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Beyond the Shape Sorter: Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional Skills

Event starts: Thursday, December 7 at 11:00 am EST

Event ends: Thursday, December 7 at 12:30 pm EST

Location: https://connect.apan.org/r9irtr2qp69/

A primary way children learn is through their interactions with toys and materials found in their environment. At times, however, children can get “stuck” in a loop, and they don’t continue to find new and more sophisticated ways to play. This impacts all levels of development and learning from fine motor to executive functioning. It also impacts the quality of interactions with caregivers and peers. This webinar will provide information on seven learning progressions that set the foundation for children’s success in school and in life. Recommended practices for what to do when children get stuck and evidence-based strategies for helping them expand their play with objects, will also be provided.

How to obtain CEUs:

  • This FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. 
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the CE credits we offer: Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and for service coordinators in Washington.

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at http://kristiepf.com.


How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at milfamln@gmail.com.

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    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

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The cover image "Shape Sorter" by Andy is licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.

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