Tips for an Effective Preschool Teaching Space

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Tips for an Effective Preschool Teaching Space

  1. Avoid using staples and tacks to put up visuals in preschool rooms. Bulletin Boards are best used in parent area or to display or dry children’s art work.

  1. Paint the walls with neutral colors, such as beige, off white, or ecru or with very light pastels. Busy wallpaper, murals, or borders limit the effective use of walls in the teaching session. Overpowering colors can over stimulate preschoolers.

If murals are a “must” for your preschool building, arrange for them to be painted on large canvas panels. Mount the panels in the hallway, not in the preschool rooms. Murals often look dated very quickly and may have been given in memory of a significant person. If murals are on canvas they can be moved or changed over time without being destroyed. Murals in a room can distract from the bible story and bible truths for the session.

Teaching pictures that support the biblical emphasis are a more effective use of visuals. And larger-than-life visuals can be scary for some preschoolers.

  1. Mount teaching pictures and other visuals at the eye level of the child. Hanging things from the ceiling or high on a wall frustrates the children and limits the visual’s effectiveness.

  1. Remember that less is more. The temptation for teachers is to spend a great amount of time and energy on the décor of the room. Think of the room as a blank piece of paper each session. The true art is what happens when the child learns, not what is placed on the wall.

  1. Limit the equipment in the room to what is useful and suitable to the age group. When a space is limited, remove tables and chairs. Avoid using chairs, including adult-sized rocking chairs, in a room for one-year-olds.

  1. Keep the room clean and remove all clutter from preschool rooms. Preschool rooms need shelves and tubs to store resources.

  1. When arranging furniture and equipment:

  • Consider the size of your room.

  • Place the homeliving/dramatic play area across the room from the door; this area should be visible when the child enters the room.

  • Group quiet activities together.

  • Arrange more active, noisy activities near one another.

  • Locate art activities near a water source or rest room.

  • Place nature material near a window.

  • Create space in a room; use the floor for some activities.

Teaching Preschoolers: First Steps Toward Faith

Tommy Sanders and Mary Ann Bradberry

For more information contact Bible Teaching & Discipling Team, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists

5410 S.W. 7th Street, Topeka, KS 66606-2398 1-800-984-9092

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