Three creative learning environments that work for kids

two young boys learning in an outdoor environment

When a child is given the freedom to be creative, the possibilities of what they can accomplish are endless. Creativity is extremely valuable, especially when it comes to education.

Creative learning environments have been proven to help children thrive when utilized properly in an educational setting.

Below, we explore three examples of creative learning environments and why they are beneficial for your child.

1. Wet areas/indoor sand

A wet play area can include many options from small pools, toys incorporating flowing water, a large basin of water, spending time outside in rainy weather, and more.

Wet play areas are particularly beneficial for developing children. Research shows water play helps to develop motor skills, language, science, and mathematics learning.

Indoor sand can also be used as a substitute for flowing water play areas.

2. Secret gardens

Secret gardens are a great way to bring the benefits of the outdoors into an indoor space. A secret garden is an indoor garden and activity center with skylights to provide natural sunlight, as well as a comfortable space to learn. Having an indoor/outdoor play area available provides such benefits all year round, or in inclement weather conditions.

Studies have shown the tremendous benefits of a little natural light into a learning environment on academic performance in children. By choosing a school that provides naturally lit learning environments, your children will reap the rewards.

A learning environment such as a secret garden is particularly beneficial for young learners. PreK 3 students benefit from playing and learning in nature and develop inquiry-based learning skills, which has been proven to boost future academic skills.

3. Outdoor learning environments (OLE)

An outdoor learning environment is critical for ensuring your child receives a well-rounded education from their school.

Research has shown time and time again that the benefits of outdoor learning impact your child’s education in a positive manner. These benefits include full-body health, increased confidence, and children getting to play an active role in their education.

If you would like to learn more about how the above benefits of outdoor learning environments propel your child’s education, click here.

The International School of Beijing (ISB) proudly boasts each of the aforementioned learning environments, and with its new and improved facilities set to open in 2019 and 2020, it has even more innovative features upcoming. Click here to discover what characteristics make up a modern facility and how they benefit your child.

 

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