CCEI Sponsors a Kick Off to Summer Outdoor Learning Activity Facebook Photo Contest

Enter: June 3-16, Vote: June 17-30

Childcare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is celebrating the upcoming summer season with a Kick Off to Summer Outdoor Learning Activity Facebook Photo Contest June 3-16, 2017.

CCEI is asking participants to share an outdoor learning activity by posting a photo and description of the activity on CCEI’s Facebook page between 4:00 p.m. EST Saturday, June 3 and 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, June 16, 2017. Participants then collect votes on their photo submitted by soliciting their friends to “like” the photo between 12:00 a.m. EST Saturday, June 17 and 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, June 30, 2017. CCEI will award the lucky participant with the most photo likes from the nominees submitted a new Apple iPad Mini 2 (over $300 value) and the second runner-up with the most photo likes an Annual Individual Training Subscription valued at $99. The winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

The summer season provides children across the country with an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. This is a great time of year to look for opportunities to incorporate more open-ended and process-oriented activities into the curriculum.

Activities are considered process-oriented if they provide children with the opportunity to:

  • Determine the end result
  • Focus on the exploration of the materials
  • Express creativity

When children engage in process-oriented activities, the end result (product) is less important than the steps the children worked through to accomplish the task. There are no samples, or teacher created models. It requires simply providing children with a variety of materials and tools and encouraging them to explore.

Summer is an excellent time to incorporate these activities because one of the biggest barriers to process-oriented activities is the fact that they can be messy. Introducing this type of activity outdoors gives both children and teachers a chance to experience the benefits of process-oriented activities before bringing them indoors in the fall.

“Developing engaging outdoor learning environments for children in any program takes creativity and out-of-the-box thinking,” says Maria Taylor, President and CEO of Childcare Education Institute. “We are excited to offer a platform where educators and parents alike can show off and share their unique outdoor learning activities that help engage and educate our youth.”