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Ready to Climb

Bringing the Climbing Walls to the CFDRC



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In 2013, Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center was able to acquire two climbing walls through the generous support of the ECSU Foundation. The climbing walls serve two important purposes: 1) support children's cognitive, social-emotional, creative, and physical development; and 2) provide critical experiential learning opportunities for Eastern students who hope to work with young children in their careers.


Children's Development

The indoor and outdoor climbing walls support children's development in a variety of ways.

  • Physical development: Preschoolers are developing upper body strength, increasing their hand-eye coordination, and developing a better sense of how to move their bodies in a space.
  • Social-emotional development: Children are learning how to work collaboratively and cooperatively, gaining a sense of accomplishment, and building self-confidence.
  • Cognitive development: Children are developing spatial awareness, developing problem-solving skills as they make their way across the wall, expanding oral language, and developing literacy and numeracy skills through magnetic letters, numbers, and shapes on the wall.
  • Creative development: Preschoolers are getting the opportunity to move their bodies in expressive ways and fostering pretend and imaginative play.


Experiential Learning for Eastern Students

The two walls are providing Eastern students with important opportunities to learn how best to support young children. Health and physical education students are learning how to develop and implement lesson plans to teach young children to use climbing walls, including individualizing for children's needs. Early childhood education students are gaining experience in both supporting children's physical development and in using physical activities to support children's growth in other developmental domains.


About the Video

Ready to Climb was produced entirely by Eastern Communication students in a Documentary Production class. Students gained hands-on experience in directing, field shooting, conducting interviews, editing, and other production skills. The video will be used for years to come to highlight to prospective families and students some of the experiences available to children and college students at the Child and Family Development Resource Center.


Credits for Ready to Climb

Student production team: Sarah Pierce, James Nixon, Dylan King, Attah Agyemang

Documentary production professor: Dr. Denise Matthews

Health and Physical Education (HPE) students appearing in video: Teresa Rozycki, Mattie Brett, Josh Tamosaitis

HPE Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Darren Robert

Featured teacher and administrator: Claudia Ahern, Niloufar Rezai


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