The harmonious relationship between children, teachers and learning spaces is considered the lifeblood of our ‘Knowledge Economy’. The purpose of education, then, is to empower children, help them determine how to learn on their own, and to enable them to take such an economy forward. The whole idea of a nation’s development depends on it.
Paradigm-shifting research has brought predominantly child-centered practices to the limelight and added fuel to bettering our educational systems worldwide. One major discovery of that research concerns with the relationship between environment around them and holistic development of the child. The environment is often regarded as the child’s third teacher, the first two being parents and teachers at school. In fact, every physical environment—be it at home, outdoors, or at school—its potential for providing learning opportunities proves to be vital for child’s development.
Today a child spends more time in a learning environment like a school than in any other, and that makes perfect sense why we need to craft these spaces with special attention. Embracing the power of learning spaces, educators around the world and in India started exploring how to turn these ideas into reality.
We at Verdant Vista believe that learning spaces are three dimensional textbooks that have the power to drive and satisfy the curiosity of young minds, and awaken the sparks of creativity. Equipped with such learning environments educators can touch children deeply, make them think, inquire, reflect, question, explore and experiment. And that’s what we call a ‘virtual paradise’, meticulously tailored as an extension and expansion of the school’s curriculum!
Creating one ‘virtual paradise’ of learning at a time, our team keeps finding its way back to do more and do better. We so far worked with few of India’s top schools like St. John’s High School, Podar Jumbo Kids, Bethany High, and Daffodils, in shaping their educational spaces. However, considering the the vast number of schools we have in this country, we’ve taken up a campaign to spread this word into every nook and corner.
That’s why we’re excited to share with you why we envision to transform learning spaces into ‘Virtual Paradises’ for kids:
To ignite child’s curiosity
Time and again, our greatest educators made it clearer that curiosity is the beginning of all learning. Then, it makes sense to say that the goal of ‘a learning space’ is to ignite the child’s curiosity.
Just imagine an educational space devoid of opportunities to wonder about. That would gradually stint child’s ability ‘to question’. Now imagine an educational space abundant of opportunities to learn.
An environmental trigger breeds curiosity, curiosity breeds question, and question breeds learning. Innovative learning environments act as continuous triggers for child’s curiosity.
To accommodate child’s holistic learning
Children acquire most basic abilities during their early years. A learning environment should be able to accommodate the development of these abilities—encompassing the wide array of sensory-motor, cognitive and social skills. An interactive part of a learning space can seamlessly imbibe a sense of teamwork among kids, drive them to use their natural powers of decision-making, or intuitively drive them to develop their gross motor skills.
Interactive interiors open up new opportunities for kids to respond to the environment and unhook their latent abilities of learning through free interpretation. Sensory play areas can help the child’s development, giving them ample opportunities to actively use their senses to explore and to learn from the world. Spaces for adventurous play can ignite their curiosity, use their imagination and problem-solving skills, and go through a creative process of developing their solutions.
To support and develop the learning potential
Every child is unique, special, and with a limitless learning potential. So, we believe that the purpose of an educational space is served only when it fully facilitates the child to gain multiple types of knowledge and experiences. Also, it’s when the design elements drive them to actively participate, experiment, pursue their interests, and do so much more. Such a learning environment embraces the child and it makes children feel like they’re a part of it.
As Verdant Vista envisions, when we ignite a conversation between educators and architects in a large scale, they can together create infinite possibilities for kids to learn through their environment. Besides, this perfectly goes along with schools’ curricula.
Among other core challenges, ‘space constraints’ and ‘lack of relevant executional expertise’ have been troubling the educator community in creating innovative learning spaces that work for their kids. We at Verdant Vista took up a mission to wipe off these limitations and spread this phenomenon to schools across the nation.