Each year organizing, setting up and getting ready for a new school year is always an adventure. During the course of the year things get so busy that things don't stay super organized. My first year teaching one of the parents was teasing me and commented that my office was a disaster. I told her that my office was a disaster and I could keep it neat and orderly all the time and not do all the wonderful learning experiences I offered to her son or my office could be chaotic and we could do lots of fun stuff. She laughed and told me that she didn't care what my office looked like, not to change a thing about the program.
Having said all that, of course I do like it to be neat and orderly when possible, so during the summer program or prior to the new school year starting in the fall, I always try to organize things. This makes it feel like a fresh start and is a great way to inventory just what we have available.
|These are storage cabinets in the classroom.|
Having all of our collage and stamping materials
sorted helps us know what we have available
and what we may need to replenish.
|Love putting the construction paper in rainbow order with|
skin tones on the end. We purchase the 12 x 18 packs and
I cut them in half for our daily use.
|These are the cubbies by the front door. I do put each child's|
name and a photo in their cubby. I also post photos I or someone
else have taken with inspirational quotes around the room.
|Here's the Manipulative Area for the beginning of the school year. |
There are Ocean Animal finger puppets on the top of the shelf
along with a marble maze. Puzzles, shape stackers,
Magna Tiles, Connecting Pieces, and Potato Head People.
|I transformed our train table into a base for the dollhouse and firehouse.|
|This is the view from the other side.|
|Got the Block Area ready. Hollow blocks, block area people, |
beaded blocks, colored window blocks, forklift.
|The Writing Area is almost ready. I have large crayons on order. |
I will add another small shelf on the bottom left that will have paper with lines on it.
|Colored rice in the sensory table with magnet wands |
and little color plastic discs with metal bands around the edges.
|They run the wands through the rice and it pulls all the color discs to them. |
Then they pull them off the wand into the bowl.
From the bowl they get poured back and mixed into the rice.
|Dramatic Play is a Bistro/Restaurant: cash register, phone, dolls, |
pizza set, sandwich set, customer clothes, and work clothes.
|The Dramatic Play provocation. I'd want to sit down and play.|
|An overview of the Dramatic Play area.|
|These are a couple of the provocations that I put out to|
inspire creativity based on the items available on the art shelves.
|Science Area table: Books, shells, posters, starfish, |
abalone shell, driftwood, Ocean Life chart.
|The rest of the Science area focused on Ocean Animals:|
shells galore, ocean finger puppets, field guide,
nature observer, and block puzzles. Oh, and don't
forget the aquarium with live fish.
|I have three of these magnetic books, |
but in the original format only one child
at a time can play with them and I wanted it to work for two.
|I color-copied some of the pages, laminated them, |
and taped them on the side of the file cabinet AKA our Magnetic Board.
The face parts are stored below in the wooden box for them to peruse.
|So excited about the light table. Found the glass bowls at the Dollar Tree.|
Purchased the translucent shapes from Discount School Supply.
Found a double-sided adhesive and adhered a shape
on the side of each bowl then spread out others for sorting.
|I'm trying to keep the wall items limited to natural colors and meaningful. |
I ordered this kraft paper and trimmed it with green corrugated border
behind our helper chart and calendar.
|Our 3 Classroom Rules: Be kind. Be safe. Be neat. |
Everything else kind of falls under those three.
|Our Science Area is set up with Ocean Things|
to begin the school year so I posted some ocean pics/words.
|ASL chart and Number Chart|
|Here's the room from several angles. From the front door.|
|From the group area. |
The completed Parent Board is
|From the back wall by the sink|
|From the right corner in the Science Area|
|From one side of the room...|
|and the other side.|