The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Curriculum Research & Development Group, together with the Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center, invite you to a free, virtual, and family-friendly holiday celebration of learning. Participants will choose three from the following six virtual playdates to meet local authors, engage in learning activities for the whole family, and purchase books at discounted prices for the holiday giving season. Read on to learn more about each of the breakout rooms, which will include opportunities to learn how to nurture your keikiʻs mathematical thinking through daily activities, join a local author in a writing workshop, learn how to turn your art passion into illustration, plus a collection of fun and enriching STEAM activities. All learning activities are provided by local creators in Hawai'i, and one lucky winner will be awarded a prize package valued at $50. Join us to celebrate learning, support local businesses, and jumpstart your holiday shopping! 

Saturday, December 5, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 AM Hawaii Standard Time
Online via Zoom
Cost: Free!
On the day of the event, choose THREE from the following options,
which will be offered in virtual breakout rooms:
Who Has More? The Great Flood Storytime and Math Fun! 
With Dr. Seanyelle Yagi and Dr. Linda Venenciano
Join UH Mānoa faculty members in mathematics education to read their new book, Who Has More? The Great Flood and experience a fun activity that teaches keiki about comparing volume. Suggested age group: families with keiki from pre-k to grade 2.
Mele Math Box: Inspire & Ignite Young Math Minds 
With Marion Ano and Tiana Henderson
Mele Math Box is a local education collaborative that aims to ignite and inspire young math minds. In this breakout room, keiki will get to try out two different local products. The first will help them learn to observe the weather. With the second, keiki will use their own body to create the ultimate measuring tool and learn the Hawaiian terms for the measurements they make. Suggested age group: families with keiki from pre-k to grade 6.
Writing Workshop 
With Alyssa Kapaona
Join Alyssa as she talks about the writing process; reads excerpts from her book, "Emma's Adventure: Mommy's Work Trip; engages young authors in writing exercises; and answers questions about writing and publishing. Suggested age group: families with keiki from grades 2 to 6.
How Do I Become a Children’s Picture Book Illustrator? 
With Bryce Watanabe and Byron Inouye
Join two local illustrators as they describe their journey to becoming a children’s picture book illustrator and show you the processes they use to create the art in their books. Suggested age group: families with keiki from grades 3 and up.
Explore Water Science Fun 
With Joanna Philippoff
Water has an amazing ability to adhere, or stick, to itself and to other substances. In this activity, with common household materials, we will investigate water’s stickiness and compare water’s stickiness to that of oil. We’ll also poke and prod water with objects and observe what happens—and see if we can get a paperclip to float! Suggested age group: families with keiki from kindergarten and up.
With Dr. Lori Andersen
Have you noticed how the stars move at night? In this breakout room, we will look at the constellations that will be in tonightʻs sky with stellarium and see how they move. You will take home a sky map to help you look for these constellations with your family tonight. You will also be able to create and name your own constellation with Google Jamboard. Suggested age group: families with keiki from grades 3 and up.
Participants are encouraged to use Zoom version 5.3 or higher to enjoy the best experience. 
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*Teachers Teaching Teachers: The Professional Development Center (PDC) at Hanahauʻoli offers workshops and coursework about best practices in education with a particular emphasis upon early childhood and the elementary years. Made possible through an endowment from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, programs include teachers from both public and private schools joining together to create learning communities that foster 21st century skills.