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Term Definition

Organizing a developmentally appropriate learning center

learning center A clearly defined space for a specific type of activity


and learning; also known as an activity area

developmentally appropriate center A learning center or activity area organized to


match the needs of the intended age group

boundary The edge of a learning center on any one of its four


sides; may be marked by a shelving unit, colored
tape on floor, etc.

automatic boundary A boundary that is already there---e.g., a wall

traffic pattern The direction children walk in as they move from


center to center

wet area An area close to a water source

dry area An area far from a water source

active area An area where there is some noise and lots of


movement

quiet area An area where there is very little noise or


movement

privacy Conditions that allow a person to be alone

Guidelines for specific learning centers

easel A free-standing prop for signs and art work


drying rack A place for wet art work to dry without being
disturbed

sensory table A sand and water table where children explore with
their fingertips

small manipulative An activity that involves small parts, hand-eye


coordination, and small-muscle skills