There is extensive research that examines the effect of the classroom space on students’ learning processes. In Reggio language, the physical environment is referred to as “the third teacher,” as it has the capacity to engage the child as if it were a live teacher.
An effective environment supports children’s interaction with space, materials, and people. When the environment is designed properly, children have the freedom to move about safely while sampling a variety of engaging activities with little intervention required by caregivers. Adults can then concentrate on observing children and meeting their individual needs. Effective environments help children feel invited and welcome to explore and learn.
To create these spaces, our teachers devote a lot of time and thought into creating positive learning environments at the beginning of each school year.