ERIC Number: ED379102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Environment: Planning a Supportive Environment. Kentucky Preschool Programs Technical Assistance Paper Number 4.
Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
This technical assistance paper examines the importance of planning the physical preschool environment and its impact on the child's total development. The two main aspects of the physical environment which are discussed in detail are creating areas of interest in the classroom, and planning the outdoor environment. Issues explored in creating interest areas are: (1) what kind of materials need to be used to promote learning, (2) how should materials be organized, and (3) what safety guidelines need to be followed. In addition to providing experiences through interest areas, the significance of planning for everyday tasks is also stressed. The outdoor environment is seen as an extension of the classroom, and ways to plan the space and the kinds of equipment needed are considered. Special mention is made of how the physical environment can be adapted to promote the integration of children with special needs. Included in this paper are six figures that provide: (1) suggestions on how to determine the location of learning areas; (2) a sample floor plan for children's indoor space; (3) a checklist for room arrangement, materials and supplies of interest areas; (4) suggestions for a variety of active learning areas; (5) a sample sketch of a playground area; and (6) a list of modifications that can be made to accommodate special needs children. Contains 7 additional resources and 10 references. (BAC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Planning, Learning Centers (Classroom), Manipulative Materials, Outdoor Education, Playground Activities, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Special Needs Students, Student Needs
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky