Lowering the Classroom Ceiling

“Children thrive in indoor and outdoor spaces that invite them to investigate, imagine, think, create, solve problems, and make meaning from their experiences – especially when the spaces contain interesting and complex open-ended materials that children can use in many ways.” (HDLH, p. 20)

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The ceiling is can be transformed to become a beautiful part of the classroom To children it is the unobtainable height that is a cause for wonderment. Many times children are so determined to touch the ceiling  “I can touch the ceiling?” If they are truly amazed. Some classrooms find the most interesting ways lowering the ceiling and make it more exciting for children.

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Can lowering the ceiling with fabric foster the health and well-being of the child?

Yes, I definitely feel lowering the ceiling through incorporating fabrics softens, and creates a space of peacefulness. Much of our work requires us to keep attuned to children’s varied sensitivities, arousal states, and the need for maintaining a calm, focused, and alert state, that lowering the ceiling can support teachers in meeting children’s well-being.

Our environment affects us all and especially children with different sensitivities, one thing I always keep in mind is that children do not have the filters that most adults have acquired. Children absorb all the sights, sounds, smells, textures and emotions around them.

—For very young children [infants] it also gives them a sense of security, since they spend an enormous amount of time on the floor.

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Reflective Question:

  • How is the environment arranged [designed] in a manner that is inviting and encourages children to explore?
  • What is the atmosphere/climate of the classroom? How does the classroom set-up contribute to the atmosphere/climate?

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