Learning Environments

Lessons

  • 1

    The Environment: An Introduction - Helping Staff Create Spaces for Learning and Development

    Your program’s physical space is a component of curriculum that provides a foundation for teaching and learning. You have an important role in ensuring these environments are high quality and developmentally appropriate for the children who use the spaces. This lesson will focus on ensuring that staff members provide high-quality environments.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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  • 2

    The Environment: Adult Learning - Creating an Environment that Supports Adult Learning

    The overall goal of your program is to provide a home-like atmosphere that is warm, comfortable, and physically and psychologically safe. Spaces for adults—the front desk, staff areas, kitchens, etc.—are an important part of this environment. This lesson will focus on ways you can promote adult learning through your environment.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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  • 3

    The Outdoor Environment - Helping Staff Extend the Learning Outdoors

    This lesson will help you support staff members as they include the outdoors as an extension of the learning environment. You will learn to ensure that the staff members have the knowledge and resources to effectively use the outdoors as an integral and rich learning environment across the curriculum.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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  • 4

    The Environment: Materials - Ensuring Staff Have Materials that Support Learning Goals

    This lesson provides a brief overview of the materials that support development at different stages. It will help you demonstrate awareness of developmental ages and stages and work with staff to ensure developmentally appropriate materials are available in child development and school-age programs.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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  • 5

    The Environment: Schedules and Routines - Helping Staff Organize Time for Learning and Development

    Organizing the learning day or time is just as important as organizing the physical environment. Staff members must know how to provide a balanced, well-designed, structured, and flexible schedule. This lesson will help you ensure that staff members design and implement effective schedules.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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  • 6

    The Environment: Meeting the Needs of All Learners - Helping Staff Adapt the Learning Environment

    Your job is to make sure staff members can meet the needs of all the children in their care, including children with identified special needs. This lesson will focus on ensuring the learning environment is adapted so all children can participate fully.

    This lesson is estimated to take 40 minutes to complete.
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