Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from research about young children

Learning Environments

The learning environment includes the indoor and outdoor space and materials, the daily routines, schedules and rules as well as the inter-relationships between children, adults and all of these elements. Watch the following video clips and read the research brief to reflect on your practices and think about what you could do to invite investigation and create learning environments that value children as competent, capable and curious learners.

Read: The Environment is a Teacher by Karyn Callaghan, M. Ed

For optimal viewing, enlarge the video clips and click on "CC" to view the subtitles. Please note that some clips are in English and some are in French, and subtitles are available for all clips.


A new perspective

Questioning our assumptions

Rethinking the space

Investigating the natural world

Supporting curiosity and investigation

Taking risks, building competence

Rethinking time

On your own or with others, use these questions as a starting point for thinking about your everyday experiences and practices:

  • Considering all elements of the learning environment, what view of the child does my environment communicate?
  • In what ways is my environment consistent with a view of the child as competent? In what ways is it not consistent with this view?
  • Working with others, what changes can be made to the physical space, routines, rules and daily practices that would support curiosity and investigation – for children and for adults?
  • How can I support children to take risks, while supporting their health, safety and well-being?

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