Messages of the Built Environment
Every shape has a job Every building has a story
“Messages” is a preschool and early elementary education enrichment program that promotes observation, critical thinking and communications skills and supports early learning in math and language development.Adults – parents and/or teachers – build on what they already know about line, shape, pattern, color, scaffolding their basic knowledge into a meaningful structure that supports open-ended questions and helps adults engage children in conversation and discovery-based learning at home and in the community.
LearnLead commissioned an independent formative evaluation of Messages from The CDM Group. Teachers reported that the professional development training and materials were useful and effective. Phone interviews with parents documented that parents recognized the program and its materials by name, liked and used them at home and in the community and reported growth in their children’s language and math readiness skills.
Messages of the Built Environment has been adapted for multiple learning contexts including classroom, home-based, and parent and child together (PACT) programs a series of materials for parenting and family engagement workshops, and professional development institutes to support the programs.
What do you see?
Find, count, sort – lines, shapes, patterns coors, or texture to explore the everyday environment. Windows, doors, steps, roofs all tell stories by their size and shape.
Explore one idea at a time.
Try it inside, or outside – where you walk, or when you read a picture book.
Imagine if the straight lines were curvy….or the color was different….or something were much larger or smaller. What might happen? How would it feel?
Messages program includes materials to enrich classroom activities, parent programs, professional development and family activities. The program is useful for preschool through kindergarten with family activities that have proven effective through second grade.
Messages of the Built Environment has been adapted for multiple learning contexts including classroom, home-based and parent and child together (PACT) programs, a series of materials for parenting and family engagement workshops, and professional development institutes to support the programs.
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