Updated January 27, 2017
Module 2: Learning Environment and Curriculum
Observing how the children interact within the program environment.
- Does the space offer areas for diverse physical activities?
- Does the space offer a place to rest, relax, and unwind?
- Does the environment offer equipment and materials that encourage children to use small and large muscles?
- Does the space offer equipment and materials that challenge them to develop new physical skills?
Developing Competencies and Skills
- Does the environment provide materials and equipment that offers opportunities to explore, investigate, experience, ask questions, test out ideas, experiment, focus attention, and use imagination and creativity?
- Does the environment provide space and equipment that help children learn and practice new skills through sports, games, clubs, or individual activities?
- Are there materials and equipment available for children to develop arts and crafts skills such as weaving, calligraphy, painting, origami, etc.?
- Do you have complex board games available to promote thinking skills?
- Do you have a homework center that offers materials and equipment to support development of study skills?
Developing Social Skills
- Does the environment offer areas where children can interact as they learn and build social skills such as listening, cooperating, problem-solving, negotiating, compromising, and exercising self-control?
- Do you have clear boundaries in play areas to promote positive interaction among children?
- Are areas available for group meetings?
- Do you have a program environment that provides materials and visual displays that reflect cultural diversity? Example: photographs, posters, and books portray men and women in a wide variety of societal roles; roles depicted are not stereotypical.
--Adapted from Roberta Newman