Environments That Inspire

Friedman, Susan
May 2005
YC: Young Children;May2005, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p48
Academic Journal
The article presents information on several schools and centers across the U.S. which have created environments that set the stage for learning and growing. The Burlington Little School, Seattle, Washington has installed several bracers to make a sturdy starting point for children's stick creations. Material such as cloths, strings of beads, boughs from fir trees with the greens still on them are offered to children to use in their creations. The Child Development Center II, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland has windows in the hallways to see into all of the children's classrooms which eliminate dark, hidden areas and bring a sense of sharing and community to the center. The seating arrangement allows several children to participate in an activity at one time. The early childhood program at Indian Island School, Old Town, Maine makes sure that the furniture is adjustable and suitable for children of differing heights and physical needs. The Martin Luther King Day Home Center, Seattle, Washington creates family posters which are displayed in the classroom by which children feel closer to their parents. They also provide children with open-ended wooden materials so that children use their creativity to manipulate them.


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