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| Part 1 | DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Learning centers play an important role in constructivist early learning programs. Exposure to a variety of materials, typically arranged by content area, helps children in their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth. (Grabinger and Dunlap 1995). A child’s lived environment therefore plays a decisive role in the quality and depth of his knowledge attainment—both in and out of school. For this reason alone, the spaces in which children live and learn serve an elemental role in their growth and development. Reggio Emilia Educational Approach The Reggio Emilia approach elevates the impor- tance of the environment by identifying it as a child’s “third teacher,” along with the child’s parent and the classroom teacher (Halpin 2007; | 10 | Strong-Wilson and Ellis 2007). The Reggio Emilia approach believes that classroom spaces have an equal voice to parents and teachers. By way of invitation, the spaces and materials can speak to the children, offering aesthetically interest- ing and creatively challenging exploration. Through documentation, long-term projects are captured for posterity along with written and photographic evidence of the spaces involved. The documentation in a Reggio Emilia classroom reflects the history of the relationships between people, space, and pedagogy, creating wonder- ful representations of children’s learning and development. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL