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Classroom resources in Preschools

Exploring the makeup of a preschool classroom and how the resources provided help the children grow.

colleen clary

on 26 April 2011

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Classroom Resources in Preschools
By Colleen Clary This is the Firefly classroom,
for students ages 3 and 4.
It is a part of the Campus and Community Children's center
on campus How does the environment influence the process of children’s learning? The fundamental building block of creating an ideal environment for the child is ensuring that the physical environment is designed to support the child's learning needs. These needs include physical motion, independence, creativity, order and routine, and an emotionally "safe" place for the child The students should have cubbies like this to help practice
•the importance of organization
•responsibility of their personal possessions
•Self care, by dressing themselves
The restroom is needed to help the children learn to self regulate their body systems.
The teachers will remind them to use the bathroom, and will call them over at specific times during the day.
There is a brushing station where they make sure teeth are cleaned after lunch.
Having this resource allows for practice of personal hygiene and to help the students gain independence of their own bodies. Areas for dramatic play are useful for children as a practice an exploration of real life.
They help build social skills and relationships. They can be made into areas like "Hospital, Store, Home, Doctor's Office, Beauty Shop, Pet Shop, Restaurant" etc. This dramatic play expands their language span and helps their share experiences with others. Dramatic play can be guided by a knowledgeable, observing caregiver by adding new stimulating materials that correlate to their children’s interests. There needs to be areas for comfort and a quiet reading space to explore books and practice literacy.
This space also provides a source of privacy for students who need to close themselves off from the excitement of the classroom. This picture shows the overall environment of the room. There is half tile-half carpeting on the floor. The tile allows for a "wet space" such as the area for shoes and wet clothes, the water and sand exploring table, the tables for meals, and sinks. The carpet is the "dry space" for reading corner, open space to play, blocks and other toys free space. We can also observe a lot of natural light coming in the various windows of the classroom. An outdoor space is crucial for a childcare facility. According to www.communityplaythings.com, it is necessary because

"The playground is the most important zone. With rapid urbanization and shrinking wilderness, a child’s last opportunity to enjoy nature may lie in the outdoor play space of a child care center."

The Campus and Community Children’s center has this jungle gym, open ground space, a sandbox, sidewalks, and a mixture of outdoor toys accessible to the children. This allows for children to get physical activity, strengthen gross motor skills, interact with their environment, and learn new social skills with their peers. It’s important to have open space for the group to come together and discuss new ideas or discoveries. This space should be comfortable and easily assessable for all the students. Here we see that the teacher brought the children together for the morning's lesson. This same space is also used for when the children want to dance or build towers out of blocks, or do new puzzles. Open-ended space must be in every preschool because it is used for so many different mediums. Here is an example of utilizing classroom space to meet the children's needs. They are enjoying a full, healthy meal while practicing table manners and the teachers are promoting conversations between the children. This is a calm time, when stories are shared. This picture shows us how the children use the toys that are put out for them. They have a bucket of different materials that they are using to create little figures. They are giving characters to their people and sharing the materials between each other.

We also can observe another student playing quietly herself, enjoying her time figuring out a new puzzle. A range of different materials and activities need to be available in the room to attract different student's interests and help them all expand their learning. In conclusion, the environment and classroom resources play an enormously important role on the development of student learning. The students spend their days in this atmosphere and it needs to be a positive, welcoming, safe, and intellectually stimulating place to be. :)
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