Workshop Descriptions


This workshop introduces both the theoretical philosophy of the separation process and the practical application in the classrooms. Brooklyn Schoolhouse’s separation philosophy focuses on a gradual, child-centered, individualistic approach to separating from a parent or caregiver and attaching to a teacher or even looking forward to seeing an old or new friend.

We begin the evening by asking parents to remember what it was like for them to start school. We invite them to reflect on a time when they had to say good-bye to someone they loved, or someone they loved had to say good-bye to them, and how this may translate into their child’s experience of the first days and weeks of school.

When your child enters school for the very first time – their whole world comes with them – the trusting foundation and secure base that represents home. In the classroom, trust is experienced as a reciprocal dance, moving away from parents and caregivers and towards the teacher – and back again – until the child is firmly oriented in their new environment.



How do we establish & define limits and boundaries for our children and for ourselves?

  • Setting a limit & a boundary is a form of honoring the self and others.
  • A boundary is not a wall – it is a responsibility.
  • Limits & boundaries bring us clarity of thought, feeling and action.
  • Healthy limits & boundaries are not reactive and impulsive – they are arrived at through thoughtful reflection and heartfelt intention.
  • Limits & boundaries involve listening, hearing, receiving and responding.
  • Limits & boundaries create a secure base for life.



We will discuss the stages and ages of toilet training as well as discuss presenting challenges, struggles and how to support a child during and through this developmental milestone.


children & technology: making mindful connections

What do we appreciate about the world of technology? How does the use of technological devices make us think and feel? How does technology influence and impact human and child development? How do we use technology with our children? What are our concerns about children and technology? How do we find a healthy balance between technological mindfulness and human connection?


Power Play / Empowering Play / Rough & Tumble Play & Gender Play

  • What is Power Play?
  • What is Empowering Play?
  • What is Gender Play?
  • What is Rough and Tumble Play? Aggressive Play?
  • What are the differences between these types of play and how are they defined, recognized and supported?

As these types of play may present concern and conflict for both teachers and parents, we will explore the developmental, social, cultural, and symbolic understandings as well as the benefits; advantages, distinctions and misperceptions concerning power power/empowering play/ rough and tumble play and gender play.

We will explore and examine respectful, nurturing tools, techniques and support strategies in order to help children navigate through and engage in play that is positive and productive.


Parents as teachers

This interactive workshop will identify the importance and value of parents seeing and experiencing themselves as one of their child’s most important teachers. Integrating our efforts with the educational philosophies of John Dewey, Maria Montessori and John Holt, we will work with hands on materials that encourage awareness for how to encourage learning readiness and joy throughout our daily activities at home and in the community. No particular educational background or training is necessary for participation-parents need only bring a desire to encourage their child’s lifetime love of learning!

Andrew Lerner, Ph.D. will facilitate our learning endeavor.


Sibling Struggles & Family Dynamics

In this particular workshop we will discuss sibling struggles, rivalries and dynamics from an emotional, psychological, developmental and familial construct. We will examine how sibling relationships impact communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution partnered with birth order, developmental milestones and age appropriate roles, rules and responsibilities. We will also explore the necessity to recognize, support and respect each child’s unique sense of self as a contributing and participating member of the family.



Death, illness and loss are inevitable in our lives. Each situation is unique and deeply personal. All children will deal with loss at some point and many families struggle with what to share, and when and how to share it.

In this particular workshop we will address how children process an understanding of loss and death in a very honest, supportive and age appropriate manner.

We will discuss how children internalize concepts of loss and death, how to answer their questions and concerns and how to encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings.

We will also address how “living memories” can become a resource of strength, hope and healing.