Environmental Assessments
Designing Indoor and Outdoor Environments
Guiding Behavior
Social Emotional Development

Putting yourself in the shoes of young children who spend time in a space

What is Assessing from the Child's Perspective


They provide an opportunity for everyone to play outdoors together with a rich array of physical, sensory and social experiences to engage children of all ages and abilities to enjoy the same experiences. 

What are Inclusive Playgrounds?


The ability to control one's emotions, actions, and thinking.

What is Self-Regulation?


Children's ability to learn about and manage their own emotions and interactions in ways that benefit themselves and others, and that help children and youth succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship. 

What is Social-Emotional Learning?


Methods that promote each child's optimal development and learning through a strengths-based, play-based approach to joyful, engaged learning. 

What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?


The full name of POEMS

What is Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale?


A space that is interesting, orderly, appropriate and attractive where young children engage with learning materials, activities, peers and adults. 

What is a Well-Designed Classroom?


The number of three-and four-year-old children that are expelled from their state-funded preschool or prekindergarten classrooms. 

What is 8700?


The ability to overcome serious hardship. 

What is Resilience?


A self-contained area with a variety of hands-on materials organized around a curriculum area or topic.

What is a Learning Center?


Detailed assessment designed to assess programs for preschool programs that looks at Space and Furnishings, Interaction, Program Structure, and Learning Activities.

What is ECERS-R


The physical environment, the social environment and the temporal environment

What are the Components of Early Childhood Environments?


Practices on punishment to enforce compliance or impose retribution.

What are Negative Discipline Practices?


The combination of a child's reflections about their own worth, competence, and control.

What is the Trio of Self-Esteem?


Anything in the world around us that we sense as being beautiful or enjoyable including what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. 

What is Aesthetically Pleasing?


Classroom observation checklist that looks at a variety of aspects of the environment related to diversity

What is the Anti-Bias Classroom Observation Checklist?

The interaction between parent and baby in which young children naturally reach out for interactions and adults respond with similar interactions back at them which builds and strengthens brain architecture and creates a nurturing relationship between adult and child.

What is Serve and Return?


Teaching children to learn from their mistakes and to solve problems, rather than punishing children for making mistakes or having problems they cannot solve. 

What is a Guidance Approach to Discipline?


All the verbal exchanges that take place within a given setting including how much is said, what is said, how it is stated, who talks, and who listens. 

What is the Verbal Environment?

Open-ended materials that can be creatively moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart in multiple ways.

What are Loose Parts or Beautiful Junk?

The assessment tool that asks questions such as "Is the environment homelike?" "Is the environment aesthetic?" "Is there a minimum of 50 square feet of space per child in the classroom?" "Is there an abundance of of natural lighting coming from at least two directions?"

What is Design Considerations?


The timing, sequence, and length of routines and activities that take place throughout the day.

What is the Temporal Environment?


Teachers responding to young children in conflict by anticipating, being close, providing support, generating multiple solutions and celebrating success. 

What are the Five Steps to Problem Solving in the Moment?


Nonjudgmental statements to children regarding some aspect of their behavior.

What are Behavior Reflections?


Places where children can tinker, invent, and build to their heart's content.

What are Maker Spaces?

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