Kodo Kids Virtual Learning

New Course: Demystifying Engineering in Early Childhood

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Investigation Based Teaching Practices™ is aligned with and strengthen Classroom Organization and Instructional Support strategies addressed in the CLASS™. These practical strategies support the thoughtful facilitation of children’s learning through investigative open-ended play. Kodo’s Investigation-Based Teaching Practices™ help educators recognize and establish habits of thoughtful responsive facilitation. This course bundle includes the following courses: Learning Approaches to Foster Engineering Adult and Child Interactions to Foster Engineering Enhancing the Environment to Foster Engineering Read More

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Engineering happens every day in early learning environments.  In this session, we will demystify engineering by clarifying what engineering is and identifying ways engineering is naturally incorporated in the industry and play of children. We will examine how providing intriguing loose parts and facilitating problem-solving using the design process are at the heart of engineering. We will introduce Kodo’s TMI Design Process to engender problem-solving skills, support children’s growing methods of communication, and introduce a framework for collaboration. Participants will learn how to foster engineering mindset in children by focusing on process, in addition to outcomes when facilitating their play and investigations. Come tinker with materials, experience engineering first hand, and the importance of reflecting, expressing and representing both our own work and the work of children. Read More

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The core knowledge today’s students need is grounded in STEM subject matter. It includes literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, technology literacy, and cultural literacy. These subjects are typically taught individually through direct instruction. Many higher education and industry leaders recognize that young adults entering colleges, universities, and the workforce have a core knowledge base, however, they lack the ability to “flex” their thinking. 21st-century learners approach complex challenges and unknown situations fluidly, through critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration. They apply curiosity, initiative, persistence, adaptability, leadership, and social awareness to their changing learning and work environments.   Looking through the lens of 21st-century learning and the skills children need to succeed, we will provide educators with an understanding of how STEM is naturally occurring in children’s everyday play, exploration, and investigation of their world. We’ll look at how STEM domains overlap, how children best experience STEM early on, and ways to foster a deeper level of thinking in children’s play. Further, we will assist in the discovery of how educators can support and enhance children’s cognitive, social, and emotional play through STEM investigations. Through hands-on experiences with Kodo’s exclusive STEM-based products and loose parts, a reflection of their learning through play, and enhanced engagement from experienced trainers, participants will have the knowledge and tools to uncover and incorporate STEM thinking and skills in the classroom environment. Read More

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This course preview provides insight into Kodo Kids Investigation Based Teaching Practices. Through this preview, learners will have access to a lesson from each of the following courses: Learning Approaches to Foster Engineering Adult/Child Interactions to Foster Engineering Enhancing the Environment to Foster Engineering Read More

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This course introduces educators to the world of physics and how it can be related to children in the early childhood environment.  Specifically, educators will learn the terms and vocabulary related to physics, where physics is seen daily, and how to begin introducing physics in the environment. Read More

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(Course 3 of 3):  Investigation Based Teaching Practices (IBTP) are practical strategies to support thoughtful facilitation of children's learning through open-ended investigative play.  In this segment of IBTP, participants will explore how to become the designer of the space and the many elements that should be considered in the design.  Further, participants will take a closer look at the materials needed to promote a sensory-rich experience to foster engineering play. This course will encourage you to reflect on your environment through interactive activities. Read More

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