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Background Noise

Background Noise

Consider what the right level of noise for the learning environment might be.

In every environment there are ways to consider how the noise in spaces from classroom level, to hallways, from dining halls to play areas affect the learners and staff within it.

At Fuji, they accept more than 30 children affected by autism.

Some of the children have had a tough time in other kindergartens but since they have been transferred to Fuji Kindergarten they behaved little to no differently to other children.

Based on research this seems to relate to background noise. In an experiment where white noise, at a frequency of more than 20 kilohertz is provided, the children no longer show symptoms. This is the kind of background noise that happens naturally at Fuji Kindergarten.

Every childcare room in Fuji Kindergarten is filled with background noise. While one class is learning basic mathematics, another class is playing piano nearby. The children are then selecting information from this noise. It is natural to be exposed to high frequency background noise. 

With open doors and not asking for silence this can be a way to improve noise volume in a school.