In this webinar, we welcomed Carla Ward, Early Childhood Educator and Owner of Early Learning Foundations. Carla gave us the 5 Ws of Loose Parts and highlighted the #1 mistake educators make during play to help educators become more successful. Carla also touched on how important the role of the educators is, how to make an intentional environment, and teaching tips on how to trust the loose parts process
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Carla Ward, Owner of Early Learning Foundation
Carla is an Early Childhood and Wonder-Based Educator from Mississauga, Ontario. She is the owner of Early Learning Foundations, an education company, and the host of The Everything ECE Podcast. When she’s not teaching or presenting, Carla enjoys spending time with her furbabies and husband, usually while drinking a latte.
🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Carla
- Who are loose parts intended for? Everyone! Loose parts considers a variety of textures, colors, scents, and developmentally appropriate materials within the classroom.
- Where and When do we use loose parts? Everywhere! You can use loose parts throughout different areas of the classroom to spark creativity and open imagination.
- What can I use for loose parts? Get outside — simple items like pine cones, acorns sticks are a great place to start. You can also ask families to donate bottle caps, buttons, or drawer knobs. Finally, you can get out in the community — ask for floor samples or paint chips from your local hardware store.
- Why use loose parts? Loose parts pave the way for innovative thinking.
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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.