Learning Environments and Curriculum:
Examine the Environments
Rather than drawing upon commercial, risk-adverse materials, consider materials that engage children's sense of adventure, support their desire to be powerful and invite them to do real work that contributes to the community. Consider open-ended materials and loose parts, things from the natural world, and real tools. List as many things as you can that fit these categories.
As you study the following photos, consider how these materials in the environment might help meet some of your curriculum goals and standards.
Deepen Your Understanding
California Early Childhood Educator Competencies
Deepen your understanding of the expectations for self-awareness in guiding children's behavior by reviewing the Topic: Materials and equipment in Performance Area 2 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 73.
Can you find other places in this competency area that address these questions?
Download the California ECE Competencies