Babies and classroom walls

I am giving a presentation at the 5th Annual Citywide Infant Toddler Conference in Manhattan in the morning. It's called "The Learning Environment: What do Classroom Walls Say to Infants, Toddlers and Families?"   Of course, I've done lots of thinking on the subject.  But, I didn't go to take pictures at centers where I know that they have interesting and appropriate wall displays.  I should have, but I didn't.  And when I realized it, I couldn't since I have a broken bone in my foot and I'm suposed to stay off of it most of the time and let it heal. So, I went to "Google Images" and thought it would be an easy job to find some appropriate pictures for my Power Point. NOT!  I found hundreds of pictures of infant classrooms, most of them on ECE programs' websites. You would think that programs whose websites tell people what a fabulous job they do would put up pictures that show wonderful and approproate things happening.  The overwhelming majority of what I found were examples of what not to put on the walls of infant rooms.  Extremes abounded - from totally full of clutter to stark and empty, from "cute, cute, cute" to downright scary.  Very expensive murals amazed me.  Enormous pictures of Sesame and/or Disney characters, imense jungle animals, lots of commercial stuff.  My head is reeling!   What do YOU think is appropriate for the walls of infant classrooms?

One Response to “Babies and classroom walls”

  1. T A G says:

    I was hoping you would go a little more into depth here on this page about what is appropriate. I wish I could attend the upcoming training. It sounds very needful to us all. I have seen many appropriate things on walls as well but I haven’t quite figured out how to address what I have seen.

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