Activities and Questions
At the end of each chapter, you will be challenged to apply the information
presented to your program. The following activities and questions are meant
to help you think about your program in a holistic way and begin to intention-
ally design your program space to include the physical, temporal, and inter-
personal dimensions of the environment.
1. Is your program located in shared or dedicated space? What are the
limitations of your space? What are some strategies to minimize your
limitations? 2. How do you communicate with the host of your site and those that use
your program space? How often do these communications take place?
3. What do you see as the limitations of your environment (physical, tem-
poral, and interpersonal)? How do these limitations hinder children’s
learning? 4. Describe your program goals. How and when were these developed?
Are they relevant and useful? Do they serve as a guide for your envi-
ronment? Do parents, staff, and children know about these goals?
5. What dreams do you have for your environment? List these and use
them as you read this book to guide you in creating a quality school-
6. Review the list of common threads for all school-age programs pre-
sented in this chapter. Which of these does your program currently
fulfill? Which items should you consider including as you design your
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