Friday, August 31, 2012

Preschool Classroom Set up!




This is my new classroom this year!! 
This post will be mostly pictures but I hope you can get some ideas for your own classroom!


 Dramatic play area....still a work in progress.


I used those 3M small hooks to put onto the back of a toy cubbie to hold our dress up hats.

Ohhh.....the beauty of organization before the children start school

Our school bought these pocket chart holder/rack things for us this year.....very nice of them but I just felt it was too bulky and I wanted my chart on my white board above our group rug so I re-purposed it into our dramatic play rack.

This has been my family tree for about 5 years. I made it and laminated after the first one I made my first year was ripped and wrinkled by the end of the year. Every year I send home an apple cut out of construction paper to each family with a note attached explaining to the families to please decorate their apple and add a family photo. We then attach all the apples to our tree and it stays up all year. 
I made mine but I think these are cute!
 
So let's talk walls!! 

In my new classroom I have a huge white board, I have never had one in a preschool class before.....I wasn't quite sure what to do with it.....Where was I going to put my circle board?? So I turned to good old Pinterest and found this tend in classrooms. Divide the board up with 'borders' ..... GENIUS!!! So I divided up our board into the areas we needed. 



I have since found these AMAZING magnetic boarders!!! They are solid magnet on the back and work like a charm to divide up your white board! You have to check them out! Click the links above to see a bigger picture!


So my new favorite wall!!! 



I have plans for this board!!! Ok so I bought bamboo clothes pins and flat tacks and glued the tacks to the back of the clothes pin. I know I know GENIUS!!! Wish I could take credit but again....thank you pinterest! So these are my amazing plans. I took a picture of each of my kiddos holding a mini white board with their name on it. I am going to print out the pictures wallet size and attach them to each clothes pin so they will always have their art work in the same spot for them to view their masterpieces!

 Let's talk PRESCHOOL ORIGINATION!!
This year, these are our cubbies, I went into the 'office supply' section of walmart and saw the ID badge holders and knew that is what I wanted to use for our cubbie tags. I then bought name stickers at the dollar section at Target and cut them and slide them into the ID badges. Perfect fit and I can re-use them each year!!! 





 HERE IS MY TEACHER BASKET
My teacher basket sits under my chair next to the circle carpet....now I don't always sit in a chair most of the time you will find me sitting on the carpet with the kiddos but every once in awhile especially during morning meeting, you will find me in the teacher chair. My basket holds all my calender pieces, stamps, stickers, our weather board pieces and our classroom shaker. I used to use a bell, for years I used a bell but I took my son to a music festival and I fell in love with this shaker, it was made in Nigeria and made out of nut shells, it makes such a lovely sound but is still loud enough to get all the kiddos attention. I LOVE it!!! 




and lastly this is my "song pail" in my song pail I have Popsicle sticks and on each Popsicle stick I have written down songs that I know.....I know A LOT of songs. Whenever we are needing a transition or just want to sing some songs I pick a friend to come select a song. It's fun and it helps me to not always sing the same songs over and over!!! 


Ok...now how do you keep a classroom neat and organized when you have 3 and 4 year olds??? I will tell ya!! LABEL, LABEL, LABEL!!! Ok, I can hear ya now...."ummmm, they can't read" To you I say.....LABEL in PICTURES!!! 
At our school we follow ECERS, and a part of that requires 70minutes of child-directed play. That means that for 70 minutes in our day all the children in our classroom are allowed to choose what and when they want to play with something. Now I don't know about you but I am a bit OCD and the thought of children taking out toys and having free range makes me squirm in my seat!!! With that said....I start my year off right.....label with pictures and explain to the kiddos that every toy has a home.

block area
magnet board
Block area/building zone


manipulative

I printed out wallet size pictures and taped one on the shelf  and one on the toy bin itself! We are a month into school and all our toys still are in their homes!!


art center
Science center



Thanks so much for stopping by!! Please feel free ask any questions! 
Stay tuned for my post on take home bags and show and tell bags!!! 





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33 comments:

  1. I just came across your pictures on Pinterest and I love your classroom! It's very organized and not overwhelming like some pre-k classrooms can look. I will be using it as inspiration this fall. I hope you had a great school year! :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah for your sweet words!!

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  2. Your classroom organization is AMAZING!! I'm moving into a new classroom, new school, new district. I haven't seen my preschool furniture yet so I am not sure where to start. Thanks for your ideas and inspiration!

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    1. So exciting Cara!!! Good luck with your new adventure!!!

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  3. Thanks for all of the beautiful pictures and ideas. I am so greatful that I fouund this site and I am so going to use your "Fantanstic Ants" section!

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    1. You are so welcome Belinda! Thank you for your kid words!!

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  4. I had a question about your routine... I will be starting a pre-K room this year and will have an am class. How do you go about setting your routine?

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    1. Hi there! We actually follow a curriculum and schedule. Our schedule meets the curriculum needs but we also follow ECERS so that comes into play as well. We are full day so our layout will be different then half day but essentially here it is:
      Morning meeting: 15min
      Literacy Circle: 15 min
      ^^^ both in large group setting
      table time: 30 min we have 3 tables 10 minutes at each one. 2 teacher directed and one independent
      Learning and Discovery time: 75min. this is essentially free choice (following ECERS)
      then we clean up make our nap beds, wash hands and eat lunch after lunch they play outside and then come in for rest time.
      I hope that helps a bit!! Feel free to ask if you have any other questions or want me to be more specific!! GOOD LUCK!!

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  5. Love your room set up! I wish I could have time in my room with no kids to set up, I am jealous! I have children all year long, they stay with me until the day before K and then the following day I get all of our new kids. No time to set up.

    I love how you will be doing your boards this year with the cloths pins and pictures.

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    1. Tami, I am actually in the same situation as you, we are full day, year around. Last year was our first year so I had setup time. This year is another story lol I actually rearranged my classroom and will be writing a post with my new setup. Towards the end of the year my kiddos got used to me moving things around. There were certain areas of our room that weren't working and sometimes we just needed more room for our tape track or our blanket forts :)

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  6. Beautiful and very blessed to have such great furniture!! Having the right furniture makes organizing much easier!! :) I'm moving from pre-k to kindergarten this year, and I LOVE the clothespin/student work idea... totally stealing! ;) Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you Michele and yes we are very fortunate to have nice items to work with.

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  7. Your students are blessed to have a teacher that allows them to learn in meaningful ways. Your orderly room conveys a sense of peace. Thank you for taking the time to share the details. I hope many will take your lead.
    I have to go now and rearrange my centers room. ;)

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    1. Thank you Pam for your sweet words of encouragement!

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  8. Wow! I've been teaching for 9 years and have taught almost all grades in the elementary division except for ELKP (JK/SK) and grade 6. Your organization is out of this world. A lot of how you organize and structure your classroom could be applied to other grades. I'm off this year with my wee baby! But when I get back into the classroom I will definitely use all the wonderful ideas you have shared on your web page! I would love for my son to learn from you and interact in your amazingly structured classroom!

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    1. Hi Sylvia! Thank you for your sweet words! and congrats on your little one!!! Enjoy your time home!!!

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  9. my hi I'm all the way in the Caribbean and a preschool teacher. however you're classroom layout is amazing ,will certainly take notes

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    1. Thanks for visiting!! I love finding out where people are viewing my blog from!!!

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  10. Best Preschool Setup Tutorial i have ever seen. Many Thanks Taylor

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  11. Thank you for sharing all your ideas. Our family recently invested in two day care centers in Texas. One is currently under remodling so I love the ideas you have on getting things organized. I Especially those clear bins with pictures and your cubbies with the badge holders. Thank you for sharing. I will keep your website in my favorites!

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  12. Hi! Great and creative classroom. Just curious, is this UPK?
    Great job!!

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  13. Hi I'm from South Africa n love your set up next year will be first year with kids in a classroom , will do my best to use your ideas .thank u so much for sharing your hard wrk .

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  15. I work on a classroom of 23 3-4 year olds. I'm having a problem with getting the children to put stuff back where it goes. They just like to throw it in any cubbie hole they can find. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. You can email me at kstern_1@yahoo.com. Thank you

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  16. Hello! Am a soon to be preschool teacher al the way from India,
    and came across your ideas while viewing classroom ideas. A must watch for all the teachers and mommies its jussss awesome how u ve done the details of arrangement and free moving for children. great job!!! ^.^

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  18. Hi, I am from Kenya and I came across your blog....just AMAZING! Your ideas are extremely brilliant and your creativity makes working with kids really fun. I will visit again and again. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I love everything in your class. Its so warm, fun and inviting. How do you get all your supplies and work? We dont have those sort of things unless I spend my own money. I wish I could but I just cant afford it.

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