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  1. Video Tour of Head Start Preschool Classroom http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+arrange+a+preschool+classroom&view=detail&mid=66787716B69F8029C67866787716B69F8029C678&first=0&FORM=LKVR5

  2. Goal • 100% of the students in Child Care will meet or exceed the learning expectations measured by a score of 75% or better on daily performance assignments and assessments that are taken during the chapter.

  3. Preparing the Environment I CAN …. • Explain the value of planned indoor and outdoor space • Name the basic activity areas in a center, along with the functions of each area. • List criteria to consider when choosing playroom furniture and color schemes • Summarize factors that affect the organization of space in a center. • Organize basic activity areas of the classroom and outdoor play yard

  4. Preparing the Environment • Well organized and developmentally appropriate classroom will help children to learn. Teacher’s Responsibility • Arrangement will effect the quality of program and give direction for expected behavior.

  5. Well Planned Classroom • Provide choices • Provide interesting play activities • Reduce behavior problems • Encourage interaction • Allow for exploration • Attractive and inviting • Nurturing environment • Provide space to play • Diversity in materials • Sufficient quantities • Place to be quiet • Place to talk • Place to move

  6. Classroom Playroom • Ground floor close to an exit • Rectangular rooms work best for supervision • 35 Square feet room per child

  7. Classroom or playroom Walls Floors Carpeting Cushion Colorful visually more appealing • Washable • Bulletin boards absorb sound and provide space for artwork • Chalkboards at child eye level

  8. Classroom or Playroom Windows Doors Lightweight Push out to open Doorknobs should be low • Eye –level • Screens • Must be able to open • Drapes or blinds • Valances • Pleated shades

  9. Classroom or Playroom Acoustics Temperature / Humidity Comfortable environment 68-70 40-60% humidity normal • Noise affects children’s behavior • Acoustic materials • Carpets • Drapes • Stuffed Toys • Sand • Bulletin Board • Acoustical tile for the ceiling

  10. Classroom and Playroom Electrical Outlets • Above children’s reach • Safety caps • Room arrangement is influenced by outlets • Do not use long electrical cords

  11. Color Choices Color Appeals to our sensesCalm or stimulate Cool colors Warm Colors Make a room appear smaller Children under the age of six prefer Red Yellow Orange Make a room appear larger • Sense of openness • Children six and older prefer • Blue • Green • violet

  12. Color Choices • Target Sheet: Psychological Impact of color • Target Sheet: Responses to color

  13. Factors that affect space and organization • Inspire children • Define the activity and limits • Space affects the use and care of equipment

  14. Licensing Requirements • Each state has their own requirements • Common requirements • Number of fire extinguishers • Entrance and exits marked • Minimum number of square feet

  15. Organizing Basic Activity Areas • Each activity area is a space of its own. • Arrange activity areas by function • Wet and dry should be placed away from each other • Active and quiet placed away from each other • Hand-out Arranging Basic Activity Areas

  16. Outdoor Play Area • Outside square feet per child varies. Usually 75 to 200 • Rectangular best • U or L are more Difficult to supervise and arrange

  17. Planning the Play Yard Empty Space Paths So children can ride wheeled vehicles Usually winds through the playground but far enough away from equipment Children should not wheel or walk through one area to get to another • Well planned into areas • Usually in the center of the playground • Around equipment • All equipment should be visible to the teacher • 1/3 to ½ of the yard has equipment the rest is empty space for play

  18. Planning the Play Yard Fencing Surfaces Grass Under equipment Bark nuggets Sand Tire shred 10-12 inches depth Playground Surfaces • Safety • Chain link • See through fence at other activities • Climb the fence • Unattractive • Wood fence • Splinters

  19. Planning the Play Yard Landscaping Storage Shed Store riding toys Wading pools Balls Gardening tools Arrange so the kids can return items themselves • Pleasant surroundings • Science area – children love to watch things grow • Trees provide shade • Consult a landscape architect to ensure the right plants are used

  20. Planning the Play Yard Wheel toy paths Stationary Equipment Jungle gyms Slides Swings Tree houses Place in the different corners of the yard Images of playground equipment • Go in one direction • Curves, no right angles • Join the storage shed for easy storage • Protected from play equipment

  21. Planning the Play Yard Sandbox Water Water play is fun on a hot day Wading pools Empty pools at the end of the day Sprinkler Water plants, garden • Place in a shaded area • Build a roof over the box • Play next to a water source • Cover the sandbox

  22. Planning the Play Yard Animal Shelter video • Type of animal may be determined by zoning law • Cages • Protected from the weather