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Bonnie weds her life-long love of participatory, community-building song with her background in early childhood education to bring classes and workshops to teachers and caregivers.  Woven throughout Bonnie’s sing-along, move-along approach to teacher education, is her commitment to anti-bias practice, which she studied at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

Bonnie has taught music in early childhood education and teacher credential programs at San Francisco State University, Mission College in Santa Clara, and is currently teaching Music and Movement Education at the Neighborhood Accreditation Center in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood.

In addition to college courses, Bonnie offers workshops for conferences, retreats,  and in-service trainings.  Below you’ll find some descriptions of teacher workshops she has presented at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, at the Northern California Kindergarten Conference, at New College of California, and at the Mills College Women’s Leadership Institute. 


A Workshop for Pre-school and Kindergarten Teachers and Caregivers

Learn active songs, quiet songs, finger plays, lullabies and singing ring games from many cultures.  These are age appropriate, child-tested materials that promote self expression, belonging, self esteem and FUN. 

Ideas about the benefits of music in the child’s overall development, and the benefits that both providers and children enjoy in a music-rich program will be integrated into the presentation.  Tips on maximizing children's involvement, and overcoming teachers' blocks to singing will be included. 

The format of this workshop is entirely hands-, feet- and voices-on.  Activities are accessible to folks with no special musical training.  There will be some simple chants you can use on Monday morning.  Handout of words and music will be provided for all participants.   You are welcome to bring your tape recorder.



A Workshop for K-3 Teachers

Biases of all kinds prevent our children from developing their full potential.  Music—with its amazing power to stir souls, move bodies, and stimulate intellects—offers us support, inspiration and information as we learn to recognize personal and institutional biases and work to overcome them.  Come sing-along, clap-along and move-along with songs—old and new—that help young people (and us) deal with issues of fairness and equality.  Some simple chants you can use on Monday morning.  Tape recorders welcome.



A Workshop for K-3 Teachers

Share songs that Martin Luther King and multitudes sang in the struggle for racial justice.  Accessible to young children, civil rights songs are primary sources that open young minds to an essential movement in American history. 

Leading children in singing This Little Light of Mine, If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus, We Shall Overcome, and the rich repertoire of songs from sit-ins, freedom rides, and bus boycotts, teachers help children gain an understanding of what King’s life was about, of how millions of people participated in the movement, and how ordinary people continue the to work for justice.

This workshop is an opportunity to sing these powerful songs together, to place them in their historical context, and to consider how to present them, and the stories they tell, to young children.  Song sheets will be provided.  Tape recorders are welcome.


THAT’S NOT FAIR!  Activism with Young Children

An Antibias Workshop with Bonnie Lockhart & Nancy Schimmel
for teachers & parents of children in pre-school to third grade

This workshop expands on Ann Pelo and Fran Davidson’s book, That’s Not Fair: A Teacher’s Guide to Activism with Young Children. (Redleaf Press)  Ann and Fran emphasize that anti-bias activism is developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children.  The authors identify ways in which activism provides a mental model of survival and emotional health for youngsters, develops empathy and appreciation for differences, facilitates critical thinking and creative action, and builds community among children, their families, and their teachers.

Bonnie and Nancy invite participants to build on these ideas, discussing the uses of emergent curriculum and anti-bias work to cultivate children’s ability to stand up for themselves and for others in the face of bias.  Participants will explore how to begin with class-room issues to foster a wider sense of fairness.  Bonnie and Nancy will share songs, stories, and strategies to help children learn to listen to others’ needs and to speak up for their own.