Read the article on creating supportive environments, “Including Children with Special Needs: Are You and Your Early Childhood Program Ready?”
Often in early childhood programs, the environment is seen as the third teacher as it guides and invites children to interact in various ways. As you reflect on this idea of the environment supporting children’s play, list and describe in your discussion three ideas that you would implement from the reading into your classroom that will support all children (e.g., smooth and predictable transitions).
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates. As you think about these environmental changes, how do you see these supporting children’s growth and development? Include how you see these environmental changes supporting physical, social-emotional, and cognitive domains. Name one new idea you gained from reading your peer’s work and how you might implement that change in an environment for young children. This might be a classroom, a museum, or a home setting. Give one suggestion to expand on their environmental strategies.
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