Loose Parts to Promote STEAM
Technology in the preschool/toddler/infant classroom can look like simple tools, paraphrasing from the video: you must know how tools work before you can discover how more complicated technology like a computer works. Providing simple loose parts allows children to manipulate and change things in their environment, to discover what tools to use to solve problems.
Tinkering is valuable for children; it creates opportunities to problem solve, to test and develop wonder. What can we place in the environment to inspire engineering?
- wood planks
- baking soda
"Look for the verb, not the noun" - Being aware of the schemas of development and observing what the children are interested in allows you to enrich your environment with materials that will encourage the exploration of what truly engages them. Materials must be intentional and provoke children's learning.
Reflective practice is so important; it helps you to understand how to enrich the environment for the children to explore and to expand on their learning. Make sure that materials are of interest to them.
This webinar was amazing! I can't wait to dive in to the rest of the Winter Conference 2018!