SPACES AND PLACES TO CREATE LEARNING STORIES

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    Last week I shared with you a range of Learning Stories on China. I documented how to write a learning story and the importance of meaningful learning stories. So thats all you need right ?

    Its just the start…… in order to have a room that creates meaningful learning stories the space in which the children play must be full of learning opportunities. So how do you create that?

    When I was directing an Early Learning Centre,  we started stepping away from “box programming” and looked at a child focused or emergent program. To do this we needed to learn as much as we could about this style of programing. We were fortunate enough to have a Workshop on Emergent Programming conducted my Sue Inglis, www.growingearlychildhood.com.au . Sue gave us the foundation of what we needed and as a team we created a program and a centre that was rich in learning opportunities.

    The Environment was a main focus, we reflected on our current practices with questions such as ….

    • What learning spaces were we creating for children?
    • What could the children learn in these spaces?
    • How often where items added to extend on the children’s play?
    • When resetting the environment was there a wow factor or did the space look inviting?
    • Where the spaces open ended?
    • Did the spaces spark a sense of wonder?
    • Did the spaces acknowledge each family in the centre?

    Each room created Spaces for Learning. Educators discussed and documented what each room could look like and what resources where needed to create a rich learning environment. In each room (over a period of time) Educators created each learning space, each day I loved watching the families walk into the rooms and hear them say “oh Wow, look at that”. Children became more settled in the rooms, Educators more engaged and proud of their rooms, Parents excited to find out what their children had learnt and me, well I was so proud of the passion and the professionalism the team created, we where making a real difference in families lives.

    With Sue Inglis as a mentor the educators create the following spaces that where always available to children.

    • Dramatic Play Space
    • Relaxation and Quiet Space
    • Inquiry and Investigation space
    • Construction Space
    • Creative Art and Expression Space
    • Technology and Media Space
    • Game and Puzzle Space
    • Literacy and Writing Space
    • Small Group Time
    • Music and Movement Group Time
    • Group time and Discussion
    • Transition Activities
    • Eating Space
    • Outdoor Space

    When educators started implementing the changes I found there was a real buzz in the centre, educators where excited to share with families the areas that were created and enjoyed setting and resetting the spaces so children could truly benefit.

    Over this week I will posting what each area looked like, what resources where needed and what children learnt from these spaces.

    Enjoy

    Mrs B

     

     

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3 Responses to Spaces and Places to create Learning Stories

  • Bianca Wood wrote on November 6, 2012 at 7:18 // Reply

    Mrs B, I just LOVE reading your posts. It is like you are reading my mind…this is all the information I need to share with my teaching team. Thank you so much, I can’t wait for your next post =)

    • Mrs B wrote on November 6, 2012 at 9:32 // Reply

      You are more then welcome Miss B, thank you so much for your reply. Please do not hesitate to contact me asking for further explanation or further information.
      Have a wonderful week
      Mrs B

  • Poh Lin Larner wrote on November 7, 2012 at 9:26 // Reply

    Thank you for being such an angel. Thank you for believing and supporting the importance of play for all children, producing good, quality learning stories and creating spaces for the children to play, learn, explore, investigate and have FUN! All these are so important to me. Thanks again:)

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