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Oct
5
to Oct 6

Froebel USA Conference

Rachel Larimore will be presenting at this year’s Froebel USA Conference in Boston, MA. Other presenters at the event include:

  • Barbara Beatty — "Early Kindergarten Pioneers in Boston"

  • Julie Bennett — "Froebel Gift Play Techniques"

  • Norman Brosterman — "Kindergarten: The Lost World"

  • Scott Bultman — Preview of The Garden of Children documentary film series

  • Alicia Carroll — "Early Childhood STEM"

  • Tiffeni Goesel — "Connecting the Froebel Gifts"

  • Kristina Lamour Sansone — "Rhoda Kellogg’s Child As Designer"

  • Peg Oliveira | Gesell Institute — "Assessing Child Development"

  • Cathy Topal / Lella Gandini — "Beautiful Stuff from Nature"

  • Helge Wasmuth — "How Kindergarten Came to America"

Click here more information about the event and to register.

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Nature-Based & Forest Preschool Business Planning Workshop: Helping your business take flight

Facilitated by Rachel Larimore & David Catlin of Samara Early Learning, LLC

Registration is $135 and includes all presentation handouts, worksheets and business templates, and lunch.

Click here to register for this workshop.

(Please note, registration for the Nature-Based Learning Conference must be completed separately here.) 

This one-day business planning workshop is being offered in conjunction with Natural Start Alliance’s annual Nature-Based Early Learning Conference. Our goal is to help your nature-based or forest preschool dream take flight. This one-day workshop will not only help you get started, but also provide you the road map for accomplishing your vision. We will begin with an overview of the business planning process, then we will guide you on questions to ask and tools to answer those questions—all specific to the unique business needs of nature-based and forest preschools. We will provide specific guidance related to these topics:

·      Key decisions (e.g., mission, goals, administrative model, partnerships)

·      Programming plan (What will the program look and feel like?)

·      Site plan (How do I determine if a site is right for my business?)

·      Building plan (What does the ideal physical space look like and how can I achieve that vision?)

·      Marketing plan (Who is the target market? How do I reach them? How do I identify potential competition?)

·      Operating plan (How do I identify the nuts and bolts of my program such as schedule, registration process, insurance, etc.?)

·      Financial plan (How do I identify and track start-up and operating expenses?)

·      Risk analysis (What might go wrong in my business plan and how might I respond if it does?)

The workshop itself will be a mix of presentations and small-group interaction and problem-solving. All of these activities are designed to ensure you leave the workshop having made substantial progress on your business plan. Yes, you’ll leave with more work to do, but our goal is for you to leave with a clear road map of next steps to quickly and efficiently make your preschool a reality.  

Thank you to our partners in offering this workshop:

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Jul
31
to Aug 3

Natural Start Alliance's 2019 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference

Rachel Larimore, Founder of Samara Early Learning, will be presenting a concurrent session with David Catlin, titled “Learning from each other: A facilitated discussion on the challenges of starting a school and a research posted titled “Development of the NAture-Based Education Rating Scale (NABERS) for K-3 Education” at Natural Start Alliance’s Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, July 31-August 3, 2019 in Manchester, NH. Conference registration is required to attend these presentations. Click here to register! Also, please check the conference program for session times and locations.

Note: Rachel Larimore and David Catlin will also be presenting a one-day nature-based preschool business planning post-conference workshop on Saturday, August 3. For more information or to register for this event, please click here.

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Jun
2
to Jun 5

NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

Rachel Larimore, Founder of Samara Early Learning, will be presenting a concurrent session, titled “Learning beyond walls: Integrating nature into the preschool classroom at NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute June 2-5, 2019 in Long Beach, California. She will also be joining Gryphon House, publisher of her new book (Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning) in the Exhibit Hall. Conference registration is required to attend these presentations. Click here to register! Also, please check the conference program for session times and locations.

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Apr
12
to Apr 13

Irvine Nature Center's Nature Preschool Conference

Rachel Larimore, Founder of Samara Early Learning, will be presenting the keynote, titled “Guided by the ‘Why?’—Making Intentional Decisions in the Nature-based Early Childhood Classroom” at Irvine Nature Center’s Nature Preschool Conference April 12-13, 2019 in Owing Mills, Maryland. She will also be presenting a concurrent session titled “Going to the Great ‘Beyond’.” Conference registration is required. Click here to register!

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