The things that go on in our preschool classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 12, 2011

in Classroom Management, The Value of Play

Because most of my articles only focus on one activity at a time, it may look like there is nothing else going on in the classroom. So today, I wanted to show you how there are lots of things going on all at the same time…

Each day, our teachers follow a lesson plan that includes a set of structured activities – these activities are often the ones I share with you. But through out the classroom environment we have shelves/centers that are filled with a variety of things for children to do.

Each class runs a little differently. In most of our classes, the teachers will set up a lesson plan activity at one or two of the classroom tables and then invite the children to participate. Those who are not participating in the planned activity are off playing in the centers throughout the classroom.

Every day, the children are given the opportunity to paint at the easel or select writing tools from the writing center to draw or color or trace or stamp…

Sometimes a child will go off alone to color or read a book…

And at other times, the children will all want to be together…

Everyday, the sand and water table are open for the children to explore…

Some children play quietly…

And others get so loud that your ears start to feel like they are going to fall off…

The children also spend time playing with the materials from the thematic work boxes we set out each week…

These are just a few examples of activities that are happening everyday throughout the classroom day but I hope it let’s you see that although I may only share one activity at a time here on my blog, that there is much more going on around me…

I’d love to hear a little bit about how you manage your classroom…

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