Classroom Setup

Exploring in the outdoor classroom

Exploring the outdoor classroom in preschool and the importance of setting up an equally inviting classroom environment.

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Promoting communication skills in preschool

One of the best ways to promote communication skills is to hand the children tools for play…

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DIY paper car mat

The children and I made our very own paper car mat for the block center…

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Exploring seeds in the gardening center

Exploring seeds in circle time and in our cardboard box gardening center…

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A new bookshelf in my preschool classroom

Making a little more space in my classroom by adding a wall book shelf in the book center!

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Hot cocoa play day for preschoolers

Warm up your day in preschool with a Hot Cocoa Day!

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Ribbon weaving and painting in preschool

Ribbon weaving and painting is great for anytime of the year!

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The red rocker in my preschool classroom

Sitting very quietly over in the corner of my reading center is my new little red Nordic Rocker from Guidecraft… Well, usually it sits there but when Wy comes along, he moves the rocker from one part of the classroom to another… And sometimes he plays under the rocker… And other times, he sits in […]

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Finding treasures for your preschool classroom

One thing I don’t have yet for my preschool classrooms are child-sized shelves. My husband is planning to build me a few but in the mean time, I happened to stumble across this little shelf in my mom’s neighborhood… It’s funny how being a preschool teacher makes you look at everything with an eye for […]

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How to clean up the preschool classroom

To keep your classroom clean, start by keeping a broom and dust pan by the sand table at all times… And keep old towels near the water table at all times… And be sure to have extra paper towels available for cleaning the tables… And keep plenty of baskets handy for sorting and putting away […]

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Cutting flower stems in preschool

Cutting flower stems in preschool Perhaps I should have titled this post “Attempting to cut flower stems in preschool” because child scissors don’t make much of a dent in the stems. However, one of our students figured out how to make this work…. These are left-over stems from our flower bouquets which I posted about […]

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Getting preschoolers involved in classroom setup

Sometimes we, as adults, tend to think we should have everything just perfect and all set up before the children come into the classroom.  I agree that having things organized can help with classroom management and the flow of the classroom day but at the same time, it is also a good idea to save […]

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Inviting children to play in preschool

This is not a St. Patrick’s day post but I did use photos from our St. Patrick’s day activity box to start this post off so please read on…. How you set out materials on a table can make a difference in whether children will want to play with those materials or not. During St. […]

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Are preschoolers interested in magnets?

Take time to observe children at play in their environment and see what they are learning and what you can learn from them!

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Where do you put the preschool projects to dry?

Sometimes, I will walk in a classroom and find activities laying all over cubbies, tables, and the tops of shelves to dry. When you have lots of children or a few children who do lots of activities, inevitably you will need a place to let the activities dry. Thinking about where you are going to […]

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Labeling your baskets and shelves in preschool

Part of setting up a child-centered classroom is taking the time to organize materials so that children can easily find where they belong. One way to help keep the classroom organized is to add labels to the baskets. Adding labels with the words clearly printed on them also helps to promote the print-rich environment. Where […]

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