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Kali Kent

Environments Philosophy statement

The classroom environment is one of the most important parts of the
curriculum. You must have a supportive classroom, for the children to feel
safe and secure. At a young age children learn from the world around them,
they are wanting to make sense of the classroom, so they can be free to
explore, to feel in control of themselves, which will then lead to self-directed
play. You need to constantly be changing and expanding your environment,
that way the more that children grow, you will then be able to support them
emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially.
There are two separate and equally important environments that the
children should experience, outdoor and indoor. Outdoor environment is
considered a classroom as well as inside (class notes, 2016). It is important
that the children experience nature, hands on. When children are outside,
they experience relaxation and build memories. When they are outside, it
gives them a chance to be creative in their work (Louv, 2008). Children can
use all their sense when outside, such as smelling a flower, or seeing the
seasons change, feeling the raindrops on their faces and hear a bird chirping.
The outdoor space must be able to have things for children to climb on, slide
down on, to push, to pull, and especially room for them to run, walk, and
jump. (Feeney,2011) Being outside helps the children make sense of the
world around them.

The classroom indoors, is where the children will be spending most of

their day, so it is important that the children feel like it is their space. You
must have child size furniture. You also need pictures at their eye levels, and
natural color walls, which will make the children feel at home. You also
should have activities set out that is developmentally appropriate, and that
interest the children and supports them where they are at (Greenman, 2007).
When changing the classrooms activities, you need to do it in a way that
does not disrupt the children at work. This means to slowly change activities
out, one by one. There needs to be different areas of the classroom, such as
blocks/manipulatives, imaginary play, quiet area, library, and art. There
needs to be a place/space for every child. So, that the children can proudly
say "this is our school."

Resource list
professionalism in Early childhood education: doing our best for young
children by Stephanie Feeney. Published in 2011.
Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder. By
Richard Louv. Published in 2008.
Class notes. Tamera Tratner, written in 2016.
Caring spaces, Learning places childrens envronments that work, By Jim
Greenman. Published in 2007.