Importance of an Organized Room Arrangement in Preschool Classrooms
written by: Jennifer Weller
• edited by: Tania Cowling
• updated: 9/11/2012
It is important to carefully organize a preschool classroom so the environment will foster children's growth. If the organized room arrangement in preschool classrooms is prepared properly the room will promote desirable actions in the children.
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Organized Room Arrangement
It is important to carefully organize materials and equipment in a preschool classroom so that children can easily and effectively use them. Use child size stuff as much as possible, such as child size tables and chairs so that children can acquire independence easily. We want to help children to gain their independence.
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Storage of Activities
If you store each activity in a specific place and carefully organize the materials for easy use the children will be drawn to the activities. They will also know where to place the materials if everything has a place and is clearly marked. Label containers and bins with a picture and word of what is inside. This helps children recognize words and know where to place the items when they are finished with them. Neatness makes the room attractive. Materials are easier to find and more inviting if they are not crammed into a crowded area. This is important to remember when implementing an organized room arrangement in preschool.
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Preschool classrooms are often defined by centers. Using low dividers, tables, child size furniture, and a variety of storage units creates areas that can be used as different centers. When creating classroom centers, make sure to place materials and activities where children can independently explore them. Don't place a noisy center like blocks near the book center; this creates unnecessary distractions for children. It is important to remember to provide a space for solitary time. Healthy child development includes providing many opportunities for social interactions with other children. However, solitary time allows children to take a break and reflect about the events in their day. Just providing the children with a few comfy pillows in a quiet area of the room should help.
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Room Arrangement Affects Disruptive Behavior
By structuring space and materials you can promote desirable social behavior. By displaying children's work, projects, and art you are giving the children a positive self-identity. By adding materials when children want to work on a common goal you are providing them with interpersonal skills, to work with one another. If you notice children are distracted, remove the distractions, children need to develop self-control. Provide the children with a variety of activities, from which the children may choose. This helps with developing planning and decision-making skills in children. Overall, you want a room that children work and play in to provide a sense of belonging and connection to others in the group. Plan a flexible room with many open-ended materials that can meet a multitude of goals. When an organized room arrangement in preschool has been accomplished, physical limits are clear and the room helps control the use of materials and the behavior of children. Conflict between children is reduced, and conditions for high learning are established.