The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preschool classroom was small but have several areas such as a library, listening, imaginary, and art areas.
In the other hand the Hoover state preschool classroom was bigger therefore there were more zones like Home Living, Blocks, Computers, Writing, Reading, Art, Science and Eating area.
#5 Select, good-quality, sturdy equipment and materials and discard or repair broke, incomplete ones
The chairs and table were sturdy in the classroom and the toys were complete. Matter of fact on the day of my observation the maintenance worker was fixing a water fountain in the playground and several toys inside the classroom.
The toys were also clean and taken care of here. The carpet was sturdy on the ground as well as the chairs and tables.
#6- Store materials children can use at their eye-level on low, open, uncrowded, shelves and store teacher materials out of reach
All the materials were well organize. Art materials were clean and put away.
As well as the other classroom this one also has its markers and art materials put away. However, the block area has containers that include pictures of what belongs there so that children know were their toys should be put back into.
#7- Rotate play materials & #8- Regularly reevaluate and change the environment
- DSUSD & -OCS
In both places there was no notice evidence that the toys/materials are regularly change or rotated.
Both locations 'Enhance the environment with natural object and materials.' (Pg.256) There were small plants in both classrooms. Plus they 'Display artwork' (Pg.256) of the children.
#10- Include materials that reflect the children, their families, and geographic location
There were dolls and books for the children with different color skin characters. Which did reflect the children in classroom. Because this was a Catholic classroom they children would pray in the morning.
There were also books and dolls that reflected the children but also posters.One of the posters on the door was a world with children from different cultures holdong hands that said " We all smile the same language"
This classroom needs to add chairs that are comfortable for adults to seat on. The educators in this facility also need to 'Label shelves' (Pg.256). This way they can help the children maintain their toys in order.
By organizing the classroom in areas, the educator plans out what the children will learn in each of them. By having them separated, they can be maintain and supervise if any toys or materials need to be fix. Thus, providing the classroom with child size furniture helps them feel comfortable and secure. One important thing that both locations had was that they created an environment that reflects the children's lives. This created an inviting environment for them.
The Ten Golden Rules create the perfect setting for children to play in.