classroom reorg

I am lucky enough to co-teach with the two most amazing women, ever. Not only are they warm, nurturing, smart and wonderful with young children, they are completely flexible with my ever-changing whims. Last Saturday, I went to an incredibly-thought-provoking training by Julianne Wurm, and left with a million ideas to reorganize my classroom (thanks, Julianne!). Would you like to see the current set up?

classroom tour | via provocations & play

As soon as you walk into the classroom, the quiet/calm area is on your right. The students’ journals (we add documentation weekly and they take them home on Fridays) are in there, as well as a privacy cube. A 4-year-old put that red tape on the floor because it used to be the blocks center, and she wrote “b carfl” on it after a 3-year-old haphazardly stumbled into her tower. I haven’t had the heart to move it yet ;)

nursery area | via provocations & play

We’re currently exploring hospitals, and this is our nursery. Typically, when the children are there, the blue table is filled with water and bubble bath. Also, I just added our baby photos, which is awesome!

dentist play | via provocations & playWelcome to our dentist’s office (on the other side of the nursery).

blocks area | via provocations & playHere is our blocks area (please forgive the awful, permanent media area in the corner… anyone have ideas how to better camouflage it?). I love the blocks area in this corner, though. It used to be in front of the door which was chaotic when entering or exiting, and meant projects didn’t last over any amount of time. I’m trying to commission somebody to build us a building platform to help with longevity :) The dollhouse is there because we are experimenting with building handicapped-accessible ramps for our hospital (i.e. the dollhouse).

ambulance | via provocations & play

And, not really part of our set-up, but definitely a part of our room, our (almost!) finished ambulance we have been working on, as part of our hospital project.

Thanks for visiting! I left out our dramatic play (which is currently the emergency room, with the light table for exploring x-rays), lunch area, and art area, but you can see most of that here. I’d love to hear your ideas or suggestions.

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2 thoughts on “classroom reorg

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  2. I love seeing your room. I’ve been turning in circles, sharing this week trying to figure out how to simplify and de-clutter. For some reason I’ve got out in my head that a Reggio inspired room should almost look empty… But where to put the stuff? You know, those wonderful piles of games you really just introduce one at a time? I finally decided to hang stills over my shelves to mask in an attempt at masking them. ☺

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