A variety of perspectives and accomplishments – up, down, across, and over – are created by moving from one level to another. Slopes provide uncommon surfaces for scooting and sliding, rolling balls, and discovering ways to balance.
Comfortable and physically supported space for children and adults to sit together is provided by the reading nests. These areas integrated into the learning space encourage child-adult interaction and proximity.
An evenly undulating surface creates a physical opportunity that changes with the baby’s development from sitting to crawling to walking. The wave-like rhythm accentuates the feel of gravity and builds balance. The surface is carpeted for traction and the valleys conform to the resting bodies.
From full-body immersion to sharing space with friends, the sensory ponds provide an ever-changing opportunity for learning. These shallow spaces can be filled with a variety of materials to enhance discovery and physical development.
Transparent Panels and Mirrors
Continuous visual connections between babies and teachers are facilitated through transparent panels and mirrored surfaces. Babies have 360-degree views of the room and their caring adults.
Reliable support railings allow mobile babies to securely stand and travel around the space. Rails are just right for small hands to grasp.
Trees define the three-dimensional vertical space. Bringing natural products into the learning space, trees reinforce the connection with nature – earth to sky.
Arches, Slated Walls, and Roofs
Transitional landmarks signal the passage from here to there and below and above. Arches, slated walls, and roofs intentionally distinguish areas while allowing full viewing of the “other” spaces.
Hand-painted nature scenes render views of the world outside of the classroom. These two-dimensional representations change in natural light (times of day) and set a calm, happy mood for babies and caregivers alike.