There are three teachers of children, adults, other children, and their physical environment. Loris Malaguzzi
The choices we make about our environment create a link directly to the play and learning in the classroom. We are going to talk today about how we can render a great influence
What does the environment as the third teacher mean?
Early childhood environments should
be inviting and cultivate children’s
curiosity, wonder and imagination.
- Curtis and Carter
The physical environment that we create can either enhance or interfere with children’s learning and independence. What this means is that children learn just as much from the placement of hands on materials in the classroom environment as they do from guided instruction.
I challenge you to re-examine every inch of your classroom environment for the message that it conveys to the people using it, and expand your vision of what is possible.
Things to consider:
Values – What values do you want to communicate to those that use the space?
Experiences – How do you want children, teachers and families experiencing their time in your environment?
Identity – How do you demonstrate that you respect the identity of children and their families?
There is no better time than now to start envisioning and creating a beautiful environment for children where they grow, thrive and are inspired to explore and discover.
Think about your classroom and how it makes you feel and the people that live in it. To help you with this process answer the few questions below or print and use the worksheet.
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.