Key Element: Furnishings

The furnishings in a classroom should reflect the whole image of the child as well as the core values and beliefs educators bring to the teaching/learning process.  The tables, chairs, shelves and related durable fixtures in the early childhood classroom “set the stage” for learning and provide a framework and road map for all that occurs within this context. Clearly defined activity areas help create a sense of order, support children’s interests and give direction to children’s efforts and activities. Utilizing durably constructed natural wood products conveys a high regard for children’s capabilities and offer an appreciation of the importance of the aesthetic aspects of the physical environment.

The hot spots represented on the panoramic tour represent a sample of this particular Key Element. Explore the Video Clip in this section to learn more.

Video Clip

  • Furnishings Overview – Examples of using durable furnishings within a classroom to invite engagement across curriculum content.


Furnishings: Durable wooden shelves, tables, chairs and dividers to define space and invite engagement across the content of our curriculum.

Many strategies and elements included throughout this site are applicable to all students and their families. Additional information/resources related to students with disabilities and family engagement can be found within the HQELE Online Tool Overview and MiraCosta Child Development Center Overview (Download/Reference Sections).

*These slideshow images are being used with explicit permission from MiraCosta College and their families for the sole purpose of the HQELE professional development online tool. All images remain the property of the California Department of Education, Special Education Division, SEEDS Project, A Special Project of the Sacramento County Office of Education and may not be published, exhibited, broadcast, posted on the Internet, sold, traded, shared, or used in any way not specified without the written permission of CDE- SEEDS Project.

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