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Top Tips and Research from the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities
Monday August 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Donna Wittmer, Ph.D., Author, Consultant, and Retired Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado Denver
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Learn new activities and explorations, tips and information to help you understand how to support the littlest learners, and research nuggets to enhance your own professional knowledge. In this edWebinar, author Dr. Donna Wittmer explores the updates to the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities, Revised and the reasons for them, with an emphasis on how to help children enjoy learning within caring relationships.
Dr. Wittmer highlights how observation leads to activities being responsive to infants’, toddlers’, and two-year-olds’ interests, needs, goals, and strengths. Her presentation addresses how observing children leads to choosing appropriate activities to introduce, make available, and adapt for each child and the group. She also emphasizes when and how to adapt activities to ensure that they are developmentally effective and sensitive to individual children’s capabilities, interests, and culture.
In addition, this edWebinar explores the rationale for providing and the methods for achieving safe, secure, affirming, affectionate, and motivating relationships within which children thrive. Learn how responsive relationship-based care is vital for children’s brain development, secure attachments, energy and desire to learn, and sense of well-being.
The learning possibilities identified in each activity in the book are accentuated. Learn how you can use these possibilities to plan, observe, support, and document the important learning that occurs within each activity. Educators, administrators, early intervention specialists, and mental health specialists will benefit from watching this recorded edWebinar.
About the Presenter
Donna Wittmer received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1985. She taught classes at Syracuse University in Child and Family Studies and then was a professor of early childhood/early childhood special education at the University of Colorado Denver for 17 years. Donna is a coauthor of the books, Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning (4th Ed.), Endless Possibilities, (2nd Ed.), and The Young Child from Birth to 8 (7th Ed.). She is a fellow of ZERO TO THREE, has written numerous articles about infants and toddlers, and has presented at numerous NAEYC and ZERO TO THREE conferences.
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