Gryphon House Releases Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers

LEWISVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#childcare–The first three years of life are critical years for cognitive and
language development, and teachers and caregivers can nurture this
growth using simple open-ended explorations. Treasure
Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers

showcases the capabilities of infants and toddlers in new and exciting
ways using the theory of heuristic play developed by early education
pioneer Elinor Goldschmied.

“Heuristic” learning means discovery by trial and error: a baby feeling
a rock, poking sand, or smelling a flower. Teachers can encourage brain
building by setting up treasure baskets that encourage heuristic play:
containers filled with easy-to-find items that support explorations in
emergent language, math, and science skills.

“Many teachers already use sensory containers in their infant and
toddler rooms but haven’t taken the next step to make it a heuristic
discovery,” said author Laura Wilhelm, EdD. “When they set up their
rooms and treasure baskets with intention and use developmentally
appropriate activities or experiences with them, teachers will be wowed
by how engaged the children are.”

Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers

will be widely available April 1, 2017. The book is available for
pre-order now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

ISBN 978-0-87659-575-6; 80 pp.; PB; $12.95.

About the Author

Wilhelm, EdD
, is an associate professor of early childhood education
at Oklahoma City University. Over the past 29 years, Laura has taught
pre-K, kindergarten, and first and third grades; has directed a
laboratory school; and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for
teachers, administrators and childcare providers at the University of
Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Missouri State University,
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Northern Oklahoma College, and
the University of Oklahoma. Laura has also enjoyed teaching short
courses and facilitating study tours in Germany, England, Wales,
Belgium, France, and Italy. Her current research interests include best
classroom practice, nature literacy, and urban education.

About Gryphon House, Inc.

House, Inc.
, is an award-winning publisher of resource books for
parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Filled
with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon
House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to
bring the joy of learning to young children.


Gryphon House, Inc.
Anna Wilmoth, 336-712-3480