TransformEd reopens in 2 short weeks! Hooray!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020




It is with great excitement that I write this blog post and share TransformEd’s plans to relaunch our creative studio classes/programs on July 20th, 2020!  

*FREE learning resources* *UPDATED Mailing List* & *NEWS TO ANNOUNCE!*

Saturday, May 16, 2020



Hello,

I hope that this blog post finds you well and that you are safe at home with your family!  I have some freebies to share, as well as some announcements on what I have been working on during the COVID-19 lockdown.  

"Monthly Membership" - Private Instagram Account for Online Learning (Educators, Parents, & Children)

Sunday, April 26, 2020




Welcome to my second project from the COVID-19 lockdown -- @transformedvirtualstudio.

It is during challenging times, such as these, in which we have two options:
  1. We can focus on how unfair and stressful these circumstances have been (my studio is closed, as are many other businesses), and essentially do nothing about it but complain.
  2. We can choose to look at these unprecedented times, as an opportunity to create and push ourselves beyond the limits of our comfort zone.  

So, I chose number two, and have used this quarantine to do something new by designing a virtual learning space on Instagram that will support educational consulting/training for educators, and creative classes/ideas for parents, and children.  Each week, using IG LIVE (saved to videos after) or Zoom meetings I deliver one adult workshop and two lessons for children/families.  I also share insights from my four trips to Reggio Emilia Italy, photographs/videos of our daily documentation at home, and any new eResources that I write which might support the group's learning.

It is by far the most value (price and what you receive - $30 with taxes included) for learning that I have ever offered, and I did this purposely to allow for more participation.  I want to make Reggio Emilia inspired workshops more affordable and accessible to those who are passionate, curious, and interested in joining.

Let's focus on the positive and use this time to go deeper and learn something new


More YouTube Videos!



If you have been following along our "At Home Learning", you likely already know that we have hit a pretty big milestone in our YouTube revival with 20 new video episodes



This may not seem like anything worth mentioning, however, I feel like I'm celebrating the learning of so many new skills:
  • how to capture video (filming a piece of documentation is a very different process than a photograph)
  • researching what video apps work most effectively for using my iPhone
  • learning to edit (adding things like music, voice over recording, title/text, logo, increasing/decreasing the volume, transitions between clips, etc.)
  • posting on YouTube and building up an audience 


*New* YouTube Videos - Learn with Ms. Joanne Babalis: An Educational Resource for Home/School

Sunday, March 29, 2020




*New* Reggio Emilia Inspired Educational Videos are now available on my YouTube channel and they can help you, your family, or students gain ideas and inspiration for at home learning during COVID-19.

Please feel free to share this blog post or the link to my YouTube page.  I am also giving away a 20 page eResource on Inquiry-Based Learning for FREE with a screenshot of your subscription (see details below).

New Organic Approach to Professional Learning/Training as a Process - Studio Experiences Engaging in Emergent Curriculum Paired with Educational Photography

Friday, January 3, 2020



Something new 
for the New Year!


Improve your photography with children —
an important part of your daily research into learning
and gain insights about the Reggio Emilia approach from Italy.


I had a lightbulb teacher moment last week 👩‍🏫 — I feel like your mind needs to relax on vacation before the 💡 ideas 💡 really flow out of you... I love instructing the Kindergarten Course at York University to educators, as well as facilitating professional learning and training sessions to various school boards and childcare centres. There is always this magic in the air when like minded and inspired people enter the room with the same goal to better their practice. I too need these opportunities to deepen my own thinking/personal inquiry. But the trouble for me has often been that people complete my three part Additional Qualification courses or workshop series and once it’s done they still have questions and crave more... So, I decided to design my educational photography workshops as a process, rather than a one time course/session. They will run over six or twelve week intervals throughout the school year depending on your preferred length or available time to commit...


Thank you York University for featuring me on national entrepreneurs day!

Sunday, November 24, 2019


Read article here.

It’s taken me a few days to post on my blog, about the shock, awe, and utter gratitude that I felt/continue to feel after having been gifted a wonderful interview/article written by York University’s Faculty of Education (where I am still a student after so many years) and featured as an entrepreneurial success story… (see link for complete article here and my media page here.) 

This feature on their website and socials was created in recognition of #nationalentrepeneursday.  Such a nice surprise considering the entrepreneurial role still feels a little foreign to me!


*All photographs in this blog post were captured by Laura Clarke Photography @lauraclarkephotos.

*NEW EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS* and Updated Consulting Services List!

Sunday, September 8, 2019





I have been getting a lot of interest in my upcoming workshop on Educational Photography, as well as questions regarding my consulting services overall.  What is it that I do or offer educators (including groups), parents and children outside of The TransformEd Creative Studio and the Kindergarten AQ course that I instruct with York University... 

This post will share with you the professional learning opportunities, that you can customize to fit your needs.


TransformEd "Tea Talks" are back!




This past week The TransformEd Blog turned 8 years old!  A lot has changed in my life over this time, but there is also a lot that has stayed the same.  For instance, my commitment to children and education have both never wavered for a moment!  And even though I became busy raising two infants (who are now 2 and 3 years old), I still managed to post and share some of my journey with you...

As I work towards continuing to transform, I am often reminded of my roots and why I started writing here the begin with!  This blog has served me well as a constant reminder or record to look back and reflect towards the future...  

I look forward to bringing back my TrasformEd "Tea Talks" - a series with conversations about early learning where the "talk topics" are centred on and contributed by participants' own questions, interests, and challenges.  I will facilitate the discussions and guide the talks face-to-face and online with my own insights, reflections, experiences, advice, suggestions, and questions.

Take a look at some of the options for this school year and join one of our next TransformEd "Tea Talks!"  If these upcoming dates do not suit your schedule, I am going to try to record them and offer an option to download and listen at your own time.  In addition to this, private groups can also request one of our "Tea Talks" in their own context (or the studio), where I would be happy to facilitate the discussion on a date/time of your choosing!

And finally, the conversation starters below that I have began to brainstorm, could perhaps be a guide to your own personal reflection or the "talk topics" could be used with a grade team partner/your staff at a local cafe.  I hope that you will find this to be a resource and I am going to think a little more deeply about how I can continue to highlight some of this important learning with all of you...

Every space could use a little refresh!

Sunday, September 1, 2019





On Friday I had the pleasure of helping a Kindergarten teacher from a catholic school elementary school.  She told me that her atelier was an area of the classroom that wasn't really used by the children last year.  We started talking about some possibilities and later realized that this space exceeded The Arts (visual arts, music, drama, etc.) and allowed for so much curriculum to emerge.

I cannot wait to see how the children interact with it and what they choose to do with the materials!

*NEW @ TransformEd* Part-Time Preschool Programs (Drop-Off)

Thursday, August 29, 2019




There are a lot of wonderful learning opportunities happening this Fall at the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre and I am so thrilled to finally share them all with you!

In this post, to discover three downloadable packages click here:

There will also be educational workshops/training sessions for childcare and elementary school educators, but I am going to save those for a subsequent post!


Learning spaces are always in transformation and not only before school begins!

Saturday, August 24, 2019




As you all know, I have been instructing the Kindergarten Additional Qualification course for years at York University to educators from all across Ontario, and as of most recently (with our online platform) from other parts of the world!  In my Spring and Summer courses, we had participants from as far as Indonesia and India. 

I enjoy sharing my passion for designing learning spaces filled with limitless possibilities to explore and inquire! 

In this post, I will be discussing a process that I went through when visiting one of my former Kindergarten AQ students' public school classrooms and transforming a corner that is near her window area.