Interest Centers Versus Play Areas in the ECERS, Third Edition


By Bobbi Philson

Is it an interest center? Is it a play area? Is it both? Does it matter?

A play area needs:

  • Play materials
  • Space

An interest center needs:

  • Clear definition
  • Materials for a particular kind of play
  • Materials organized by type and accessible to children
  • Furniture if needed
  • Appropriate space for the type of play and the number of children allowed
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Calendar and Alphabets

Calendar: To do or not to do?

Stefanie Camoni What’s today? What was yesterday? What’s tomorrow? The response heard is typically the same; various days yelled out by a large group of preschoolers crowded on a circle carpet, or a square carpet
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