“There are three teachers of children: adults, other children, and their physical environment." - Loris Malaguzzi
The Third Teacher
At Magic Years we recognize the significance of the environment as the "third teacher". Careful thought and attention is given to the materials, textures, colors and lighting of our spaces in order to create an inviting and engaging learning environment for our children.
We take great pride in constructing aesthetically-pleasing and open environments, which lend itself to discovery, feelings of tranquility, authentic learning experiences and the building of close relationships.
Our physical environment is purpose-built to ensure the needs of young children are met. Our classrooms comprise of:
- large communal spaces for meeting areas.
- distinct learning centers for small group work.
- outdoor, covered play areas for sensory exploration.
- warm, cozy spaces for individual learning and reflection.
Learning through our Environment
Our environment is a place of true creativity where young children freely explore and engage in a wide variety of planned and self-initiated learning opportunities. Hands-on learning experiences allow our children to make deep connections with the material and independent choices related to their learning. Throughout the day, children are given opportunities to work in small groups, individually or as a whole class.
Our environments and spaces impact learning in the following ways:
- Stimulating designs and thought-provoking materials encourage children to become researchers, active listeners, thinkers, observers and explorers.
- Flexibility and open-ended spaces inspire a process-oriented approach to learning.
- Sharing of documentation, photographs, artwork, and teacher comments makes learning visible for children and invites them to further create, contribute and reflect.
- Sense of comfort and belonging fostered in our environments encourages and strengthens relationships between child, teacher and parent.
- Creative use of resources awakens children’s curiosity, provokes responses, promotes risk-taking, invites constructing and deconstructing, and encourages learning individually and in groups.