How to engage in sensory exploration with infants [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Teresa Narey, curriculum manager at FunShine Express! Teresa joined us to discuss how we can set a strong foundation for infant development through safe and enjoyable sensory experiences that promote growth and development. Teresa shared strategies for how to create open ended sensory activities with everyday tools and objects in the classroom, and the importance of observation and assessment when setting up sensory experiences. Setting a strong foundation in infancy is critical for a child’s overall development, you do not want to miss this webinar! Keep reading to access the recording and slides!

🎤Our Special Guest:

Teresa Narey – Curriculum Manager at FunShine Express

Teresa Narey is the curriculum manager at FunShine Express and has been in the field for 15 years. She is passionate about social-emotional learning, professional development, understanding theories of child development, and neurodiversity. Prior to joining FunShine, Teresa held various roles in ECE, including assistant director, lead toddler and pre-K teacher, Title I tutor, after-school program instructor, and nanny. Teresa believes high-quality curriculum can be a powerful training tool and equip educators with the knowledge necessary to advocate for the childcare profession. Her educational background includes an MEd in ECE with an Administration specialization from Champlain College, an MFA in Creative Writing: Writing for Children from Chatham University, and a BA in English from Rutgers University.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Teresa!

  • A strong foundation in infant development is an educators best tool in planning sensory experiences
  • Sensory work is the inherent work of infancy; it is open-ended and accomplished with everyday tools and objects
  • Observation and assessment are key to setting up sensory experiences and knowing where to guide children
  • A strong sensory experience with infants includes; basic art materials, everyday objects and experimentation with observation
  • Safety with sensory play is important. Make sure materials are non-toxic, washable and avoid food-bases sensory experiences. Be sure to be present.
  • Inform parents about your approach with sensory learning, and be sure to prep families about upcoming messy sensory experiences!

✨Resources

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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Customer Advocacy Specialist for HiMama!

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