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 ….
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.
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.