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Pre-K Early Childhood Learning Environment

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Dominique Thompson

on 19 February 2013

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Optimal preschool learning environments... What are learning centers? Lets have a closer look at each
learning center… Develops: Literacy skills, self-regulation, cognitive skills, social emotional skills, and creativity. 4. Manipulative and Sensory Center 5. Math Center "Children increase their artistic knowledge, skills, and creativity while enhancing emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development as they participate in art (Bullard, 2010). 3. Art Center 1. Literacy Centers -Can consist of writing/
listening/ library areas Environment
Well lit
small table/chairs
Soft furniture
Quality Books
Posters Enhances oral lang., print awareness, Alphabet Principle, Listening skills, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness 2. Dramatic Play Centers
(4-6 Children) have clearly defined learning centers! “A learning center is a self-contained area with a variety of hands-on materials organized around a curriculum area or topic…Each learning center helps students develop unique content knowledge, skills, and dispositions while promoting different social skills and work habits…A high-quality learning center is planned with a purpose in mind. It is inviting and aesthetically pleasing, containing an abundance of developmentally appropriate, relevant, interesting, and interactive materials. Learning centers that are high quality are planned to encourage independent use by children. ( Bullard, 2010). Resources
literacy manipulatives
head phones
variety of writing materials & mediums (5-6 Children) * All learning centers should include literacy tools. Environment/Resources
located nears blocks for sharing of materials
Familiar and authentic items for play
Multicultural/ unisex items/ suitable for children with disabilities/non sexist props
Full length mirrors
Variety of props for various themes
Duplicate props
Authentic math/literacy props
Tools to make props/signs
Well defined location
4-6 Children Example Many experts believe that all children develop artistic abilities in sequential stages. ENVIRONMENT / RESOURCES

ENOUGH TABLE SPACE AND CHAIRS FOR 4-6 CHILDREN There are four types of science centers : Centers with exposure to several science activities, inquiry focused centers, discovery centers, or centers filled with inquiry tools. 6. Science Center Cognitive, motor and rhythm, language, social and emotional development are all enhanced through music. 7. Music Center 8. Technology Center " While children build with blocks they develop mathematical skills, use symbolic representation, practice science skills, make use of literacy, exhibit social-emotional skills, demonstrate aesthetic awareness, and practice geography (Bullard,ch.11 ,2010)." 9. Block and Building Center Note: References

Bullard, J. (2010). Creating environments for learning, birth to age eight. (Chapters 5,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, and 15). (1st Ed.) Merril Publishing Company.

CVIS Preschool Classroom (video), Retrieved February 12, 2013 from youtube.com

All images were retrieved from google. Created By: Dominique Thompson Some teachers create specialized centers on specific days to enhance learning as needed.

Please be mindful of space, resources/tools needed, noise levels, environmental appeal and neighboring centers when creating centers. THE END Develop pincer grasp Strengthen grasping and Squeezing Strengthen bilateral coordination Strengthen eye-hand coordination Enhance wrist rotation
and stability Enhance cutting Develop arches of hand Enhance finger Dexterity Manipulatives
Environment/ Resources
Quiet Area
Well lit
Low open labeled shelves
Trays/Baskets/ buckets to hold materials
Tables/ chairs/floor space (4-6 children)
Attractive/Enticing materials
Developmentally appripriate/ diverse materials
High quality tools manipulative materials should help to develop fine motor and self help skills including... Sensory Environment/Resources
Water/Media Table for 2-4 children
Make table accessible from all sides
Store smocks nearby accessible to children
Low shelves nearby for material storage
Place table near a sink on an easy to clean floor
Variety of props
Sanitize materials
Select safe tools
Literacy materials Math environment/ Resources
Designated quiet area
Large work area
Variety of developmental math manipulatives to meet math standards (numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, and data analysis)
Organized shelves with designated item placement
Appealing tools/containers
Display area Science Environment/ Resources
Enclosed quiet area
Near sink
Large enough for several children and teacher
Near a window (if possible)
Organized and labeled
Table and chairs
Board to post information
Encourages what if statements
Stresses process skills
Encourages independence
Writing/lit. materials
Inquiry tools Environment/ Resources
Uncluttered/ Spacious for movement activities
Located away from quiet areas
Variety of quality instruments
Organized/ labeled/ displayed instruments
accessible kid friendly sound equipment
Developmentally apprpriate music
Written music/books/posters
Writting materials
Materials must help develop competencies related to content standards Environment/ Resources
Label all electronic devices/CD's/Tapes to ease accessibility for children
Pre-load CD's and programs
Select Developmentally appropriate programs and tools
Secure cords and cover unused outlets
Do not place electrical items near water
Provide working head phones, keyboards, mouse, and seating for 2-3 children
Ensure proper lighting
Supply adjustable furniture/ Computer work stations
Arrange computer visibility throughout classroom
Maintain equal access to technology for all children
Post visual instructions/reminders to encourage proper usage
Manage usage lengths

The use of technology helps to enhance cognitive, social, and technology skills. Environment/ Resources
Accessible low open shelves for block storage labeled with block outline sizes
Adequate space for building
Semi enclosed
"No Building Zone" 2-4 feet wide
Flat stable building surface (carpet/rug)
Include, in a near by basket, block play and writing accessories
Quantity requirements:
586 blocks for 3-year-old children
748 blocks for 4-year-old children
980 blocks for children who are 5 years and older Here is the link to a preschool classroom virtual tour:
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