"We value space because of its power to oranize..and it's potential for sparking all kinds of social, affective, and cognitive learning." -Loris Malaguzzi
By infusing elements of key design principles, we create a classroom that intrigues, invites, and stimulates the senses. The design principles, when layered together, heighten the overall feeling of the room. Sparking the interest of a child cannot be done by simply placing furniture in an empty room. The space is formed with all seven principles to be seen in full bloom. When they are implemented, these design principles will motivate all who enter our space, stimulate those that occupy our space and enliven those whose interest in the space is beginning to fade.
nature inspires beauty
Just as you are immersed in a natural world of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures, classrooms should reflet the wonders of nature that surround you. As children interact with nature, they deepen their understanding and appreciation of their place and role as caretakers of the planet.
color generates interest
Color can be a powerful design principle both in positive and negative ways. Proper use of color can create a mood, define a space, and reflect children's homes and communities. Used negatively, color can be overpowering, confusing, and over-stimulating. A neutral background for our classroom with a few well-chosen accent colors will create interest that is focused on the children and adults who inhabit the space.
PRINCIPLE 3: furnishings define space
Furnishings are used to identify classroom areas such as dramatic play, blocks, art, music, and science. When these furnishings are authentic and sized and placed properly, children's play will increase in quality and depth.