Classroom environment has a crucial role in children’s learning and development for two reasons. At the early stage, appropriate environmental stimulation is essential for children 's brain growth. The amount of stimulation children receives directly affects children’s cognitive, social, and emotional skills. (Berk, 2014, p.94). The other reason that the classroom environment is vital because children spend a considerable amount of time in school. From kindergarten through third-grade, children will spend about 4,000 hours in a regular classroom setting (Bullard, 2013, p3) Studies find a positive correlation between kindergarten students’ achievement and attitudes and the nature of the learning environment (Robinson & Fraster, 2013, p151). Through observing a kindergarten classroom from Fairfax public school, this paper will analyze the affective environment, the social environment, the physical environment, and temporal environment from teacher’s, children’s and parents’ perspectives.
The inclusive kindergarten classroom of Bonnie Brae Elementary has 26 students including one autism student, few ESOL (English for Speaker of Other Languages) Students, one student waiting to be assessed for learning disability.
The lead teacher is Ms. Miller, who has 16 years teaching experiences at Fairfax County while 13 years working in Bonnie Brae Elementary. Her assistance Mrs. Wolford has been working with Ms. Miller for five years consecutively. According to…