good ever comes easy !! I am still learning that patience is a virtue !!! And I sincerely hope that I will be here to support you every step of the way ! 🥰 Love, Mamou (how she still calls me and “Dadou” for my hubby). Photo by @lauraclarkephotos in my studio using @be.in.wonder sensory kit with green moon sand and a dinosaur habitat !!!
Last week I presented a workshop about photographing children’s original artwork (and enhancing it with filters) for digital portfolios, memory books, newsletters, websites, or social media. Tonight I’m going to show educators and parents my favourite apps to easily add text to any drawings or paintings. @transformedvirtualstudio (Everything gets saved in our Monthly Membership archive in case you choose to join at a later date!)
Baby Baskets 🎶 #TransformEdBoutique Shop the possibilities!
Have you heard of ephemeral art? It’s a term that is usually used to describe a work of art that only occurs once, like a happening, and cannot be embodied in any lasting object to be shown in a museum or gallery. - Tate Org 🇬🇧 (Made by a 10 year old in our @transformedvirtualstudio !) Thanks for sharing your son’s inspiring work @pupabella !
In late May Sebby cried to me, “Mama why the virus is not going away? It’s taking too long!” 😢 He missed his grandparents, cousins, extracurricular activities (mainly soccer), and friends. Not seeing and being with people, especially around other children was really starting to affect him. It was nice to finally be able to reunite with my brother and his kids today! I sincerely look forward to ending our lockdown so my little ones can resume a regular childhood.
From the archives !!! 🥰 Miss my students who must be so biiiiiig now @claudnaccadipietra 🥰 (P.S. For those educators following along - this is one of the first photographs I started taking of children in the studio. With every picture our photography improves. From the actual image to the editing. And I love to see the progression even in my own work! I’ve already come a long way since this learning moment. The quality of my camera has also helped too and the natural lighting!! Compare this before photo to some of my most recent to see a difference in clarity ! I really think removing the flash made a huge difference and enhancing the picture with filters after. For example look at this and then the one of my daughter in her bathing suit.)
Reopening is very exciting! It is what we have all been waiting for — a chance for children to meet once again — to play, learn and socialize! My kids and I cannot wait to welcome you back to The TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre! . . Family/Child Programs (Infant, Toddler, Preschool, JK-Gr. 6), Language Lessons, Private Playdates, Piano Instruction, Photoshoots, etc., will run for 6 weeks over the Summer (mid July-August) and resume again in Fall 2020 for 6-12 weeks. . . Educator Workshops (in studio) on Photography and Video Documentation will be offered in August 2020, just in time for back to school! . . . I got more interest than I had expected for our drop-off classes, so I am going to start taking registrations next week with the plan to begin in mid July 2020. During this time, I will be sharing with you (and emailing our families) about the safety procedures in preparation of our relaunch! I am going to create a schedule, first booking studio groups comprised of relatives and close friends (for that added comfort) and then our regular mixed groupings in the community. . . Classes will continue to be small in numbers, which allows the private atmosphere and attention for each child. Our space is 2000 square feet (inside and outside), providing lots of room for us to spread out. *More specific details to follow! I am carefully reviewing our province’s childcare operational documents and will monitor closely any updates for Phase 2. . . . In the meantime we still offer: . -virtual learning and training (for educators, parents, and children) @transformedvirtualstudio which is organized like a private members only blog or YouTube channel in the form of a Monthly Membership . . -learning baskets to have a studio experience at home -teaching toolkits to help you setup your classroom in September . . -zoom professional training workshops for childcare/school groups and or private one-on-one consulting meetings on the Reggio Emilia approach, individual creative classes for children or language lessons (live video stream)
Designing Learning Experiences, Birthday Bundles, DIY Projects, Teaching Toolkits, Language Sets, and Baby Baskets in the #TransformEdBoutique is filling up my heart with so much purpose these days!!! I’m using my skills as an early childhood specialist to create custom combinations and curate unique studio opportunities for creativity and inquiry that can be setup in classrooms and homes. ✨ ✨ Let me do the thinking, while you enjoy the moments with children. Transform your learning environment into a space of limitless possibilities !! (Everything is made custom to the age, stage and interests. A video is sent with some proposed exploration ideas.)
TransformEd Tip: Colour scavenger hunts are my favourite ! If you don’t have Pantone paint cards or paint chips (from the paint aisle used to choose your wall colour) you can use coloured construction paper. Try to match up the objects as closely as possible !! #TransformEdTips @pantone @indigo @indigokids @indigobabyofficial @crayola @crayola_canada #sayitcolorfully @postit @longosmarkets 🥰(For more quick learning ideas with video explanations join my monthly membership @transformedvirtualstudio for educators , parents and children to discover creativity and the Reggio Emilia approach)
I will be giving children their own bowls/bins and individual supplies for art and sensory play. Once they finish, I will set it aside incase they want to return and add to their explorations. After the class I will disinfect (like I always did for larger sensory areas) before the next group of children arrive.
Hi Sunshine ☀️ 👙!!!
I delivered a few “Teaching Toolkits” last week with essential items that I thought a Kindergarten educator could use. This order was specifically designed for a classroom in September and includes two custom combinations. The first one in the wooden tray can be used in mini lessons or to document learning. The second one is a nature walk experience and collaborative canvas for the students to all contribute to in the first week back at school. . . For more details, please send me DM. I can create something custom to your classroom and or students’ age/stage, interests, and learning needs. . . Bring a piece of our studio experience to your space! Porch pickup in Woodbridge, Ontario and local delivery available in Woodbridge, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and Etobicoke. #TransformEdBoutique
Mural Art is always fun to do in a classroom or outside in your backyard (especially in collaboration with a small group or siblings). Just unroll the large paper and get started !! Check out some custom combinations I made today in the #TransformEdBoutique for a few families. One was designed for children ages 2 and 4 years old, while the other ages 6 and 9 years old. #possibilitiesproject . For more details, please send me DM. I can create something custom to your child’s (or students’) age/stage, interests, and learning needs. . . Bring a piece of our studio experience home with you! Porch pickup in Woodbridge, Ontario and local delivery available in Woodbridge, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and Etobicoke.
One of the requirements for health and safety in the “COVID-19 Guidance: Emergency Child Care Centres” by the Ontario Ministry of Health is “do not use water or sensory tables.” Since I obviously don’t want to increase the spread of germs, I will help design some custom combinations in my shop (#TransformEdBoutique) using water and sand play that can be used in the safety of your home. This photo is an example of water explorations mixed with milk and flowers. (Also works with white clay, water and flowers.) Create your own studio experience — #possibilitiesproject. Just because we can’t have sensory learning at school (and temporarily in the studio), doesn’t mean it has to stop completely !! You have a whole summer ahead to enjoy it in the backyard !!!