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  • Writer's pictureJasveena Kaur

Creating a Positive Learning Environment

Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Astor International School

A positive and nurturing learning environment is of utmost importance when it comes to learning. In school, an exemplary classroom is not only a space that is safe and secure but also positive and supportive. When students are comfortable and at ease in their classroom, it allows meaningful relationships to flourish between teachers and students, as well as between peers. Students would look forward to coming into the classroom daily and feel excited about learning.

At Astor International School, we believe that learning involves more than just working on pencil and paper and providing children with knowledge, information, and content. Learning at Astor allows children to feel comfortable enough to explore, observe and play in a nurturing environment. Children are encouraged to be inquirers, explorers and share their authentic self with their peers.

According to Marike de Witt, author of “The Young Child in Context: A Psycho-Social Perspective“, research shows that a stimulating and effective learning environment will positively affect all other learning areas later on. Students spend most of their time learning in school and at home, so how can we create a positive learning environment at home?

Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Astor International School

1. Giving everything a place

In school, students are aware that various things belong in separate spaces. When every item at home has a place, then every item is respected and used well. A neat and tidy environment is important compared to a messy environment that creates a feeling of chaos.

2. Reading

Giving children access to books gives them a huge advantage in learning language and conversation skills, vocabulary, concentration, imagination, life skills and many more positive advantages that we know reading brings about. Creating a reading environment at home where families read together could set in a child’s love for reading. Children should be exposed to various types of books, such as fiction and non-fiction books, reference books and encyclopedias.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Astor International School

3. Functional spaces for activities

Creating separate functional spaces for different activities will provide children greater exposure to learning experiences. Not everything has to be in a child’s bedroom, a relaxing environment outside of the bedroom is definitely a great idea. Some examples are;

  • An art corner that includes materials and supplies on hand

  • An easel outdoors or in the balcony for painting on big paper, finger painting and messy art

  • A quiet corner or a library corner for reading with a small bookshelf, some cushions or even a bean bag to relax on

  • A bigger play area for construction such as building projects or Lego

Functional spaces like these can avoid having too many things in the same place which can be overwhelming. Furthermore, children get to make the choice to pick the activity they feel like doing.

4. Following a daily routine

Following a well planned out daily routine is essential for creating a positive learning environment. In school, students know what is expected of their day. Similarly, a good routine at home will allow children to predict how their day will go and will give them a sense of control. This way, children won’t feel confused or anxious. A daily routine gives the day a structure, whether at home or in school.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Astor International School

5. Displaying children’s work

Children love their work being displayed, whether at home or in school. Displaying their work reminds them of their learning while making them feel proud of their hard work. It motivates children to continue putting in effort when it has been acknowledged.

With a positive environment set up at home, students will be open and ready to learn.

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