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Ways Teachers Facilitate Learning
Infants and toddlers are constantly moving, thinking, communicating, and feeling. In other words they are learning all the time in many different and integrated ways. The way adults express emotions, the tone of voice they use, the pace of the personal care routines, the materials provided for discovery, even the quality of light in the environment all contribute to the children’s construction of knowledge.
Because their learning is integrated cross domains and is occurring every moment, infants learn during play as well as during caregiving routines. In essence, teachers’ actions and emotions communicate to children even when children are not directly involved in an interaction.