Top Tips and Research from the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities

Presented by: Donna Wittmer, Ph.D., Author, Consultant, and Retired Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado Denver
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Discover 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 explored the updates to the Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities, with an emphasis on how to help children enjoy learning within caring relationships.

Dr. Wittmer highlighted how observation leads to activities being responsive to infants’, toddlers’, and two-year-olds’ interests, needs, goals, and strengths. Dr. Wittmer addressed how observing children leads to choosing appropriate activities to introduce, make available, and adapt for each child and the group. She discussed 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 explored methods for achieving safe, secure, affirming, affectionate, and motivating relationships within which children thrive. Learn why responsive relationship-based care is vital for children’s brain development, secure attachments, energy and desire to learn, and sense of well-being.