Transcript: Learning through environment

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Transcript: Learning through environment

A child’s physical environment can really affect how they feel and behave.

Educators talk about the environment as the “third teacher” and the “bones of
the curriculum”.

Great spaces help children learn, and become more independent. They invite
them to get involved, with interesting things to see and touch. They have open-
ended materials and objects that stir the imagination and creativity. These can be
everyday objects or materials from nature.

But a good space isn’t cluttered or messy. Everything has a purpose and a reason
for being there.

Great environments adapt, to reflect childrens’ interests and learning, and to
keep them engaged.

They also reflect positive values. For example, a centre that values families and
cultural diversity, might display family photos, and flags. A centre that
encourages cooperation will have spaces for being together and sharing. When a
child’s agency is valued, children will be able to do things for themselves, and to
choose what they want to do and where they want to be.

If your learning environment’s a little tired, it may be time to take stock, map out
your space and reflect on what’s working and what’s not working? What do you
want your children to learn? What’s important to the children and their families?
And how can the environment help you achieve that?

Give yourself a hand, and let the environment teach with you.