ERIC Number: ED268729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Linking Environment Design and Curriculum.
Wend, KarenSue; Gil, Linda L.
The paper examines ways in which classroom design and early childhood curriculum interact to ease the integration of handicapped children into a day care program. General principles of environmental design are addressed, and an example of the Northwest Center's Child Development program is cited to illustrate components of the environment. Ten steps in design are listed, including drawing the classroom floor plan and examining accessibility. Materials are considered in terms of availability and arrangement (such as displaying materials of increasing difficulty on higher shelves). Curricular background information is presented. Action plans are then offered for linking the curriculum to the environment, including design of a personal plan for each child, and for determining the role of the teacher as a facilitator in the classroom environment, including sequence of lesson plans from one week to the next. Appended material includes criteria for designing an environment, classroom inventories and floor plans by age group, lists of materials and equipment for classroom learning centers by age group, a description of curriculum themes and an overall 12-month curriculum, a daily schedule, and a chart of learning objectives. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Center Child Development Program, Seattle, WA.
Note: For related documents, see EC 182 330-332.