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Gerdes, J., Durden, T., & Manning, L. (2013, June). Materials and Environments That Promote Learning in the Primary Years. NebGuide G2199. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Teachers can use multiple strategies to create a stimulating and responsive environment for children in the primary years. These strategies can lead to children’s overall social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
To promote optimal development of the whole child, children need a variety of materials available to them daily that provide both challenge and success. They also need daily exposure to music, art, and movement activities.