Creating a space for art in your child care program will provide many opportunities for young children to learn new skills. In the Art Space even the youngest child can learn to appreciate the beautiful designs, and colors that are found in art, Children will begin to develop new language that describes art, as well as explore new art processes, mediums, and tools.
The art space provides many opportunities for children to improve their motor, sensory, language, social emotional, and cognitive development skills as they learn to create.
A reading space (or Library (as it is sometimes referred to) provides an area for young children to independently examine books and literacy materials. In addition to listening to stories read aloud, children are learning a great deal about language, and expanding their vocabulary in this very important space.
Below you can find some great Library & Reading Spaces from the Childcare Providers in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas FB Community, as well as suggested items to add to your space based on the ages you care for.
The Dramatic Play area provides many opportunities for children to practice "Life Skills". Children learn about every day life in this space. They learn by exploring the items adults use on a daily basis, learn about empathy and nurturing while caring for dolls, and learn about the world around them by pretending to be community helpers, and exploring the roles of these important people during dress-Up play.
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Creating space for dramatic play
As with any learning space, you'll want to scope out how much room you have to dedicate to this area in your home. This is an active area, so you may want place it in an area away from your reading area, or other designated quiet spaces.
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