Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning & Wonder
Sandra Duncan, EdD
Children are miracles. Believing that every child is a miracle can transform the way we design for children’s care. When we invite a miracle into our lives, we prepare ourselves and the environment around us . . . We make it our job to create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle! Anita Rui Olds, Child Care Design.
Classroom design is a crucial component of an effective learning environment. This presentation will help you understand the basic tenants of classroom design, which are (1) Honor children first and foremost; (2) Cherish children’s spaces; (3) Celebrate the spirit of the place; and, (4) Create islands of balance and beauty.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Distinguish and define the difference between space and place
- Explain the importance of designing classrooms reflective of place.
- Describe the connection between classroom beauty and children’s learning.
- List at least three strategies for including design elements which enhance children’s beauty and wonder.