Does The Classroom Inspire Learning?
“The environment is the real curriculum. To assume it is neutral is illusory.” Anita Olds
As a parent, when touring a center it is important to take a look at the classroom. The environment must be a dynamic, living space which continually engages the students. This conveys the quality of the program to you.
Imagine getting down on your child’s eye-level and ponder what the room communicates. Does it entice you to enter and explore? Or is the clutter overwhelming and confusing?
When entering the room does the décor convey that families and community are appreciated here? Would you send your child to this center?
The environment should take on the role of the “third teacher”, every article present must have a purpose. This tells you that the teacher considers the children and how they learn through exploration, the environment is all part of the curriculum.