Filling the Fun Cup™

A webinar with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for educators

Are you an early childhood educator working with children who:

  • Seem bored or under stimulated;
  • ‘Break rules’ while they laugh;
  • Seem to ‘push buttons’ and enjoy the reaction;
  • Need constant stimulation and entertainment;
  • Value humour but have yet to learn boundaries around ‘teasing’; or
  • Will not follow directions (‘do not listen’ to staff). 


Learn how to confidently respond to these behaviours by increasing every child's sense of joy within your program.

This workshop will enable you to have a deeper knowledge of how to support children to fill their Fun Cup™.

The Fun Cup drives our need for joy. This Cup is filled by play, humour, stimulation, novelty, and celebration.

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children's holistic wellbeing, increase a sense of fun and playfulness within you program, and ensure children in your care have a strong sense of joy.

 

Become an expert at planning for the Fun Cup™

Learn how to confidently foster a child's sense of joy by:

  • Responding to children’s need for playfulness

  • Developing holistic wellbeing plans

  • Slowing down to enjoy pleasurable moments

  • Bringing STEAM into the classroom to stimulate learning

  • Support schematic play

  • Understand and plan for differences in individual children’s needs for fun

Link theory, research, and evidence to your practice and planning

This course will show you how to incorporate the following theories into your planning

  • Schematic Play

    Piaget discovered that working with schemas helps us build learning around children's understanding of their world, effectively scaffolding upon previous learning to expand children's concepts and ideas. Chris Athey and Cathy Nutbrown’s subsequent research and readings around schema are articulated in this course.

  • The Phoenix Cups®

    A shared language, an approach, a revolutionary framework. The Phoenix Cups is a philosophical framework that your team can use to share ideas, language, and understandings about human behaviour. This course looks specifically at one of The Phoenix Cups - The Fun Cup.

  • Positive Psychology

    The PERMA model proposes that there are five elements essential to human well-being. The E in this model refers to Engagement. We don’t thrive when we are doing nothing. We get bored and feel useless. But when we engage with our life and work, we become absorbed. This course considers this research and the fact that children require engagement to be able to learn to be in ‘flow’ from a very young age.

  • Glasser's Choice Theory

    Dr William Glasser said that Fun is the genetic reward for learning. He coined fun as one of five basic human life needs that drive our behaviours. In this course, this is called the Will to Fill the Fun Cup.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Live Webinar

    • Live webinar - Filling the Fun Cup- 7pm AEST (QLD time)

    • Are you stuck??

    • Recorded Live Webinar

  • 3

    Resource Library

    • Fun Cup - Mind Map

    • Fun Cup

    • Fun Cup - Top Traits

    • Fun Cup - Mind Map

  • 4

    Websites

    • Raising Children Network

  • 5

    Videos

    • Jet pack man - Sandi Phoenix

    • Babies and Toddlers: Amazing Learners - Videos

    • Conceptual Playworlds

    • Toddler Play Videos

    • What is a Schema?

    • Piaget's Schema: How we change information to fit our brain space

  • 6

    Reading Material

    • Don’t forget to play

    • Heuristic play materials: Unstructured play materials for infants and toddlers.

    • Painting with young children in early years education and care settings.

    • The Complexity of Preschool Children's dramatic play.

    • I feel like I m getting sad there early childhood outdoor playspaces as places for children s wellbeing

    • From boats to bushes environmental elements supportive of children s sociodramatic play outdoors

    • Connections between children s involvement in dramatic play and the quality of early childhood environments

  • 7

    Happy Cup Filling

    • Professional and personal development opportunities with Phoenix Support for Educators

    • Final reflection

Bonus material

You will get instant access to a resource library as well as a one hour live webinar presentation and Q&A

  • Videos + Webinar

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding. Additionally, the live webinar will be recorded and uploaded to your course to play back at your own time.

  • Downloadable PDFs

    Downloadable resources that every educator needs for understanding how to support children to fill their Fun Cup.

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.

Facilitator

Phoenix Support for Educators

Elise Waghorn

Elise Waghorn is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research project is investigating the everyday lifeworlds of children in Australia and how this relates and connects to policy and educational experiences with children in Hong Kong and Singapore. Elise’s teaching has focused on the ways in which early childhood pedagogical practices influence children’s wellbeing. She has worked within the early childhood sector for 13 plus years and has a passion for making sure children's rights are listened to and respected. For the last four years Elise has worked part time as a casual academic at a university. Her role involves teaching the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary, and Masters of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

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