Learning Environment. Learning Environments  Include both indoor and outdoor areas  Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate activities

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  • Learning Environment
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  • Learning Environments Include both indoor and outdoor areas Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate activities Require structure and thoughtful planning
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  • Learning Environments Stimulate development of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social learning. Indoor and outdoor environments help connect children to the world.
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  • Room Arrangement: Store Activity
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  • 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
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  • Video: Room Arrangement as a Teaching Strategy
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  • Building trust and cooperation Environment is safe and well organized Environment is not busy or chaotic
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  • Encouraging independence Children are allowed to explore Children clean up by themselves
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  • Children are involved Reduce distractions Create ownership
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  • Learning concepts and skills Organize materials to encourage concept building Process teaches classifying, matching, and questioning
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  • Create functional environments Both children and providers need purpose Environment layout options require focus Environment arrangements need to be flexible to fit needs
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  • Outdoor Learning Environments Outdoor learning environments are just as meaningful as indoor lesson planning Outdoor environments expand cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development
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  • Activity Discussion about outdoor learning environment
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Outdoor Play Equipment Climbing Swinging Balancing Pedaling/riding Building and pretend play
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  • Equipment Considerations Is there an adequate number of equipment? Does the equipment stimulate a variety of skills?
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  • 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?
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Activity Evaluate Learning Environments
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  • Activity: Design Learning Environments
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  • Well-designed Learning Environments result in: Children behaving appropriately Children participating independently Children staying involved Children learning concepts
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  • Well-designed Learning Environments result in: Learning-focused classrooms Concept-building environments Less distractive behaviors
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  • Questions?