How to Set Up a Purposeful Preschool Room

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Foundations 1, Part 2

Lesson 1: Learning Environments

In this part of the course, you will learn how to set up a purposeful preschool room

Consider organizing your room to best fit the needs and traffic patterns of your children. Whether you have a tiny house or big early learning center, there are many creative ways to design your space in a way that communicates to children that they belong, are safe and can explore their ideas.

Ask yourself these questions when designing your space:

Let’s do it right now! Pull out some scrap paper and start to sketch some ideas while reflecting on these questions:

  1. What is the purpose of each space in my room?
  2. Where will quiet places in my room be? Where will louder activities happen? (Consider putting loud and quiet activity spaces on opposite sides of your room.)
  3. Where will children do projects that make a wet mess? Where can you store items that need to stay dry?
  4. Where will children walk and move around the room? (Consider making pathways.)
  5. How can I make cozy corners and big open areas for different group sizes? (Consider hanging fabric from the ceiling to define spaces.)
  6. What safety precautions do I need to consider?

Please select 3-4 of the articles below to read more about designing spaces that engage, inspire and communicate inclusiveness of all children.

Designing for Imagination

Homelike Environments

How the Environment Inspires Curriculum

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Using Containers to Organize

Creating an Environment for Safe Sleep

Aesthetics in the Classroom Setting

Next: Part 2, Lesson 2–Wall Displays and Learning Stories


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