Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Setting

Where Creative Minds Think Alike

Brenda @ The Write Space:  I just spent 2 hrs in a marquee in the rain at the seaside teaching Creative Writing.

Me:  That sounds like a bittersweet experience! Proof, though, that learning is not confined to a classroom!

The Environmental Factor

In a well-written story, the plot cannot take place anywhere else: the location directly impacts the outcome of the story.  In the same context is the relationship between a child's learning environment and their education.  

Set the Scene

  • Incorporate the Senses: Why not apply the logic that smells, sounds, tastes and textures can submit experiences to the long-term memory (mastery!)?
    • Create themed snacks, meals, edible projects and experiments.
    • Utilize candles, air fresheners, incense, flowers, potpourri, herbs, etc. for a pleasant aroma.
    • Connect visuals and other activities (learning centers, sensory bins, etc.) to your lessons, rotate them often, and make them interactive.
  • Think outside the walls:  

  • Regulate the Climate:  Concepts are more readily retained by association with joyful and interesting experiences.

    • Associate positives with problems.  For example, if a child becomes tense over math, try playing their favorite music softly in the background, or moving study time to a favorite spot. 
    • Attitudes, and smiles, are contagious.
    • Try "Expectations" instead of a long list of Class Rules.
    • Use delayed consequences instead of immediate punishments to defer emotions outside the study time.
    • Give them choices. Even small ones help the stubborn child feel more in control of the situation.
    • Playing is learning. When they are happily playing, leave them be.

Class Discussion

Share pictures of your favorite learning spaces!

Questions? Ask away!

Happy Homeschooling!
Mrs. Redd

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