We know that when children participate in routines, children learn and grow and understand what is a part of the day. Everyday actions such as dressing, washing hands, and getting ready for the day are rich opportunities to support a child’s learning and development. Routines build self-confidence, curiosity, social skills, self-control, communication skills, and more.
We also know that when we utilize a developmentally appropriate curriculum, children will learn and grow to a more meaningful level where they are given a foundation to build upon the knowledge that they already have and succeed to the next level by giving them experiences that help them understand the world around them.
When we put them together and have a classroom that has a learning environment that is developmentally appropriate for the children in the class, then we will see children flourish and gain so much from the environment and experiences provided.
We want to STRIVE to have a high-quality environment within our classroom.
So when we have a classroom that has consistent and regular routines that the children are aware of and know how to accomplish within a nurturing environment then children are able to feel good about themselves that they have mastered parts of their days. But when we add a consistent schedule, and an appropriate curriculum, and keep things fun and enjoyable for children then we have a high-quality early education environment that children thrive.
We have talked about schedules, routines, and curriculum. But let’s spend some time talking about transitions which can be hard sometimes. The next lesson goes into transitions in a deeper context. So let’s go!