Children exposed to a language rich environment are capable of learning different languages. Children learn at different pace, therefore, in designing a physical learning space I the classroom, I am able to stimulate their imagination and foster their learning opportunities. According to our reading text, “Children who have experienced languages used in a variety of context and in particular those who have stories and books read to them, attain greater proficiency in languages” (Piper, 2012).
Explain how the area is set up.
In the classroom, there are three areas, one of relaxed reading, a writing center, play and engaging in the use of the projector, blocks, toys, games and puzzles. The room is well lit and ventilated with calming music. The teachers’ desk faces all areas so that she can observe her students and assist when help is needed. Students are encouraged to work independently or in groups.
Explain how specifically the area supports language development
These areas are designed to help students in their phonology ( using flash cards), writing skills(paper crayons, pencils and paint), auditory (reading), social/emotional development ( manipulatives-blocks, games and picture label), which will enhance their cognitive skills. As children become more acquainted with each of these skills, they become more proficient in learning and succeed academically. According to a quote from Dr. Seuss’ book, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut”, “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you will go”. Children watch your facial expressions during all sorts of experiences and moods and start to realize what facial expressions go with what moods/feelings. A child watches your body language when you speak and communicate and will start to learn what your body language means. (The Importance of Play for Speech and language Development).
Describe the activity or experience that the children can specifically be engaged in
The reading area has shelves with books for reading skills, and throughout the day the students are given a period to select books and read. There is a round rug on which they can relax or the bean bag while reading. Children can read quietly or share stories they have read.
In the middles children can sit at the table and engage in writing letters or symbols that helps in their writing construction and reading skills. Students can also discuss among themselves what each lesson promotes.
On the other side, students can sit on the square rug with shelves that are labeled with different toys, blocks, games and puzzles, or simple watch an interactive game on the projector. On each shelves of the classroom, the labels are written in English/Spanish and Sign Language.
Explain what the role of the teacher will be
The role of the teacher is to be attentive to the needs of her students, use appropriate materials for lessons, resource providergiving information to her students and instructing students on how to use the information, encourage students to achieve their highest potential, giving positive feedback, observe and assessing students skills and proficiency.
How you will assess the effectiveness of this area on language development.
Assessment involves analyzing data about the children strength, abilities and interest. It also assists the teacher in developing a progressive feedback on each activity. Effective assessment shows growth. (Flottman, Stewart, & Tayler, 2011).
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