Students in Humber’s Early Childhood Education program have the advantage of experiencing hands-on learning in the Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Lab. Named for Carol Reid, a professor in the Early Childhood Education program from 1989 to 2014, the lab, which opened in January, 2018, is a creative classroom designed for hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. Carol's passions included a focus on the child as an active and engaged learner. She believed the active child is one who is provided an environment rich in discovery, challenge, and wonder. Stocked with an abundance of educational materials, including natural objects and loose parts, the lab allows students to develop their curiosity and creativity as they explore the possibilities for engaging children’s imaginations and contributing to their development.
“Through all that happens in the lab, students share, collaborate, and have a greater opportunity to be creative and support each other,” says Pina Leo, the ECE Lab and Resource Centre Facilitator. “It is where real co-operation and collegiality happen!"