Small Worlds- Diane Kashin- Workshops 2016

diane Kashin small worlds

Shaping small worlds is one of David Sobel’s seven play motifs. Through creating miniature representations of ecosystems, or neighbourhoods, or in the case of this workshop, habitats for fairies, we can help children learn and conceptually grasp the big picture. The creation of small worlds provides a concrete vehicle for understanding abstract ideas. Participants will engage in small world play and documentation of that play.




Time of the workshop: Friday Afternoon

Group that this workshop is best suited for: All ages


Presenter Bio:

Diane Kashin

Diane Kashin

Diane earned her Bachelors of Honours from York University and went on to obtain an early childhood education diploma from Seneca College. Diane worked as an early childhood educator and centre director before beginning graduate studies at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto and teaching early childhood education at Seneca College at both the degree and the diploma level. Diane earned a Masters and Doctorate of Education successfully defending her doctoral thesis: Reaching the Top of the Mountain: The Impact of Emergent Curriculum on the Practice and Self-Image of Early Childhood Educators in 2007 Diane has co-authored two early childhood education textbooks with Pearson Canada; Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education (2012) and Empowering Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education(2016)  . Diane retired from Seneca College in 2014 and is excited to be teaching part time at Ryerson University, consulting and providing workshops provincially, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include Reggio-inspired practice, the philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins, forest/nature schools, technology integration in ECE and social media for professional learning. Diane is the author of a blog that she writes to support professional learning in early childhood education:  and co-moderates an international Twitter chat for educators inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education #ReggioPLC. Diane is passionate about her volunteer work as the chair of the York Region Nature Collaborative as well as engaging and learning through social media. Diane administers three Facebook Pages: York Region Nature Collaborative, Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research and Bachelor of Child Development  You can also find her on Twitter and