Sticks, Stones and Pinecones:  Exploring Loose Parts Play in the Early Childhood Education Environment

In this workshop, we will discuss and define loose parts play, a type of open-ended play using materials with no defined purpose and infinite possibilities.  We will engage in hands-on experiences and dive deep into its methodology and how to set up rich and engaging environments.

Lisa Poe is a nature-based educator in Calvert County, MD.  Lisa was born and raised in Germany and her teaching philosophy is influenced by the works of Montessori, Reggio, Froebel and Steiner.  Lisa is the owner and lead teacher of Little Bugs Nature Preschool where she spends most of her time playing and learning in nature alongside her students.

Heather Quinn is a nature nut and earth ambassador.  She is a Montessori certified teacher, ages birth – 6 years, specializing in nature-based outdoor learning and curriculum development.  Heather is the found of Hummingbird Hill Collective in Reisterstown, MD and Nature Learning Collective of Maryland.

      Core of Knowledge:  2.0 Clock Hours of Curriculum

Workshop I

Early Childhood Education Conference