The home environment as our teacher
KAI embraces the idea of the environment as an important educator in early childhood experiences and believes in placing particular care and attention to the child's environment and settings in which they grow and flourish in. We recognize the instructive power of the environment and strive to create learning environments that spark our senses, invite curiosity and discovery, and foster strong, respectful relationships. The choices about the environment that we create for children greatly affect the play and learning, how they experience and are intentional about their time, and begin to make sense of the world around them. Children spend significant time at home, and therefore the home environment and spaces should reflect our beliefs about how children learn and support their deep, inner need to explore, experiment, wonder, be curious, imagine, and play. The home environment can also have carefully crafted spaces in where children can be inspired and interact with beautiful materials and natural elements, build, construct knowledge, be inquisitive and observe, feel a sense of adventure, experiment with risk taking, be independent, and find an area or special space to be themselves.
As consults, KAI can provide an overview of possibilities for your space through visiting your home. We can talk you through consultation processes as well as the ideas and resources for the environment or space you’re wanting to develop.