In case you haven’t heard the totally awesome news from my Facebook page, I recently accepted a position as a full-time preschool teacher at our local YMCA! I’m super pumped about this job opportunity, and working for the Y is a great way to serve the community.
I’m so excited about all of the sweet kiddos that I’ll be teaching, and all we’re going to learn together! I look forward to documenting their learning and activities here on the blog, and giving you a sneak peek into what we’re doing in the classroom! Seriously, I’m stoked!
I’ve been working really hard at getting our room ready and conducive to their learning. I’m sure things will change when the kids are in the room, and I’m just thankful the furniture has wheels 😉 As a teacher, you want to watch the kids interact with their environment, and make any necessary changes that will better their learning and environment. But for now, I’m excited to show you our Preschool Classroom Setup!
Preschool Classroom Setup
Here in this particular Preschool Enrichment Program, I’ll be teaching two different age groups. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I’ll have 4-5 year olds, and Tuesdays/Thursdays will be for the 3-4 year olds.
Therefore, I had to keep this in mind when setting up the classroom. I wanted to include self-sufficient centers that both age groups could get the most out of.
The centers will be changed monthly in order to facilitate our current lessons, as well as to keep things looking fresh and inviting!
My most favorite thing about the classroom is the beautiful mural painted on the wall! It adds such a unique element to the classroom and is very eye-catching when you open our classroom door.
Art Center: The art center and playdoh center are going to work in conjunction with each other. They both contain necessary tools for the kids to create free-expression art and play.
Block Center: The blocks center contains wooden blocks in both natural and color, as well as various animals, trucks, and people to add to the element of building. In this center, they will be exploring balance, height, weight, rolling, stacking, and using imagination.
Math Center: The math center is home to many hands-on games that focus on colors, one-to-one correspondence, sorting, making patterns, and counting.
Pretend Center: This center will change frequently to create different pretend play opportunities. Sometimes it will be a “house”, other times it may be a restaurant, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. In this center they will learn about community, practicing social skills, sharing, developing language, and practical life skills.
Puzzle Center: This center contains puzzles for every level of learning. There are wooden peg puzzles for beginners all the way to 100 piece puzzles for more expert levels. They will be developing eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills in this center.
Sensory Center: This is an absolute MUST for my classroom! I’m so glad our school had this table ready! I love how the tub is on the bottom for sand and water play, but there is also a lid that serves as a table top as well. In this center they will be exploring a variety of liquids and solids that help them explore their senses.
Reading Center: Every classroom needs a library. I like to put my library center next to the carpet we use for circle time. This is where we’ll be having most of our story times and the carpet also provides a comfy, individual space for a child to relax and get some room to stretch out with a book. This center will teach them how to hold a book, learn print directionality, as well as enhance language skills.
Writing Center: This is another MUST have for my classroom. Reading and writing are the two balances of literacy, and one must accompany the other in order to develop the child fully in their pre-literacy skills. This center has a variety of papers, envelopes, stickers, writing utensils, dry erase boards, and more that can be used to practice writing. I strategically hung the numbers and alphabet posters right above the table so that children can use those as a reference point as their explore their new writing skills.
All those super cute Center Signs came from Pre-K Tweets!
I hope you like this peek into our Preschool Classroom Setup! I can’t wait to continue to share more with you! In the meantime, you can find me over on Pinterest pinning all things PRESCHOOL!