The Progressive Preschool Classroom

In the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (Rev Ed) by Harms, Clifford and Cryer, schools are rated according to several concepts. Under Room arrangement for play, the preschool will fail in rating if it has no learning centers defined. A Learning/Interest Area was defined as an area where materials, organized by type, are stores so that they are accessible to children, and appropriately furnished play space is provided for children to participate in a particular kind of play. Examples of areas are art, blocks, dramatic play, reading, nature / science, and manipulatives / fine motor.

Aside from having more than 3 learning areas, the preschool will score highly if:

  • Quiet and Active centers placed to not interfere with one another (Ex. reading or listening area separated from blocks or housekeeping
  • Space is arranged so most activities are not interrupted (Ex. shelves placed so children walk around, not through, activities; placement of furniture discourages rough play or running)
  • Areas are organized for independent use by children (Ex. labeled open shelves; labeled containers for toys; open shelves are not overcrowded; play space near toy storage).
  • Sufficient space for several activities to go on once (Ex. floor space for blocks, tables space for manipulatives, easel for art)

Watch out for articles explaining each learning area…

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13 thoughts on “The Progressive Preschool Classroom

  1. Hi teacher tina. Thank you for taking time to write your blogs. As a preschool teacher (I graduated FLCD also) and Education graduate student, I support your advocacy in making more people aware of progressive education. I’d just like to ask, do you know where I can get a copy of the “Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale” (Rev Ed) by Harms, Clifford and Cryer? I’ve just started my research paper (on how well progressive preschools are implementing their school vision, mission and philosophy) and this scale would be of great help. tnx 🙂

  2. Hi Teacher Rachel! Thanks for visiting our site. I have a copy of the ECERS in Nest. I’m sure it’s in the HE library at UP. I haven’t received my copy of the Revised Edition, however. It’s such an effective rating scale that I believe, all schools should use. Once I get my revised edition, I’ll definitely send you an e-mail.

  3. Hi teacher Tina! We are a growing progressive preschool here in Valenzuela I’m just wondering if you could send me also a copy of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale” (Rev Ed) by Harms, Clifford and Cryer. It would be a great help to improve our school. Thank you so much!

  4. Hi,

    By chance I have read your blog. Thanks for the info. It will help me a lot coz I am currently preparing a new school for pre school. Hope u can help me where to find copy of the book u mentioned and some seminars where i can attend

    God bless

    1. Hi Nora! This blog will be having a seminar on March 13 for teachers and school owners. Write a comment on this post and you may win a free seat. I’ll be mentioning books, resources, etc in that seminar. Hope to meet you soon and thanks for visiting!

  5. Hi! We have been searching for a good school for our kids, a progressive school near valenzuela city. Do yoou know a school near in valenzuela that is child centered not curriculum centered.

  6. hi teacher tina. have been reading your articles re. progressive schooling. my child is three now and beacuse it’s always me and her 24/7, i enrolled her in a a pre-school near our residence so that she’d learn how to play, socialize and learn things with other kids. it turned me off when i saw one science assignment on her first week at school directing the student to write the parts of the body opposite pictures. sure, my child could recognize the pictures but write? that’s too early for her age and level, i think. it taught me a lesson i must first see/inquire about the curriculum/books the teachers are going to use/apply before enrolling my child next time. i hope there is one progressive pre-school near our place.

    regarding this, may i request from you to send me, if you know any, pre-school/s using progressive learning around novaliches, north caloocan or north fairview areas? much thanks and more power to you and your blog!

    mommy A

  7. Hi Tina,
    I am a consultant for a teacher-training project for kindergarten teachers in the public schools. We are having a conference here in Manila next month. Can we invite you as a speaker on What is a Progressive Preschool?
    Hope to hear from you.
    Nora Montemayor

  8. Hi Ms. Tina,

    Hi! I have been searching for a good school for my son who is 4 years old. Do you know a school near in valenzuela that is child centered not curriculum centered. Thanks very much!

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