Just Let Me Play
Valentina is 4 months old. I am in the middle of creating a play space which adapts to her learning and development. Many of you have asked for some infant learning inspiration which can help you and your child bond, develop and practice those milestones.
As a strong supporter for play based learning, I am a passionate Reggio Emilia inspired educator. I adore creating beautiful learning environments which foster wonder and curiosity. As an educator, sparking the imagination is essential in my spaces, which lead many of my classroom designs to exploring the world of Waldorf practices. Upon visiting the school and enrolling myself and Valentina into Joyful Beginnings, I am so eager to combine both into my professional and personal practice.
As a new mama and passionate kindergarten educator, the place space is something I have been eager to get going between feedings, cleaning, moving, and instructing! Leave the cleaning for later - and play!
As my husband and I began to transform the main floor of our home into an atelier for baby Valentina, safety came first. Consider the soft flooring (wood like form mats from Wal-Mart), shelving that is safe and secure, cozy corners, crawling space, and of course lots and lots of natural lighting! The main floor is directly in front of our green space and when she's a little older, her play space can extend into the outdoors.
When selecting materials, my husband and I opt for natural non toxic materials, such as Grimms wooden materials made in Germany. These Waldorf materials are open ended and crafted by hand - they really are heirloom pieces. The beautiful colours complement the neutral space.
Literature is easily accessible within all corners of our home. There are baskets with literature that reflects the season and stimulates her senses. There are many texture books, puppets, and some with sounds! Her favourite book at the moment is Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?