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Fairy Dust Teaching Winter Conference 2018: Loose Parts to Promote STEAM

Loose Parts to Promote STEAM
Loose parts are such an integral part of our program at Red River ELC because they are inclusive, engaging and supportive of all children in our program. I love to see how creative the children can be with the materials so I was really excited to listen to this webinar.
Lisa Daly (one of the professional authors featured in this webinar) discussed the fact that using loose parts can encourage symbolic thought because children are using items as many different things. They come to understand that one thing can stand for another thing and this skill can be applied to letters and numbers! What an inspiring reason to incorporate loose parts in to play.
It's so incredible to hear that incorporating loose parts in to the classroom can help with behaviors that stem from anxiety! That these pieces can inspire self-confidence, creativity and support development across the spectrum of growth.
I love that Miriam Beloglovsky (author) stated that elements of STEAM…

Documentation for the Children

I wanted to create a simple piece of documentation that was accessible to the children in my program; I decided putting together a photo album of their adventures together would be a great method to allow them to revisit their learning either independently or with guidance from me.



The album has been a great success! The children spent most of the morning cycling through the pictures talking old friends and the things we had been working on when the pictures were taken. The best part is that this is easily updated so there will always be something new to explore when they pick it up to take a look.

Sometimes the simplest things have the biggest impact! <3