The 48th annual Early Childhood Education Conference kicked off Monday morning. Teachers like Nishaunna Rogers are learning about ethics, nutrition and more.
“We’ve been focusing on intentional teaching…and to make sure when you’re teaching, it’s intentional and has a purpose to it. Instead of teaching…just to be teaching,” said Rogers.
“It’s important because children need nurturing and loving environments…number one to grow and develop into productive members of society as they get older,” said Tera Morgan of Hillcrest Pre-School.
Educators practice coping methods for stress, and participate in hands-on learning activities, like reading children’s books with rhythm.
“The benefit of social and emotional growth that occurs when infants are rocked, when children have rhythmic activities…how it calms and organizes the brain…it allows them to be more able to take in some of the learning activities that a teacher may want to present later,” said Rhonda Best, Project Program Specialist with ASU Childhood Services.
Libby James of A-State’s Childhood Services department says the skills are crucial.
“Really what we’ve learned in the first two to three years of life…the interaction and sensory experiences that young children, and specifically infants have. That’s what builds the brain…. If you don’t have a whole lot of enriching experience, or you’re not exposed to optimum environments where you feel secure, and nurtured and loved, on a regular basis, then unfortunately there’s a lot to make up later on. And sometimes it may not be able to be made up.”
It helps provide children better strategies for learning in a new age.
The 48th annual Early Childhood Education Conference continues until Wednesday.