Young children are learners from the start! Early experiences help children connect with others and form strong relationships (teacher sensitivity & positive climate). We will explore ways to become more sensitive to infants in our care. This workshop will also learn how to put into practice facilitated (activities for exploration) for the youngest children in your program. Teachers will explore how to facilitate children’s learning and development with every day learning materials. Infant caregivers are involved with one of the most amazing and rapidly developing times of a child’s life!
- Discover simple ways to build a more positive climate
- Understand and identify facilitated activities for exploration from every day play materials
- Learn how to provide scaffolding learning experiences & provide clarification on concepts
- Establish a learning environment that provides learning experiences that meet the individual capabilities and interests of each child.
BENEFIT TO ATTENDEES: Attendees will “learn by playing” as they participate in the games and activities with common play materials found in most infant classrooms. In this workshop teachers will explore activities that maximize the quality of their setting while providing a warm climate and opportunities to learn. Participants will come away with many hands-on strategies that they can implement immediately into their program.
SUMMARY: Infants experiences should include playful interactions in the environment that help them make sense of their world. They learn from their own experiences, trial and error, repetition, and imitation. Teachers can facilitate learning and encourage children’s learning by ensuring that the environment is emotionally appropriate; invites play, active exploration and movement by children; and supports a broad array of experiences. A reliable framework of routines, together with a stimulating choice of activities and materials, facilitates children’s learning. Young children are motivated to learn when teachers create a positive climate and set up the environment with materials that integrate concepts across activities. This workshop will address infant curriculum based on these basic principles of development and learning for the very young child. It will focus on play as the basis for curriculum at this age level.