We place enormous value on the role of the environment as a motivating and animating force in creating spaces for relations, options, and emotional and cognitive situations that produce a sense of well-being and security.
Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Italy
The classroom environment is considered to be the child’s third teacher. We carefully designed our classroom space to be a warm and inviting place for both children and adults. We have a beautiful room with large windows and natural light. The children are invited to draw, sketch and paint in a very natural setting. There are many plants and “homey” touches in the space to support a close home-school connection. We placed mirrors in many places around the classroom so the children can look at themselves and experiment with reflection. The materials are displayed in baskets around the room which invites the children to come and play with them. There is a cozy round carpet in the middle of the space to gather in a large group and there are several smaller areas where children can play and meet in smaller more intimate groupings. As the children begin to create art, their beautiful work will be documented and displayed throughout the classroom and the school.
The Welcome Table
This area of the classroom is near the front door. Parents can find information about their children and the school on the table. The picture frame is for family photos and the children are responsible for keeping their communication bags in the wicker basket.
The children are invited to investigate with light and reflection using interesting materials.
The children are invited to a quiet area with a friend to listen to stories while reading along in the book.
In the atelier, the children are invited to use a variety of colourful and textured materials. There is a display of new and recycled materials to evoke creativity from the children. Specific skills are taught on how to use different materials such as paint and clay. Famous artists will be introduced to provoke new ways of thinking about new materials. Children are encouraged to be free and use their imagination in this area of the classroom.
The children are invited to read books alone or with a buddy. The WigWam is a place for children to read or participate in dramatic play.
The children are invited to participate in scientific discovery. They are encouraged to bring natural materials from the outdoors to the nature table. There are scales and magnifying glasses for the children to take a closer look at some natural materials.
The children are invited to play with a variety of materials that will provoke thinking of several mathematical concepts. They will explore counting, two and three dimensional shapes as well as problem solving.
The children are invited to sit with a friend and work on puzzles.
The children are invited to the easel to draw, sketch and paint anything they are inspired by in the classroom or outdoors.
Children love dramatic play. In this area of the classroom the children are invited to play in small groups. They are encouraged to use their imagination. Materials such as scarves are presented here to provoke open ended thinking about dress up.
The building center is a place of collaboration. The children will explore the properties of materials, create story lines about their structures and devise building strategies. Materials both organic and geometric will be presented at this center.
The children are invited to the world of literacy. They are exposed to letters and interesting and new materials to write with. They are excited to write familiar words, their names and their friends’ names. Each child has their own mailbox to send and receive letters. Materials such as paper, markers, envelopes, etc., are presented at this center for open ended thinking.
Educator Book Shelf – Easy access to books when the children demonstrate particular interests – AND, it looks nice too!
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