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Reframing Children's Spaces

by Sandra Duncan
May/June 2011
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At one time or another, all of us have taken photographs of people, objects, animals, and scenery. We may have snapped the picture without any more thought than wanting to capture the moment for tomorrow’s memories. Or, we may have thought about the story behind the photograph and spent considerable time orchestrating the taking of the picture. Regardless of the time spent snapping the photograph, amateur shutterbugs typically frame their shots by precisely putting the main subject in the middle of the viewfinder. Professional photographers, however, understand how changing the perspective in the viewfinder creates a more compelling photographic story. Simply by moving the photo’s main subject to the upper right corner of the viewfinder, for example, the photographer reframes the images and tells the story in a new and innovative way. Like professional photographers, early childhood teachers can reframe their perspectives to create innovative and inspiring spaces for young children by concentrating on reframing two design elements: color and texture.

When thinking about designing spaces for young children, one of the first considerations is the equipment and its arrangement. We might also consider the flooring, wet and dry regions, quiet and active areas, and the locations of doors and windows. ...

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