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Loose Parts and Mathematical Thinking

In this breakout session, we will discuss Loose Parts and the powerful role they can play within Early Childhood curriculum in supporting multiple domains of development. Then, we will discuss some hands-on ideas of how parents and educators can use Loose Parts to support developing mathematical skills in young children while incorporating other content areas as well!


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JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD, is an award-winning and children’s author, poet, educator, and scholar. Her first children’s book "Imani’s Moon" won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award and was featured on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show and Storytime with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her second book "Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story!" received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award, and her third book "SHHH! The Baby’s Asleep" received a starred review from School Library Journal. Additionally, her book TOO-SMALL TYSON is a Storytelling Math title with Charlesbridge Publishing. She enjoys writing, discussing the importance of authentic diversity in children’s literature, teaching about child development and literacy, and spending time with her husband, Catrayel, and her daughter, Vivian.

JaNay Brown-Wood

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