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Young Children Priority First


Kiwanis St. Catharines
Kiwanis Club Welland
Stamford Kiwanis Club


Science & Technology Project Training Sessions Feedback

November 5, 2014

"Very informative - Can't wait to use with my class."
"Fantastic resources and very well rounded assortment of materials to explore all aspects of science."
"Very well thought out, everything and more is in the kit! ex. camera, thundermaker.."
"Equipment is great! Prompts thinking in daily planning."

October 6, 2014

"I found the group activities and listening to other points of view on topics the most informative."
"The most meaningful and informative part was the prompts and open-ended questions - we don't have to know the answers."
"Looking forward to having fun with the children."

September 30, 2014

"The hands-on questions, material handling and exploring the kit was most meaningful."
"...being able to look at science in a different way and questioning."
"Very informative training, lots of examples, kit is amazing with lots of very useful materials in it."
"I enjoyed this seminar and many ideas with this science kit. Jennifer (facilitator) was amazing and interesting."

June 9, 2014

"I loved seeing the different science activities we can add to the classroom."
"...Jen gave a great presentation, interesting and very meaningful and easy to implement."
"...realizing that everything can be science everyday can be different."
"We were fighting over whose room will use the items first."
"The material will be so useful, interesting and fun for the children to use in the classroom."

May 13, 2014

"The time for staff to use the materials and to explore asking/using open-ended questions."
"The new information that was presented to us was very informative and meaningful."
"Science was always a weakness so this definitely gives me more confidence and ideas to take back to the centre."
"Our children at our centre are very inquisitive and we always like to experiment with ideas."
"So excited to use it with the kids. Can't wait to see the smile on their faces."
"It's so wonderful to have this kit.'
"Thank you very much! We look forward to using the materials! Thank you."
"This workshop is a great resource!"
"Very good, gets you thinking of different ways to promote learning."

April 29, 2014

"Different people brought different ideas and everyone was able to expand on them."
"There were appropriately timed and thoughtfully designed group discussions throughout the session."
"Much of my lack of confidence came from a lack of original materials and ideas. The kit was very helpful."
"There were many group activities that were fun-filled and useful."
"This will bring amazing things to the learning process."
"It adds variety and allows the children to expand their knowledge and learn new things."

April 28, 2014

"The session was perfect and easy to understand."
"It was a good reminder that science is everywhere and doesn't have to be hard."
"Knowing there is a huge resource at my centre really gives me confidence because I feel it can make science fun."
From an Executive Director, "I wanted to send kudos for the fantastic science kit that everyone received at the workshop the other evening. It was absolutely incredible! My staff said the workshop was a lot of fun and they are 'tickled pink' with the trunk of goodies!"

April 12, 2014

"During the training, we were already coming up with ideas for Monday."
"Refreshed our memories on how simple things work."
"It allows us to think outside the box and challenge us to be better facilitators."
"Science and technology is a fun way of incorporating the real life into a child's centre. It teaches them so much."
"Always need new ideas to make things interesting. sometimes we fall into a rut and need fresh ideas."
"Our centre is small and we don't have the funding for these kits, thank you."
"Knowing what the materials are and how to use them is helpful. Also knowing what we can use for a later time gives us something to look forward to."
"Strongly recommend this workshop to broaden the minds as an ECE."

March 4, 2014

"The training provided assurance and confidence that we can incorporate a variety of science experiments into our programs easily."
"The training offered great ideas for experiments and made me realize it could be just everyday things that are used to incorporate science. Think outside the box!"
"As a group, we had many different ideas and explanations; it was good to share with colleagues and other staff."
"Being provided with the kit and resources, I believe staff will feel more confident in incorporating science into everyday learning."
"Having the resources allows creativity in both me as an educator and the child as the learner."

March 3, 2014

"The hands-on training provided different uses for each item and the knowledge to incorporate it into the children's everyday experience."
"I love science! I teach and enjoy incorporating it into the program; however, this kit will broaden and supplement what we're already doing!"
"With the tools provided, it opens up opportunities for even teachers to explore."
"I am very excited to introduce these different tools and having the tools available makes it easier to come up with new and exciting opportunities for the children."
"I was impressed with how easy it can be to incorporate science into everyday learning for the children in my centre."

February 19, 2014

"Thank you so much to the project partners! We are super appreciative and lucky to have your support to increase the quality of our centres."
"The materials and resources provided help give a clear picture of how we can easily incorporate science and technology into the class."
"The training helped me realize easy ways to incorporate science into all centres."

February 10, 2014

"Science can be very intimidating when you don't have confidence; this kit shows how basic items can enhance all activities."
"More materials/resources means more child-initiated activities."
"I am so happy this training was offered! Science is such a big part of every day and I am very eager to expand on it with these wonderful kits!"
"This training and the resources have made me excited to teach science!"

The ECCDC gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding this project. We also extend gratitude to our Project Partners; the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara for contributing funds and volunteer hours, and Louise Kool and Galt for offering extensive supplier discounts towards the purchase of kit materials.

For more information or inquiries on any of these Young Children Priority First Projects,
please contact the Early Childhood Community Development Centre at eccdc@eccdc.org.