Modifying Activities and Environments

A series of strategies for engaging children in their learning

Well-organized, engaging classrooms help children learn critical readiness skills and experience success in school. This suite covers strategies for supporting children’s behavior by maximizing engagement.

Critical Skills Highlighted

Planning

Plan captivating, developmentally-appropriate activities that set the stage for children’s success.

Adapting

Adjust your tasks and activities in the moment to maximize children’s involvement, interest, and understanding.

Organizing

Arrange your classroom to minimize distractions.

VIDEO 1

Planning Engaging Activities

In this lesson, we explore planning for engaging and effective activities.

VIDEO 2

Increasing Engagement During Activities

In this lesson, we focus on modifying activities in the moment. We share tips for adapting activities to support children.

VIDEO 3

Creating Engaging Learning Spaces

In this lesson, we cover ways to create engaging, organized classroom spaces.

Engaging Children Through Cultural Connections

Activities and environments are most engaging when they reflect children’s lives, including their personal interests, culture, and heritage.
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FROM PBS NEWSHOUR

Anti-Bias Lessons That Celebrate Diversity

Watch how a team of California preschool teachers are implementing an anti-bias curriculum that celebrates inclusion and helps preschoolers hold up a mirror to diversity.

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FROM THE PRESCHOOL PODCAST

Integrating Multicultural Early Learning

K’Sandra Earle, Associate Director of the Early Learning Neighborhood Collective, shares ways teachers and families can work together to integrate children’s cultural backgrounds into the classroom.

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NAEYC

Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance

In this webinar, Dr. Ercan offers transformative, yet practical ways teachers can start to understand children’s cultural backgrounds so that they can adapt classroom environments and activities