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How to Support Movement, Play, and Belonging for Toddlers in Your Classroom

Monday, July 18, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

How to Support Movement, Play, and Belonging for Toddlers in Your Classroom

Presented by Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., International Consultant on Environments for Young Children, Nova Southeastern University
Moderated by Raven Griffin, Marketing Manager, Kaplan Early Learning Company

Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company

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Are you needing inspiration for how to set up your toddler classroom? Watch renowned author and international early learning environment consultant, Dr. Sandra Duncan, as she shares easy-to-implement ideas for designing a classroom that supports movement, play, and belonging.

Toddlers, or wee ones, are compelled to move! They happily move about the classroom while they carry and place (sometimes with no apparent destination), devise unique ways to use materials and equipment, climb to different levels on the furniture and apparatus, and transport all kinds of items from one side of the room to the other. As a result, toddlers need an environment that supports their innate play patterns and encourages physical and cognitive development.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Duncan discusses the research and theory to consider when designing a toddler early learning environment. She also provides practical examples and resources to empower viewers to create inspiring spaces for wee ones. Viewers learn the following:

  • Why early learning environments should support a toddler’s innate play pattern
  • Why early learning environments should encourage physical and cognitive development
  • What are the innate characteristics exhibited by toddlers (i.e., movement connoisseur, sensory seeker, pathfinder, and enthusiastic improviser)
  • Tips on how to nurture a child’s inherent need to move, play, and belong (i.e., movement behaviors, patterns of play, axioms of play, affordances)
  • Easy-to-implement design ideas that support movement, play, and belonging

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers of toddler classrooms as well as school and district leaders.


Dr. Sandra DuncanAbout the Presenter

Childhood is fleeting—it’s such a short time in a person’s life but an extremely important time in a child’s life. Dr. Sandra Duncan’s vision is to preserve the miracle and magic of childhood through indoor and outdoor play space environments. She is an international consultant, author of seven books focused on the environmental design of early childhood places, designer of two furniture collections called Sense of Place and Sense of Place for Wee Ones, and adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Duncan has designed and taught university courses on built early learning environments, collaborating with architects, interior designers, and educators to create extraordinary places and possibilities for children and students of all ages.


Raven GriffinAbout the Moderator

Raven Griffin is a Classroom Management for Early Learning edWebinar and community host. Raven is the marketing manager for Kaplan Early Learning Company with a passion for early education and advocacy.


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Kaplan Early Learning CompanyFor more than 50 years, Kaplan Early Learning Company has been a champion for play. From our research-based curricula to enriching classroom environments and innovative technology solutions, Kaplan’s products and services inspire a lifelong love of learning in children and educators. We are architects of learning good and defenders of the imagination. We live for inseparable bonds and open minds. We encourage the eager and inspire the inspirers. We transform lives through play.

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Monday, July 18, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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