“The learning environment is an important and powerful teaching tool. Much of the early childhood teacher’s work is done before the children ever arrive. If the enThe vironment is set up with the knowledge of how children learn and develop it can positively support teaching and learning. A teacher experiencing difficulty with student behaviour should carefully evaluate the daily schedule, classroom arrangement, materials within each learning centre, and the curriculum.
In creating a positive early childhood environment, the following practices should be observed:
• The classroom [or home] should be organized to foster exploration with learning materials.
• Learning materials should be concrete and relevant to a child’s own life experiences (open-ended but purposeful).
• The classroom [or home] environment should be set up for choices.
• Learning experiences should be planned so teacher-initiated or child-initiated opportunities exist in small group contexts for acquiring new skills.
• Schedules should reflect active and quiet learning activities; large group, small group and individual learning time; teacher-directed and child-initiated activities; and indoor and outdoor activities.”
– J. Barresi, Retrieved 2014
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