"Ooey, gooey, puddin' and pie
"Taught the teachers and made them ... laugh?"
Lisa Murphy is the "Ooey Gooey Lady" from San Diego, Calif. She entertained, inspired and taught area educators during a full day of workshops at Northview High School on Saturday.
Murphy is the owner of The Learning Through Adventure Co., an educational consulting firm created in 1997 by Tom and Lisa Murphy.
The Murphys believe children have the right to long periods of uninterrupted free play time, adults who are acting as facilitators, freedom to explore with few restrictions, lots and lots of outdoor time and to be engaged in experiences that are real, according to a press release from the LEAAP Center, sponsor of Saturday's program. LEAAP is an acronym for Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers and is funded in part by the CAPE Grant.
Lisa is the author of three books -- The Ooey Gooey Handbook, Identifying and Creating Child-centered Environments, PLAY ... The Foundation That Supports the House of Higher Learning and Even More Fizzle Bubble Pop and WOW! Simple Science for Young Children!
She shares secrets to success: "Control the environment -- not the little people in it! Preschool is not bootcamp for kindergarten! Try to always be in the middle but never in the way" and "NEVER EVER EVER underestimate the impact you have on the children".
Lisa apparently practices what she preaches: According to her Web site, "Lisa continues to teach in San Diego where she lives with her husband Tom and their dog Otis in a magical house where no one is required to use inside voices or walking feet and where you can often witness family and friends conducting grand and gooey experiments in kitchen sinks and bathtubs!"
More information can be obtained from the Murphys' Web site: http://www.ooeygooey.com.