The environment we are in affects our moods, the ability to form relationships and the effectiveness in work or play, even our health.” (Bullard, 2006). In effectively educating children an educator must build a foundation that has a stimulating environment which includes the inside and outside areas, classroom design and décor size.
The outdoor learning area must be one that is organised in a way that promotes exploration and investigation of the elements of nature which includes planting trees and flowers, as well as nature stations where children can observe the different insects.
On the other hand is the classroom design which also endorses discovery along with cooperation among peers. The centres should be spacious that enables free movement where group gathering can take place, as well as the different materials and manipulative that are easily accessible to children in the different learning areas in facilitating their knowledge. But however not only that, but as well as décor size which pertains to using child size toys, tools and furniture in the classroom that eliminates children from asking for assistance from adults, as well as allowing them to feel empowered by not requesting of their help.In providing a stimulating environment like the one that was now described would allow children to actively participate in their learning. This is so because the surroundings therefore cater for “appropriate ways in developing the vital skills, the knowledge and a positive attitude to learning in the individual needs of each child. It is based on “guiding children to observe, question, discuss, listen, manipulate, feel, investigate and develop the ability to think creatively and independently.” (Pond, 2012). This is defined as Active Learning.
In discussing the importance of the active learning environment above which includes the inside and outside areas, classroom design as well as décor size that promotes active learning, this paper would now focus on...