Updated: Oct 11, 2019
Have you ever wondered how can your school building be reinvented to fit into your unique curriculum? To ignite the creativity in kids one should provide a creative space to begin with. When you recognize the instructive power of a kids’ surrounding the realization of the environment as the third teacher of the child after parents and teachers is evident. This is one of the many stories of how architects at Verdant Vista are collaborating with educators across India to help them mould the third teacher too.
Research shows that principle of instructive space in kindergartens boosts social contacts, also here, children’s access to equipment and their physical activity increases many-fold compared to that of their peers in traditional kindergartens.
Facades into Play Elements
School can be very formal and aesthetically pleasing but at the same time it can surely be made irresistible for a kid to start right away. Playing with the garden orchestra (a musical activity) can help create more networks between the cells in the brain and also, isn’t music an instant mood lifter, for everyone!
One can overcome the cliches of spaces designed for kids by having functional elements that boost the different cognitive skills of the child effectively. These activities can be climbing wall that helps kids to master gross motor skills, flexibility and build confidence.
More Than Just a Shoe-rack
Leaving the footwear outside the premises is an absolute essential for children’s hygiene, but to an architect at Verdant Vista, this is an opportunity to create another interactive point of learning for children. It can be a colourful, hexagon shaped shoe-rack with kids’ name written on it. Along with learning colours and shapes, kids will learn the discipline and sense of ownership.
The preschool curriculum of sensory play may not have to start in the classroom. Ordinary corridors can be converted into a showcase of the learning processes like sense stimulating pathways on textured flooring to better develop the neural connections of the child's brain.
Having a unified open play space encourages children to be physically and socially active. Appropriate for kids in their various stages of learning to safely explore the entire space, this interior classroom design takes a minimalist approach to remove unnecessary furniture and equipment - with just enough to stimulate their imagination and satiate their curiosity.
The idea of individualistic interpretation of learning can be channeled to make the school interiors into functioning play elements and a self-guided learning paradise.
Another core philosophy of designing spaces for kids is it should operate at the kids’ scale, a place that children can in-habitat and own. Just small furniture won’t do, this should be visible in every aspect of the place.
Creating an interactive environment shows that educators acknowledge the significance of environment as a third teacher in early child education.
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