Research has shown that children learn best through
meaningful, hands-on interaction with challenging,
developmentally appropriate materials in a physically
and emotionally safe environment.
learning takes place when
children interact with
hands-on materials for an extended period of time.
This requires that learning centers be well equipped
materials that attract and hold the interest of
However, even the best learning centers
to be continually refreshed to prevent boredom
and keep children
motivated to learn and explore.
Have you ever noticed how something that is new and intriguing gets a lot of attention? New people you meet, new places you go, and
new things you learn or see are all fascinating!
When these things become common place, it is
easy to lose interest.
The same is true
with the materials placed in classroom learning centers.
Children will lose interest in new things
after repeated exposure.
in something does not mean that the items are not valuable; they just do not
present a challenge anymore.
The developmentally appropriate classroom is filled with
equipment and materials that encourage children to explore, ask questions, and
learn. Keeping these areas fresh and
appealing to children is an important task for the early childhood
teacher. When children lose interest,
they often lose their motivation to explore and learn.
By including learning centers in the classroom, where
materials are grouped together to encourage play and exploration, children's
activities become meaningful to them.
This month we will explore ways and share ideas on keeping
your classroom learning centers alive and refreshed. Be sure to logon to the CCEI Discussion
Thread to share your best practices and learn about practices used by other
early childhood professionals.