A quality early educational environment not only ensures the overall safety and health of children, if constructed and facilitated appropriately, it can serve as a strong catalyst towards children’s learning. Learning areas, materials, displays, arrangement and usage schedule are just a few elements to offering a developmentally appropriate early education environment.
In part 1 of this series, the instructor will review the importance of the educational environment within developmentally appropriate practices as well as discuss key elements and common challenges that are often linked to the environment.
In part 2, the instructor will define and discuss the variations of authentic play, playful experiences, and play-based activities that could potentially be offered within early education classrooms. In the final part of this series, participants will focus on inclusive programming.
Participants will discuss how to appropriately adapt learning environments and activities for young children. The terms “responsive learning environment”, “intentional teaching”, “inclusion”, “disability”, and “adaptations” will be defined.
This professional development opportunity has been underwritten by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning and funded by the Southwest Regional Key, a program of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
This PD opportunity helps you to meet the following indicator in the Keystone STARS Performance Standards: (EC.3.4.1, EC.3.4.3, SQ 3.4.9)
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