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Learning Environments

Learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of all young children. They include classrooms, play spaces, areas for caregiving routines, and outdoor areas. Learning environments are well-organized and managed settings. They offer developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and indoor and outdoor chances for choice, play, exploration, and experimentation. Learning environments include age-appropriate equipment, materials, and supplies. They integrate home cultures and are flexible to support the changing ages, interests, and characteristics of a group of children over time. In home-based programs, the learning environment includes the home, community, and group socialization spaces.

Teacher Time: Creating a Responsive Environment

When creating a responsive learning environment for infants and toddlers, their interests and developmental level is key. Learn how to create a classroom that fosters security for infants and toddlers.

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Designing Environments

Learn about features of the physical and social classroom environment that maximize young children's engagement and learning.

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Nature-Based Learning and Development for Teachers

Research suggests that spending time outside can enhance a young child's health and readiness for school. Watch this video to learn how to use the natural world as a learning tool with children.

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Learning Environments

Topic:Learning Environments

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Last Updated: March 8, 2018