Creating a Hands-On Learning Curriculum at Your Center [Webinar]

In this webinar, we welcomed Kennen Hutchison, Virologist, Educator, and Science Communicator. Kennen dove into why hands-on projects are important for enhancing learning and sparking creativity in young children. He also gave us teaching tips on how to build engaging projects and how to go above and beyond a textbook to inspire children.

🎤Our Special Guest!

Kennen Hutchison, Founder of Science with Kennen

Kennen Hutchison is an internationally recognized scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. Classically trained as a microbiologist, he has transitioned his knowledge of science and communication to the classroom. He teaches the wonders of science and helps other educators enhance their science curriculum. When not actively doing research or teaching classrooms, Kennen can be found online working as a science communicator through a variety of outlets including MTV News, The King of Random, and his own company Science with Kennen.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Kennen

  • There are three most important parts to hands-on learning
    • Tactical: Children need to be involved in moving, touching, and manipulating objects. 
    • Immersive: Allow for a child’s mindset to shift into the situation.
    • Experiential: Create a unique experience for a child that is linked to the lesson. 
  • Hands-on Learning strengthens content connections, empowers critical thinking, and simultaneously teaches real-world skills to children. 
  • Never become so focused on core content that you dismiss or exclude student curiosity. 
  • Encourage children to develop personal projects that will take them down a rabbit hole.

✨Resources

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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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