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  1. Play and Productivity: The Dichotomy of Learning

    Dec 20, 2015  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    It’s been said that you don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing. Culver-Newlin, multiple studies, and children everywhere agree. Only a generation ago, preschool was unheard of and Kindergarten’s purpose was to prepare children for school. Today, school readiness programs present young children with worksheets and drills and flash cards. Many of America’s next generation are being forced to grow up far too fast in the name of education.

     

    But preschoolers and Kindergartners learn differently than older kids do. For them, play is not a break from learning but learning itself. Then again, isn’t it for most of us even in adulthood? Certainly as we grow older, productivity must become prominent, but we long for play, and an amount of play aids productivity. This is the dichotomy of learning, and this is the challenge of today’s early childhood educators: How to balance play and productivity to accentuate learning.

     

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    Culver-Newlin offers the following tips,

     

    Implement child initiated activities. Allow kids to choose from appropriate educational activities that support their ideas and interests. When children are allowed to play they develop physical, emotional, social, thinking, and language skills essential to learning and life. They are able to test developing ideas and have a natural motivation to do so.

     

    Guide play to help kids learn more and better. Teachers can respond to children’s play and interact with students in ways that foster learning, such as building vocabulary, inspiring the use of math concepts, or encouraging social skills.

     

    Work with parents to ensure the best possible outcome. Ask parents what their kids like to do at home and on weekends to find ideas for suitable schoolroom activities. Discuss each child’s learning style with the parents and strive to allow activities for all learning styles.

     

    Take a stroll through non-educational play areas. Observe kids’ favorite toys. Notice the color schemes. Find ways to implement these things in your schoolroom.

     

    Culver-Newlin is dedicated to enhancing early education excellence through providing quality schoolroom furniture. For a custom quote or for more information, please call us at 949-288-6735. We’re here for you so you can be there for them.

  2. The Power of Color – Enhancing Learning and Influencing Mood

    Dec 10, 2015  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    Color has affected people since the beginning of time. The cones in our eyes allow humans to see the vastly varied colors in the beauties of nature. It’s reported that we can see and distinguish from 100,000 to 10 million different colors – if we could name that many. Color holds sway over our emotions, our moods, our appetite, and even our ability to learn!  Culver-Newlin, your center for the latest and best in school room furniture, is vitally concerned with educational success. Let’s consider color in the classroom as it enhances learning and influences mood.

    Forever schools sported wall colors of mint green and dull beige. And education occurred, even in that colorless environment. With increased understanding of the effects of color on students, we know that learning can be enhanced and mood influenced within a colorful environment. Mental performance is given a boost, and detrimental behavior is reduced when surrounded with the correct color palate. So which colors work best in the classroom, and what is their effect on students?

     

    • Yellow – assists in increasing attention span; boosts creativity; and provides positive feelings
    • Blue – is calming; fosters a sense of well-being, allowing students to relax and learn as a result of feeling safe;
    • Red and Orange – create excitement and alertness and feed creativity; can also be disturbing to those students who suffer anxiety;
    • Green and Purple – support calm emotions
    • Off-white – helps with attention span; promotes positive feelings

     

    Reds and yellows cultivate creativity, while darker colors support focus and encourage calm spirits. Bright colors can excite some students to over-stimulation. Enhancing learning and influencing mood – the power of color is fascinating, indeed.

     

    Culver-Newlin has provided excellent service to our customers in Southern California for over 50 years. Our showroom is filled with the latest innovations in classroom and office furniture, and we carry the highest quality furnishings for every area of your school or business. Our expert sales team works with you in selection, works within your budget, and Culver-Newlin delivers and sets up your purchase at your request. For the latest and the best at enhancing learning and influencing mood in the classroom, call Culver-Newlin today at 949-288-67393.