Welcome to our beautiful preschool classroom! The classroom is organized into various learning areas where I plan invitations to play. My desire is that this is a space where students feel comfortable stepping out of their comfort zone to try new things and test out their ideas. Now on to the tour!
Circle Time Area
If you were to walk into our preschool, this is the first area you would see. This little area is our “circle time” area. Each student has their own carpet square with the first initial of their name. We gather here a couple of times each day:
- After everyone has settled in, we gather for a circle time to sing a Hello Song, talk about the weather, and the day of the week.
- Mid-Morning Story Time
- We meet shortly before snack time to read a book together and do a mini theme related lesson.
- Music Time
- Once a week, the children participate in a the Preschool Prodigies music program. Our other music times consist of music and movement songs and finger plays.
Our classroom space is dividing into various learning centers. Since I am a big believer in play as a way of learning and developing young children’s minds, the children are free to work at a center as long as they want (this builds up how long our students are able to stay focused on task). For this reason, I don’t make students move centers on a time schedule. I do not restrict the number of students at each station either. Learning how to negotiate space, supplies, and time with our friends is such an important learning skill that preschoolers need to learn. Here are some of the centers we have available:
- Listening Center – The little set of red chairs, table, and bookshelf are the listening center. I change the books out on the bookshelf regularly to reflect what we are learning about in class. Books with CDs in them can be listened to using the stereo (and sometimes the headphones).
- Blue Circle Table – We set out invitations to play on a weekly basis. The example in this picture is a math center where students can drive their cars to the various parking spots according to their color. We chose to lower the table and use balance seats to stand or sit on instead of traditional seats.
- Block Center – We have wooden unit blocks, toy cars, people and more depending on the learning theme. This month, we used the road tape to make road blocks and added a STEM activity to encourage even more applied learning. I have several different types of blocks I rotate out. For example, during the winter holidays, I had Magna-Tiles and Jingle bells in the block center.
- Sensory Table – We fill this table with a sensory material (like rice, beans, kinesthetic sand, instal-snow, etc.) each month. I try to add different tools or accessories each week to keep students engaged. We super size our sensory tub throughout the year for added fun!
- Kidney Table – This moon-shaped table is another space we use as a learning center. Sometimes the learning center will involve math, fine motor, smaller sensory experiences, or a literacy activity.
- Light Table – This is a fun place for students to practice letters, work on sorting, patterns, shapes, art and more.
- Play Dough Table — We have different types of doughs and sensory experiences out on this table each week. This is where we work on our fine motor skills!
- Science Center — We have various science and STEM materials out on this table each week for the students to explore. As a previous science teacher, this is my favorite part of the room! The science table has built in magnetic spots and magnifying glasses so students can take little objects they collect around the room to scientifically investigate them. In the cubby holes of this table, students have access to a microscope, giant hand held magnifying glasses, a scale, and test tubes. The scientific question is changed out each week.
- Art Center — This is a place where students have access to paint and other materials to make their own creations. I try to add a new accessory each week to go along with our theme. This week I added various cars that students could paint and make tracks with.
Home Living – Dramatic Play
This is (hands-down) our favorite area of the room. There is a car wash, a nursery, a fire station, a police station, and a kitchen area. It is currently set up as a train station.
For 2 weeks of each month, we re-engage students by transforming the front of the kitchen area into something really special. Here are some examples:
Click here to see some all of our different dramatic play areas.
I hope our preschool classroom shows you how much I love students and value their creativity, curiosity, and imagination!
If you are local, we would like to invite you in for a tour. Please contact Meghan (email@example.com) any time.