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Early Childhood Center » Learning Environment

Learning Environment

To help guide students on their learning adventure, teachers are supported by “the third teacher”, our learning environment. Conventional classrooms make it hard to cultivate creativity, that’s why we follow the Creative Curriculum to change how spaces are organized.

Our focus on social emotional learning emphasizes daily schedules and routines that help children feel safe and comfortable so they may begin confidently directing their learning at an early age.

Each room in the ECC is set up with interest areas. This allows children to joyfully engage with the concept of independence. Here they experiment, explore, pursue an interest. These spaces are shared, so while navigating their choices, students also learn the importance of compassion and sharing.

At the Toys and Games area students engage with four different types of materials: a) self-correcting structured toys, such as puzzles and nesting cups; b) Open-end toys such as Legos, geoboards, and interlocking links;  c) Collectibles, which are sets of similar objects, bottle caps, keys, buttons, shells.  d) Cooperative games that encourage children to work together, such as lotto, card games, or matching games. These games also help build math skills early on, as students count, match sort and classify.
 
The Discovery Area is a place to spark curiosity and wonder by using new and interesting materials. Children ask questions, investigate and discover answers and even more questions through their sense of touch, taste, smell, and sight.
 
Seeds of a love for literature are planted in our Library area. Children look at books, retell stories, scribble and write throughout the day. Laying the foundations for reading and writing. Books are also an important way of creating a better understanding of the world. After all, books are perhaps one of the most fundamental tools in helping us become lifelong learners.
 
Passion for the arts begins in the Dramatics area, where students take on different roles or enact real-life experiences all through dramatic play. Engaging with others to create unique stories as they learn the importance of cooperation.