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When children have environments that offer them a sense of wonder, experimentation and exploration, they acquire knowledge, skills and abilities that become the foundation for lifelong learning and development.
In this ten-part series, participants will explore children’s play from a variety of perspectives. Each session will emphasize the role of the early learning professional, types of questioning strategies that may be used to expand children’s sense of curiosity, how to use documentation to support children and parents in viewing play and expanding upon their play, and how to weave cultural considerations into the play environment.
Each session will be interactive and participants will be required to engage in a reflective process.
$39 (+ GST) per course
Bringing a Sense of Wonderment and Experimentation into Children’s PlayHave you ever wondered about how that tree got all those holes…or who lives in the tree holes? This session will focus on ways of bringing a sense of wonderment and experimentation into children’s play. How to use nature, children’s environments and intelligent materials within children’s play spaces as triggers for children’s exploration will be discussed.
Course code: BAED 067
Online: Sep. 8, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
How Loose Parts and Intelligent Materials Trigger Children’s ImaginationsThis session introduces the concepts of loose parts and intelligent materials and how these materials trigger children’s imaginations, play options, literacy, and their use of their environment to support their play.
Course code: BAED 068
Online: Sep. 22, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
How Trial Balloons Offer Children Options for ExplorationI wonder, wonder, wonder if my idea will work. What happens if? I wonder about? Have you tried? This session will introduce how early learning professionals can use the concept of trial balloons as a way to spark children’s curiosity and sense of wonderment.
Course code: BAED 069
Online: Oct. 6, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Weaving Language and Literacy into Children’s Play ExplorationPlaying with words such as, “I saw a yellow, mello, bello, trello” sparks a sense of curiosity and playfulness with children. This session highlights ways to weave new language and literacy concepts across children’s programming - e.g. using art, blocks, dramatic play, water, and special projects to enhance children’s curiosity and extend their play options.
Course code: BAED 070
Online: Oct. 20, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Brrr it’s Cold Outside: How Outdoor Play in the Winter Adds new Play Options for ExplorationOutdoor play in the winter offers children new opportunities to engage with nature and extend their play and learning within their environment. Participants will be introduced to Sandester’s (2007) six types of risk taking and why children need access to outdoor play environments that encourage these risk opportunities.
Course code: BAED 071
Online: Nov. 10, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Vertical and Horizontal Construction Play ExplorationMaybe we can build down and then across and then up and then maybe across. This session will discuss how play spaces can be designed to offer options with space and materials that will trigger children to experience vertical and horizontal construction play. The principles of scientific inquiry and how expressions of art and creativity can be triggered through vertical and horizontal play experiences will be discussed.
Course code: BAED 072
Online: Nov. 24, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Creating Inspiring Spaces and Places for Play ExplorationLet’s go to the cave or should we make tunnels for our play? This session will introduce participants to how new forms of play can be triggered and experienced through the creation of discovery gardens, caves, holes with a purpose, or play that is high and play that is low.
Course code: BAED 073
Online: Dec. 8, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
How Indoor and Outdoor Environments Influence Creativity
I can make rainbows with all these things. I can be taller if I stand here. I can make new colours in the water when I add new things. This session focuses on how children’s creativity changes when their environments add materials that cause children to wonder and examine new possibilities, options and ways of messing about.
Course code: BAED 074
Online: Jan. 12, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Outdoor Play Pedagogy and Curriculum Planning
What does outdoor play pedagogy look like? How does it differ from indoor pedagogy and why? As educators reposition the emphasis and importance of outdoor play to children’s learning, outdoor play pedagogy is changing the way in which curriculum planning is being implemented to support children in their quest for interactive experiences that support and trigger their curiosity.
Course code: BAED 075
Online: Jan. 19, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Planning Outdoor Play Space to Maximize Children’s Play and Curiosity
Outdoor play spaces influence children’s ideas, their types of play and their desire to explore, take risks and move from surface play to deep play engagement. This session will explore how to optimize planning quality outdoor play spaces for early learning programs in urban and rural settings.
Course code: BAED 078
Online: Jan. 26, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM
Training in Assessing Outdoor Play Space in Support of Creating Children’s Outdoor Play Environments with a Sense of Wonder
Assessing children’s outdoor play space and creating outdoor play environments with a sense of wonder requires careful attention to space design and potential. This 18-hour course provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the core standards of practice and elements that are present in responsive, effective, outdoor play spaces that accommodate the needs and interests of children.
Participants are required to have access to a camera and an outdoor play space in an early learning centre. Participants will also be required to purchase the Assessing Outdoor Play Space in Support of Creating Children’s Outdoor Play Environments with a Sense of Wonder tool.
Course code: BAED 079
Online: Feb. 2 - Mar. 9, Mon, 5 - 7:30 PM