Once again, close your eyes and imagine a setting that is calming to you.
What are the aesthetic elements in this environment?
How do your ideas of optimum light, air, color, and even smell figure into this picture and make you feel?
What elements of beauty in this environment restore and inspire you?
How would you apply insights from this vision to re-envision an early childhood setting where you worked every day?
Post your response to the following: Share your perspective on why aesthetics and beauty are essential components of early childhood environments for adults who work in these settings and family members of the children who attend. Share your thoughts regarding how the rising need for early childhood professional self-care aligns with enhancing early childhood settings with aesthetics and beauty.
Considering what you have learned about beauty and aesthetics, share 3 examples of how you would design an early childhood environment to a nurture the souls of the adults who work in the setting.
Considering what you have learned about beauty and aesthetics, as well as the resources on families and environments for this week, share 3 examples of how you would design an early childhood environment to also nurture the souls and foster feelings of welcome and community for the families of children in an early childhood setting.