As you think about these environmental changes, how do you see these supporting children’s growth and development? Include how you see these environmental changes supporting physical, social-emotional, and cognitive domains. Name one new idea you gained from reading your peer’s work and how you might implement that change in an environment for young children. This might be a classroom, a museum, or a home setting. Give one suggestion to expand on their environmental strategies.
As an educator you will work in settings that contain children from different cultures, family backgrounds, and walks of life. Within the classroom each child will reflect the many variations in family values, geographical backgrounds, cultural biases, economic stability, physical abilities, and so on. All of these influences will play an important role in the development and success of a child. Moreover, childhood is a continuum of growth and development, so it is important to understand the particular ways that children understand the world around them. Therefore, curriculum and the learning environment should be appropriately aligned with the ability of each child. There is no “One size fits all” rule in teaching, every child is unique. Educators should be flexible and keep a non-bias approach to teaching and philosophies and do what work to accommodate the full diversity of your student’s academic needs.
A landscape for learning should be incorporated into the design of the classroom; its quality aimed at creating an environment that will support a child’s physical, social, and mental development.This approach will allow the educator to create the learning environment which will act as a “third teacher” to their students. In an infant and toddler’s classroom, movement is essential to a child’s physical and emotional development. So creating a classroom that supports a child’s need to move is an important component in his/her learning environment. The classroom should be designed so that all areas are accessible to all children, the room is large and open which allows the teacher to supervise easier, while the center of the classroom remains fairly open; allowing the child to freely explore his or her environment.
In addition, to the physical structure of the classroom, appropriate equipment is essential ; such as:
- Flooring- Flooring should be smooth and consistent to prevent injury. For safety and comfort, the majority of the classroom should be carpeted ( young children spent a lot of time on the floor)
- Sinks- Hand washing is very important in reducing the spread of illness. Stepping stool should be available under or in-front of sinks.
- Tables/Chairs- Classroom should have a variety of seating options and table and chairs should be secure to prevent injury.
- Outside environment- Building entry should be assessable to everyone (ramps, elevators, etc) grounds surrounding school should be free of imperfections that may cause injuries
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