The child’s eye view of your early childhood classroom

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!

    By |2010-07-17T07:00:36+00:00July 17th, 2010|

    About the Author:

    Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

    8 Comments

    1. Christie - Childhood 101 July 17, 2010 at 8:33 am - Reply

      What a great reminder, Deborah. I think this is also a really interesting activity for parents to try within the home environment.

      • Deborah J. Stewart July 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm - Reply

        Good point to add Christie! This would definitely be a good activity for parents to try at home!

    2. Scott July 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      This is such an important thing to do. The room and the things in it certainly look different from the child’s eye-level. Your photos are great examples of what can be discovered. Thanks for helping us all see things from a different point of view.

    3. Teacher Tom July 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Good reminder, Deborah! I often crawl around the room, even checking to see what the undersides of the tables look like. It’s why the knees on all my jeans are worn out!

    4. Sherry and Donna July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      You are so right Deborah! And don’t forget the light aspect either. Trolleys positioned in front of windows for example really effect the light source down at a child’s level.
      * And Tom isn’t it amazing what you can discover on the underside of those tables … yuk!
      Donna 🙂 🙂

      • Deborah J. Stewart July 18, 2010 at 12:53 am - Reply

        Another great point Donna – I hadn’t thought of considering the light source. And I would be afraid to look under those tables:)

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