EARLY YEARS' LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
One of the significant features in the early years’ classrooms are the learning stations. These stations are specially designed keeping in mind, the learning and developmental needs of a child. It inculcates skills such as independence and decision-making, as they freely move around the classroom choosing from the wide range of resources. Children build a relationship with other children, explore a range of materials and are inspired by the provocations in these learning stations to enquire, explore and discover the world around them in a safe and stimulating environment.
There are eight learning areas within the class: reading station, writing/fine motor station, digital and LEGO station, investigation station, role-play station, art and sculpture station, listening station and free play station. Apart from the designated indoor learning stations there are a range of outdoor learning spaces such as the mud kitchen, music wall, water wall, construction station and the play pen. These learning stations ensure that every child is exposed to a variety of hands on, relevant learning experiences based on enquiry, exploration and experimentation. Children independently use ipads and through the power of touch and motion find out about the world around them and thus become active constructors of knowledge.
These learning stations provide opportunities to the teacher for focused small group instruction, while the teacher assistant provides children with multiple opportunities to reinforce and apply the skills they are learning. The Learning Stations at Sabari engage children in purposeful play and constitute an integral part of learning in the early years