Messages of the Built Environment
Every shape has a job Every building has a story
“Messages” is a preschool and early elementary education enrichment program that promotes critical thinking and supports early math, language development and communications skills. Parents learn to the meaning behind basic visual vocabulary – line, shape, pattern, color, light and shadow, texture and volume and how to use them to engage their children in experiential discovery-based learning at home and in the community.
What do you see?
Find, count, sort – lines, shapes, patterns coors, or texture to explore the everyday environment. Windows, doors, steps, roofs all tell stories by their size and shape.
Explore one idea at a time.
Try it inside, or outside – where you walk, or when you read a picture book.
Imagine if the straight lines were curvy….or the color was different….or something were much larger or smaller. What might happen? How would it feel?
The holistic program includes materials to enrich classroom activities, parent programs, professional development and family activities. The program is useful for preschool through first grade with family activities that have proven effective through third grade.
Here’s the third party evaluation of the process.
Messages of the Built Environment (Messages), was developed in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and implemented with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Baxt Family Foundation, the United Way of Prince George’s County, and individual donors.
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