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ERIC Number: EJ965651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Reframing Children's Spaces
Duncan, Sandra
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n199 p30-33 May-Jun 2011
Like professional photographers, early childhood teachers can reframe their perspectives to create innovative and inspiring spaces for young children by concentrating on reframing two design elements: color and texture. When thinking about designing spaces for young children, one of the first considerations is the equipment and its arrangement. One of the most important considerations in classroom design, though, may be how one defines the parameters of the spaces. According to Anita Rui Olds (2001), a pioneer in designing spaces for young children, there are five defining attributes of an activity area: (1) boundaries; (2) location; (3) play and sitting surfaces; (4) materials storage and display; and (5) mood of area. The author states that many of these defining attributes, especially establishing space boundaries, may be accomplished by reframing one's viewfinder on how teachers use color and texture in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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