Text of Learning Environment. Learning Environments Include both indoor and outdoor areas Provide...
Learning Environments Include both indoor and outdoor areas Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate activities Require structure and thoughtful planning
Learning Environments Stimulate development of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social learning. Indoor and outdoor environments help connect children to the world.
Room Arrangement: Store Activity
Learning Environments Children need to feel safe in order to: trust and cooperate with others become independent learners stay involved in work acquire new skills and concepts
Video: Room Arrangement as a Teaching Strategy
Building trust and cooperation Environment is safe and well organized Environment is not busy or chaotic
Encouraging independence Children are allowed to explore Children clean up by themselves
Children are involved Reduce distractions Create ownership
Learning concepts and skills Organize materials to encourage concept building Process teaches classifying, matching, and questioning
Create functional environments Both children and providers need purpose Environment layout options require focus Environment arrangements need to be flexible to fit needs
Outdoor Learning Environments Outdoor learning environments are just as meaningful as indoor lesson planning Outdoor environments expand cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development
Activity Discussion about outdoor learning environment
Outdoor Space Considerations Size/space to engage Easy access for all Nature / science center Digging area Hard and soft surfaces Sun and shade areas Protection from elements Access to water, bathrooms, and storage Places to be alone Space for variety of activities
Safety Considerations Outdoor area has Unobstructed view Adequate fall zones All around fencing Equipment is: Age-appropriate In good repair Well-spaced Cushioned in right spaces
Outdoor Play Equipment Climbing Swinging Balancing Pedaling/riding Building and pretend play
Equipment Considerations Is there an adequate number of equipment? Does the equipment stimulate a variety of skills?
Equipment Considerations Does the equipment stimulate skills at different levels? Is there stationary and portable equipment available? Are there accommodations made for children with disabilities?
Fun in the Outdoors (Marshall & Dickson, 2012) Develop problem-solving skills Embrace dirt and mud Make music and start moving Dress-up is fun indoors and outdoors
Fun in the Outdoors (Marshall & Dickson, 2012) Provide hideaways and quiet zones Develop outdoor space for art Water exploring leads to math and science concepts Maximize pathways and entrances
Activity Evaluate Learning Environments
Activity: Design Learning Environments
Well-designed Learning Environments result in: Children behaving appropriately Children participating independently Children staying involved Children learning concepts
Well-designed Learning Environments result in: Learning-focused classrooms Concept-building environments Less distractive behaviors