Upcoming Sessions




For parent(s)/caregiver(s) and children:

What sets the TransformEd parent/child sessions apart?



  • smaller numbers and attention
  • all parents/guardians, grandparents, relatives, nannies, or any other caregiver(s) to the child are welcome
  • stimulating and high quality materials to explore in creative ways that are washed/sanitized 
  • thoughtfully designed open-ended learning environment that is always changing based on the age group or interests
  • indoor and outdoor spaces are considered one big learning area to discover in your own pace
  • Reggio Emilia inspired approach that follows the child's lead (emergent curriculum)
  • inquiry (children's questions/curiosity) and the process of learning are celebrated rather than a product 
  • social experience that builds lasting relationships for the children and parent(s)/caregivers 
  • patient and caring educator (also is a PhD student learning about early childhood and the Reggio Emilia approach from Italy) with over twelve years of teaching experience that nurtures children's development and supports parental wonderings
  • programs encourage twenty first century skills that prepare children for the future such as collaboration/teamwork, creative innovation, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, adaptability, curiosity/questioning, confidence, etc.





If the programs reach capacity, your name will be added to a waiting list 
in order to schedule another date.

* Face-to-Face *


Musical Mondays

Exploring Music Everywhere!

The TransformEd Creative Studio invites you to participate in a musical experience that encourages your infant to use their senses and gain motor skills, vocabulary, and even improves their memory.  Beyond songs and chants, you and your baby will have the opportunity to explore around the various spaces (indoor and outdoor if the weather permits) that promote rhythm and sound while interacting with materials such as instruments, puppets, storybooks and much more.


Don't miss this chance to bond with your baby through the joy of music!


Age: Infants - Birth to 18 months with Parent/Caregiver

Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 

Session 1: April 2018
Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. April 9, 16, 23, 30 (4 classes)
Investment for infant and parent/caregiver: $80 - early bird. ($100 - regular price.)

Session 2: May 2018
Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. May 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 classes)
Investment for infant and parent/caregiver: $80 - early bird. ($100 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018
Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. June 4, 11, 18, 25 (4 classes)
Investment for infant and parent/caregiver: $80 - early bird. ($100 - regular price.)



Piano and Painting 


The TransformEd Creative Studio invites your child to participate in an arts based experience that encourages them to feel the magic of music through painting. Beyond notes and theory, your child will have the opportunity to explore around the various spaces (indoor and outdoor if the weather permits) and interact with high quality materials such as a grand piano, instruments, acrylic/watercolour paint, clay and much more! 


Don't miss this chance to introduce your child to the possibility of piano!

Age: 4 to 8 years old


Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 

Session 1: April 2018
Mondays from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. April 9, 16, 23, 30 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018
Mondays from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. May 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018
Mondays from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m June 4, 11, 18, 25 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)


***For private one-on-one piano lessons (custom package), please email [email protected].


Discovery Days  


The TransformEd Creative Studio invites you to participate in a Reggio Emilia inspired experience that encourages your toddler to use their one hundred languages of expression (the many ways they can learn and express themselves) and ignite their creativity, curiosity, communication, collaboration, and overall confidence.  Beyond books and paper/pencil tasks, you and your child will have the opportunity to explore around the various spaces (indoor and outdoor) that promote relationship building, imaginary play, and inquiry, while interacting with materials such as sand/water, blocks, loose parts, magnets, light table, mud kitchen, art supplies, and much more.

Don't miss this chance to bond with your toddler and for them to socialize with other children of the same age!


Age: 18 months to 3.5 years old with Parent/Caregiver

Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 




Session 1: April 2018 (Tuesdays)

Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. April 3, 10, 17, 24 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. May 8, 15, 22, 29 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Tuesdays)
Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)


Session 1: April 2018 (Saturdays)
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. April 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Saturdays)
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. May 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Saturdays)
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23 (4 classes)
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $120 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)



Private Discovery Days, Playdates/Group Bookings, etc.


***For a group rate to visit my studio with your friends (could include parents and children of any age group), please email me j[email protected]. 


You will have access to the studio with your privacy, for as long and as many sessions as we plan together!  They can be similar to any of the descriptions of programming above or below.



Inquiry Program



The TransformEd Creative Studio invites all curious minds to participate in a Reggio Emilia inspired emergent curriculum experience that encourages the hundred languages of expression (the many ways they can learn and express themselves) and ignite their creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, questioning, and overall confidence (21st century skills).  Beyond books and paper/pencil tasks, your child will have the opportunity to explore around the various spaces (indoor and outdoor) that promote relationship building and inquiry, while interacting with materials such as mirrors, clay, sketch pencils, sand/water, blocks, loose parts, magnets, light table, mud kitchen, various other art supplies, and much more.  Based on their interests and wonders, we will begin to document a project of their choosing and study our learning within inquiry meetings.  The children will become empowered as active participants and protagonists in their own learning experience.  They will essentially form a research team!  Each week we will review documentation of what happened prior, engage in hands-on creative learning to dig deeper into our inquiry questions and plan our next session together.  Parent(s)/caregiver(s) involvement throughout this planning process will also help us to extend our sessions into the home.

I look forward to bringing this curious group of leaders together and seeing what magic and discoveries unfold!


Please note that the children can take a snack break whenever they feel hungry or relax with a guided yoga break.

Inquiry is a process that cannot be rushed, and as such, it is recommended that you consider signing up for all three sessions (all three months) to get the most out of this creative experience!

Age: 3.5 to 8 years old

Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 




Session 1: April 2018 (Saturdays)

Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. April 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $160 - early bird. ($200 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Saturdays)
Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. May 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $160 - early bird. ($200 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Saturdays)
Saturdays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23 (4 classes)
Investment for child: $160 - early bird. ($200 - regular price.)



Events TransformEd - Children's Creative Corners


***For a group rate to visit my studio on a birthday/special event or to have a space created at your party, please email me [email protected].




Open Studio Time 


The Creative Child: 

A Day to Celebrate our Youngest Learners



Wishing you could attend the studio sessions, but are unable to commit to a full month? Come by for a single visit, or pay for a play and create pass.  Each pass or booking is per child.

The TransformEd Creative Studio invites you to participate in an open studio experience! You and your child will have the opportunity to explore around the various Reggio Emilia inspired spaces (indoor and outdoor) that promote relationship building, imaginary play, and inquiry, while interacting with materials such as sand/water, blocks, loose parts, magnets, light table, mud kitchen, art supplies, and much more.

Age: 18 months to 3.5 years old with Parent/Caregiver 
or children ages 3.5 years and up

Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 



Wednesday mornings and Sunday morning/afternoons

Session 1: April 2018 (Wednesday mornings)

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - April 4, 11, 18, 25
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Wednesday mornings)
Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - May  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Wednesday mornings)
Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - June 6, 13, 20, 27
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)






Session 1: April 2018 (Sunday mornings 18 months to 3.5 years with parent/caregiver)
Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - April 15, 29
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Sunday mornings 18 months to 3.5 years with parent/caregiver)
Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - May  6,  20
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Sunday mornings 18 months to 3.5 years with parent/caregiver)
Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Any one of the following - June 10,  24
Investment for toddler and parent/caregiver: $25 - early bird. ($30 - regular price.)





Session 1: April 2018 (Sunday afternoons 3.5 years and up)

Sundays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Any one of the following - April 15, 29
Investment for child: $30 - early bird. ($35 - regular price.)


Session 2: May 2018 (Sunday afternoons 3.5 years and up)
Sundays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Any one of the following - May  6,  20
Investment for child: $30 - early bird. ($35 - regular price.)

Session 3: June 2018 (Sunday afternoons 3.5 years and up)
Sundays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Any one of the following - June 10,  24
Investment for child: $30 - early bird. ($35 - regular price.)




Play and Create Pass: Open Studio Time
Come and play as you go for two hours at a time!  One year from the date of purchase to use at any Open Studio timeslots.  A calendar will be emailed to you, for planning your sessions!

6 play and create pass per child to Open Studio sessions- $90 (over $50 savings)

10 play and create pass per child to Open Studio sessions  - $120 (over $100 savings)




Private Lessons

Interested in building your child's confidence in a one-on-one or small group custom learning experience?


TransformEd also provides private sessions for piano, art, reading/writing, and Greek language classes.



***To begin planning your custom package, please email [email protected].



Parent(s)/caregiver(s), 


I am available and willing to answer any of your questions about the above programs by email [email protected], and we can even schedule a phone conversation.


Please consider following my Instagram page @joannebabalis  to see more of what my experiences are like or reading through this blog!




For educators:



What sets the TransformEd educator sessions apart?
  • smaller numbers and attention 
  • all interested in early childhood education are welcome
  • stimulating and high quality materials to explore in hands-on and creative ways 
  • thoughtfully designed open-ended learning environment
  • Reggio Emilia inspired approach that follows the child's lead (emergent curriculum)
  • inquiry (children's questions/curiosity) and the process of learning are celebrated rather than a product 
  • social experience that builds lasting relationships and a chance to network
  • patient and caring educator/PhD student with over twelve years of teaching experience and over five years of presentations to support any of your wonderings


If the sessions reach capacity, your name will be added to a waiting list in order to schedule another date.


* Free *



  • Blog posts with documentation from my inquiry programs and learning environment as well as more Reggio Emilia inspired content
  • eResources sent to those on my mailing list - subscribe here.
  • Giveaways with educational materials 




* Face-to-Face *


Workshop - The Reggio Emilia experience: Inspirations from Italy 




This session will include:
  • Insights from my Reggio Emilia research 
  • Inspiration from my most recent visit to Reggio Emilia, Italy (March 2018)
  • Hands-on creative provocations
  • A tour of my new studio space
  • Window into my documentation process and emergent curriculum

Location: TransformEd Creative Studio - Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 


Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Investment: $100 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)



Course - Going Deeper with Early Childhood Education 
(6 Sessions - 12 hours) 

Did you ever take the Kindergarten AQ course with me?  Are you missing that weekly support system and wish that there was a part four? Consider this your opportunity to reconnect, network and feel inspired!



This session will include:
  • Weekly inspiration in my studio space
  • Hands-on learning with creative materials
  • Chance to share and study documentation from your program
  • Current research on early childhood approaches
  • Professional readings and discussion 

Location: Woodbridge, Ontario (Islington and Major Mackenzie) 

Wednesdays, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Investment: $375 - early bird. ($425 - regular price.)



* Online *


eWorkshops/eCourse - Tea Talk Tuesdays

Popular ECE approaches, theories, and concepts: An introduction to research in the early years (12 hours total - Feb. Mar. Apr. and May from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

This series will talk about and introduce the following:
  • February 27 - Reggio Emilia Approach
  • March 6 - Reggio Emilia Approach
  • March 20 - Reggio Emilia Approach (New insights from my trip to Reggio Emilia only a week prior)
  • March 27 Montessori Approach

  • April 3 - Waldorf Approach
  • April 10 - High Scope Approach and Bank Street Approach
  • April 17 Forest Kindergarten
  • April 24 - Theory of Loose Parts

  • May 1 - Play-Based Learning Approach 
  • May 8 - Math Problem Solving
  • May 15 - Inquiry Based Learning Approach
  • May 22 - Mosaic Approach and Conclusions 





Platform: Google Hangouts (only space for 25 participants)



You may purchase all twelve sessions or in groups of four as bundled above.


Tuesdays, February 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 from 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Investment for all twelve sessions: $350 - early bird. ($400 - regular price.) 

Investment for each bundle of four: $125 - early bird. ($150 - regular price.)



eResources and Downloadable Workshop Presentations 

Once your purchase is made, you will be notified immediately by email from PayPal and later contacted by Joanne Marie Babalis within 2-5 business days for the links associated with your sale/download information and your invoice.


eWorkshop - Considering the layers of inquiry-based learning: Transforming Education Practice

Sample found here.



This session will include:
  • 1.5 hours of learning at your own time and pace
  • over 120 slides filled with information, and you have the option of going through it manually or listening to it play in video mode with my voiceover
  • learn at the comfort of your own home
  • revisit the session/resources anytime that you wish




*Special SALE PRICE - Limited time!
Investment for eWorkshop - Canadian price: $40 - early bird. ($50 - regular price.) 
Investment for eWorkshop - US/international price: $49.24 - early bird. ($62.35 - regular price.) 





eResource - TransformEd Tips and Tricks: Inquiry-based learning

Sample found here.
    This session will include:
    • 20 page resource, jam packed with advice from some of my own experiences using inquiry-based learning in the classroom
    • photographs, commonly asked questions, starting points for planning/documenting, and of course Reggio Emilia inspiration
    *Special SALE PRICE - Limited time!
    Investment for eResource - Canadian price: $12.50 - early bird. ($15.00 - regular price.) 
    Investment for eResource - US/international price: $15.39 - early bird. ($18.73 - regular price.)





    * Blended * 


    Kindergarten A.Q. course, York University

    Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist 
    *Also includes certificate program for RECE's!


    Location: Kleinburg Public School, 10392 Islington Ave. (Kleinburg, Ontario) 


    March 29th - June 5th, 2018
    Tuesdays online from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Moodle, Twitter and Google docs/Hangouts)
    Thursdays face-to-face from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    For more details and to register please visit the York University - Faculty of Education website

    Regular price is $685 and OTF is offering a $450 subsidy for all Kindergarten AQ's.  See more details in the flyer.





    To download/print this flyer click here.




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    TransformEd registration information:

    Please note that HST is added to your purchase and that there is a Canadian and US/International price for each session. You may pay using your credit card through PayPal or I can also accept an email transfer if you contact me.

    Once your purchase is made, you will be notified immediately by email from PayPal and later contacted by Joanne Marie Babalis within 2-5 business days for the links associated with your sale/download information and your invoice.

    In order to be fair to those enrolling in these sessions, it is of paramount importance that we maintain honest practices.  Therefore, do not share logins (I can see when you login twice), and be truthful about your address and location.  If you are not a Canadian resident, then with your currency it wouldn't be right to have the advantage of such a large discount over those who live across Canada.  Finally, similar to how we honour copyright and the hard work an individual puts into their writing, I would appreciate and trust that you won't register once and have a few people around your computer.  In the end only one individual will get the credit and certificate.

    I thank you for respecting these wishes and already know that it won't be an issue!!!



    All sessions are non-refundable, as the numbers affect overall planning and coordination.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I can update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert - once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.







    For conference/workshop providers or Early Childhood programs/organizations:

    I will continue to offer consultations and present workshops (face-to-face or virtually) for groups at conferences, childcare centres, courses, networks, school boards, etc.


    For a complete list of my services click here.

    For a complete list of my workshop topics click here.



    * NEW! * Inquiry program demonstration sessions - In the classroom with staff and students modelling the process


    • 2 hours for one classroom (inquiry group can be 3-6 children or a whole class) and educators may observe/participate 
    • How to begin an inquiry, inquiry lessons and inspiration, inquiry process/exploration (questioning, theorizing, researching, etc), ongoing facilitation, guidance and documentation  
    • Custom google folder with digital documentation shared which includes all photos, videos and conversations collected 
    • Planning time with educator team to share documentation findings and plan next learning experience - goal is that this work will continue 
    • For an authentic inquiry experience - I highly recommend a minimum of 4-8 in class sessions 



     * NEW! * Creative Arts program - In the classroom for students

    • 2 hours for one classroom (educators observe/participate or take a break)
    • Formal lesson and inspiration, art process/exploration, ongoing facilitation, guidance and documentation     
    • Custom google folder with digital documentation shared which includes all photos, videos and conversations collected 
    • If your school has a special event coming up like Christmas or Mother’s Day we can create something to give as gifts to families

    ***To discuss any of this information further, please reach out to me at [email protected] and we can book a telephone appointment.






    Give the gift of creativity and inquiry learning:


    Do you know of a child, family, or educator who might like to have one of the above experiences?


    Consider giving them a gift certificate towards any of the TransformEd services or programs.  


    Gift Cards

    TransformEd Consulting Services (Studio, etc.) Gift Card Options
     






    Subscribe below so that you don't miss any announcements or free resources/sessions!

    I may be holding a draw to attend our grand opening event on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 (Easter Monday - Schools closed) for free - spaces are limited! 


     






    I hope that I will get the chance to meet you and your family in the new studio space.  I can hardly hold my excitement for the Spring to come!   

    Remember that the spaces are limited and will fill up quickly.  Pre-register so that you aren't disappointed!






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    PREVIOUS EVENTS INCLUDE:


    To download flyer click here.


    TransformEd welcomes Spring and looks ahead onto Summer with great enthusiasm!
                        

    Check out the following eWorkshop series and an all NEW! face-to-face two day Symposium:

    1. eWorkshop - Going Deeper with Inquiry-Based Learning: Sharing a project which celebrates creativity and critical thinking! (4 hours - May 9, 16, 23, 30 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    This session will talk about:
    • a new research project from start to finish 
    • following an emergent curriculum - topic decided by the children
    • inquiry meetings with students in Kindergarten and Grade 1
    • weekly documentation and planning process
    • focus on the experience and joy of learning 
    • self-regulation
    • integrated / differentiated learning for the 21st century
    • the power of inquiry learning
    • celebrating creativity by embracing the 100 Languages from Reggio Emilia



    2. NEW eWorkshop! 100 Languages, Provocations, and Loose Parts: Starting Points for Any Early Childhood Context (4 hours - June  6, 13, 20, 27 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    This session will talk about:
    • What are loose parts? Provocations? 100 Languages?
    • How can these theories and concepts support your early learning context?
    • Examples of 100 Languages and integrated learning
    • Suggestions for using provocations to spark inquiry 
    • Reggio Emilia inspiration
    • Weekly challenges to support your personal growth



    3. New Face-to-Face - Lunch and Learn Sessions! Celebrating Creativity through Inquiry: A Summer Symposium (July 7th and July 8th)

    Location: 
    Axis Freestyle Academy - Studio Space
    356 Four Valley Dr.
    Vaughan, ON
    L4K 5Z1
    (Near Vaughan Mills Mall and Hwy 400/407)

    *Special rate for guests travelling from out of town at Hotel Novotel Toronto Vaughan with code TRANSFORMED is currently being negotiated! Might be a fun weekend away near shopping, Wonderland, and several restaurants!

    Day 1 - a) Listening to Students' Theories: Sharing the Creative Process of Documenting a Reggio Emilia Inspired Emergent Curriculum Project (3 hours - July 7 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. *lunch is provided)


    This session will talk about:
    • Joanne Marie Babalis will share an example of an emergent curriculum process of two months
    • Reggio Emilia philosophy 
    • How to begin to ask questions that are deeper and more thought provoking 
    • Listening to students' thinking rather than interrupting and going beyond generic inquiry questions
    • Collecting and using pedagogical documenting for planning
    • Creativity and education 
    • The 100 Languages to support theory building
    • Family involvement 

    b) Rediscover Your Inner Artist: A Creative Painting Experience (2 hours - July 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. *snacks are provided)

    This session will talk about:
    • This is an open-ended two hour social painting experience and is completely hands-on
    • Artist/Author Maria Merecoulias and Joanne Marie Babalis will inspire and support your paint explorations
    • All art supplies, drinks and sweets included
    • One canvas is yours to keep
    • Come and socialize with other creatives and unwind from the busy school year



    Day 2 - a) Embracing Creativity and Inquiry through Visual Arts, Mathematics, Nature and more! (5.5 hours - July 8 from 8:30-2:00 p.m. *light breakfast and lunch provided)

    TransformEd welcomes three inspiring guest speakers to bring this topic to life!


    8:30-10:00 a.m. Michelle van Heugten and Visual Arts Inquiry Lens - "Creative Exploration: The Art of a Question"

    10:15-11:45 a.m. Trista Dutt and Mathematics Inquiry Lens - "Math Exploration and Self-Regulation: A Window into Inquiry and Creativity in Kindergarten"
    Lunch Break
    12:15-2:00 p.m. Niki Belegrinis and Nature Inquiry Lens - "Nature as a Canvas for Inquiry: Creativity in Full Bloom"


    This session will talk about:

    Michelle will discuss...
    • curating a space for creative investigation to support inquiry in the classroom
    • sharing examples of artistic provocations and invitations for inquiry investigations that support children's wonders
    • participants will engage and explore in several creative invitations set to encourage wonder and inquiry
    • supporting a creative mindset through time, experience, and celebrating ideas

    Trista will discuss...
    • exploring math through meaningful problems, games, mini lessons, provocation, and inquiry
    • exploring self-regulation through the language of art, nature, and inquiry 
    • opportunities to play math games, explore provocations, and create materials for the classroom 

    Niki will discuss...
    • how natural environments enhance creativity
    • nature evokes creativity which makes us more curious, and makes us flexible in our thinking 
    • nature recharges our directed attention
    • nature's role in the creative process
    • a look at mindfulness and nature
    • opportunity to visit the pond and extend learning



    4. New eWorkshop! The Third Educator: Designing and Transforming your Learning Environment (4 hours - July 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    This session will talk about:
    • How your learning environment can become the third educator in the room
    • Concepts of time, space, and materials 
    • Reggio Emilia inspired spaces
    • Suggested starting points for your own classroom transformation
    • Weekly challenges that support your design dreams


    5. eWorkshop Popular ECE approaches, theories, and concepts: An introduction to research in the early years (12 hours - Aug. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.)

    This series will talk about and introduce the following:

    Session 1 - Reggio Emilia Approach
    Session 2 - Montessori Approach and Waldorf Approach
    Session 3 - High Scope Approach and Bank Street Approach
    Session 4 - Forest Kindergarten and Theory of Loose Parts
    Session 5 - Play-Based Learning Approach and Math Problem Solving
    Session 6 - Inquiry Based Learning Approach and Mosaic Approach 


    Registration information:

    Please read through the following blog post carefully for prices and complete the registration section within it. Click here to register.



    To download and enlarge complete flyer please click here.



    Calling all curious Children! 
    An opportunity for Kindergarten and Grade 1 aged kids!

    -complete blog post here-


    I am hoping to bring my creative studio space to life with some curious Kindergarten and Grade 1 aged children who might be interested in weekly inquiry meetings that will stimulate their creativity!

    I only have space for 4.

    Here are the details that you can pass along to someone who would like to participate:
    • curious/creative child in either Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, or Grade 1 (maximum 4 participants)
    • Sunday inquiry meetings from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in my creative studio space (Major Mackenzie and Weston area)
    • snack break / music and movement half way
    • $25.00 +HST per hour (special introductory price)
    • Begins February 5-March 26 (8 weeks)
    • Must commit to all sessions
    • An orientation visit will be scheduled prior to meeting the group

    What will the session entail?

    I will meet the four children and spend time getting to know them better, while finding out what their strengths and wonders are.  Using these insights, I will facilitate an emergent curriculum process with them on a topic of their choosing.  In other words I will take their ideas and support their learning, while empowering them as active participants and protagonists in their own learning experience.  Each week we will review documentation of what happened the week prior, engage in hands-on creative learning to research our inquiry question, and plan for our next session together.  The children will be researchers and will learn many 21st century skills, including, but not limited to, communication, collaboration, problem solving, creative innovation, critical thinking, etc.

    I look forward to bringing this curious group of leaders together and seeing what magic and discoveries unfold!

    Registration deadline is February 1st, 2017.  For more information and to secure your child's spot, please contact me here: [email protected]



    Download the flyer in pdf here and for details click here.


    They often say that "all good things come in threes," so here is what I am proposing to all of you:

    1. TransformEd Workshop - Face2Face - Saturday, November 19th, 2016

    2. NEW! E-Workshop series, Tea Talk Tuesdays - Online - August 16th and 23rd, 2016.


    3. York University Kindergarten AQ course -Blended (Face2Face and Twitter) - September 27th until December 1st, 2016.



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    Download the flyer in pdf here.



    TransformEd Workshop - Face2Face

    The Hundred Languages: Mini studio experiences and insights to support our understandings of integrated learning with the revised Kindergarten Program document (2016)



    Saturday, November 19th, 2016 

    8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (4.5 hours)

    8:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. Opening Presentation

    10:00 a.m. Mini studio experiences and time to be creative/collaborate

    12:00 p.m. Closing Presentation

    1:00 p.m. End time



    Children learn in hundreds and thousands of different ways.  Why limit them to paper and pencil tasks?  In this experience-based session, participants will be introduced to several “mini studios” (or ateliers) to explore materials in new and creative ways.  They will learn strategies from artists to take back to the classroom, specifically around setting up similar provocations, and how to integrate the areas of the revised Kindergarten Program Document (2016).



    What will you gain from this session?


    • Support with planning using the new Kindergarten Program Document (flow of the day, mini lessons, four frames, etc.)
    • Insights into inquiry project work
    • Tips for pedagogical documentation
    • Inspiration from Reggio-Emilia
    • Examples of how to integrate and differentiate learning in the early years from ages 0-8
    • Experiences with the hundred languages in the hands-on studio areas
    • Opportunities to be creative, collaborate, and be guided by artists
    • Chance to network and ask your burning questions
    • Ideas for the coming months and year
    • Certificate of participation



    Location: Hazelton Manor (99 Peelar Road, Vaughan, ON, L4K 1A3 - 407 and Jane st.) - larger space that will accommodate for the hands on learning and mingling portion.


    Location is subject to change depending on the numbers, but the format will remain the same.

    If you register by Labour Day (September 5th, 2016), not only will you be entered to win some amazing educational products, but you will also receive a free copy of my TransformEd Tips and Tricks: Planning that Supports Integrated Learning package. Otherwise, copies will be sold at the session.  (This is in addition to the handouts that are part of our learning together.)


    REGISTER HERE:

    The TransformEd Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2015 from 8:30-1:00 p.m. (4.5 hours) with breakfast included costs $135.00 + HST.


    Steps to help you register: 

    1.  The "Buy Now" button is having some trouble. Click on this direct link that will take you straight to the checkout of this particular workshop.
    2.  No need to login or create a paypal account, unless you want to use an existing one.  Click on "Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit" at the bottom.
    3. Add your information and to complete payment click on "pay now" at the bottom.
    An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact [email protected].  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

    All sessions are non-refundable.  The banquet hall requires that the number of participants are confirmed, to ensure that they have adequate space, staffing, and food.  Even on a snow day, they do not provide our money back.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  


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    Download the flyer in pdf here.


    NEW! E-Workshop series, Tea Talk Tuesdays  Inquiry-based learning as a process: How to plan for and sustain your project work

    Fully Online - Using an interactive platform called Adobe Connect
    Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (2 hours)
    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (2 hours)

    Make a fresh pot of your favourite tea, grab your technology, and learn how to follow a child's interests and wonders, to spark an inquiry project in your classroom!  Within this online workshop series, participants will gain insights about the layers of inquiry-based learning, how to sustain project work, and plan their inquiry next steps with the help of pedagogical documentation. (Formerly a face-to-face Workshop)

    What will you gain from this session?

    • Find out about the layers of inquiry based learning (image of the child, relationships, time, space, materials, listening, planning, documenting)
    • Learn how to begin and sustain your project work (emergent curriculum) and uncover curriculum expectations
    • Plan for inquiry next steps with the help of pedagogical documentation
    • Begin to balance workload and integrate learning 
    • Gain knowledge from the comfort of your own home, office, or classroom using any computer, laptop, iPad, or smart phone device
    • Certificate for participation


    I have used Adobe Connect as a graduate student at York University and also as a Teacher Librarian for Scholastic training.  At first I was at little hesitant, but absolutely loved the interactive experience!  Adobe connect allows you to feel like you are participating in a workshop, without having to physically be there!  In our private meeting room (registered participants only), you can see the powerpoint slides, hear the presenter talking, access any handouts, view video clips, ask questions or contribute to discussion either by typing in the chat forum or through your phone line.  If you have wanted to attend my workshop, and our distance has gotten in the way - now it doesn't have to! 

    Be one of the first to register for my online series, and receive a free copy of my TransformEd Tips and Tricks: Inquiry-Based Learning package.  (This is in addition to the handouts that are part of our learning together.)


    REGISTER HERE:

    The TransformEd E-Workshop series on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 and Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (4 hours) from the comfort of your own home costs $110.00 + HST.

     


    An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact [email protected].  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information (how to login to adobe connect, etc.) and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

    All sessions are non-refundable.  The online platform that I am using (Adobe Connect) requires an annual fee that is based on the number of participants that are confirmed.  Once you register, I will count on your attendance to run the E-Workhsop.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  



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    Download the flyer in pdf here.

    York University Kindergarten AQ/Certificate course for teachers and D.E.C.E.'s
    Part 1 and Specialist combined course

    September 27-December 1, 2016
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-8:30 p.m.

    Blended (Face2Face and Twitter)
    Tuesdays are online (except our first session) and Thursdays are face-to-face.

    Location is TBD - 400 and Major Mackenzie area

    Part 1 - Introduction 

    Learn about The Kindergarten Program, using the 2016 revised document in an interactive, creative, and blended course.  This introduction will focus upon topics such as, but not limited to, the learning environment, pedagogical documentation, inquiry/play-based learning, self-regulation, early childhood development theories/approaches, integrated learning, and assessment.  Educators will have weekly opportunities to connect in person and online via Twitterchats with their professional learning community (PLC).  During the course we will be exploring the theory and connect it to practice with our hands-on lectures, interesting readings, knowledgable guest speakers, inspiring field trips, and practical assignments.  Our weeks together will feel more like an experience to support your own unique learning journey, and will provide you with resources for your ongoing exploration even after the course ends.

    Part 3 - Specialist 

    Learn about The Kindergarten Program, using the 2016 revised document in an interactive, creative, and blended course.  This third part will extend and deepen early childhood development theories/approaches and enhance our knowledge about effective practice for children aged 3.5-6 years with a focus on family involvement, collaboration, leadership, and mentoring in all areas of the Kindergarten program.  Educators will have weekly opportunities to connect in person and online via Twitterchats with their professional learning community (PLC).  During the course we will be exploring the theory and connect it to practice with our hands-on lectures, interesting readings, knowledgable guest speakers, inspiring field trips, and practical assignments.  Our weeks together will feel more like an experience to support your own unique learning journey, and will provide you with resources for your ongoing exploration even after the course ends.




    For more information and photos please visit my #yorkukaq page on the blog or follow this hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.  I really love to guide and inspire educators on their journey through early learning!  As I wrote in the descriptions, this course is an experience and you will grow through your interactions and collaborations.  If you are interested we will have a firm cap of 40 participants and it tends to fill up rather quickly, so don't wait until it's too late!  

    REGISTER HERE:

    Teacher AQ courses
    Kindergarten Part 1 - To register click here.
    Kindergarten Specialist - To register click here

    DECE Certificate courses
    Kindergarten Part 1 Teaching Strategies - To register click here. (waiting for the page to be updated)
    Kindergarten Part 3 Leadership- To register click here. (waiting for the page to be updated)





    Download the flyer in pdf here.


    1. TransformEd Fall Workshop:

    Provocations, projects, and my pedagogical documentation process: Reflections of a five year journey transforming educational practices

    For the past five years I have planned many different invitations for learning in hopes that they might lead to inquiry sparks. Learn more about how I provoked student thinking with several examples of project work and how these experiences were documented to support planning throughout the years.

    Special guests include #FourEverInspired: Trista DuttJocelyn SchmidtVanessa Bianchi as well as my SK/1 grade partners Heidi Theis and Sandra Foryszewski.

    What will you gain from this session?
    • provocation ideas from five years in the making
    • inquiry project examples from five years
    • seeing how various inquiry sparks were carried out and documented 
    • how documentation was used to support planning of next steps
    • how the process of documenting evolved over time
    • exposure to higher-order thinking questions that aligned with each project
    • examples of uncovering the curriculum
    • insights, experiences, and perspectives of educators in FDK, SK/1, Library, and Junior grades
    • opportunity to ask questions at a point in the school year where you might have many
    • inspiration for the coming months and year
    • certificate of participation


    Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2015

    Timing: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    9:30-10:00 Registration, exploration, and networking
    10:00-12:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00-3:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis followed by special guests
    3:30-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (including varying perspectives of guests) and Questions

    Location: St. George's Golf and Country Club 
    1668 Islington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M9A 3M9



    If you register by October 1st, your name will automatically be entered in a draw to win some educational products.  In addition to these materials, the first 50 registrants will receive 1 in 5 chances for a FREE TransformEd Consulting Services package (which might include any of what is listed below under #3 - customizable opportunities) to continue our learning and growing together! 




    REGISTER HERE:

    The TransformEd Fall Workshop on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 from 9:30-4:00 p.m. (6.5 hours) with lunch included costs $200.00 + HST = $226.00.  





    An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact [email protected]  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

    All sessions are non-refundable.  The golf course requires that the number of participants are confirmed, to ensure that they have adequate space, staffing, and food.  Even on a snow day, they do not provide our money back.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  



    2. #CTInquiry

    Are you interested in joining a free network that can inspire and guide your inquiry work throughout the school year?

    Join us for our first session in Anamaria Ralph's classroom of the TDSB - Maurice Cody P.S. on Thursday, September 17th, 2015!


    Download the flyer in pdf here.
    More information on the #CTInquiry page.





    3. TransformEd Consulting Services customizable opportunities


    Download the flyer in pdf here.


    How can TransformEd help you, your program, and your colleagues, within your context?

    • Workshop presentations at your location with topics that match where your group of learners are in their transformation (lecture style, hands-on creative, or a mixture of the two formats)

    • Classroom consultation visit with design inspiration on how to make your learning environment act as the third educator (not limited to your classroom - could also be a discussion over materials at a store such as Ikea)

    • One-on-one or small group planning meetings (at your location, a cafe, or within TransformEd studio office space) supporting you or your team wherever you are on your journey (e.g., flow of the day, inquiry, pedagogical documentation study, etc.)

    • Skype/Face-Time consultation meeting or online learning session

    • Book study or network sessions facilitated such as #CTInquiry

    • Educational event planning, marketing ideas/creative brainstorming sessions, and support with styling or setup

    • Classroom or school photography captured through TransformEd's lens that you can then used for your social media

    • Support with and tips to begin your own educational blog, youtube channel, twitter account, Pinterest page, or Instagram feed

    For more information about these customizable packages, please contact [email protected].  I will try to work creatively around my busy schedule to accommodate your request(s) throughout the school year!





    4. TransformEd customizable children's programming

    Download the flyer in pdf here.


    How might TransformEd inspire your child to become a lifelong learner?


    • private inquiry-based learning sessions in the TransformEd studio (near Wonderland) or in your own home for 1-6 children 
    • private piano lessons
    • private art lessons
    • private literacy lessons (oral communication, reading, and writing)
    • custom package that combines different areas of your interest




    5. Coming soon to TransformEd:  Online video workshop sessions entitled, "Tea Talk Tuesdays" from the comfort of your own home, teacher products/publications, and an official website. Stay tuned!!!!


    Download the flyer in pdf here.






    Feel free to browse through some of TransformEd's former offerings below:



    For complete 2 page handout to download and email click here.



    Are you interested in learning more about the following?
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten 
    • Inquiry-Based Learning
    • Reggio Emilia Inspiration 
    • Environment as Third Teacher
    • Pedagogical Documentation 
    • Outdoor Learning
    Then you have come to the right place! 



    I am instructing the York University Kindergarten AQ 

    and Certificate Courses for Teachers and D.E.C.E's



    Here are some professional learning opportunities and events that might support your interests:





    October 2013
    November 2013


    March 2014


    • ORA Documentation Study Session, York University (March 8th 10:00-12:00)
    • Art Supplies for Africa: An Open House Event, Bond Lake Public School (Richmond Hill, Ontario) *I am hosting this event with my fellow FDK team*
    You are all invited to come and see the Kindergarten classrooms at Bond Lake P.S. on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 12:00-2:00 p.m.

    Print the complete flyer by clicking here.

    We hope to see you there!


    • …and still we rise ETFO's annual Women's Conference, Royal York Hotel (March 27) *I am presenting*

    April 2014

    May 2014

    June 2014

    July 2014


    August 2014

    September 2014


    January 2015

    February 2015

    March 2015

    April 2015


    • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
    • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.

    May 2015
    • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
    • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.

      June 2015




























    • For Teachers - Kindergarten Part 1, Part 2, and Specialist combined AQ course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
    • For D.E.C.E.'s - Kindergarten Course Certificate Part 1: Teaching Strategies, Part 2: Planning and Assessment, Part 3: Leadership combined course, York University (Anne Frank Public School, Maple Ontario) *I am instructing* -The course begins April 2nd and ends on June 11th.
    • TransformEd Consulting Services presents a Summer Workshop Series with Joanne Marie Babalis at the St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto.  Four workshop topics: 

    • July 2015


      Testimonials Kindergarten AQ course from my former students:
      The Kindergarten AQ Specialist course offered through York University, taught by Joanne Babalis was an incredible experience.  I took two other courses online and was left feeling uninspired. This course invigorated me and pushed me to take risks in my own FDK classroom and throw myself into the new program. The course inspired me to be a leader in my school and I feel excited to start a new year with fresh ideas and a lot of creative experiences. Thanks for your inspiration Joanne. You are a true leader!
      Leah Liederman
      FDK Teacher, YRDSB






      I absolutely loved my Kindergarten Specialist course through York University, taught by Joanne Babalis.  It lived up to all my expectations and more and was the perfect way to end a year long journey of Kindergarten PD.  This course was inspiring in so many ways.  It taught me how to be a leader and inspired me to want to inspire others to be leaders in their journey of learning in FDK.  From the guest speakers to the class excursions, the connections to technology, creative experiences and life-long connections to colleagues, as well as, Joanne's guiding, supporting and inspiring leadership, the course was an A+!!

      Maria Marinuzzo
      FDK Teacher, Dufferin-Peel CDSB




      After 6 1/2 years of teaching kindergarten, I decided it was time to register for Kindergarten Part 2. Having followed Joanne's blog, My Classroom Transformation, I knew that I had to enrol in the course with Joanne.  Joanne (and the many wonderful educators I met in the course!) transformed my teaching practice!  Upon completing my Part 2, I immediately registered for Part 3 with Joanne!  I would highly recommend anyone who is taking their Kindergarten Specialist to enroll with Joanne.  She is extremely knowledgeable and provides an environment that fosters a growth mindset.  The material and the assignments are extremely practical and can be transferred to your day-to-day classroom practice.  

      Shelley Sweazey
      FDK Teacher, Simcoe  County District School Board



      10 comments:

      1. Joanne, My name is Stacey Donovan. I came to your classroom last year and was completley inspired! I have a question for you but I do not know your email address. Could you email me at [email protected] please? It would be hugely, greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

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      2. Hi Joanne,
        I came across your blog through another blog that I consulted a lot last year as I taught FDK. I have a question about class size and how you manage.
        Can you email me when you have a moment?
        [email protected]
        Happy Friday!

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      3. Hi how are you Joanne. I just discovered all these amazing professional learning opportunities and events that took place in 2013. I am so interested in finding out when they will take place this year. Please please share.

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      4. Hello Joanne I am the PL chair for ETFO Durham Catholic DECE local and would love to get some more information on your workshops you present for our members, if you could email me that would be great.
        [email protected]

        Thank you,
        Kelly Mulville

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      5. Hello Joanne,
        I'm a teacher at Horizon-Jeunesse in Mississauga. The principal of the school had registered me for the three workshops but he says that he hasn't receive a confirmation yet. Would it be possible for you to contact me on the matter. Thank you! Can't wait to assist to the first workshop in two weeks.
        [email protected]

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        1. Hello Flavie,

          I emailed you back! All confirmations and receipts were sent out before the break.

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      6. Hi Joanne,

        Our school Larkspur Public School in Brampton would be very interested in booking you for a consultation/workshop for our 12 Kindergarten first year FDK program. Do you offer this? Is there a better way I can contact you through email- Microsoft Outlook is not connecting me to your email (old computers hehe).

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        1. Hello,

          Thank you for your interest in TransformEd Consulting Services!

          You can reach me at [email protected]

          Looking forward to connecting,

          Joanne

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