How much does the environment factor into the learning environment for children? First, it certainly depends on the age of the child. The younger they are, the more important their environment becomes. However, as far as the new KLAN Plainfield preschool is concerned, the environment is one of the keys to a successful education experience.
philosophy upon which the KLAN Schools is founded is the Reggie
approach in which the environment is sometimes referred to as the
AA€˜third teacher.â€™ How much do children learn from the environment
around them? A better question may be, AA€˜How much does the environment
In order to answer this question,
IA€™s crucial to first understand the environment that EA€™re referring
to. Throughout the country, the term AA€˜environment€™ can mean a number
of different things. For some, it could be the air and trees and lawns
and the health factors that they influence. For others, it could be the
global environment or a positive or negative learning experience.
KLAN Schools, the environment refers to the entire atmosphere and
physical surrounding for the children. It encompasses the manner in
which the classrooms are set up, the way in which the teachers approach
and help students learn, and the different rooms and play areas that are
developed to encourage students to explore the world around them
Exploration is the Key to Growth
moment a baby is born, his or her brain begins to develop. Neural
pathways are formed and as their eyes strengthen and their senses
develop, they begin to absorb the world around them. If you have ever
watched an infant lying down, but awake, you will most likely have
noticed their eyes traveling around the room, focusing on different
objects at different times. They are immersed in new experiences.
adults tend to take most things for granted, for children, many things
are brand new and it is through their environment that they gain the
most nourishment for their mind.
An environment that neither
interests or stimulates them will be one that is not overly effective at
helping them grow and learn. KLAN Schools has found through research
studies that the environment truly does influence learning to an
exponential degree. That€™s why they rely on innovative classroom
layouts, avoid roll call and assigned seats, have developed a piazza, an
atelier, and a natural playground, and much more so that children can
explore the world around them in the most effective manner possible.
are as much students as the children in the Plainfield preschool.
Teachers observe what each child does, what they focus on as an interest
to him or her, and guide them individually through the process of
learning. This is counter to the more traditional teaching methods used
throughout the U.S. where teachers provide the same lessons to students
at the same time. What benefit does a 4-year old child born in December
gain from being exposed to the same lessons as a 4-year born in January?
One is nearly a year younger and will learn differently than the
At KLAN Schools, environment truly is the third teacher and they have built a solid foundation for students to learn and grow.