Our learning environments need to be updated. Every space in the building and around the building will be designed to instruct kids in a holistic way. We want to create spaces to help facilitate not just the accrual of information in their brains, but also the embracing of God’s love deep within their hearts. We know that effective teaching is important to biblical equipping, but we also know that people learn in different ways. More and more, we are seeing specifically that the type of environment in which our instruction takes place has an impact on learning. While the type of space alone will not lead to better teaching, we do think that the type of space does matter. To be more effective in making disciples of kids, we need spaces that can impact them holistically.
Three key elements of the building will help holistic learning. First, the building will feature high ceilings with lots of natural light. It will feel spacious, clean and comfortable. This type of environment helps the learning process. Second, it’s designed to accommodate large-group/small-group types of learning. The large group room will be for activities like games and worship, helping the kids see and build community. There will also be breakout rooms, which will be grade/age specific to help accommodate the various learning needs for each small group. It will also help volunteers get to know kids in a deeper way. The continual practice of movement from large group to small group helps kids see that they are not alone; that they are part of a larger community of people, following and learning about Jesus. Third, the building will include dedicated areas for children with special needs. This area will seek to accommodate the many different learning styles of kids at each stage of development. In these ways and more, we look forward to having engaging environments for holistic discipleship of our children.
As we prayed and thought about this project we asked ourselves: can we build something that creates adequate spaces taking in the latest knowledge of childhood development and learning?