One of the biggest problems I had last year was the group time rug. It was in the middle of the classroom and I felt the children had a hard time focusing due to the wide open space around the rug. So this year I put the rug in the corner and boxed it in with some furniture, I can already feel a difference!! By moving the carpet I lost the white board...still on the fence about that but at the end of the day I felt last year the little kiddos had to look up much to high to see the white board anyways and I have a fun project for the white board this year! More on that later in this post.
group time rug....see how it's nice and closed in ;)
dramatic play area
Easiest way to add some reality to your home center is to save your empty boxes from home, tape them shut and put them into your kitchen/home center. I took our blueberry container and added blue pom pom balls and the kids have loved it!!! For a cultural approach ask the families in your class to bring in empty food boxes and containers from home! The kids love using items like these in their play!!!
view from back door
ECERS folks...sticks, shells and rocks!!!
oh and a pine-cone from a child's home (nature from home...check)
I send home these apples with a note saying please decorate and attach a family photo and return to our family tree. We leave this up all year.
art area...next to the sink!! (it was not last year....just makes so much more sense!!)
Water table....also closer to the sink this year! (ya, live and learn folks!)
Also, I used overhead projector wipe off sheets and wrote the black in permanent pen but the blue is dry erase. It allows me to change it with the theme or the material we have in the sensory table that week!
back wall...clearly I didn't know who my wonderful assistant would be yet lol (wall reads) Miss Taylor and.......drum roll please....Miss D's name is now on the wall too!
Another way I used our cute Washi Tape...I bought these tags and just stuck a strip of washi tape on the bottom and then wrote the kids names on them! These are our cubbie tags this year.
Oh and remember that whiteboard....it needed a little extra something.....ta-da...washi tape!!
Told you, i'm a bit obsessed ;)
Another very inexpensive way I warmed up our room was with window coverings and my adorable chevron banner!! (so trendy...I know, but I don't care!! I love it!!! LOL)
Anyways back to the curtains...cost me $3! yep you know it, dollar tree curtains...
Every other year I have used these cute ones!