Introduction to Module III: Facilitating Learning and Development with Infants
A PITC Training Session
Session Format: Large group, 80-160 participants, 1-hour session, lecture, DVD, discussion
This session introduces Module III by giving an overview of brain development, early learning, and appropriate curriculum planning for infants and toddlers. Participants watch the DVD The Next Step: Including the Infant in the Curriculum, which presents four domains of the infant’s curriculum: physical development, social relationships, language development, and intellectual development. The PITC’s view of infants as active, self-motivated learners is explained. The perspective that is presented can be summed up in the following way: “All children are born wired for feelings and ready to learn” when provided nurturing relationships and a peaceful but engaging environment. In addition to focusing on the infant’s curriculum, the DVD illustrates three strategies that infant care teachers can use to support early learning: adapt, support practice and repetition, and expand learning.
Related Module(s):
III Learning and Development
Related Resources:
Article Core Concepts of Development from From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development
Article Following a Child's Lead Emergent Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
Article Infants Have Their Own Curriculum: A Responsive Approach to Curriculum Planning for Infants and Toddlers
Article The Uniqueness of Infancy Demands a Responsive Approach to Care
Guide El cuidado de los niños de cero a tres años en grupo: Una guía para el desarrollo cognitivo y el aprendizaje, Segunda edición
Guide El cuidado de los niños de cero a tres años en grupo: Una guía para el desarrollo del lenguaje y la comunicación, Segunda edición
Guide Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Cognitive Development and Learning, Second Edition
Guide Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Language Development and Communication, Second Edition
Handout Curriculum and Lesson Planning: A Responsive Approach
Handout Linking the PITC Trainer Institute Sessions to Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Manual Trainer's Manual Module III: Learning and Development
PowerPoint Introduction to Module III
DVD The Next Step: Including the Infant in the Curriculum
Video Mag The Next Step: Including the Infant in the Curriculum