|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.
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