The child’s eye view of your early childhood classroom

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What do your preschoolers see when they walk into your classroom? One of the best ways to find out is to look from the child’s level.

Go to the front door of your classroom, sit down low, and take a look!

What do you see?

  • Does your classroom look inviting, safe, and friendly from the child’s eye view?
  • Is there something out on the table, floor, or shelf that will capture a child’s attention?
  • Will your students be excited about entering your classroom?

  • Now take a seat in the middle of your classroom floor and take a look around.

    What do you see?

  • Does your classroom look clean and organized from the child’s eye view?
  • Are the items that are within child’s reach child safe and friendly?
  • Are bulletin boards and displays at the child’s eye view?
  • Are centers open, organized, and inviting?
  • The adult perspective

    As adults, we will naturally tend to make the appearance of our classrooms appealing and attractive from an adult perspective. We may not even realize that we are doing it. To really help with this process, put your hands over your eyes like binoculars and block everything out except only what you see directly in front of you as you sit at the child’s level.

    Make a note

    Once you take a look from the child’s eye view, make a note of things you might be able to improve…

    Can I find a chalk board and easel that sits lower to the ground?

    Can I find a pretty basket to hold all the pillows?

    Can I decorate the back of this book shelf with a poster, letters, words, shapes?

    Can I add a few more art supplies to the bottom right shelf?

    Do my labels match what I have on each shelf?

    Give it a try in your classroom and see what you might discover about your room from the child’s eye view!

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    Deborah J Stewart

    Deborah J Stewart

    Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

    Let me tell ya...

    With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

    God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

    Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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