Content and Containers: Exploring Space with Infants and Toddlers

Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers
Child playing with containers

Infants and toddlers are continually trying to get a sense of the space around them and their place within it. They figure out how to navigate through space and how various objects fit together. In this workshop the core elements of STEM will be addressed as they apply to infant and toddler curriculum.  Participants will learn how to set up the environment and to provide multiple opportunities for infants and toddlers to figure out how to modify the physical world works to make something interesting happen.

Workshop format:  face-to-face

Length of workshop:  3 hours

Number of participants:  limited to 24

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.

 

Part One:  Infants and toddlers are constantly exploring the space around them. They figure out how to navigate through space and how various objects fit together. They are continually trying to get a sense of the space around them and their place within it. These early experiences are necessary for children to begin to make sense of space (size, shapes, volume, distance, etc.). The core of their spatial reasoning and geometrical thinking begins with these early experiences.

This virtual workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about a rich math and science curriculum for infants and toddlers, hands-on experience with materials, practical information about the teacher’s role in facilitating the curriculum, and background knowledge about how children’s spatial reasoning develops. The core elements of STEM will be addressed throughout the workshop as they apply to infant and toddler curriculum.

Workshop format:  virtual

Length of workshop:  1.5 hours

Number of participants:  unlimited

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.

 

Part Two:  Children must have many opportunities to physically manipulate objects in order to understand properties such as hard, soft, smooth, rough, flat, round, and so on. These experiences provide opportunities for inquiry, analysis, and logical thought. Infants and toddlers must have opportunities to explore objects and space in order to develop spatial reasoning, which is critical in the STEM disciplines.

This virtual workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about a rich math and science curriculum for infants and toddlers, information and resources for gathering the materials, and how these experiences can meet standards. The core elements of STEM will be addressed throughout the workshop as they apply to infant and toddler curriculum.

Workshop format:  virtual

Length of workshop:  1.5 hours

Number of participants:  unlimited

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.