Date(s) - Jan 19, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This two hour workshop will look at the theory of loose parts and how loose parts supports curriculum in classrooms and learning spaces.
We will examine loose parts, heuristic play, define curriculum and explore the ways in which educators and care providers can decide what is being provided in early learning spaces. Literary examples will be shared that support the introspective aspect of designing responsive and thoughtful environments for young children.
Giving meaning to loose parts requires us to think about the possibilities of how a child learns and consider the materials and environments she uses. Loose parts create endless possibilities and invite creativity. For example, if a child picks up a rock and starts to play, most likely that rock can become anything the child wants it to be. Imagination, creativity, curiosity, desire, and need are the motivation of loose parts.
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction.
The cleverness and connections to formal learning that unfold from loose parts is amazing and is a motivation to make sure practitioners include loose parts in early childhood environments.
early childhood educators
Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
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Samantha Marquadt and Amber
Samantha has been in the early childhood education field for twelve years in many capacities all over the lower mainland. What she enjoys most about working in this field is the ongoing learning and development that happens each day. There are challenges in this line of work but also great triumphs as we help children, families and each other navigate the complexities of early childhood. Samantha has been part of the Early Childhood Resource Library team at Child Care Options Resource & Referral since May 2019.