The child’s eye view of your early childhood classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 17, 2010

in Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers

What do your preschoolers see when they walk into your classroom? One of the best ways to find out is to look from the child’s level.

Go to the front door of your classroom, sit down low, and take a look!

What do you see?

  • Does your classroom look inviting, safe, and friendly from the child’s eye view?
  • Is there something out on the table, floor, or shelf that will capture a child’s attention?
  • Will your students be excited about entering your classroom?

  • Now take a seat in the middle of your classroom floor and take a look around.

    What do you see?

  • Does your classroom look clean and organized from the child’s eye view?
  • Are the items that are within child’s reach child safe and friendly?
  • Are bulletin boards and displays at the child’s eye view?
  • Are centers open, organized, and inviting?
  • The adult perspective

    As adults, we will naturally tend to make the appearance of our classrooms appealing and attractive from an adult perspective. We may not even realize that we are doing it. To really help with this process, put your hands over your eyes like binoculars and block everything out except only what you see directly in front of you as you sit at the child’s level.

    Make a note

    Once you take a look from the child’s eye view, make a note of things you might be able to improve…

    Can I find a chalk board and easel that sits lower to the ground?

    Can I find a pretty basket to hold all the pillows?

    Can I decorate the back of this book shelf with a poster, letters, words, shapes?

    Can I add a few more art supplies to the bottom right shelf?

    Do my labels match what I have on each shelf?

    Give it a try in your classroom and see what you might discover about your room from the child’s eye view!

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    1 Christie - Childhood 101 July 17, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What a great reminder, Deborah. I think this is also a really interesting activity for parents to try within the home environment.

    2 Deborah J. Stewart July 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Good point to add Christie! This would definitely be a good activity for parents to try at home!

    3 Scott July 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    This is such an important thing to do. The room and the things in it certainly look different from the child’s eye-level. Your photos are great examples of what can be discovered. Thanks for helping us all see things from a different point of view.

    4 Deborah J. Stewart July 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Scott!!

    5 Teacher Tom July 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Good reminder, Deborah! I often crawl around the room, even checking to see what the undersides of the tables look like. It’s why the knees on all my jeans are worn out!

    6 Deborah J. Stewart July 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Haha!

    7 Sherry and Donna July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    You are so right Deborah! And don’t forget the light aspect either. Trolleys positioned in front of windows for example really effect the light source down at a child’s level.
    * And Tom isn’t it amazing what you can discover on the underside of those tables … yuk!
    Donna :) :)

    8 Deborah J. Stewart July 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Another great point Donna – I hadn’t thought of considering the light source. And I would be afraid to look under those tables:)

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