Project Description

Ms. Bruns’ Child Development classes were tasked to develop a childcare center out of a cardboard box while following Ohio’s state guidelines for safety and quality. The students had to choose an age group to work with from the following: infants, toddlers, pre-school and school age. They then had to decide on a ratio of children to one caregiver based on Ohio Laws and childcare regulations. After the students were finished with their project, they were given an evaluation sheet, based on Ohio’s quality indicators, and had to evaluate whether their peers met the requirements.

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

  • Ohio’s laws for quality daycares and guidelines that represent a safe and healthy center.
  • Child to teacher ratio is very important in childcare centers and there cannot be many children to one teacher because it can be unsafe.
  • It is required to have zero spaces where children can “hide behind” and if there is a spot where they can hide behind, there has to be a mirror there so that the teachers can see them.

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

  • “ I got to use my imagination to build the preschool. I went to a preschool when i was younger. I always remember preschools as bright and colorful” – Kaitlyn Blevens
  • “This relates to me because i love kids and this gives me a bit of an experience of what it could be like in a preschool classroom” – Martrel Boykin
  • “This connects to me because my mom is a babysitter for young kids and having that personal hands on experience of being around kids and her at home daycare helped me develop and sense of what kids like to do” – Emma Digman
  • “This project connects to both my family and my own personal interests. My family, because we all love nature and the outdoors and any animal is a winner in our books. My own personal interests, because I want to be a surgeon so that will require me to be around children and this helps me recognize their interests and what grabs their attention” – Jordyn Lives
  • “My middle school class setting in Nigeria is like that of my school age setting. My school age center has a classroom, cafeteria and gaming room which I think are the most important part a school age setting should be.” – Amy Nkemakolam

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

  • “To manage my time wisely by setting all the things I need for the project one side in order to reduce the time used in walking around looking for things for doing my work.” – Amy Nkemakolam
  • “Definitely to plan ahead and really understand what I was being asked to do. I feel like I struggled on the plan or design of the layout. I need to focus on the materials as well. I need to get all my materials together before I start. This way the box won’t be as crowded.” – Chloe Schlabach
  • “I would form a layout and a plan before I started. I did not form a sturdy plan before starting. Although it worked out, I could have formatted things differently.” –Magdalene Adotey
  • “One thing I would have done differently is hold onto some confidence in myself and in how the project would end up. That way I would not have been so stressed about what would go wrong. That way I could also be more relaxed and let myself have more fun with it.” – Jorydn Lives

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

  • “One thing I am most proud of by completing this project is how it looks. It really looks like a type of classroom that I would have enjoyed as a child and other children could enjoy. Being able to finish the classroom and finish it to where it looks good and semi-realistic is a great accomplishment.” –Jordyn Lives
  • “I am most proud of this project is that I applied my creativity and time in making sure that my imaginations displayed on the projects looks real like normal school age school settings.” –Amy Nkemakolam
  • “ I am proud of now understanding what goes into running a daycare and the qualifications needed. I like the design and color format of my daycare.”
    -Magdalene Adotey

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