Children R’ Special: An Appropriate Classroom Environment
ECE312: Administration of Early Childhood Ed. Programs
Instructor: Carmen Balgobin
May 2, 2013
When entering a preschool or elementary classroom, the contents, arrangements and overall environment should be a first impression of you as a teacher. From the engaging materials displayed, to the furniture, to the overall appearance and map layout, should speak volumes to parents upon entering; that you are prepared. Collectively, you are building a classroom that is developmentally appropriate – a place that is comfortable, safe, and secure. With such a developmentally appropriate ...view middle of the document...
The board is decorated with subjects that a morning meeting would cover such as calendar, weather, letter of the week, etc. Flowing from there would be the tables centered in the classroom, each depicting a color source, when the children are seated. On the outskirts are the center activities squared-off by a book case and/or carpet that allows for division of another center on the opposite side. The materials in each center are organized to help children with the specific skill. Each center should invite and promote active, independent exploration, discovery that creates an atmosphere of fun. It’s the approach of learning by doing versus students being told by their teacher what to do and when to do it. Such examples would include:
Reading Center – a cozy space by covering tables with a blanket for a quiet cozy feel; use a cardboard box to create a reading nook that can be painted with characters or scenes. Using a tape recorder so that children can listen to stories or even record their own stories will be very appealing.
Science Center – Set up this area near a window for sufficient sunlight for plant growth, prisms and shadows; a table from a tree stump, bring the outdoors in to the classroom that bring excitement to the children and their imagination.
Dramatic Play Center – For kitchen or home area, wallpaper to a wall, a small table with added table cloth set as if the children were at home, plastic food and utensils, an area rug; all create a home environment for the children to pretend play. This area can be changed throughout the year to include a restaurant, a post office, a store, or even classroom.
Art Center – This center should be filled with lots and lots of materials from a stack of paper, to crayons, markers, etc. so that the children can free-form drawing anytime. Display prints of their work along with copies of famous works to give the children inspiration.
Manipulative Center – With a carpeted area, providing lots of puzzles, beads, math counting games, construction blocks, will keep the children busy as well as enough for all to enjoy in the center. All toys should...